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Why the long face?



As Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig performed an hilarious double-act of misunderstanding the plot of several nominated films, the sour puss that Jones displayed, amid all the perma-beaming, shining-eyed beauties at the first night of the movie industry's awards season, could have curdled milk.

Perhaps he'd been told he was going to be pipped to the Best Supporting Actor gong (in Lincoln) by Christoph Waltz playing, in Django Unchained, almost exactly the same role he played in Inglourious Basterds.But might his thunder-over-Mount-Rushmore face have been a sign of the Academy's disapproval of the Globes?For years, it's been accepted that the Globes are a kind of dry run for the Oscars, a kid brother of an award; an apprentice prize; a work-experience award; its choices cautiously safe options to be officially rubber-stamped by the infinitely superior Oscars. Now, though, they've gone all off-message. They gave Best Film to Argo! Didn't they get the memo that it was supposed to go to Lincoln?

Did the words 'Spielberg' and 'America' and 'abolishing slavery' not add up to the top film of the year?And though Argo concerns a real-life American intervention in the Middle East, well so does Zero Dark Thirty, which is about US Seals assassinating a monster in recent history, not about some scaredy-cat US diplomats sneaking out of Tehran in the 1970s, and is therefore much more Oscar-worthy. Jeez. And they gave Ben Affleck the Best Director silverware! Ben goddam Affleck, who's not even in the nominations for a best-director Oscar. They've given him the prize over Ang Lee, and David O Russell and, holy moly, Spielberg! What are they, nuts? Has everyone forgotten Gigli?

At a stroke, the Golden Globes judges have ensured that, when the 85th Academy Awards ceremony is held on 24 February, conversations among the academicians will be a little strained. However much they praise the directors of Lincoln and Django and Les Mis and Life of Pi, there'll be a suspicion in the air that, maybe just for one year, they've Got It Wrong.The Golden Globes this year were considered a success by many. This year, from the start, women were seen as a driving power behind it. The two hosts were powerful women from American comedy — the hilarious Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Furthermore, Jodie Foster was nominated for Lifetime Achievement Award, and the most talked about awards were the women powered roles — from Lena Dunham's Girls to Anne Hathaway whose win seems uncontested through the season so far.

Fey and Poehler offered light and comedic relief to a night that is often considered long and tedious to those watching from home. Tina Fey is the woman behind TV show 30 Rock, and film Mean Girls. 30 Rock was a hilarious take on the world that Fey knew so well- based loosely on her experience in making Saturday Night Live. Fey shows the lack of women involved in writing comedy in her time, which started in 1997. Meanwhile, Amy Poehler played alongside Fey on Saturday Night Live and is now starring in Parks and Recreation. The real life friends jumped into it from the start when they introduced the 'Golden Globes drinking game', one of the rules being 'anytime someone cries take a drink' or 'anytime someone thanks Harvey Weinstein eat a meatball sub'.

Both managed to make the audience laugh about the industry without making fun of the films or TV. Poehler poked fun at Kathryn Bigelow not for her controversial depiction of torture in Zero Dark Thirty but for her marriage to James Cameron, director of Titanic and Avatar, saying "When it comes to torture I trust the woman who was married to James Cameron for three years". She also honoured the growing power of women throughout America as after former President Bill Clinton came on stage to present Lincoln she exclaimed "What an exciting special guest — that was Hilary Clinton's husband". This presentation follows English comedian Ricky Gervais controversial show last year when he made a lot of jokes that demeaned the films he was presenting; "Seems like everything this year was 3-dimensional, except the characters in The Tourist." Therefore, the success of jokes this year showed Hollywood the power of comedy without criticising fellow's films.

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