Golden Globes Preview: What To Look For (I Mean Laugh At) On TV

by Caryn James
January 16, 2011 5:54 AM
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I stand by my idea that the show's the thing, so here are a few moments I hope will be eye-opening as we watch the awards tonight (NBC at 8 ET):

ANGELINA JOLIE'S NOMINATION: Will the audience audibly crack up when her name is announced as a nominee for The Tourist? The film wasn't an abomination, but c'mon, best actress? Laughter at home is assumed. She is in the Comedy or Musical category.

BURLESQUE: Another can-they-keep-a-straight-face alert as the Cristina Aguilera-Cher campfest contends for Best Comedy or Musical. Irrefutable evidence of the Globes' wackadoodle nominations.

RICKY GERVAIS: Who will be the most outrageous target of his humor? Mel Gibson is yesterday's news, Mark Zuckerberg is just too obvious. This is a wide-open category.

And couple of genuine awards-related issues:

COLIN FIRTH: Like Jeff Bridges last year, winning everything for Crazy Heart all the way to the Oscars, or Philip Seymour Hoffman for Capote, Firth's steady path to the Best Actor Academy Award should start here.

NATALIE PORTMAN vs. ANNETTE BENING: Never mind. This big Oscar matchup is moot tonight because the Best Actress nominees are foolishly in different categories, Portman in drama for Black Swan and Bening in comedy for The Kids Are All Right. Yes, that film has humor but Bening isn't even the funny part.

So let's take this about as seriously as Gervais does -- serious enough to show up, common-sensical enough to laugh at it.

I invite you to join me for updates during the awards by following me on Twitter: @carynjames

Meanwhile, here's a brief promo in which Gervais speaks truth to power.

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12 Comments

  • change | January 20, 2011 2:28 AMReply

    The tourist movie was a very nice movie and Angelina jolie was incredible on that movie but people can say the movie was not for nominated. I like the movie by myself. it was very cool. Every movie should not be a porn movie.Actors and actress do not have to kiss and touch each other to make some people happy. com on people be honest . Do not hate because some people hate it. I am very honest person.

  • jack | January 17, 2011 7:15 AMReply

    yes.it's unbelievable.

  • joa | January 17, 2011 7:14 AMReply

    oh GOD.why did NOT win JD for Alice ?I'M angry and confuse?

  • joa | January 17, 2011 7:09 AMReply

    what's happen?why did JD win for Alice in wonderland?it's foolishly

  • Angela | January 17, 2011 5:02 AMReply

    Caryn James you know what I find laughable? That you have a job. I doubt you deserve it!

  • Angela | January 17, 2011 4:47 AMReply

    Poor CarynJames ... get a chill pill babe!!! you sound so stupid and dumb. Angelina Jolie can do what she wants good or bad but there will always be haters just to hate for no reason at all.

  • B | January 17, 2011 12:29 AMReply

    Another bitter woman lets her jealousy and contempt for Jolie shine through. Surprise, surprise. It's funny how Johnny Depp walks away from The Tourist apparently having done no wrong. But the so called "critics" just couldn't let the opportunity to bash Jolie slide by. The movie isn't an Oscar contender but I firmly believe the way the critics lambasted this film was just a pathetic attempt to get noticed for trashing a big star.

  • What a Joke! | January 16, 2011 8:29 AMReply

    I just googled you Caryn James,you are biased against Angelina Jolie. Came across a article you wrote in 2007 for the NYT titled "After all that Goodness, a Sudden fall from Grace." Where you wearing your team Aniston t-shirt when you wrote this hack article today about the Golden Globes?

  • What a joke! | January 16, 2011 8:09 AMReply

    Johnny Depp's performance was singled out by the critic's as being worse than Jolie's.I know,because I read the reviews.Jolie is being "singled out" because her name gets hits on sites.Also woman enjoy bashing other woman.The fact you Caryn James went after Jolie in your article proves my point.

  • What? | January 16, 2011 7:55 AMReply

    Sorry for my english, but can you explain why Angelina performance was so much worse? Here in Europe we love Angelina's performance so much that what are you writing, well, that is LAUGHABLE...

  • Caryn James | January 16, 2011 6:54 AMReply

    I agree the Depp nomination is laughable too, but I happen to think her performance was SO much worse, that's why she was singled out.

  • Yabby | January 16, 2011 6:06 AMReply

    So it's laughable that Jolie is nominated for THE TOURIST, but not Johnny Depp? Geez, sexist much?

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