2010 Golden Globe Winners: 'Sherlock Holmes' 1, 'The Hurt Locker' 0

Photo: Hollywood Foreign Press Association

The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards were held tonight and it's hard to say there were very many surprises as much as there were disappointments. Of course, I think the fact a film like Sherlock Holmes gets recognized for an award while The Hurt Locker goes home empty-handed is a complete sham. I believe Avatar is worthy of awards, but technical awards, which it will win at the Oscars, but since those aren't handed out at the Globes it means the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) feels the need to dote on it in categories where others are more deserving.

Avatar took home Best Picture (Drama) and director James Cameron won over the presumptive winner Kathryn Bigelow. This only causes agitation for me personally, because the whole show continued celebrity love while the smaller more deserving names were consistently overlooked.

Sandra Bullock won for The Blind Side and Robert Downey Jr. wins for Sherlock Holmes. The Downey win for Sherlock is one thing, but coupled with the snubbing of The Hurt Locker and a win for Bullock as she beats out Gabourey Sidibe and Carey Mulligan means the bigger name was frequently awarded. Tack onto that a Best Picture (Musical/Comedy) win for The Hangover and the HFPA also managed to completely knock out 500 Days of Summer.

Twice tonight winners were heard saying they expected the win to go elsewhere; Cameron noted Bigelow when handed Best Director and Jason Reitman noted Quentin Tarantino when Up In the Air won for screenplay. I guess we can all find solace in the supporting wins for Mo'Nique and Christoph Waltz, but those two were winners before the show even started so it's not as if the HFPA was doing anything we didn't expect.

Perhaps I'm making too big a deal about all of this and you will all disagree with me. And don't get me wrong, the movies, actors, actresses and directors that won tonight were all qualified. I just get upset when it all feels so lopsided. I guess I can be happy Jeff Bridges took home Best Actor (Drama) instead of George Clooney... I guess that is my one not-necessarily expected "happy moment" for the night.

Check out the complete list of winners directly below and let me know your thoughts on the night in the comments. Oh, and who didn't love Ricky Gervais as the host? And who thinks there is a snowball's chance in Hell he's invited back?

Always remember I am keeping track of everything award related under the sun in "The Contenders" and will be updating my Oscar predictions very soon. It's an absolute must after tonight.


  • Avatar
  • The Hurt Locker
  • Inglourious Basterds
  • Up In the Air
  • Precious
  • Nine
  • It's Complicated
  • Julie and Julia
  • The Hangover
  • 500 Days of Summer
  • Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
  • George Clooney, Up in the Air
  • Colin Firth, A Single Man
  • Morgan Freeman, Invictus
  • Tobey Maguire, Brothers
  • Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
  • Gabourey Sidibe, Precious
  • Helen Mirren, The Last Station
  • Carey Mulligan, An Education
  • Emily Blunt, The Young Victoria
  • Matt Damon, The Informant!
  • Daniel Day-Lewis, Nine
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 500 Days of Summer
  • Michael Stuhlbarg, A Serious Man
  • Robert Downey Jr., Sherlock Holmes
  • Sandra Bullock, The Proposal
  • Marion Cotillard, Nine
  • Julia Roberts, Duplicity
  • Meryl Streep, It's Complicated
  • Meryl Streep, Julie and Julia
  • Matt Damon, Invictus
  • Woody Harrelson, The Messenger
  • Christopher Plumber, The Last Station
  • Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones
  • Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds
  • Penelope Cruz, Nine
  • Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air
  • Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air
  • Mo'Nique, Precious
  • Julianne Moore, A Single Man
  • James Cameron, Avatar
  • Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
  • Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds
  • Clint Eastwood, Invictus
  • Jason Reitman, Up in the Air
  • Coraline
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
  • The Princess and the Frog
  • Up
  • Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell, District 9
  • Nancy Meyers, It's Complicated
  • Mark Boal, The Hurt Locker
  • Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds
  • Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner, Up in the Air
  • Broken Embraces
  • A Prophet
  • The Maid
  • The White Ribbon
  • Baaria
  • Michael Giacchino, Up
  • James Horner, Avatar
  • Marvin Hamlisch, The Informant!
  • Abel Korzeniowski, A Single Man
  • Karen O. and Carter Burwell, Where The Wild Things Are
  • "Cinema Italiano" from Nine
  • "I See You" from Avatar
  • "The Weary Kind" from Crazy Heart
  • "I Want to Come Home" from Everybody's Fine
  • "Winter" from Brothers

