Much of the criticism of Jimmy Fallon’s lackluster hosting performance at the Golden Globe Awards last night has centered around his apparent refusal or inability to lampoon or comment on the political climate in a meaningful, substantive, even moderately original way. “Ernst & Young & Putin” is not exactly cutting political commentary, and saying that the Golden Globes is one of the few things in America that honors the popular vote doesn’t make much sense, given that the Globes are notoriously a sham voted on by 93 foreign journalists easily swayed by celebrities and favors from studio executives. (Skip to 2:32 in the video below for the live monologue.)
Fallon also notably opted not to address what many liberals consider the elephant in the room: his “interview” with Donald Trump just a couple months before the election, which the host ended by tussling the now-president-elect’s hair and giggling maniacally. Aside from a subtle dig during an unpleasant appearance on SNL‘s Weekend Update and a drunken interview with TMZ, Fallon hasn’t addressed the criticisms of his performance during that interview, nor has he made any attempt at self-deprecation, or even self-awareness. Nothing changed last night.
Each year, a collection of fewer than 100 international journalists known as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association choose their favorites in film and television from the past year. The awards are delivered at a raucous, booze-infused ceremony televised on NBC in January. This year, they’re coming just four days before the Oscar nominations.
Precedent suggests the HFPA doesn’t put a ton of rigorous thought or intellectual judgment into its decisions for the winners, so I’ve followed suit and cobbled together a list of predictions based entirely on instinct. Any time I wavered or waffled, I forced myself to pick a nominee and move on. Take this list as seriously as you do the average Golden Globe choice — which is to say, not much at all. Check back tonight to see how well I did.
Best Motion Picture, Drama: Spotlight
Best Actress in a Drama: Brie Larson, Room
Best Actor in a Drama: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Best Motion Picture, Comedy: The Big Short
Best Actress in a Comedy: Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Best Actor in a Comedy: Matt Damon, The Martian
Best Animated Motion Picture: Inside Out
Best Foreign Language Motion Picture: Son of Saul
Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Best Supporting Actor: Sylvester Stallone, Creed
Best Director: Alejandro G. Inarritu, The Revenant
Best Screenplay: Charles Randolph and Adam McKay, The Big Short
Best Original Score: Alexandre Desplat, The Danish Girl
Best Original Song: “See You Again,” Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth, Furious 7
Best Drama Series: Empire
Best Actress, Drama: Taraji P. Henson, Empire
Best Actor, Drama: Wagner Moura, Narcos
Best Comedy Series: Casual
Best Actress, Comedy: Jamie Lee Curtis, Scream Queens
Best Actor, Comedy: Rob Lowe, The Grinder
Best Limited Series: Fargo
Best Actress in a Limited Series: Lady Gaga, American Horror Story: Hotel
Best Actor in a Limited Series: Oscar Isaac, Show Me a Hero
Best Supporting Actress: Judith Light, Transparent
Best Supporting Actor: Christian Slater, Mr. Robot
The Martian is science-fiction in the most literal sense of the term. It’s essentially a big-budget ode to the scientific method, in which an enterprising astronaut marooned on Mars after a deadly sandstorm puts every ounce of his collegiate powers towards surviving and eventually returning home. Directed by Ridley Scott and written by Drew Goddard, the movie version of the popular Andy Weir novel meets the old-fashioned morality and classical simplicity of that story with awe-inspiring visualizations of a planet we may still one day get to know.
Rather than dwelling on the wonders of space, The Martian skips straight past the sense of discovery and plunges in as the characters treat the most foreign environments as a mundane workplace. In the opening scene, the five astronauts of the Hermes mission are deep into a harvesting session when they get word of an oncoming storm. They make their way towards shelter, but not soon enough. Four of them return to safety in time, but one, botanist Mark Watney (Matt Damon), disappears, presumably asphyxiated to death.
At least since he became one of Hollywood’s Most Important Directors, Christopher Nolan has directed movies about ideas, not people. In Inception, he asked questions about the nature of dreams and the politics of intertwined narratives. In The Dark Knight, he challenged the nation’s attitudes about terrorism and urban corruption. In The Dark Knight Rises, he seized upon the prevailing notions of the inequality gap in the American rhetoric. And in Interstellar, he sets his sights outward, heading into the great beyond for the first time. He comes back with three hours of gorgeous imagery and solid performances tied together by a script that strives for emotional catharsis and falls far short.