Last night I gave myself a challenge, not an Ultra Blog Challenge like I’ve undertaken on Facebook, but a Golden Globe Challenge. I dared myself (can I do that?) to critique award choices for movies I’ve never seen and television shows I’ve barely, if ever watched. (See Beginners Guide: Golden Globe Nominations – Drama http://wp.me/p5jxvv-7C.) I divided the categories, and today I bring you the comedies.
Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Into the Woods: I was not a fan of Emily Blunt in Devil Wears Prada like the rest of the world, but I’ve been a huge fan of hers ever since due to her more likeable roles. I’m excited to hear her sing in the role for which she’s nominated for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy, the part of an infertile baker’s wife who longs for a child.
No stranger to a musical, Meryl Streep has a strong singing voice as viewers know from her Momma Mia days. It is a little-known fact she was actually tapped to play Evita‘s title character until Madonna got the part. Meryl is that strong a singer. With her acting chops and her history of success at awards shows, she could take the Best Supporting Actress Award for which she’s nominated.
I am beyond excited that Into the Woods itself is nominated for Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical. Perhaps the musical as a movie genre is not dead after all. After being disappointed in this year’s Jersey Boys, I feared it was. The music by Sondheim and message, Be Careful What You Wish For alone could make this film a winner.
Michael Keaton: I didn’t see Birdman, the movie he is nominated in for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. Actually, I never even heard of Birdman until the awards were announced. However, I recently saw Keaton in The Need for Speed, a film in which he plays an underground radio announcer. The movie was a sleeper, but Keaton’s performance stole the film. Although his part was small, it was obvious the former Batman star can act!
Best TV Series – Musical or Comedy
Louie: I don’t get Louie C. K. I don’t get his humor, I don’t get the show. I just don’t get it. I watched one episode about religion. I don’t even remember him in it. Was he that forgettable? However, on a recent Saturday Night Live stint he was more than funny–he was believable. Louie C. K. is nominated for Best Actor in this category.
Orange is the New Black: How dare they take it off the air so they can make new episodes! Don’t they know I need my fix? My Crazy Eyes fix, and my fix of all the other wonderful, off-beat characters. I root for Piper while I am waiting for karma to strike her ex-fiance and her ex-best friend. I am rooting for the show although it was denied any wins at the Emmy Awards, and I am rooting for Taylor Schilling for Best Actress and Uzo Aduba for Best Supporting Actress although the latter was sorely underused this past season. P.S. It has a catchy theme song.
Readers, what do you think? Are my opinions accurate or do you disagree? I look forward to your views.