Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The GG's

Just realized something. In Canada (in the literary world, anyway) the GG's means something entirely different... The Governor General Awards.

But I'm talking, of course, about the Golden Globes.

This is the first year since I started blogging that I didn't do a big post when the nominations came out. I just couldn't summon up any enthusiasm this year.

So imagine my surprise when the awards show was the most fun I've had watching an awards show in years.

Lots of fabulous gowns and great acceptance speeches, plenty of deserving nominations and wins, and some great accidental swearing and drinking on stage.

Highlights for me:

Mickey Rourke winning best actor in a drama. His performance in The Wrestler -- amazing. The director Darren Aronofsky giving Mickey the finger during the acceptance speech while a camera was on him -- fabulous. Mickey thanking his dead dogs. Priceless.

But seriously. You should see this film if you get a chance. I talked about it a bit here.

Colin Farrell winning for In Bruges. His acceptance speech was great. He looked great. And it reminded me what a great film this was. Come awards season, it's often hard to remember the great films that were released a year ago. Here's my year old post on In Bruges. Rent this DVD. You won't regret it.

Heath Ledger winning for Dark Knight. So sad. I cried.

Slumdog Millionaire winning a bunch of awards including best picture. Fabulous.

Don't let the Indian setting and some sub-titled bits scare you off. If this film comes to a cinema near you, go. You won't regret it.


Barrie said...

Finally, a film wrap-up. I've been waiting for this!

Barrie said...

Oh, I meant to ask you if you've seen Lars and the Real Girl??

Maureen McGowan said...

YES!! Saw that one at the 2007 TIFF and I even (sort of) blogged about it.
Your wish is my command:
My Lars post

Wylie Kinson said...

I enjoyed the GG's very much. My fave 'stage moment' was Ricky Gervais. That man just makes me howl with laughter.

Kwana said...

I was excited about the GG wins. I want to see all those films. Very happy for Kate who I loved in Revolutionary Road.

Maureen McGowan said...

Oh, yeah! Wylie. I forgot about Ricky Gervais. He was hilarious. Love that he brought his beer on stage, too. "I question the integrity of any awards show when I'm not nominated..."

Kwana. Kate was great, wasn't she! I can't decide if I want to see The Reader... Loved the book, but not sure I need to see the movie.

Marilyn Brant said...

I just tried to leave a message and it said it didn't go through...so if you somehow get 2 from me, I apologize!

I watched all of the GG and loved it. I haven't seen Slumdog Millionaire, but I want to now. And I'd really, really like to see Revolutionary Road--did you see an kind of early premiere for that one, by chance?

Maureen McGowan said...

I just saw Revolutionary Road this week. It wasn't at the festival.

It's great, but bleak. Very powerful performances.

Caryn Caldwell said...

Oh, I missed it. Sounds like fun, though.

Louisa Edwards said...

I loved In Bruges! Such a quirky, funny movie and it reminded me of why I used to think Colin Farrel was such a good actor before we all got distracted by his 'Bad Boy of Hollywood' shenanigans.

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