Television winners can be found on the next page.

  • Osdel

    I was expecting Cameron to win as Best Director since he deserves it. (Not saying the others don't) but the Best Picture Drama hit me on the face out of nowhere. Can't say i'm not glad, cause i am, it was definitely my favorite movie of the year, but i am really surprised :0

  • ddurden33

    no brad you are not alone, i for one felt the same way, after watching slumdog dominate the big names last year, i felt that the academies actually value talent more than big names, but i guess i was wrong. RDJ's win just baffled me, were they making up to him for last year, also his smug and cheap acceptance speech didnt help at all. the only robberies i thought were tarantino (screenplay), JGL (actor,comedy), bigelow (director), the hurt locker (best picture), and lastly i was pissed jeremy renner didnt get a nom, i hope he get it at the oscars.

  • ckybltz

    Personally Im more upset about the Avatar wins over the Hurt Locker than I am with Downey Jr. winning an award which I think he deserved(though I really enjoyed JGL's performance as well. I just cant see how anyone in anyway could think Avatar was better than the Hurt Locker. Dont get me wrong, I enjoyed the HELL out of Avatar, but it was nearly as solid of a film, in my opinion.

  • Eric

    The globes were a downer this year. I really hope this does not foreshadow the Oscars (except for the supporting categories and best actor, those were okay in my book).

    Gervais was pretty funny, they might have him back, who knows?

    After tonight, I think the importance that I place on the Globes might go down to just above the BFCAs

  • VivzThoudam

    Very disappointing.

  • Eric

    @Osdel: Just out of curiosity, does favorite film mean the best film? I really don't think so, I have a lot of "favorite films", but none that I could put on a list for "best" films that I have seen.

  • tool

    I feel that the Hurt Locker was absolutely robbed this time around in the Golden Globes. This was one film that I felt was far more deserving of receiving an award than Avatar or Up in the Air. I thought that such a great, realistic, and thought-provoking movie like the Hurt Locker was sure to win some recognition. But I guess not...

  • Tedums_Precious

    I have two things to say:

    1) Brad, RDJ was the third winner to mention who they thought they'd be beat by, since he name-dropped Damon.

    2) Does anyone think that one song from The Hangover, you all know which one, has an Oscar nomination chance?

    Overall, a lot of surprises (for me) and that amazing Gervais quote about Gibson made this a very watchable awards ceremony.

  • Chris

    These awards, as far as film is concerned, are a complete joke.

  • http://www.forreel.net Eric

    It's very upsetting that Carey Mulligan lost at both of the big award shows this weekend. She seemed like a lock only a few months ago, but the momentum Streep and Bullock have picked up has just knocked her out of the picture. A shame - she's the most deserving of the bunch, I think.

    The awards ceremonies last year were full of pleasant surprises - Sally Hawkins and Mickey Rourke, for instance. This year was pretty appalling. Between Cameron's masturbatory speech to the Hollywood elite, and Robert Downey Jr. making a snide comment about how he'd hate to be flipping burgers, this show seemed to be everything the Golden Globes/Academy Awards are criticized for - Hollywood patting themselves on the back rather than truly considering the highest artistic achievements.

