What The Craggus Thought of The Golden Globes 2016

I’ll get to give out my personal nods when it’s time for The Craggus Awards next month but in the meantime, last night’s 2016 Golden Globes ceremony featured the usual mix of well-deserved recognition, belated acknowledgements and head-scratching omissions. Everyone has an opinion on who won and who should have won but, for what it’s worth, here’s mine:

Actual Winners in GOLD, Craggus’ Picks marked with ‘Globes’:  Mini Mini Craggus Dark Grey

Best Motion Picture – DramaMad Max Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road” Mini Mini Craggus Dark Grey
The Revenant

I can see why “The Revenant” won, on the technical front it’s masterful but in all honesty I’d place both “Room” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” ahead of it. I’ll give this one to “Mad Max: Fury Road”, I think given that “The Martian” wasn’t included in this category where it should have been (and should have won).

Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture – DramaAlison Brie

Cate Blanchett – “Carol”
Brie Larson – “Room”Mini Mini Craggus Dark Grey
Rooney Mara – “Carol”
Saoirse Ronan –  “Brooklyn”
Alicia Vikander – “The Danish Girl

Can’t argue with this – astonishing performance although we’ll get to Alicia Vikander’s performance in “The Danish Girl” a bit later.

Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture – DramaLeonardo

Bryan Cranston – “Trumbo”
Leonardo Dicaprio – “The Revenant”
Michael Fassbender – “Steve Jobs”Mini Mini Craggus Dark Grey
Eddie Redmayne – “The Danish Girl”
Will Smith – “Concussion”

It’s not actually a great field this year. Will Smith is still working through his penance for “After Earth”, so we should acknowledge his solid work and move on. Redmayne’s shallow performance in “The Danish Girl” flatters to deceive and Cranston’s turn in Trumbo is good but not his best. How about we give this one to Michael Fassbender, for a performance that contains, you know, actual words and some degree of subtlety? Don’t get me wrong, Leonardo DiCaprio is a superb actor and has long deserved award recognition for his many great performances. Showering him with awards for “The Revenant”, though, smacks of a rush to compensate for past oversights.

Best Motion Picture – Musical Or ComedyThe Martian Scene

“The Big Short”
The Martian
TrainwreckMini Mini Craggus Dark Grey

Um…Musical or Comedy? I guess… The Golden Globes are a bit of a stitch-up and this is one of the most obvious. Torn between their desire to lionise “The Revenant” and recognise Sir Ridley Scott, they shoehorn “The Martian” into this category, robbing “Trainwreck” of its chance for awards glory.

Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture – Musical Or Comedymaggie smith

Jennifer Lawrence – “Joy”
Melissa Mccarthy – “Spy”
Amy Schumer – “Trainwreck”
Maggie Smith – “The Lady In The VanMini Mini Craggus Dark Grey
Lily Tomlin – “Grandma”

Can we please stop giving Jennifer Lawrence awards for essentially turning in the exact same performance time and again? Granted, she’s the only thing tht made “Joy” watchable but her performance was very, very samey in it. I like her a lot, but I’m waiting for her to do something new. I’d love to give this to Schumer for her work in “Trainwreck” but I’m going to suggest Maggie Smith should pick up the award for her fantastic turn as “The Lady In The Van”.

Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture – Musical Or Comedymatt damon

Christian Bale – “The Big Short”
Steve Carell – “The Big Short”
Matt Damon – “The Martian” Mini Mini Craggus Dark Grey
Al Pacino – “Danny Collins”
Mark Ruffalo – “Infinitely Polar Bear”

Okay, if we’re really going to go with “The Martian” as a musical or comedy, then sure. Matt Damon easily takes this category.

Best Motion Picture – AnimatedInside Out Scene

The Good Dinosaur
Inside Out” Mini Mini Craggus Dark Grey
The Peanuts Movie
Shaun The Sheep Movie

I’m looking forward to seeing “Anomalisa” (which hasn’t been released here in the UK yet) but out of the rest of the list, it’s an easy pick to give “Inside Out” the award. Let’s all just be glad the lacklustre “Minions” didn’t even get nominated.

