I know the problems with awards shows. I know I often curse the choices made, or the lack of women in certain nominations, or lack of POC, or lack of queer people.
But I still love an awards show. And I MISS awards shows. Even the ones that have been held in the last year just haven’t been the same. And I would know–I watched them all regardless because goddammit, I miss awards shows.
When it comes to awards shows for movies and television, I admit while I have often heard of most of the nominees, I’ve never seen them all. I love TV and I love movies, but these awards shows (especially the Oscars) have a tendency to award certain kinds of films and disregard others (see this excellent YouTube video on the concept of Oscar Bait). Sometimes though, I simply haven’t seen the films or shows yet and end up thoroughly enjoying them whenever I do (examples include: Parasite, Jojo Rabbit, Hidden Figures, The Favourite, and The Marvelous Mrs Maisel for TV, all of which I watched after their awards run). Every year I mean to watch all the nominated films and at least one episode of each the shows, and every year there’s something in the line up I either just cannot bring myself to watch or have no interest in. And so I never do.
While Oscar noms aren’t out yet this year (the ceremony was pushed for obvious reasons), the Golden Globe nominations were announced today. So why not go through them and talk about what I have seen, what I haven’t, what I have heard of, and if I am interested. I won’t bore you with every single performance category, so will stick to the main ones.
Best Motion Picture: Drama
The Father: Vagurely remembered the trailer so went to go rewatch. It looks deeply depressing so I honestly probably won’t watch it. The cast is amazing though so I’m sure it’s good, maybe one day I will watch it if I want to be sad.
Mank: Have yet to watch, but it genuinely looks interesting. I think it’s cool that it’s in black and white. Biopics can be hit and miss but this looks like it was told through an interesting lens.
Nomadland: Had no clue what this was and had to google. Reminds me of books I did not like to read in school. But it has Frances McDormand and as usual I am sure she put in a great performance.
Promising Young Woman: REMIND ME TO WATCH THIS. I have been really interested but just have yet to take the time to sit down and watch. It looks really good and I am amazed I managed to avoid all spoilers.
The Trial of the Chicago 7: LOVE this entire cast. I have also not watched this, which makes me 0/5 in the drama category. Not super surprising honestly.
Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: I didn’t even watch the first one in full. It just gave me too much mass secondhand embarrassment. Props to Sacha Baron Cohen for being in two nominated movies though (he is also in Trial of The Chicago 7)
Hamilton: I may have mentioned once or twice or three times on this blog how much I love Hamilton. It won many Tonys during its musical run for this same original cast, which I think is extremely well deserved. It deserves awards for the speed of Daveed Diggs’ rapping as Lafayette alone. I don’t expect it to take this category but know I love it.
Music: There has been a lot of controversy surrounding this movie, as is expected when a non-autistic person makes a film about autism also starring a non-autistic actress. Haven’t seen it, do not plan to do so.
Palm Springs: I have been wanting to watch this since it came out but we don’t have Hulu in Canada, for some strange reason. It was recently released on Crave here so it’s on my to-watch list after Promising Young Woman. I love Andy Samberg.
The Prom: This was a surprising one, but I am aware there aren’t as many options for nominations this year due to COVID-19. This was fun and cute and light. It’s a musical and I can never hate a musical. I would not choose it as the winner though.
Best Motion Picture: Animated
The Croods: A New Age: I have seen the trailer for this and I will say I am not the intended demographic and leave it at that.
Onward: I really enjoyed this film. It was cute and charming and really heartwarming. I’m also a big Tom Holland fan and am happy he is having such a successful year.
Over The Moon: I had never heard of it but it looks very cute. Again I think a bit specifically younger skewing.
Soul: This movie is absolutely beautiful both visually and in its plot and message, so I am 100% cheering for it to win. Fantastic. I need to watch it again already even though it gave me an existential crisis and then fixed it again.
Wolfwalkers: I had never heard of it but I looked up the trailer and LOVE the animation style. It looks really good honestly, I will add it to my to watch pile.
Best TV Series, Comedy
Emily in Paris: I watched Emily in Paris. I enjoyed Emily in Paris. It was fun and fluffy and I was obsessed with Emily’s outfits (me and the actress, Lily Collins, are really similar in size, so I just kind of…imagined it all on me). But why on earth is this show nominated?? I’m truly baffled. It’s cute, but I think there are so many other shows in the comedy category that should have taken its place. Especially since this category turned out very white.
The Flight Attendant: This show honestly took me by surprise with how good it was. It was so well written and I really loved the visual choices made in the show. I’m happy that lead Kaley Cuoco was nominated because I think she deserves it for the work done here. Watch it if you haven’t, you will just want to keep going.
The Great: I watched one episode of this show the other day. I love the leads, and I like the basic concept. But as someone who is into Serious Period Pieces, I kind of…wish it was one of those? Or at least slightly more historically accurate? I will probably try another episode though to see how it goes.
Schitt’s Creek: Am I a bad Canadian if I never religiously watched this show? I’ve watched a few episodes here and there and always enjoyed it, I just wasn’t watching from the beginning. This show SWEPT the comedy Emmys, so wondering if it will do a repeat.
Tad Lasso: I have heard of it, but have never seen an episode. It’s apparently quite good hearted which is promising. Maybe will check it out.
Best TV Series, Drama
The Crown: Oddly enough I am a period piece lover who…has never watched The Crown. My mom likes it? I heard good things and the acting was very good from episodes I have seen, although sometimes leaned almost a bit too much into impressions.
Lovecraft Country: Anyone who says there isn’t good horror in TV shows hasn’t watched this show. Some of the horror and supernatural elements in some episodes are truly horrific and yet I could not look away. I think the way it handled historical events and combined them with classic film tropes and horror elements was very well done. Loved the musical choices made as well, including old Black spirituals and speeches from activists.
The Mandalorian: I tried so hard to get into this show. I love Star Wars! Pedro Pascal is great! I LOVE SPACE. I LOVE SPACE SO MUCH. But I could not get into it. I’m sorry Space.
Ozark: I’ve seen parts of this show walking into the room while my dad had it on. I don’t think it’s for me, but I like the grey aesthetic and acting looks great.
Ratched: I’m almost surprised I haven’t given into this Ryan Murphy series yet. I just don’t understand why anyone thought we needed background for this particular villainous character? But that’s Ryan Murphy for you.
Best Limited Series or Movie
Normal People: One of the biggest shows of 2020 and I have not watched it and kind of have no interest in doing so. It just doesn’t draw me in. The cast seems very charming though. Love the accents.
Small Axe: I have not watched, but JOHN BOYEGA WAS NOMINATED FOR THIS and I am very happy for him. This also doesn’t particularly draw me in as a show, but I may watch the episode with John.
The Queen’s Gambit: I LOVED THIS SERIES. I know everyone did, but for good reason. This mini series about chess, of all things, managed to keep me riveted the entire time. Anya Taylor-Joy was a big part of that, and I’m so happy she was nominated for this as well as for Emma. The costumes were also magnificent, I love that era in fashion.
The Undoing: Everyone talked about this show while it was airing and I honestly still don’t really know what it’s about. I think there’s a mystery so I will probably watch it eventually.
Unorthodox: Another one that got quite a few nominations at the Emmys, and another one that doesn’t personally appeal to me. I’m sure it’s very good.
Clearly, I have homework to do.