  • Arjuna

    Brad it bugs me a bit to hear you say Avatar won an award where otheres were more deserving, if you included in that statement Best Picture and not just Best director, then i would whole heartedly disagree, Rope of silicon voters found hurt locker and avatar practically a tie for best film, and it has garnished just as much critical success even by you where the hurt locker and avatar both have A- ratings, so while i know your dissapointed about best director which I am also, as I thought Tarantino was more deserving then Cameron, it isn't right to say Avatar is only worthy of Technical awards, it is an inspiring picture

  • Corey Bloom

    I couldn't agree with u more brad and the fact that they were promoting avatar before every single commercial break like "Will Avatar win Best Picture? Stay tuned" just pissed me off because you know Cameron bought those awards

  • http://Gmail.com Jeff Woods

    Let me just say, you are not over reacting at all! The Hurt Locker was ripped off! And giving Sandra Bullock it? Over Precious and Casey Mulligan? What the hell!? And Avatar for best pic? James Cameron was shocked himself. I hate it when a film like that wins just because of the amount of money it's making. oh well, that's life.

  • Arjuna

    also biggest dissapointment of the night was screenplay, and i don't think hollywood is high on big names just because some smaller films did not win. Everyone got on the Slumdog banwagon last year and its a film that is average even by Bollywood standards in a year where Curious Case and The Dark Knight were vastly superior both in message and scope.

  • Arjuna

    wow it only seems like the Hurt Locker supporters are posting tonight, where are the 251 people who voted for avatar, and i believe Avatar was our choice for movie of the year in the top 25

  • Arjuna

    actually i apologize it was Inglorious Basterds BUT Avatar was in a pretty commanding second place

  • Allan

    Hi Brad,

    I finally saw Avatar this weekend. It had great visuals and was entertaining, but I hope the Academy only recognizes the film in the technical categories. I felt the story and performances were just so-so.

  • Arjuna

    but i do believe that Taratino will win at the oscars, that Bigelow will get director, that George Clooney will win and Carrie Mulligan or Meryl but NOT bullock, history has taught us with Poor Martin Scorsesse's films that the Globes do not always reflect what happens at the Oscars

  • Doofy

    Two things pissed me off:
    1. "Will Avatar take home Best Picture tonight? Stay tuned to find out!" x 50
    2. George Lucas' hair being in every single shot. TiVo back to each acceptance speech and you will see it at the bottom of the screen.

    The best moments of the night were Christoph Waltz and The White Ribbon taking home awards... both well deserved

  • ez6

    James Cameron's Best Picture speech was, I thought, rather irritating. He basically looked out at the room and said, "Aren't we just the greatest?"

    On a TV note, I was really happy that Julianna Margulies won. And was anybody else surprised that Glee beat out 30 Rock?

  • Tedums_Precious

    @ez6: I was rather pleasantly surprised...

  • ddurden33

    @Arjuna: even the makers of the movie AVATAR have admitted on several instances, that special effects is the main selling point of their product, yes it has received innumerable amount of "A" reviews from critics, but only because people were wowed by its amazing visuals, the movie didn't really offer anything substantial in terms of acting, story, screenplay and direction, on the other hand the hurt locker did all that, and more! that said, brad does have a point, if you are going to honor AVATAR, just give it some technical award, and leave the motion picture, director etc categories alone, there are much more deserving candidates out there, just my thoughts.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

    @ddurden33: Exactly, which is why when Arjuna points out how I gave both Avatar and The Hurt Locker an A- it doesn't mean they are both on equal footing in all categories and why movie review ratings should never be brought into the conversation when discussing films on this level... at least in my opinion. It's the main reason I almost (well actually I did for a brief second) remove all ratings from the site.

    Avatar is a wildly entertaining blockbuster, but when it comes to all-out quality, which is what I assume the Globes, Oscars and all award shows are looking to reward, it doesn't necessarily match up to plenty of other films.