Best Motion Picture – Foreign LanguageSon Of Saul

“The Brand New Testament”
“The Club”
“The Fencer”
“Son Of Saul” Mini Mini Craggus Dark Grey

I’ll be honest: “Son Of Saul” is the only one of these I’ve seen so I kind of have to agree with this one.

Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role In Any Motion Picturevikander

Jane Fonda – “Youth”
Jennifer Jason Leigh – “The Hateful Eight”
Helen Mirren –  “Trumbo”
Alicia Vikander – “Ex Machina” Mini Mini Craggus Dark Grey
Kate Winslet – “Steve Jobs”

‘In any motion picture’, you say? Great. Then give the award to Alicia Vikander for her amazing work in both “Ex Machina” and “The Danish Girl”. Both are LEAD performances and deserve recognition as such but this is The Golden Globes and if The Martian is a musical comedy, then Alicia can clean up in this category.

Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role In Any Motion Picturestallone

Paul Dano – “Love & Mercy”
Idris Elba – “Beasts Of No Nation”
Mark Rylance – “Bridge Of Spies
Michael Shannon – “99 Homes”
Sylvester Stallone – “CreedMini Mini Craggus Dark Grey

Another one which has a whiff of belated recognition but you know what? “Creed” does offer a career best from Stallone – a perennially underrated actor – and I think the guy deserves it. If DiCaprio can win for grunting, grimacing and gurning his way through a movie, why not Stallone too? The lack of a nomination for Jacob Tremblay in this, or indeed the lead actor category, is a crime though.

Best Director – Motion PictureThe Revenant

Todd Haynes – “Carol”
Alejandro G. Iñárritu – “The Revenant”
Tom Mccarthy – “Spotlight”
George Miller – “Mad Max: Fury Road” Mini Mini Craggus Dark Grey
Ridley Scott – “The Martian”

Well of course Ridley Scott didn’t win this; he really only does musicals and comedies these days. George Miller all the way for me in this category. “Fury Road” is every bit as technically masterful and innovative as “The Revenant” and Miller did it in the twilight of his career long after everyone believed he could still bring it, unlike Iñárritu who basically got to indulge himself with an epic $135million arthouse movie on the back of his success with “Birdman”.

Best Screenplay – Motion PictureSteve Jobs

Emma Donoghue – “Room”
Tom Mccarthy, Josh Singer – “Spotlight”
Charles Randolph, Adam Mckay – “The Big Short”
Aaron Sorkin – “Steve Jobs”
Quentin Tarantino – “The Hateful Eight” Mini Mini Craggus Dark Grey

Wow – talk about clash of the Titans. Sorkin vs Tarantino for best screenplay? The others might as well have not bothered sitting down at their keyboards! I give Tarantino the edge here, because I prefer his snarky pop-culture infused writer’s voice over Sorkin’s but really either one is a worthy winner.

Best original score – motion pictureHateful Eight Soundtrack

Carter Burwell – “Carol”
Alexandre Desplat – “The Danish Girl”
Ennio Morricone – “The Hateful Eight” Mini Mini Craggus Dark Grey
Daniel Pemberton – “Steve Jobs”
Ryuichi Sakamoto, Alva Noto – “The Revenant”

Sure. No problems with this one. Move along.

Best Original Song – Motion PicturePaul Walker Goodbye

‘Love Me Like You Do’ from “Fifty Shades Of Grey
‘One Kind Of Love’ from “Love & Mercy”
‘See You Again’ from “Fast And Furious 7” Mini Mini Craggus Dark Grey
‘Simple Song #3’ from “Youth”
‘Writing’s On The Wall’ from “SPECTRE

Ugh. Really??? So it takes 20 minutes of work to win a Golden Globe for best song does it? Not just one of the worst songs of 2015 but one of the worst Bond themes of all time, how this won an award is just beyond me. I’d have gone for ‘Flashlight’ from “Pitch Perfect 2” but of the ones actually nominated, let’s give it to the unexpectedly emotionally potent ‘See You Again’ from “Fast And Furious 7”.

