January 15, 2013

The Golden Globes: Adele, Jodie’s Speech Explained And Other Stuff

The 70th Annual Hollywood Foreign Press Association Golden Globe Awards Jan 13, 2013

We’re out and loud and proud! And single!


Los Angeles, California --- Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were the perfect hosts of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Golden Globe Awards. They were very funny, and moved the show along.

Here are my thoughts about the show. I started out writing as I watched, and trailed off toward the end. My apologies!



Golden Globe Award Hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler 1/13/2013

By the way - how beautiful is Kerry Washington?

HBO’s "Game Change"

Golden Globe Award Winner Julianne Moore - Best Actress in a Miniseries or Movie Made for Television 1/13/2013

Game Change” won for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, and Julianne Moore and Ed Harris won acting awards for “Game Change.” If you haven’t seen the HBO movie – seek it out and watch it. The acting performances are great all around, and the pacing of the film, and the screenplay is great. The book Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin is the best book written about the 2008 Presidential election, and there’s enough gossip and intrigue in the book – and lots of insider info that was not covered in the movie, that still makes it a good read.

Adele’s Skyfall moment


Golden Globe Award winner Adele for Best Original Song for a Motion Picture 1/13/2013

You know that I love and adore Adele – and SHE WON a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture for Skyfall. In the funniest thank you of the night – I love that she spoke as if she was talking to her mates down at the pub. Adele is the BOMB! I hope she wins an Oscar for Skyfall imagine what she’ll say then.
"Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God, oh my God, oh my God. Honestly I came for a night out – with my friend Ida – we're new mums. I was not expecting this. Thank you so much. Very strange to be here, thank you so much for letting me be a part of your world for a night, it's amazing – and we've been pissing ourselves laughing!"
Adele is still bloody brilliant!


Golden Globe Award winner Adele thanks her collaborators for Best Original Song for a Motion Picture 1/13/2013


Les Misérables

I was thrilled that Anne Hathaway won for Les Misérables. That was a tough category she was competing in, as Sally Field in Lincon, and Helen Hunt in The Sessions, gave award worthy performances too. She was worthy of the award. (And so was my mate Jenna Boyd!)

Hugh Jackman winning Best Actor in a musical for Les Misérables was awesome. He is truly a musical theater God. Jean Valjean is one of the most challenging roles for any actor. When you add the musical elements of a sung-through musical, and the vocal challenges of singing Valjean, you have to admit that his performance was truly great. One of the best performances I have ever been lucky enough to see live and in person, was his portrayal of Curly in the Royal National Theatre’s acclaimed production of Oklahoma. It was that role that made him a star, and put him on the map. I’m so glad that he won, as I doubt he will win the Oscar.



Lena Who? Lena Horne?

Who is Lena Dunham? I’m kidding - I know who she is - and she was adorably cute and refreshingly honest when she won her Best Actress award. Girls is an HBO series that I haven’t had a chance to see yet, though I will check it out soon.


Golden Globe Honoree Jodie Foster received the Cecil B. DeMille Award 1/13/2013

Jodie Foster Explained

The Cecil B. DeMille Award went to Jodie Foster, who said she’s 50 years old, and has spent 47 years in the film business! That’s absolutely incredible. Bravo Jodie!

I saw various descriptions of Jodie’s speech. I saw one news story that said she gave an “impassioned, rambling speech.” Another writer said her speech was “insane,” while another said her “rambling non-coming out speech stole the spotlight.” I don’t know about you, but I completely understood what Jodie said, and followed her train of thought through most of her speech.

After one of her closest friends, Robert Downey, Jr. introduced her, you could tell that she was very anxious, and her opening was brilliant. “I have a sudden urge to say something loud and proud. I’m single.” That was hysterical and a great double entendre.

Jodie said that she made a “coming out” speech a “thousand years ago, to anyone that mattered” in her life. I’m sure that everyone can appreciate that. So in her view she’s been “out,” and hasn't felt that she ever needed to “come out.” And just in case no one was paying attention to her or her career before, she’s “out” now.

She talked about the fact that she has been in the public eye since she was 3 years old, and that she has worked hard to have a “private life.” Maintaining that private life has allowed her to raise two sons, work periodically, and not be distracted by people prying into her love life, or bugging her about her sexuality. Jodie said she wasn’t Honey Boo Boo on a reality show, that she would never have a press conference to say she’s a lesbian, and that to some degree she wanted to maintain her privacy.

People forget that an actor is at their best when they have a script that’s been written by someone else. There are exceptions to the rule, but very few. Jodie tried to wing it at the Golden Globe Awards, and I thought she was great – but what she was saying, combined with her struggle to find the right words, and her difficulty conveying a coherent message – confused some people.

Why would Jodie Foster say all of the things that she did? Why would Jodie Foster be so nervous? Why would she discuss “being out” on national TV?

Because she felt that she needed to. Was she articulate? She was excited and nervous, and not as articulate as she usually is, but still said absolutely everything she wanted to say – she was honest and spoke from the heart. How can anyone criticize that?

She ended her speech and said that
she’d be “writing on the wall. Jodie Foster was here. I still am, and I want to be seen, and to be understood deeply, and to be not so very lonely. Here’s to another 50 years.”

I would have given her a standing ovation if I was there on Sunday night. And a hug and a kiss too. She’s fantabulous.


Winner of the Cecil B. DeMille Award Jodie Foster 1/13/2013

My Past Life Spying Observing Jodie

Winner of the Cecil B. DeMille Award Jodie Foster speaks to the audience 1/13/2013

I lived in West Hollywood in the nineties, and I used to frequent a lovely French café that I could walk to, just down the street from where I lived. The café is called La Conversation, and it’s on Doheny Drive, and it’s still there.

I saw Jodie Foster there often, sometimes with her partner at the time, once or twice solo, and a few times meeting with industry types. When she was with her partner, it was obvious to me that these two women were together and in love. They didn’t make out, and they weren’t touchy feely, but if you had an ounce of gaydar – you just knew. 

Paparazzi were a big problem in Los Angeles then, just like today, but I never saw a photographer lying in wait outside for her. I never saw anyone approach her in the café, and it was obvious that she was trying to be low key, especially with the baseball hat pulled down, but you still knew it was Jodie Foster. 

People respected her privacy, and that’s why I think she kept going back to La Conversation. I can’t tell you how many times I wanted to tap her on the shoulder and say “Hi” or “I love your work” or “wanna have dinner tonight?” I never did approach her because she didn’t give off an open or friendly vibe. Sadly, her protective wall was up a mile high, and you could sense that her personal space was inviolable. 

The most poignant moment during her speech at the Golden Globes was at the end when she said she was lonely. Hopefully things will change for her now. That brought a tear to my eye.


The Last Half Hour of the Golden Globes

Could Denzel Washington have looked more miserable when George Clooney mentioned his nomination?

Daniel Day Lewis is absofuckinglutely one of the greatest actors ever, and on a level that only Meryl Streep could probably appreciate. Bravo to him! Get well soon Meryl!

Argo won Best Motion Picture – Drama. Wow. Bravo Ben Affleck! Lincoln is a beautifully made and a fantastic film, with a screenplay worthy of the subject. Tony Kushner rocks. Argo is suspenseful and really well written, and Ben Affleck has become a great filmmaker. Zero Dark Thirty is excellent, and I’m still digesting it.

I’m not a film critic, I’m just a movie lover. And these are my impressions of the 70th Annual Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Golden Globe Awards!




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