Thursday, April 25, 2024

No “Grit” or Amputation for the Golden Globes, Thanks


The Hollywood Foreign Press didn’t like the Coen Brothers’ remake of “True Grit.” The western starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Hailee Steinfeld got nothing from them. It’s a little surprising, since the Coens are getting attention everywhere else. Also, Steinfeld has been racking up citations.

The HFPA–90 members, more or less, depending on age and mortality status–also didn’t care for Debra Granik’s “Winter’s Bone.” They did acknowledge actress Jennifer Lawrence, however.

Ditto for Danny Boyle‘s excellent “127 Hours.” Just actor–James Franco–and screenplay. “127”is having trouble overcoming the perception that it’s just about the main character’s cutting off of his arm. IT’S NOT! I hope Academy voters are smarter than that. I think they are.

Is it that these movies were just too difficult for the HFPA members to understand? It’s possible. How then did they go for “Inception”? The sleeping part could be relate-able.

What they did get right: Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams in “Blue Valentine.” Long before The Weinstein Company bought this film, it was obvious that these actors would get all kinds of nominations. They are much deserved.

Of course, in comedies, the Globes are comical. They could have had “Tamara Drewe” and “Dinner for Schmucks.” Alas, that would have been asking far too¬† much.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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