Best Television Series – DramaMr Robot

“Game Of Thrones”
“Mr. Robot” Mini Mini Craggus Dark Grey

My only complaint here is the lack of recognition for “Daredevil” or “Jessica Jones”. I’ve only just started watching “Mr. Robot” but I’d already happily give it all the awards going. Cracking stuff.

Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series – DramaEmpire

Caitriona Balfe – “Outlander”
Viola Davis – “How To Get Away With Murder”
Eva Green – “Penny Dreadful”
Taraji P. Henson – “Empire” Mini Mini Craggus Dark Grey
Robin Wright – “House Of Cards”

I adore Taraji P Henson, so I’m happy to see her scoop an award. Wish she’d got one for “Person Of Interest” too.

Best Performance By An Actor In A Television Series – DramaJohn Hamm

Jon Hamm – Mad Men Mini Mini Craggus Dark Grey
Rami Malek – Mr. Robot
Wagner Moura – Narcos
Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul
Liev Schreiber – Ray Donovan

Feels like another ‘Well done for staying for the entire run of the series’ award. I’d have liked to see it go to Rami Malek but I won’t begrudge Hamm his award because of his Chumbawumba joke.

Best Television Series – Musical Or Comedymozart in the jungle

Mozart In The Jungle”
Orange Is The New Black”
“Silicon Valley”

Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series – Musical Or ComedyRachel Bloom

Rachel Bloom – “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”
Jamie Lee Curtis – “Scream Queens”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – “Veep”
Gina Rodriguez – “Jane The Virgin”
Lily Tomlin – “Grace And Frankie”

Best Performance By An Actor In A Television Series – Musical Or ComedyGarcia Bernal

Aziz Ansari – “Master Of None”
Gael García Bernal – “Mozart In The Jungle”
Rob Lowe – “The Grinder”
Patrick Stewart – “Blunt Talk”
Jeffrey Tambor – “Transparent”

Best Television Limited Series Or Motion Picture Made For TelevisionWolf Hall

“American Crime”
“American Horror Story: Hotel”
“Flesh & Bone”
“Wolf Hall”

Best Performance By An Actress In A Limited Series Or Motion Picture Made For TelevisionLady Gaga

Kirsten Dunst – “Fargo”
Lady Gaga – “American Horror Story: Hotel”
Sarah Hay – “Flesh & Bone”
Felicity Huffman – “American Crime”
Queen Latifah – “Bessie” 

Best Performance By An Actor In A Limited Series Or Motion Picture Made For TelevisionOscar Isaac

Idris Elba – “Luther” Mini Mini Craggus Dark Grey
Oscar Isaac – “Show Me A Hero”
David Oyelowo – “Nightingale”
Mark Rylance – “Wolf Hall”
Patrick Wilson – “Fargo” 

Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role In A Series, Limited Series Or Motion Picture Made For TelevisionThe Affair Maura Tierny

Uzo Aduba – “Orange Is The New Black”
Joanne Froggatt – “Downton Abbey”
Regina King – “American Crime”
Judith Light – “Transparent”
Maura Tierney – “The Affair” 

Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role In A Series, Limited Series Or Motion Picture Made For TelevisionMr Robot Slater

Alan Cumming – “The Good Wife”
Damian Lewis – “Wolf Hall”
Ben Mendelsohn – “Bloodline”
Tobias Menzies – “Outlander”
Christian Slater – “Mr. Robot” Mini Mini Craggus Dark Grey

I have a lot of quality TV to catch up with, it seems. 

Agree? Disagree? Who would you have given the Golden Globes to? Let me know in the comments!

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