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Highlights and Weaknesses of the 80th Golden Globe Awards – The Hollywood Reporter


OK, so let’s talk about Jerrod Carmichael’s Shelly Miscavige joke at the 80th Golden Globe Awards Tuesday night. If my Twitter feed is any indication – and I know full well that it’s hardly the case – it’s what everyone is discussing from the Golden Globes. That and pianist Chloe Flower, who did NOT play the winners on stage in the middle of the show.

So Carmichael walked out with a trio of Earth statues.

“Backstage, I found three Golden Globes that Tom Cruise returned…” Carmichael said. The star audience laughed and applauded. “Listen, I’m just a host, brevity or whatever, but I have an idea: I think maybe we can take these three things and exchange them for the safe return of Shelly Miscavige.”

Several members of the “Oh”-ed audience. Two or three people giggled. However, the main sound is silence. It’s not that the audience doesn’t understand the joke. Those in that Beverly Hilton ballroom knew full well that Shelly Miscavige, wife of Scientology leader David Miscavige, hadn’t appeared in public for 15 years, as she preferred to live a private life or… for other reasons. It was a scathing joke, phrased in Carmichael’s mild-mannered style, and I’m sure some people were offended, some were scared, and many were too shocked to react. how.

That’s not a bad rate. I respect the joke and, as always, Carmichael made it. But as the TV show started to drag on, I started thinking about the joke, who it was aimed at, and why Carmichael was able to do it. The joke is about Scientology, its alleged role in Shelly Miscavige’s alleged disappearance, and Hollywood’s silence or even complicity. But that’s not what opens the door to the joke. What opened that door was when LA time conducting a report highlighting many misdeeds and failures in the Foreign Press in Hollywood, Tom Cruise was one of the only actors in town to declare that he would return the jewelry that HFPA gave it to him.

Does he actually return the prize? How can I know? Is there hypocrisy in the things Cruise ignores compared to the things Cruise condemns? It may be true. But the whole joke was facilitated by the fact that when Cruise heard shady things about the Golden Globes – or saw reports about them – he actually responded and, at least in the spirit. of words, he wasn’t in the ballroom on Tuesday night, even if Top Gun: Maverick has been up for a variety of awards. Was Cruise’s act of disdain a response to the vote of the same public outcry? I definitely don’t know. But on a night when the stars returned to the Golden Globes as if nothing had happened, Cruise was absent, and that allowed the show to prep a little with the kind of wide-open publicity that might have been expected. Notice from 5 years ago.

The TV show’s theme is not so much “denial” but purely “tactical evasion,” and if you’re a conspiracy theorist, one can put Cruise’s crack and maybe even is the loss of Brendan Fraser to a similar barrel. There are degrees to which HFPA and the Globe are prepared to look bad, but… there is a limit.

Maybe that’s why Carmichael’s opening monologue, although obviously awkward in certain ways, is laser-focused.

“I’ll tell you why I’m here: I’m here because I’m Black,” he said, offering an explanation of the dark side of the HFPA controversy – which they had, at the time. that point. LA Times story, there were no Black members – and his perception that the show was using him to show the public how things had changed. He talked about the awkward conversations he had with the new head of the HFPA and with his friend/audio band “Avery” and how apprehensions might have been partially alleviated by a meeting. major test and was partially appeased by the changes HFPA made. But then he explained that the real reason he did the show was, “This is an evening we can all celebrate and I think the industry deserves evenings like this.” like this.”

OH. So the monologue doesn’t REALLY mock the HFPA for its questionable diversity in membership or its aesthetic changes. The monologue talks about why Carmichael got the gig, with a corner of the controversy as the backdrop. Justification, not evisceration or whipping. There were fleeting mentions of the situation later on in the show, but only fleeting, either because the producers didn’t want to stop or because once the prize was awarded and this was easily the list of early winners. the best in the show’s history — Ke Huy Quan! Angela Bassett! Quinta Brunson! TylerJames Williams! Duong Tu Quynh! – there are other things to focus on. The second half of the show is dominated by more predictable Globes-y winners and absentee winners, but hey… change has been made!

I’ve candidly expressed my feelings that Ricky Gervais’s mocking of HFPA has become increasingly repetitive and perfunctory after his first few hosts, but here’s something Gervais definitely knows: There are always MANY reasons to mock HFPA. But for the sake of the 80th Golden Globes, there’s only one thing that’s fair play. The lack of Black members as revealed in LA time Reporting is bad, but the number of other ethical violations is even more widespread and I still don’t believe the solutions to many of those problems have been fully implemented. But if you’ve seen this TV show, last year’s Golden Globes didn’t get televised because the HFPA didn’t have a Black member and now they have and so this year it was televised. Huzzah?

