The Golden Globes are notorious for being one of Hollywood's most unpredictable award shows, and last night.......well, last night was something. From the start, nothing went as planned. It was one surprise after another before a final upset that sent shockwaves through the entire Oscar race. I had a 50% success rate with my predictions last night, demonstrating the total insanity that occurred. But does any of this matter? Will the results of the Golden Globes change how the Academy votes? Do the opinions of a group of journalists matter all that much? I don't think so. Or more like I don't hope so. But despite the wild finish and the typical futility of the Globes, there is still some importance held in the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's decisions. So here are a few important takeaways from last night's show.
-The Revenant and The Martian were the big winners of the Golden Globes
Despite the Best Director loss to Inarritu, Ridley Scott's The Martian emerged as one of the big winners last night, taking home the Best Actor award for Matt Damon and Best Picture- Comedy (the butt of many jokes last night). The Martian has faded a little bit with the emergence of The Big Short, but could it still be a big contender? I think so. Unlike The Revenant, The Martian has a sense of fun and humanity which will be easier for most Academy members to digest. It's still not the front-runner, but it took a step in the right direction last night.
-What happened to Spotlight and The Big Short?
I think that The Big Short is safe. Birdman lost Best Picture at the Globes last year before going on to win the Oscar, so I don't think it's the end of the world that The Big Short didn't win. It has some other important competitions coming up and it has been a factor on every end-of-year list. However, this is a huge hit for Spotlight. If the group of journalists didn't vote for the journalism movie, who will? That's a question that will be very important over the coming weeks.
-Is Steve Jobs a contender?
-DiCaprio, Larson and Stallone are the clear favorites
-Where do we go from here?
The DGA nominations are revealed tomorrow, but Oscar nominations are announced on Thursday. From there, we'll get a better picture of the race and where it stands. SAG awards follow two weekends from now and the race will continue to evolve from there. It was a crazy night and I can only guess that it's gonna get crazier from here. This is slowly turning into one of the most bizarre years in recent memory.
Come back soon for my final Oscar nomination predictions.
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