The Moet has been popped, the president of the Hollywood Foreign Press has torn Ricky Gervais a new one, Harvey Weinstein has terrified several publicists, and the results are in. Although there were a few upsets, the show went mostly according to predictions. But I must journey on with the recap, as my stomach attempts to digest the vat of sushi and McDonalds that I ate, like the classy broad that I am.
In the TV department, Homeland and Modern Family were the big winners of the night, respectively taking home the biggest tv awards. Highlights include Claire Danes and Kelsey Grammar’s exciting wins for Best Actress/Actor in a Television Series – Drama, for their performances in Homeland and Boss, respectively. I was happy to see Laura Dern take home the Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy for her work in the underrated Enlightened. Best Mini-Series or Movie Made For Television, unsurprisingly, went the badass aristocrats over at Downton Abbey. As previously mentioned, Best Television Series -Drama went to Homeland, while Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical, went to the gay cliches over at Modern Family. I’m shocked.
One of the biggest snubs of the night happened when Joey Tribianni, I mean Matt LeBlanc took home Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy for his performance in Episodes. Critics were predicting another win for the indelible Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad. Hey, LeBlanc had Just for Men on his side. Hard to beat.
Over in the movie department, or what I like to call the front and centre portion of the ballroom, it was all about The Artist, who took home 3 awards, including Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for Jean Dujardin.
Unsurprisingly, Octavia Spencer took home Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Roll in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical for her work in The Help. That sexy senior citizen Christopher Plummer, who appears to be on a roll this awards season, picked up the Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Roll in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical for his work in Beginners. Michelle Williams, who spoke as if she had tumbled out of a Teletubbies episode, won Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for her work in My Week With Marilyn. You can go back to the other side of the rainbow now, Michelle.
That ugly, monogamous man George Clooney deservingly picked up Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for his work in The Descendants. The film also took home top honours, with Best Motion Picture – Drama. Although I felt that The Tree of Life and Take Shelter were both more deserving of an award, much less a nominations, Alexnader Payne’s incredible narrative of Hawaiian family and land ties was a fabulous picture, deserving of such an award.
One of the biggest upsets came from Martin Scorsese’s win for Hugo. Most critics, and even me (I know, shocking), predicted that Michel Hazanavicius would win for The Artist. That Scorsese. His glasses are so big cause they’re full of awards, and chicken parmesan.
And finally, I am sooooo happy to say that Meryl Streep won Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama for her incredible work in The Iron Lady. She is long overdue for her Oscar this year, and for President of the World. Long may she reign.
Overall, Ricky Gervais played it safer from last year’s groan-inspiring set, but still prompted a few uncomfortable chuckles with his risky material that included jabs at Kim Kardashian and the recession. However, I thought he hit the perfect level of meanness, intelligence, wit, and downright funny. Here, here Gervais. Have another pint and continue tweeting about being an Atheist. It’s doing you good.
For a complete list of winners, click here.