Voice of the Mountain
by Shawn K. Inlow
If you are to believe the Hollywood Foreign Press, which hosted its 70th Golden Globe Awards last night on teevee, you should be watching the Showtime series, "Homeland," since it won best teevee drama, best actor (Damian Lewis) and best actress (Claire Danes) last night.
On the big screen you should be rushing out to see "Les Miserables," which won in the musical/comedy category for best picture, best actor (Hugh Jackman) and best supporting actress (Anne Hathaway) and you should not have missed "Argo," which surprised with wins for best (drama) picture and for its director, Ben Affleck.
The HBO movie "Game Change," about the selection of Sarah Palin and her 2008 run for the white house with John McCain, also picked up three globes in the TV movie or mini-series category: for best film, best supporting actor (Ed Harris) and best actress (Julianne Moore). Moore, acknowledged host Tina Fey and CBS News anchor Katie Couric, in her remarks. Fey famously pilloried Palin in skits on Saturday Night Live and Couric nearly demolished the candidate with soft toss questions in a 2008 CBS interview.
Ms. Fey and Amy Poehler were very good as hosts and, as a host should, made for a comfortable and funny evening's proceedings. The only other real highlight - outside the weirdly trippy Target commercials which I kind of liked - was the heart-felt acceptance speech by Jodie Foster when she was feted for the Cecil B. DeMille Award.
Vault has seen most of the films at hand here and have to say that the films that offer the most were the oddballs this season. Vault loved "Life of Pi" and the quirky "Moonrise Kingdom." Still the Globes did not even mention my clear pick for best film of the year, the mythic and beautiful "Beasts of the Southern Wild."
Vault will also yield to all the screaming about the newest incarnation of "Les Miserables." One reader, Gayle from Clearfield, calls it "The opera of our times." And she's right. This one had me fair and square wiping at the corners of my eyes no less than four times. Hathaway as Fantine has a career making performance in a nutshell with her bravura "I Dreamed a Dream," and you'll never look at Hugh Jackman the same again. Have to say, though, that my favorite song in the film is the revolutionary theme "Red and Black."
Daniel Day Lewis, of course, won best (drama) actor for his towering performance in "Lincoln," which otherwise got shut out. And don't say we didn't warn you that DDL is on an unstoppable freight train to Oscar gold with his rare performance.
I guess the only other thing of note by way of winners and losers was that the globes thought highly of the HBO comedy series, "Girls," which won for best teevee comedy and its writer and star, Lena Dunham, also won for best actress in the category.
Lastly, Vault would like to remind you, dear reader, that there are many films we miss in the domestic market every year of the highest quality and if you really want to try for something good and outside your normal box try any of these globe nominees for best foreign film:
Amour (Austria) - The 2012 winner of the Golden Palme at Cannes (read: best film on earth this year) has also been nominated for five Oscars. The film deals with an elderly couple whose love is tested when the man has to become a care-giver for his wife.
A Royal Affair (Denmark) - An 18th century historical drama about the cuckolded King Christian IV and how the Queen's affair transforms the country.
The Intouchables (France) - Based on the true story of an affluent quadriplegic who hires a young Parisian petty criminal to be his caregiver, forming an unexpected life transforming bond.
Kon-Tiki (Norway) - Explorer Thor Heyerdal navigates a fragile balsa raft on a perilous trip thousands of miles across the Pacific Ocean.
Rust and Bone (France) - A faded boxer meets a woman who trains whales at a water park. After a tragic accident, their relationship takes an unexpected turn.
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