  • Arjuna

    @Brad Brevet: well i mean i guess its following in the footsteps of the past then, because lets face it Titanic was nowhere near the film that Goodwill hunting and L.A confidential were, yes it took home best picture, largely based on the same popularism as Avatar, BUT this popularism helps smaller films too like Slumdog Millionaire and Juno which were largely popular films rather then great films

  • http://www.facebook.com Trig

    I 100% think Robert Downey Jr should have won. He is the most underrated actor in hollywood. I also 100% think the Hurt Locker was just hosed, Avatar was good, but it was definitely not as good as Hurt Locker. The globes kinda go with what the people want to win, Bullock is kinda of feel good story herself thats why shes won the awards at the previous shows. The Oscars Guaranteed WILL NOT give Bullock and Avatar the BIG awards(best picture and best actress). I do hope they give Robert Downey Jr best supporting actor though.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

    @Arjuna: I can't argue with that, but it still doesn't make it "right" (if there is such a thing when movie awards are considered). Of course, this all comes down to debating opinion and everyone is entitled to their own.

    As far as myself personally, both Juno and Slumdog are two films I was not personally supporting. I enjoyed them both the first time through, but haven't watched either since and neither of them made my top ten lists from their respective years. I would have loved to have seen any film other than Slumdog (Vicky Cristina, Ben Button) sweep last year. However, that's the way it goes. I just grin and bare it and the discussion rolls on. At least chatting it up with you guys is fun... right?

  • Eric

    @Arjuna: I voted for The Hurt Locker...

    I assume those who have grumblings about the outcome are the ones who voted for either Inglorious Basterds or The Hurt Locker.

  • Arjuna

    @Brad Brevet: in a perfect world Inglorious Basterds would take it.

    one funny thing is that it seems like the big directors this year all had the same sort of profile, cocky, Reitman, Cameron and Tarantino, it would have been nice to see someone as humble as Bigalow win best director, especially after that amazing speech Marty gave about what filmaking is really about.

    but the Oscars are a funny thing sometimes they reward popular films like Forrest Gump or Tootsie and sometimes they reward films that go really unoticed until they won like Crash for example or even No Country for Old Men (Atonement had alot of the momentum that year)

  • ave

    It seems like all the Avatar fans have disappeared tonight?

    I'm going to admit I was [pleasantly] surprised that Avatar won. I was gunning for Inglorious Basterds, but I'm glad Avatar took the award home. As for The Hurt Locker... I felt the same way about that movie as I did about Benjamin Button-- what is the point? where is this going? Avatar was a true *experience* despite its flaws.

  • Arjuna

    well i think with Hurt Locker it isnt so much as a direct plot line as its rather more about an experience, your living a once and a lifetime experience which has never been seen before. its not a conventional film, they arn't going to go after the people who did that to beckham or anything like that, its all about the pure adrenaline and the pure fear that these people live

    but in defense of Curious Case it is also unconventional but you have to look at it like you would any other biography as it spans his entire life so there are many plot lines but the movie's "point" is more thematical then going from point a to point b

  • ddurden33

    @Trig: dude there is nothing underrated about RDJ, the man is as cocky as it gets, he gets tons of media attention, and everybody knows he's got some serious skills, regardless sherlock holmes wasn't really his shining moment, both damon and JGL deserved it more than he did.

  • Arjuna

    @ddurden33: well i think Trig may have meant pre-Iron Man, because when he was doing movies like Scanner Darkley or Kiss Kiss Bang Bang I would say he was VERY underated but i do think this blockbuster stuff has gone to his head a bit

  • Leighton

    @ddurden33: thank you

  • ddurden33

    @Arjuna: well there are 2 kinds of popular movies that make it to the oscars/globes, movies like LOTR. the return of the king, ground breaking visuals, with top notch, script, direction, acting, you name it, then there are movies like avatar, its like a one legged horse, that doesnt offer anything but visuals, and yet for some reason manage to top other movies that are leagues ahead of it, in being complete motion pictures.

