Una Mullally

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10 Golden Moments at the Golden Globes

The full list of winners is here. 1. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler should be hosting the Oscars. Their ceremony intro sparkled and every gag hit its mark. They were smart, confident, relaxed, and did what all good hosts are …

Mon, Jan 14, 2013, 11:49


The full list of winners is here.

1. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler should be hosting the Oscars.
Their ceremony intro sparkled and every gag hit its mark. They were smart, confident, relaxed, and did what all good hosts are meant to do: made people laugh, and moved the show along snappily. In between the time I dedicate to trying to figure out how to get them to be my friends so we can go on mini-breaks / the lash / picnics / shopping trips / spa weekends etc with hilarious consequences, I shall be lobbying The Oscar Host Decider People to make their Oscar-hosting happen. Poehler also knocked the joke of the night out of the park: “when it comes to torture, I trust the lady who spent three years married to James Cameron.”
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2. When in doubt, bring on Bill Clinton
Hillary’s husband was there to introduce a clip of Lincoln, a president who as far as I’m aware did not play the saxophone.

3. I’m so bored of nude dresses
Yet Hayden Panettiere, Amy Adams and Megan Fox still rocked them. J-Lo’s nude and white lace effort was underwhelming.

4. Ben Affleck is a real boy now.
Winning a double whammy with Argo for Best Motion Picture and Best Director means Affleck has finally shed the era of shiny foreheads and bad romcoms and is gradually moving towards Clooney territory.

5. Jodie Foster is still a lesbian
Foster has half-come out before, thanking her (then) partner in a speech in 2007, but during her lifetime achievement acceptance speech, she addressed her sexuality as frankly has she could. The full transcript of her speech is here, and the video is here. I guess the impact of the was-this-her-official-coming-out moment? Hang on, is she retiring as well? has been diluted because everyone knows Jodie Foster is gay. That’s not to take away from her approach to talking about her sexuality alongside her thoughts on privacy. With her honesty, her tribute to her ex-partner and co-parent Cydney Bernard, and her general eloquence, I’m sure there were a few closeted actors in the crowd thinking “I wish I could do that.”

6. Other things that should have got awards are…
… Ben Affleck’s impeccable beard that reminds me of that Ken doll edition that you could ‘shave’ and then his five o’clock shadow would come back perfectly as if drawn on by crayon.
… Anne Hathaway’s short short hair.
… Daniel Day Lewis’ E.T. impression.
… Kathryn Bigelow’s mates who were all “where’s the exit?” when Poehler cracked the James Cameron gag.

7. Is George Clooney’s rotating carousel of quasi-anonymous girlfriends slowing down?
He brought Stacy Keibler, the retired wrestler who has been filling the most insecure role in Hollywood for a year and a half.

8. Women rule the evening
Jodie got the lifetime achievement award, Adele won best song, Lena Dunham’s Girls won best musical or comedy TV series, Homeland – a female-led show – won best TV drama series, Brave – an animated feature with a female lead character – won best animated film, Game Change – the Julianne Moore-led HBO drama – won best miniseries.

9. Tina fey gets a hilarious dig in at Taylor Swift
“You stay away from Michael J Fox’s son,” before turning to Poehler, “she needs some ‘me time’ to learn about herself.”

10. Adele said “pissing”.
If you were cruel of heart (or borderline, like me), you could be getting slightly jaded with Adele’s Eastender award ceremony shtick. Accept she’s too sound, so you can’t. Here she is injecting a Britishism into her acceptance speech for best song for the one that rhymes “crumble” with “Skyfall”.
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