The Golden Globes Viewership Among Lowest Ever

We didn’t watch The 2021 Golden Globes on Sunday, did you? Seems like a lot of people didn’t bother.

The blame, at least according to the Deadline article, is on the pandemic. It’s easy to blame most anything bad on that these days, but is it really that simple?

Now, even as these early numbers have all the metrics of an all-time NBC low, let’s be honest, all of these comparisons are a bit apples to avalanches. As with almost everything in Hollywood and the wider world, the pandemic has played havoc with the calendar and the format. Absent much of the atmosphere that gives the Globes its appeal, last night’s glitchy and semi-virtual ceremony also aired nearly two months later than the 2020 show. So, no vital NFL lead-in and little holiday-season spillover, are but two major differences. Additionally, like with the viewership low of the 2020 Emmys, we have seen the Nielsen results of a number of coronavirus-impacted awards shows and other big-ticket events shrink over the past year.

Golden Globes Ratings Fall To All-Time Low For NBC – Deadline

Perhaps the bigger question is what does this mean for the Oscars? We’re on record saying they should have just skipped it this year and included 2020 and 2021 in one big celebration in 2022 (see: Oscars 2021 Still On As Planned As In-Person Event, Not Zoom or Virtual). The pool of movies for consideration is inarguably smaller. Some good candidates in there and some that will be overlooked. If the Oscars are a (mostly) virtual event, and they aren’t supposed to be from early reports, don’t expect those viewing numbers to fare better.

Joaquin Phoenix Channels Joker at Golden Globe Awards Ceremony

(Joker ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ manical laugh)

Got to love Joaquin Phoenix for his socially awkward acceptance speech for the Golden Globe for Best Actor – Drama – for Joker.

His acceptance speech got mixed reactions from actors and other audience members at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Then the social media reactions piled in, with some praising the actor, and others wondering what the heck had just happened.

Joaquin Phoenix wins a Golden Globe, delivers a truly Joker-esque speech – CNET
Joaquin Phoenix goes off on eating meat, private jets and “doing more” in his acceptance speech

And just when you thought he was done Joker-ing it up, he goes backstage and is surprised that he has to answer reporter’s questions.

How to Mock Reporter’s Questions by Joaquin Joker Phoenix

His Jokerish sardonic wit is on perfect display, “You don’t have to applause me, I’m just wondering how you’re doing?”

Ricky Gervais slayed it on the monologue and Joaquin Phoenix had the best acceptance speech of the event that I’ve seen to date.

Perhaps most important is that Phoenix reiterates that he would be interested in a Joker sequel, if the story took the character somewhere interesting and thoughtful.

I’m thinking there are a billion reasons a sequel will be made. Let the speculation begin!

Snubs, Surprises and Salutes at the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards

The results are in! Phallic-shaped gold statues for TV and/or movie’s brightest stars.

Movie-wise it was the Once Upon a Time … In Hollywood ⭐️⭐️⭐️ show peppered in with a whole lotta 1917 love and streaming giants Netflix and Amazon original movies parking cars outside the event.

Here’s where I get to judge the judges (surprises), berate the raters (snubs) and congratulate (salute) the winners. I’m going to bow out on uninformed commentary on some categories, particularly the TV awards, since I followed very little TV in 2019.

Note: Saw Rocketman earlier in the year at the theater and enjoyed it, but haven’t rated and reviewed it yet, hence why it is unlinked in this post. I skipped movie categories where I haven’t seen all of the movies except for Pain and Glory for the Best Actor (haven’t seen but have heard that Antonio Banderas was fantastic) and 1917 in Best Movie – Drama – which I am disputing should even be eligible for 2019. Nobody is going to listen to me, of course, but in my infinitesimal corner of the web, it matters.

Next year I’ll be able to cover most, if not all, movie categories. Unfortunately, I wasn’t review active until August 12, 2019 forward.