  • Arjuna

    @ddurden33: well we all do have to consider the fact that the Oscars and Globes carry alot of politics and a movie like Avatar although simplistic and story and theme manages to resonate across the world and maybe not to film scholars but a lot of cinema goers feel a deep genuine connection to the film

    and I would go so far as to say leagues ahead of it, the acting and script were as good as the movie required and fitted very well with characterizing the different players in the film

    and yes there are two different kinds of popular films movies like Gandhi are in the same sort of catagory as LOTR but the oscars does recognize alot of popular crap *shakespear in love* was that movie in the same league as American History X or Saving Private Ryan? hell no

  • Arjuna

    i meant to say "i wouldn't go so far as to say"

  • William

    I was so pissed about the Globes tonight, but this article and comment board certainly eased the pain, good to know I'm not the only one who saw the folly of RDJ and Avatar. I love RDJ by the way, but I also think that this isn't near his best work, and should not have won this time for this role.

    I can only hope that the other award shows do not follow suit. Unfortunately I'm afraid they will, since I don't see the Academy learning from the error of Titanic.

  • JM

    I try not to get myself too worked up over who was snubbed and not snubbed, but I've got to say, two awards really disappointed, and they're:

    Colin Firth not getting Best Actor - Drama
    Joseph Gordon-Levitt not getting Best Actor - Comedy

    Funnily enough, they're both the actor awards. I also would have liked to see IB get screenplay, and I'm a bit disappointed with that one, but at least Up in the Air is a good movie. But its ending wasn't the strongest, and IB's ending (and entire story, for that matter) was pitch-perfect.

  • goavs

    I would say Avatar is worthy of best picture in the Golden Globes, but either The Hurt Locker or Up in the Air will take it for the Oscars. Kathryn Bigelow was obviously robbed. The biggest surprise was that The Hangover took home best picture. I loved that movie, but never did I see it winning. Incredible. Sandra Bullock deserved her award, in my mind. Plus Alec Baldwin and Meryl Streep get their undeserved awards. It seems Award shows wouldn't be award shows if we did not hear Meryl's stupid speech about how she thinks she is not that good. To tell the truth, I agree with her. She is way overrated, and if she is in a movie, she'll always get nominated. Plus Alec Baldwin, who plays basically himself in 30 Rock somehow beats Steve Carell's amazing performance as Michael Scott. Then WTF? Glee? Really, Glee? The stupid tween show Glee? I guess they only gave it to them because it is the only tween thing out now that doesn't have a vampire in it. Reitman although he is a great writer, should not have won. Inglourious Basterds is a great movie, but the best part about it(besides Christoph Waltz) is the script. Tarantino wrote a great script. Reitman deserved Best Picture or perhaps Best Director above Best Screenplay. Then Monique wins, which I do not understand. Vera Farmiga or Anna Kendrick should have won. Then Robert Downey Jr. winning for Sherlock Holmes is laughable. Joseph Gordon-Levitt should have won. I loved Avatar's Original Score way more than Ups. Nice to see Michael C. Hall win, but I feel he would not have won if he did not have cancer. I know it is bad to say that, but I just feel like that is the truth.

    How did The Hurt Locker go empty handed. For one Jeremy Renner should have been nominated for Best Actor, so they already snubbed the movie before the winners were even announced. To me the Golden Globes are just a fun night, where it does not really matter. The Academy Awards is where the best are shown. I can't wait till the nominees are announced. I hope this year the Academy Awards don't pull any crap and let a movie like Precious win. I've given up on TV award shows because it is always just Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock, or some tween show. So Oscars, don't let me down.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

    @goavs: Just so you know, Hall didn't announce he had cancer until just recently. No one knew he had it before voting so it wasn't a factor, at least not to my knowledge.

