This year, I decided to skip the Golden Globes.
I’m an actor. I love awards shows. I enjoy seeing who wins for what and even playing along at home with a ballot that I’ve selected my picks on.
Awards season is the playoffs for us movie folk, but year after year, these privileged actors get up there and overshadow their “Thank you” with a spew of political and social opinions that they themselves don’t really cling to, but say because they think that’s what the audience wants to hear.
I know everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but just because you scream it into a microphone on national television, doesn’t mean I have to listen.
I found myself no longer respecting the actors I once looked up to.
I found myself not enjoying films and television shows because of who was in them.
I found myself being just as hateful to them as they are towards others who don’t think exactly as they tell them to, and I didn’t like that.
So, I decided to give up award shows this year, entirely.
As my luck would have it, the year I skip is the year Golden Globes’ host Ricky Gervais says exactly what I’ve been saying and slams EVERYONE in the room.
Thank God for social media or I may have missed Gervais’s epic truth-bomb on Tinsel Town that set the internet ablaze with both admiration and condemnation for the comedy legend.
By skipping the awards, I missed not only Gervais’s now iconic hosting stint, but also a lot of wins for films I enjoyed and actors and actresses I still look up to.
Of all the years to “take a stand,” WHY did I pick this one?
In case you, too, missed the big event, here’s brief rundown of who took home the gold in the major motion picture categories:
Best Picture, Drama: “1917.”
Best Picture, Musical or Comedy: “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood.”
Best Director: Sam Mendes, “1917.”
Best Actress, Drama: Renee Zellweger, “Judy.”
Best Actor, Drama: Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker.”
Best Actress, Musical of Comedy: Awkwafina, “The Farewell.”
Best Actor, Musical or Comedy: Taron Egerton, “Rocketman.”
Best Supporting Actress: Laura Dern, “Marriage Story.”
Best Supporting Actor: Brad Pitt, “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood.”
Best Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood.”
Best Original Score: Hildur Gudnadottir, “Joker.”
Best Original Song: “I’m Gonna Love Me Again,” – “Rocketman.”
Best Picture, Animated: “Missing Link.”
Best Picture, Foreign Language: “Parasite.”
Cecil B. DeMille Award: Tom Hanks
If you care to see who took home statues for their work on television, a quick Google search will produce the results. I didn’t run the winners here for the sake of column length (there are a lot of television categories).
So many great performances were honored, so many inspiring speeches were given, and one big wake-up call was delivered to the people perched atop the stardust throne
If you don’t want to hear the truth, don’t hire Ricky Gervais to MC your next event.
He has proven he does not play the game.