The Best & Worst Moments of The 2019 Golden Globes
That was weird. The 2019 Golden Globes were among the oddest award ceremonies I’ve ever seen. Is was a show highlighted by great, iconic speeches while many other speeches were awkward, confusing, or just plain wrong.
The hosts, Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh were admirably game, but also inconsistent. It felt like the room was working against them all evening, sometimes unwilling to listen or confused by what they heard. The winners… hoo boy. It’s often a bit of a cliché to get worked up about who wins and loses these things. It’s just a silly award. That’s especially true at the Globes, where the awards are voted on by a deliberative body that is small and in the shadows.
Even so, these winners were really strange. Some of them were atrocious, while others were mere curiosities. Nothing seemed impossible during this Globes ceremony, which made it both exciting and depressing. Here are the best and worst moments from the show.
Best: The Opening Monologue
Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg started things off with a monologue that featured plenty of funny gags. There were references to Crazy Rich Asians and Hollywood’s history of whitewashing, and a strange, delightful compliment riff that flipped the script on how those monologues are supposed to work. Any monologue that allows Emma Stone to apologize for Aloha is a monologue that’s worth something.
On paper, Sandra and Andy seemed like an odd pairing. Sandra doesn’t have a history of taking these kinds of jobs, and things could very easily have gone off the rails. Instead, the pair seemed to have a fairly natural energy, and for the most part, Sandra melded well with Andy’s style of comedy. Sandra also got a chance to be sincere about the moment of change she believed was occurring in Hollywood. It was a nice moment. Unfortunately, it was somewhat undercut by the night’s biggest winners, but more on that later.
Worst: The Opening Monologue
Although the jokes largely worked, Sandra and Andy did have a few things working against them, and this was true all night long. The room seemed to be particularly chaotic and uncooperative, almost as if they were rebelling against many of the jokes, even those that were largely harmless.
There were also a few moments where it was apparent how uncomfortable Sandra was in this new role. The Killing Eve star has never hosted before, and there were definitely some jitters early on. Thankfully, those nerves seemed to evaporate as the night wore on.
Best: Deserving Winners
The awards as a whole were a mixed bag, but there were plenty of deserving and somewhat surprising winners. The Americans got some much needed love for its final season in Best Drama Series, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel‘s Rachel Brosnahan picked up a second trophy for her work on the show.
Although the film categories were a bit messier on the whole, it wasn’t all bad. Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse, a delightful, strange animated film that deserves every honor it gets won for Best Animated Feature.
Worst: The Kominsky Method
There’s nothing wrong with The Kominsky Method. Both Michael Douglas and creator Chuck Lorre seemed genuinely grateful for their awards for Best Actor in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy, and Best Series, Musical or Comedy. It’s not like the show was the talk of the town, though, or particularly a stand-out amongst the other shows it was up against. The Kominsky Method isn’t a terrible winner, but it is a very Golden Globes winner, in that it is weird and no one else knows it exists. As the Twitterverse has stated, “The Good Place was robbed.”
Best: Olivia Colman
After winning Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical for The Favourite, Olivia Colman called co-stars Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz her bitches. Need I say more?
Worst: No Love for A Star is Born
Although it was thought to be a heavy favorite going into the night, A Star is Born went home nearly empty-handed. They picked up the trophy for Best Original Song, but Lady Gaga lost, as did Bradley Cooper in both the categories where he was nominated. Although the Golden Globes aren’t a great predictor of anything, this suggests an uphill climb to Best Picture. We may indeed by far from the shallow now.
Best: Glenn Close
Glenn Close is an extraordinarily talented actress. She deserves every award she’s ever received, including the prize she won for Best Actress in a Drama. If she’s going to keep giving speeches like the one she gave Sunday night, she’ll make a great Oscar winner when the time comes. Close discussed the need for women to find fulfillment outside of their husbands, and said her film, titled The Wife, took 14 years to get made because it was called The Wife. Sadly, she was probably right.
Best: Regina King
Regina King might be the closest thing we have to an unimpeachable positive force. Her win in Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture, the only of the night for Barry Jenkins’s If Beale Street Could Talk, went a long way toward redeeming the whole night. Regina deserved the win, but she also seemed genuinely flummoxed by it. Her speech was real and raw, and it ended with an announcement that she would insist 50% of the crews on everything she produced would be women moving forward. Regina King is a queen. On Sunday night, the world saw why.
Worst: Green Book
Green Book‘s win for Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical wasn’t the most baffling of the night, but it might have been the most upsetting. As a movie, Green Book is a throwback to the movies about race relations that got made in the ’80s. As a result, its central ethos, one which was echoed in director Peter Farrelly‘s speech, is one that asks everybody to just get along. All we really need to do is listen to each other, the director suggested. If only we had all known sooner that it was that simple.
Green Book won two other awards on the night, for its screenplay and for Mahershala Ali in Best Supporting Actor. The movie is deeply problematic, and it’s also far from the best movie in the running this year. We’re past the point where movies about race relations need to be about togetherness and acceptance. If only the Globes understood that that was the case.
Best: Carol Burnett/Jeff Bridges
Carol Burnett and Jeff Bridges were the night’s two big honorees, for the Carol Burnett Award and the Cecil B. DeMille Award respectively, and neither disappointed. Their speeches were so in character. Carol talked about how lucky she was to get to make her show. Jeff was basically The Dude on stage for seven minutes. Both were perfect.
Worst: Bohemian Rhapsody
It’s true that Bohemian Rhapsody made a ton of money. It won two awards at the Globes, for Rami Malek‘s lead performance as Freddie Mercury and for Best Drama Motion Picture. It’s also true that its credited director has been accused of sexual assault. Whether or not it’s a good film seems almost incidental in light of that fact. Bryan Singer was brought onto the project after the accusations against him had been made. He was fired before the movie finished filming, but he’s credited on it.
The movies that won the night’s biggest awards weren’t just mediocre in the eyes of some. They were films that made the world a little bit worse because of what they decided to allow as they were being made. It’s hard to imagine an awards ceremony leaving a worse taste in your mouth.
Best: Sandra Oh
On a night where she hosted and won an award, Sandra Oh’s star shined bright. Her hosting stint wasn’t perfect, and she seemed to disappear as the show ran over, but her presence was always warm and excited as host. When she won for Killing Eve, Sandra really soared. She gave a frantic, nervous speech that ended with a sincere thank you to both of her parents, who were sitting in the audience. It was an acknowledgment of how much they’d sacrificed for her, and it was wonderfully heartwarming.