  • Tyler

    Geez..judging by some of the comments, I thought Revenge of the Fallen won Best Drama. Avatar was a good film in it's own right. I hoped for Inglourious Basterds to win, but since it didn't, I'm not just going to throw Avatar under the bus and ignore the wonderful merits of the film in order to denigrate it's win. I've seen all 5 drama nominees and even if my horse (Inglourious) didn't win, I was ok because the other 4 are all deserving in their own right from my point of view.

  • Arjuna

    @Tyler: i applaud you

  • Chris138

    I liked Avatar, and I'm all for it being the big blockbuster that will be nominated for a bunch of Oscars, but when it all comes down to it, Kathryn Bigelow deserves Best Director and The Hurt Locker deserves to win Best Picture. Don't let me down, Oscar.

  • ddurden33

    when the dust settles i hope people will see how globes have done a complete 180 here, they totally ignored smaller budget movies, for blockbusters, that is so uncharacteristic of them, if i remember correctly these are the same people who dismissed TDK for being too "popular" action and effects oriented, and look at em now, embracing something like AVATAR.

  • Raichu

    Most of my faves won and some didn't but I'm good. I have my faves such as Bigelow for director but I'm ok with the Cameron win, I mean not all directors even with the same resources can pull off what he did and many would probably even balk at taking such an audacious project. If there's one thing that I wish though is that mulligan doesn't get overshadowed by the seemingly all Meryl Streep/Sandra Bullock for Best Actress race. UP's double win with Giacchino taking score was great, and while I was hoping for (500)days to win, I'm ok with the Hangover taking it.

    Oscar predictions:
    1. The 5 Globe drama nominees are locks for Oscar BP nominations, along with UP.
    2. I think Bigelow will win the Oscar for Best Director.
    3.QT will get the orig. screenplay
    4.UP's Best Pic nomination will be it's "oscar win" which would leave the animated oscar up for grabs as voters will throw that bone to another contender(I don't think Mr. Fox is the shoo-in if UP is bypassed. I can see Coraline and even Princess and the Frog taking it)
    5. Avatar wins all technical awards. duh
    6. Giacchino gets the Oscar for score to go along with the Globe win.

  • maja

    I have no qualms about Avatar taking best picture - I think that in 10 years time it is a movie that will be remembered for being groundbreaking. I cannot imagine me even remembering the hurt locker in 10 years.

    I fear that 500 days and JGL will be snubbed, and I was quite surprised Tarantino was too considering he is a far bigger celebrity than JR.

  • Arjuna

    let Reitman have his day in the sun he won't be seeing much gold come Oscars

  • William

    @ddurden33: Because in my opinion, TDK was a better movie structurally, and a more respective film outside of special effects. They're giving it to the wrong blockbuster film, the shallow one.

  • Jayson

    Funny how TDK fans are taking shots at Avatar considering both are similar in many ways. TDK and Avatar both kinda fell apart in their last acts, the more so with TDK.

  • ddurden33

    @Jayson: haha i see what you did there,,,,but im not falling for that.

    @William: and that was the message i was trying to convey with my previous comment. it sucks to be a TDK fan.

  • http://hpana.com Jeremy Baril

    A truly pitiful performance by the HFPA this evening...
    The two acting wins for Dexter were excellent (although notice Michael C. Hall finally gets the golden globe he deserves just weeks after announcing he has cancer...).
    And supporting actors were well deserved, the hangover I can live with (but not my choice). And I assume Jeff Bridges earned it, but Avatar? Downey Jr.? Bullock? (close, but Mulligan deserved it), no Bigelow? and reitman over the other magnificent scripts (minus, maybe D9) ? This was a debacle, and I can only hope it doesn't carry over to the Academy.

  • http://www.facebook.com Trig

    @Arjuna: I absolutely meant pre-iron man, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang being his best movie. I don't think RDJ is cocky at all, he's just got that comic whit about him and he's always had that (check out interviews from way back in the day). He's had this kind of fame before so he knows what its like and then he went on the drug binge which wasn't good but he got through it. He was incredible in Tropic Thunder but honestly what performance could have beat Heath Ledger? RDJ is right where he should be and he's not cocky he's just funny like that with his speech's and he's unique in that way, I think he's kinda like Tom Hanks with what he says in the media.

