Our TV guy has already sounded off on last night's TV winners at the Golden Globes, so I thought I'd weigh in on the night's film winners.
For starters, the big sweep of "The Social Network" in the non-acting categories was no fluke. The Aaron Sorkin screenplay is thought to be one of the biggest Oscar sure-things in recent memory. I was cool with the Best Director and Best Motion Picture Drama wins as well, though I would have loved to see "Black Swan" and/or Darren Aronfsky (and his creepy mustache) win.
Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy was a win by "The Kids Are All Right," which basically ran unopposed. Its competition included the critically reviled "Burleque" and "The Tourist." Meanwhile, "Scott Pilgrim" was snubbed. Lamesauce.
The acting categories were all about flash, and I thought they got plenty wrong. Natalie Portman for "Black Swan" is the obvious choice, and in my book the best. But other examples of actors being flashy over subdued were less deserving.
Colin Firth was getting a make-up call. He was better in "A Single Man" last year. I'm disappointed Jesse Eisenberg isn't getting his due for his part in making "The Social Network" so damn good.
And on the actress front, two winners weren't even the best actress in their respective movie. I'd take Amy Adams over Melissa Leo in "The Fighter" and Julianne Moore over Annette Bening in "The Kids Are All Right."
My personal highlight of the night was Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross winning Best Original Score. But then Nine Inch Nails is only my favorite band, uh, ever. If Reznor gets an Oscar, I might cry.
The big question is always: What does this mean for the Oscars? I'm convinced it means less and less. Oscar voters have zigged and zagged from the Golden Globes and critic group winners more lately.
A big night for "The Social Network" again seems likely, but you never know with the Academy.
P.S. Ricky Gervais is one of the funniest people on the planet, and this manufactured controversy about his sometimes mean-spirited humor — or his atheist joke — last night is completely stupid.