Sunday, January 13, 2008
No Film Wins More than Two 2007 Golden Globes
Well, the "press conference" version of the Golden Globes is over, and I'm just glad it is. The Globes are pretty idiotic anyhow-- and this approach (i.e. rather than postponing the event) just drove the point home for me. I wonder how this will affect next year's ratings-- will people be glad it's back, or realize that they didn't miss it very much last year anyway, and tune out.
In terms of the winners, some surprises in the TV wins but the movie wins were mostly the expected, the biggest surprise perhaps Julian Schnabel's win for Best Director for THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY. My initial reaction is: has there ever been a year when no single film has won more than two Golden Globes?... Looking into this I discovered that it has happened, but rarely. Since the first awards honoring films from 1943, only nine times has no film won more than two Globes: 1946, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1963, 1995, 1996, 2000, and this year 2007.
In terms of the Oscar, the win in the Best Actress (lead and supporting) categories is the most interesting: with Julie Christie and Marion Cottiard winning, that means that they will be neck-and-neck at the Oscars-- and a split vote may allow a surprise win by Ellen Page; Cate Blanchett may now have the edge over Amy Ryan. Also, with its Best Drama win, ATONEMENT is now, for sure, an Oscar nominee in the Best Picture race.