  • ddurden33

    @Trig: who rolls their eyes on national television after losing to a dead man ? RDJ does. nuff said!!

  • http://thekingbulletin.blogspot.com Danny King

    Something about tonight's Globes that really annoyed me:

    First off, Meryl Streep gets rewarded for an emotionless, entirely forgettable impersonation, and then goes on to give a five minute speech without a single peep from the crowd. Then, Michael Haneke (an interesting guy I really want to listen to), wins for The White Ribbon, and he begins to hear the orchestra after thirty seconds.

    In my opinion the entire Musical/Comedy categories were a joke. If the HFPA really thinks It's Complicated, Nine, The Hangover, and Julie & Julia are four of 2009's most memorable films, then they need to reevaluate their opinions.

  • Vik

    Word about everything Musical/Comedy-related being a joke this year. There were so, so many times I felt like I was watching the MTV Movie Awards and not the Golden Globes last night. It won't be long now before the Twilight franchise starts sweeping awards.

    It is weird how both the GG and the Oscars totally went out of their way this year to undo the damage they did to themselves thanks to the TDK snub last year(Oscars with their 10 BP noms and GG awarding Avatar). It was pathetic to see the announcer say something like "Will Avatar win BP?" or "The Avatar fans are excited, but will it triumph?", something to that effect every time they cut to commercials. So I guess it is all about the ratings now.

    I wasn't THAT impressed by Gervais. I was expecting so much from him but he basically just re-enacted his Conan O'Brien appearance with the NBC bashing and the over the top plugging shtick...the latter which was too lame and obnoxious. But the Gibson comment was awesome especially when coupled with Diane Kruger's hilarious reaction to it.

    I could understand why people would be pissed at RDJ and his speech but personally I find it all part of his charm. I genuinely don't think he is arrogant and full of himself. That would be James Cameron. And the whole my ex-wife-deserves-it-more-than-me came across as condescending rather than classy. He could've just said that he expected her to win like Reitman did for Tarantino but saying that she deserved it more than him was pointless, even if he was being honest. It isn't like losing a shitty GG will instantly break her life and career.

  • Leandro Dubost

    It's not like Avatar doesn't deserve the award. It does, it's my favorite movie from last year. But I wasn't expecting the Golden Globes to award it, Avatar is the typical 'academy award winner', while smaller movies like Up In The Air and The Hurt Locker have a better shot at the GG.

    And the fact that Sherlock Homes (lol!!!!) and Sandra Bullock won is a huge "WTF?!"

  • Sherezade

    I was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO mad when James Cameron won Best Director for Avatar, because then I knew it would win Best Motion Pic Drama (and then he did, and I died inside) and, honestly, when I walked out of the cinema from that movie, the first thing I thought was that it deserves a nomination in that kinda category but does NOT deserve to WIN!

    I also nearly smashed the TV when ROB DOWNEY JNR WON FOR SHERLOCK HOLMES! I mean WHAT THE F IS THAT ABOUT!!!!!

    My one 'happy' moment of the night was Glee winning Best TV Comedy Series, coz I just love that show :D

  • hadria

    James Cameron deserved his awards, because he is a genius...

    ...for no-one else could create the b*****d offspring of Pocahontas and The Phantom Menace and walk away with Best Picture. Anyone else spend the whole film rooting for the marines?

  • Andrew

    I think Avatar was just to big of a technological achievement even if Hurt Locker was the better film.

  • The Jackal

    @Brad: I think something is being lost in all of this bickering, the fact that for many people (including critics), Avatar was the Best Film of 2009. I saw The Hurt Locker, I wasn't blown away at all. Was it a finely crafted film? Yes. Did I think "Best Picture" as I was walking out of the theater? No. Also, did anyone care to see how they created the characters in Avatar? I found Zoe Zaldana's performance in Avatar to be worthy of Special Consideration for Best Actress. This is one household in America that was cheering Avatar's wins for Best Director and Best Picture. I hope it claims one of these two awards at the Oscars as well.

