While definitely not held in the same esteem as The Oscars, every year actors, directors, musicians and all variety of television and movie performers gather together to celebrate the Golden Globes. Set up by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), the 93 members vote on a variety of categories to decide who deserves an award. Being a nominee in the Golden Globe Awards is still a big deal though and getting the victory definitely holds a place in the film community. Of course, there are always those selections that cause you to raise an eyebrow and wonder how the winner got the victory. For 2016, here are some of the awards to consider.
While the winner of this award, Gael García Bernal, definitely deserved recognition for his performance, virtually all of the nominees really had it tough here. Of particular note, Patrick Stewart did a fantastic job flexing his comedy muscles in his show “Blunt Talk.” More than this though, Aziz Ansari starred in one of the most brilliant comedies on Netflix. The entire series has been watched millions of times on Netflix, a sizable accomplishment by itself, but ultimately it was his acting that held the show together. In other words, he was snuffed on this one.
Wolf Hall was highly praised by those who viewed it and though it certainly was a good show, whether it really deserves to take this award over the others on the list is definitely up for debate. Among those shows, “American Horror Story: Hotel” displayed another fantastic season for this series. At the Golden Globe Awards, Lady Gaga even took the victory as Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television. While she certainly was deserving of recognition, their real key to the success was the quality of the show itself. For this reason, it certainly deserved to take home the victory on this one.
This one may be a little bit more biased, but Spectre really didn’t deserve to win this category with “Writing’s On The Wall.” There are a few nominees that would have been better, but number one definitely should go to “See You Again.” While “Furious 7” may not win any awards for the story quality or support actors, this song was absolutely fantastic. Not to mention, it was written with Paul Walker in mind, which earns it some real points.
Another potentially controversial claim, it seems a bit strange that a movie based on the real life of an inventor would end up taking the victory for Best Screenplay. When you consider the other movies on the list, it becomes even more confusing. Of course, the person who was really screwed on this was Quentin Tarantino with “The Hateful Eight.” In his classic style, this movie was well deserving of recognition for its writing.
Kate Winslet did a great job in “Steve Jobs,” but be honest for a minute here. Did it really compare to the performance of Jennifer Jason Leigh in “The Hateful Eight?” She was hardly recognizable in that movie and she really worked to make sure you hated her character. If her performance in that movie wasn’t worth winning one of these Golden Globe Awards, nothing is.