69th Annual Golden Globes Awards has been an atypical ceremony. There wasn’t any favourite movie and everyone took its prize.
George Clooney and Meryl Streep are also the what-a-surprise-winners for the Oscars, but it’s not going to be so easy for the best picture, director, screenplay, animated film and the others. 2011 hasn’t been a good year for the American cinema.
For me, Roman Polanski was the best director of the year, but in the USA they can’t give a prize to a man with his dark past. They have already being brave enough to recognize Woody Allen as the best writer and that was too much for the jury. Maybe Carnage and Midnight in Paris are considered European movies, so they don’t play in the same league. The prize to Martin Scorsese for a childish movie seems simply a consolation prize.
Maybe the best American movie this year was Rise of the planet of the apes, but saying that is too hard for an industry that only loves dramas or slapsticks. Maybe it is going to win some technicals Oscars, but nothing else.
Tintin wasn’t a movie good enough to win in the Animated category, but Steven Spielberg is a tough nut to crack and he couldn’t go out barehanded. I don’t know if right now anyone in the USA knows that Tintin was a Belgian comic before he turns into an Indiana copycat.
Maybe these year the Oscars are to be eerie enough and all the prizes are going to different pictures, but I will be very surprised if J. Edgar (Clint Eastwood) and War Horse (Spielberg again) doesn’t bite a bit. We’ll see soon.