Carmichael’s monologue isn’t bad. At all. Which is part. I continued to wait for him to start the conversation, to continue the conversation. It’s easier to mock the Oscars instead, and so we have more jokes about Will Smith, one by Carmichael and the other by honoree Eddie Murphy. However, the reason we’re going to talk about the Shelly Miscavige joke is that in a toothless TV show, that joke has teeth. Otherwise, I would just write that Carmichael has had seven outfit changes and his various blazers, coats, and even a poncho are all spectacular.

Highlights:

*** There were passionate speeches. Ke Huy Quan’s joy at seeing himself win the award nearly 40 years after his screen debut and subsequent disappearance is still pervasive. His speech matched that of Bassett and especially Yeoh, who was surprised to arrive in Hollywood and was told that she was in the minority, to the condescension of everyone in surprise. that she speaks English and finds herself in this position at the age of 60.

*** There are well-constructed speeches. Colin Farrell has a story tied to each of his co-stars that’s captivating, precise, yet rambling. Quinta Brunson gave several speeches, each honoring her collaborators, her inspirations, and the opportunity to be funny at a time when we all need it.

*** There are drunken speeches. Mike White wants to dedicate White Lotus accepted in Italian, he claimed, but he got too drunk instead. And found a way to reprimand members of the audience for retranslating his HBO hit. Guillermo del Toro is just Guillermo del Toro more than that. Is Jennifer Coolidge Drunk? Who knows? Like del Toro, she is herself, just more. Remember that drunken speeches are always what the Golden Globes most reliably deliver.

*** Features a speech by Ryan Murphy. Receiving the Carol Burnett Award, Murphy took the time to praise boundary-breaking collaborators including Michaela Jae Rodriguez, Matthew Bomer, Jeremy Pope and Niecy Nash. He’s careful when it comes to the opportunities he’s given them, but in a moment when the spotlight is on him, Murphy turns his attention to others gracefully and profoundly. .

*** There’s a decent “bit” or two, some planned, some improvised and some ambiguous. Natasha Lyonne musing about the show’s coming to an end – “Let’s be honest, the only real villain here is time itself, aka Death’s Chariot” – which is great. The storms in Santa Barbara are SERIOUS, but Regina Hall’s tip about Kevin Costner sheltering in place is still funny. And Amanda Seyfried’s absence because she’s “in the process of creating a new musical” is the stuff of future memes and past AOL Instant Messaging “away” notifications.

*** There are flowers Chloe. Flower’s classically arranged piano compositions on various film and television themes were early highlights of the TV show, and she’s a Twitter celebrity, even without who knows her name.

Lights:

*** Then the TV show threw Chloe Flower under the bus. As always, the show started to last almost immediately. It’s been over 20 minutes and that means everyone will be disqualified. For whatever reason, the decision was made to play them with piano music, so the immediate assumption was that Flower was playing with everyone. Even if it was, she would just do what the producer told her to do, but many adopters began to kindly mock the pianist, namely Yeoh even challenged to a duel with the pianist. she. As a result, they had to change the mid-stream play-off and Carmichael had to come forward and vindicate Flower and explain that it was a recorded track. Flower had to take to Twitter and explain that, in fact, she did not make the unilateral decision to start playing music during Michelle Yeoh’s speech. It’s awkward and takes away a good thing.

*** My gracious host a long program. A few heartfelt speeches and things go awry and suddenly you get the winners in the non-English film category who might have 15 seconds to talk about the importance of democracy. The TV show producers ended up stuck because while you could always get rid of the producers of the TV show. Dragon House — the dumbest and most HFPA-y of tonight’s winners — if Steven Spielberg wins multiple awards, you let Steven Spielberg talk for as long as you like. Like Ryan Murphy. Like Jennifer Coolidge. Rhythm becomes a horrible thing, sometimes there’s no rhythm at all and sometimes you have Glen Powell and Jay Ellis doing… whatever they’re doing. It’s past 11:00 on the East Coast and Harvey Guillén and Salma Hayek are still playing schtick? No.

*** The TV show is sloppy. One winner after another sat at the back of the ballroom, wasting precious time stepping onto the stage. I can’t count all the cutscenes that blur the person or not the person the director was expected to be in the shot. The most positive spin I could put on the “looseness” was that people had to walk a long time to get to the stage because a lot of winners were unexpected and the unexpected winners did make a big difference. TV show or not? No.

It’s not the worst disaster imaginable, but it’s not a good TV show. When it returned to air with evasive slurs about its absence, the Golden Globes made a pretty compelling case that no one would notice if they probably won’t be around next year either.

(HFPA, which presents the Golden Globes, is owned by Eldridge Industries. The Hollywood Reporter is owned by PME Holdings, LLC, a joint venture between Penske Media Corporation and Eldridge.)

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