January 17, 2007

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Not so golden Globes
By Amy Diaz adiaz@hippopress.com

How underwhelming.

Sunday night’s Golden Globe reading-of-the-winners (as opposed to your standard Golden Globe awards ceremony) was a lifeless affair that actually made me miss the inane banter and the cornball jokes of award ceremonies past. Like the Super Bowl without commercials or a half-time show, the Oscars with only a list of names would be as cold and depressing an affair as its Globe precursor.

Sans the dresses and the carpet and the comediennes saying bitchy things about the super-thin, this year’s Golden Globes offered only the winners, and they didn’t give me a whole lot to cheer for. Mad Men won best TV drama and best actor in a drama for Jon Hamm — two good choices. But Glenn Close, who won for Damages, wasn’t nearly as good in this lawyer drama as she was in The Shield a few years back and it wouldn’t have been bad to give a little something to Edie Falco for a very solid last year on The Sopranos.

Tina Fey gave me a brief reason to applaud (which, then, seemed kind of sad, my two or three little claps in my lonely living room) with her win for best actress in a comedy. But somehow Extras’ win for best comedy didn’t warm me the way a win for 30 Rock would have and David Duchovny for Californication? Really? I admit I’ve only seen clips of that Showtime show but how could anything match the Jack-as-all-members-of-Tracey-Jordan’s-family scene by Alec Baldwin on 30 Rock? And I love Ari Gold (for which Jeremy Piven won a best supporting actor statue) but Entourage is hardly new news.

Over in the movie category, Atonement’s win for best drama suggests it could be the favorite going in to Oscar season — another prospect that doesn’t thrill me. Atonement, though perfectly constructed, had me checking the clock every few minutes with its dragging story. I liked the bloody glee of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street but I hardly think it’s as much fun or as lively as Charlie Wilson’s War, which Sweeney Todd beat out in the comedy category. The only real surprise was the small French invasion (Julian Schnabel won best director for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, which also won best foreign films; Marion Cotillard won best actress in a musical or comedy for La Vie En Rose), wins that might just offer enough buzz to make the Oscar race interesting.

The big lesson of Sunday night, though, wasn’t about the winners and losers; it was about how satisfying it wasn’t to know who won and lost. Turns out, the montages and the music, the gowns and the goofy candid shots are part of the Hollywood magic and it just doesn’t feel like award season without them.

So, need a little of that razzle dazzle? The next stop on the road to Oscar is the Screen Actors Guild Awards, wherein the actors’ union votes for best performances in film. In the spirit of union loyalty, actors won’t have to cross picket lines and writers will even get to work on this award show. See all the glitter on Sunday, Jan. 27, at 8 p.m. on TNT. Here are the nominees for this year’s SAG awards.

Movies
• Outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role: George Clooney as Michael Clayton in Michael Clayton; Daniel Day-Lewis as Daniel Plainview in There Will Be Blood; Ryan Gosling as Lars Lindstrom in Lars and the Real Girl; Emile Hirsch as Christopher McCandless in Into the Wild; Viggo Mortensen as Nikolai in Eastern Promises.

• Outstanding performance by a female actor in a leading role: Cate Blanchett as Queen Elizabeth I in Elizabeth: The Golden Age; Julie Christie as Fiona in Away from Her; Marion Cotillard as Edith Piaf in La Vie En Rose; Angelina Jolie as Mariane Pearl in A Mighty Heart; Ellen Page is Juno MacGuff in Juno.

• Outstanding performance by a male actor in a supporting role: Casey Affleck as Robert Ford in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford; Javier Bardem as Anton Chigurh in No Country For Old Men; Hal Holbrook as Ron Franz in Into the Wild; Tommy Lee Jones as Ed Tom Bell in No Country for Old Men; Tom Wilkinson as Arthur Edens in Michael Clayton.

• Outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role: Cate Blanchett as Jude in I’m Not There; Ruby Dee as Mama Lucas in American Gangster; Catherine Keener as Jan Burres in Into the Wild; Amy Ryan as Helen McCready in Gone Baby Gone; Tilda Swinton as Karen Crowder in Michael Clayton.

• Outstanding performance by a cast: 3:10 to Yuma; American Gangster; Hairspray; Into the Wild; No Country for Old Men.

TV
• Outstanding performance by a male actor in a TV movie or miniseries: Michael Keaton as James Jesus Angleton in The Company on TNT; Kevin Kline as Jacques in As You Like It on HBO; Oliver Platt as George Steinbrenner in The Bronx Is Burning on ESPN; Sam Shepard as Frank Whiteley in Ruffian on ABC; John Turturro as Billy Martin in The Bronx Is Burning on ESPN.

• Outstanding performance by a female actor in a TV movie or miniseries: Ellen Burstyn as Posey Benetto in Mitch Albom’s For One More Day on ABC; Debra Messing as Molly Kagan in The Starter Wife on USA; Anna Paquin as Elaine Goodale in Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee in HBO; Queen Latifah as Ana in Life Support on HBO; Vanessa Redgrave as Woman in The Fever on HBO; Gena Rowlands in Melissa Eisenbloom as What If God Were the Sun? on Lifetime.

• Outstanding performance by a male actor in a drama series: James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano on The Sopranos; Michael C. Hall as Dexter Morgan in Dexter; Jon Hamm as Don Draper in Mad Men; Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House in House; James Spader as Alan Shore in Boston Legal.

• Outstanding performance by a female actor in a drama series: Glenn Close as Patty Hewes in Damages; Edie Falco as Carmela Soprano in The Sopranos; Sally Field as Nora Walker in Brothers & Sisters; Holly Hunter as Grace Hanadarko in Saving Grace; Kyra Sedgwick as Deputy Police Chief Brenda Johnson in The Closer.

• Outstanding performance by a male actor in a comedy series: Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy in 30 Rock; Steve Carell as Michael Scott in The Office; Ricky Gervais as Andy Millman in Extras; Jeremy Piven as Ari Gold in Entourage; Tony Shalhoub as Adrian Monk in Monk.

• Outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series: Christina Applegate as Samantha Newly in Samantha Who?; America Ferrera as Betty Suarez in Ugly Betty; Tina Fey as Liz Lemon in 30 Rock; Mary-Louise Parker as Nancy Botwin in Weeds; Vanessa Williams as Wilhelmina Slater in Ugly Betty.

• Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series: Boston Legal on ABC; The Closer on TNT; Grey’s Anatomy on ABC; Mad Men on AMC; The Sopranos on HBO.

• Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series: 30 Rock on NBC; Desperate Housewives on ABC; Entourage on HBO; The Office on NBC; Ugly Betty on ABC.