Once again the Golden Globes Sunday night handed most of their awards to movies and television programs that few people have seen or watch, comparatively speaking.
For example, on the dramatic television front, a big winner was Showtime’s series The Affair, about an adulterous love affair.
Though the co-creator of the show said that the intent of the program is to show that adultery has bad consequences and to prove that marriage vows are “sacred,” the program had less than 750,000 viewers in the 2014 ratings, according to TV Series Finale on Dec. 23.
Also, the Globes gave its biggest movie award in drama to the movie Boyhood, which so far has only earned $24.3 million, despite being one of the best-reviewed movies of the year.
Finally, none of the Top 10 movies at the box office were nominated for a Golden Globe, other than the animated movies Big Hero 6 and The Lego Movie in the animated category and the Hunger Games movie for Best Song. Also, none of the top programs on Broadcast and Cable TV were even nominated, most of which are telecast by CBS-TV.
Happily, the Golden Globes TV show itself had few truly obscene moments or tasteless jokes, despite some bleeped out “f” and “s” words.
One of the highlights of the evening was Michael Keaton’s acceptance speech for his performance in Birdman. During the speech, Keaton talked about his family, including his hard-working father and his mother, a devout Catholic Christian who regularly prayed. Keaton said he learned several important values from his parents:
“Work hard, don’t quit, be grateful, never complain, and keep a sense of humor.”
Only two winners thanked God during their speech, one of the two writers for the winning song from the movie Selma, called “Glory,” and actress Gina Rodriguez of the TV sitcom Jane The Virgin, which has some Christian content in every or almost every episode.
Another moving acceptance speech was the one by Kevin Spacey of House of Cards, who talked about the last time he visited the great Hollywood producer and director Stanley Kramer, the man behind such classic movies as High Noon, The Defiant One, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, and It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.
In their last meeting, Spacey said, he finally told Kramer how much he loved his movies and how much of an impact they made on cinema art. Kramer thanked him, but added that he only wished his movies could have been even better.
Spacey concluded that that’s what he wants to do, make his performances even better.
Ultimately, the true stars of the evening were the parents of the winners, especially those winners who, like Michael Keaton, thanked their parents for helping them in their private and public lives and in forming their character.
After the Golden Globes finished, a few Movieguide® representatives attended the NBC Universal afterparty held on the Beverly Hilton rooftop. There were many familiar faces at the party, including Eddie Redmayne, who came away with the Best Actor in a Drama award for his role as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. Many of the stars were TV actors of various shows, including Katherine Heigl of NBC’s State of Affairs. Laura Vandervoort of the UPtv movie Coffee Shop was also in the mix, as well as the team behind The Boxtrolls, who did not come away with a Golden Globe, losing to How to Train Your Dragon 2.
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