It turns out that Patrick had the right idea. Jeff, Leonard, Case, and I watched the Golden Globes tonight and it was seriously the most depressing awards show that I can remember. The tables were largely empty and Amy Poehler and Tina Fey’s attempts at humor felt forced and awkward. The constant bragging about the amount of money that the show was raising for charity felt like an attempt to deflect from all of the negative publicity that the HFPA has received over the past few weeks. Nothing about the show felt right.
The winners accepted from home. I enjoyed seeing Eugene Levy’s house. It’s a very nice house. But it still felt, to use that familiar term again, forced and awkward. Even the surprise winners — and there were more than a few — could do little to alleviate the gloomy feel of the show. At a time when we could use a little glamour, the Golden Globes were subdued and painful. One can only imaging how painful the Oscars are going to be.
Here’s a few tweets from tonight: