Quick: Who won Golden Globe awards last year? No peeking at Google, now. Does anybody remember, let alone care? I didn’t, until I looked it up. The best picture winners — the Globes reward drama and comedy/musical categories — winners were “The Descendants” and “The Artist.” Best TV drama and comedy winners were, respectively, “Homeland” and “Modern Family.”
Let’s be honest here. Nobody really cares who wins a Golden Globe. The awards are essentially ridiculous. They’re voted on by members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a group of correspondents who are — to put it mildly — not held in the highest esteem. The members write for a variety of international media, but Globes voters are known more for their love of posing with stars than for their journalistic insights.
That said, it’s true that most years, the Golden Globes broadcast is the most entertaining awards whoop-de-doo of them all. Plenty of stars show up for the event, which is held in the ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Many glasses of wine are downed, nobody takes it terribly seriously, and a good time is generally had by all.
By comparison, attendees at the Academy Awards look as grimly dutiful as parents waiting for their kid to walk across the stage during a lengthy high school commencement ceremony.
This year’s Globes ceremony, which airs tonight on NBC (8), is even more promising.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are co-hosting, which is such a good idea I’m amazed anybody involved on any level with the Globes had it. When they show up as presenters at other awards shows, Fey and Poehler are routinely much funnier than whoever the official host is, so double-teaming them is an inspired move.
I also welcome the end — for now, anyway — of the Ricky Gervais -hosting-the-Globes era. While he was bracingly irreverent the first two years he had the gig, by last year, the deafening hype surrounding what Gervais might say seemed to suck all the fun out of what he did say. Jokes told at the expense of C-listers like the Kardashians had all the refreshing fizz of a glass of room-temperature Champagne.
And for pure entertainment’s sake, it’s hard to top some of the more eccentric nominations and winners the Globes visitors — in their inscrutable wisdom — select.
This is, remember, the outfit that showered nominations on such duds as the Johnny Depp-Angelina Jolie bomb, “The Tourist.”
But the Globes voters really show their unpredictable tastes in the TV category nominations. The Globesters have honored cable shows that other awards-givers tend to overlook, such as HBO’s “Enlightened,” Starz’ “Boss” and Showtime’s “Episodes.”
At the same time, they have a habit of leaving out deserving nominees that show up elsewhere, as with this year’s incomparably idiotic stunt of not including “Mad Men” among the best TV drama series nominees. Fortunately, that show’s legacy isn’t likely to be besmirched by being stiffed at the Golden Globes.