If you want to catch the complete list of nominations and awards, including TV, see CNN. Yes, I know the list below does not cover every single movie category and zero TV categories, I’m just pulling out critique-worthy high points on movies.

Am breaking up the results into three categories:

  1. Salutes – the judges got it right!
  2. Surprises – there were multiple good choices, but this winner prevailed
  3. Snubs – winners announced that the judges got wrong (in my opinion) — of course congrats to the winner

Let’s slice and dice!

Salutes

  1. WINNER – Best Actor — Drama
    Joker ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
    Joaquin Phoenix

    The obvious choice and very, very well deserved!
  2. WINNER – Best Actress — Drama
    JUDY ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    Renee Zellweger

    Congrats Renee! The script was a bit lackluster, but there was no denying how hard Zellweger worked to embody the incomparable Judy Garland … and, not just looking like her, but singing her song?! Wow. Love it. Excellent choice. My favorite award pick of the event because the judges could have gone with other actresses who were in better films. Instead, they did the right thing and judged based on the overall performance, of which Zellweger’s was fantastic.
  3. WINNER – Best Actress in Supporting Role
    Marriage Story⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    Laura Dern

    One of the few streaming movie award winners and well-deserved! Laura Dern performance as the hard hitting divorce attorney for Scar Jo is equally humorous and scathing.
  4. WINNER – Best Actor in Musical or Comedy
    Rocketman
    Taron Egerton

Surprises

  1. WINNER – Best Motion Picture – Drama
    1917

    Surprise for me because I haven’t been able to see it yet. It doesn’t even open wide until next week (1/10/2020)! Can’t put this under snubs, because I might absolutely love this film. Regardless the merits of the film, which I am very much looking forward to seeing, films that aren’t widely released in the United States in the calendar year of the award season should not be eligible. Maybe nobody will agree with me on this, but my story and sticking to it.
  2. WINNER – Best Actor in a Supporting Role
    Once Upon a Time … In Hollywood ⭐️⭐️⭐️
    Brad Pitt

    Either Al Pacino or Joe Pesci in The Irishman ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ were more deserving. Not quite a snub because this is a very subjective pick and I did like Pitt much better in this than Ad Astra ⭐️ but … still, why?

Snubs

  1. WINNER – Best Screenplay for Motion Picture
    Once Upon a Time … In Hollywood ⭐️⭐️⭐️
    Quentin Tarantino

    SnubbedMarriage Story⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    Noah Bombeck’s script was a nearly perfect analysis of divorce and a tender, powerful enduring friendship. Tarantino’s script was basically an alternate timeline piece on Manson with faux realism.
  2. WINNER – Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
    Once Upon a Time … In Hollywood ⭐️⭐️⭐️

    SnubbedDolemite Is My Name⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Knives Out ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and Rocketman
    I would have voted first for Dolemite because, well, it’s way funnier. Next I could have given it to Knives Out because it’s both clever and funny. Even Rocketman was a better choice, because it was an inventive biopic musical. I’m sure others might say Jojo Rabbit ⭐️⭐️⭐️½  got snubbed and that would be the only other choice I would also have disagreed with than what was chosen. Bad pick.

Overall summary

I didn’t watch the event and hear the acceptance speeches (will be tuning into YouTube to catch them), that’s perhaps the part I missed most not watching the three hour long ceremony. I’m not about the red carpet or fashion glitz and glamor, but it’s cool to watch who gets thanked and see the expressions of the award winners.

It’s clear, at least on the movie awards, that streaming is still not getting as equal love and acceptance in these awards (nice to see Laura Dern’s award!). Tarantino’s ninth film (and not even in my top 3 for his work to date) getting so much love? Movie-wise, it’s the Tarantino and Mendez party, and if you aren’t on their invite list, it’s gawking from the grandstands time.

On the flip side, there were several really good choices. Congratulations to all the winners.

What did you think of the winners? What are your salutes, surprises and snubs? TV, Movies, it’s all good to discuss in the comments below.