    The one shock of the night for me was Sandra Bullock's win for The Blind Side. Considering the fact that I'm a student at Ole Miss (University of Mississippi) and even lived in the same dorm as Michael Oher (Deaton Hall), I guess I should have been thrilled. Sandra Bullock definitely dominated that film and elevated it from mediocrity, but to beat out such deserving actresses as Gabby Sidebe & Carey Mulligan is just a crime. Please, let the Academy not repeat this mistake.

    I wasn't upset in the least about Robert Downey Jr.'s win. He delivered a great comedic performance, which I believe was what the award was for. Also, I was very pleased to see Jeff Bridges garnering some acclaim for his under-the-radar performance.

    Overall, I was pleased with the 2010 edition of the Globes. Also, I would like to see people stop hating on such a deserving film as Avatar.

  • 19mminutes

    I love Golden Globes!
    Sandra Bullock win!! She is the best!! Cogratualitions Bullock!
    Cogratualitons for Mery too, he deserve hes award!!
    Im very surprised about Robert Downey, Jr.

  • Mystery

    Woah there, calm down people. Remember, it's an award show. The Golden Globes really usually vote for what's popular or a money maker (Avatar, The Hangover, etc.). Just because Avatar won Best Picture here doesn't mean The Hurt Locker won't win it at the Academy Awards.

  • Mystery

    Also, people need to decide what they want. One year the Academy chooses art house and indie films, people get angry over the lack of popular, well-made movies. Now, a year when Avatar may win BP at the Academy Awards, people are complaining about The Hurt Locker not winning best picture. Can people please pick one or the other? I mean, for God's sake, the Academy changed best picture nominations to ten because of complaints last year that WALL-E and The Dark Knight (two critically AND commerically big movies) got shut out last year. Now, we have done a full 360 and are doing the exact opposite. Make up your mind already!

  • steve

    No one talked about Jeff Bridges winning yet. Why? Who besides voters have seen the movie yet? What about NINE getting shut out. How can you miss with that cast?

  • http://fortheloveofmovies.wordpress.com Abrahim

    I feel Avatar deserved to win best picture, after all, it was a true MOVIE. But screenplay amd director should have most definitely been given to Tarantino and Bigelow. Either award for either person wouldve been more than deserved. Oh well, i guess they just felt like they had to give Up in the Air something and Hurt Locker had already gotten enough recognition.

  • Tyler

    Disappointed all around with the award show last night.

    Best Actress-Drama : Carey Mulligan or Gabourey Sidibe should have won, Sandra Bullock does not deserve this for the Blind Side.

    Best Actor-Comedy : Was really rooting for a Michael Stuhlbarg huge upset because I believe he did the best acting out of the five but would have been happy with Damon or Levitt.

    Screenplay- I loved Up in the Air but I agree with Rietman, Tarantino Deserved this.

    Director- Was rooting for Kathryn but would have been happy with Tarantino or Rietman, just disappointed that Cameron won this.

    And of course last but not least, Best Picture. I was rooting for The Hurt Locker, and was supper POed when Avatar won. Out of all five films on that list Avatar was last in my mind for deserving it.

  • Jack

    They should all be ashamed. As much as I enjoyed Avatar, there is no way it deserved best picture. It definetely deserved all the technical awards, but there was nothing special about its typical story and its okay acting. We all know that Inglourious Basterds or The Hurt Locker deserved the win for picture and director.

  • z0ng

    first off all, sry for my english. i just wanna say i'm kind of glad bullock messed up the whole best actress part, because it was messed up from the beginning and we don't deserve better. because the real performance of the year was delivered by charlotte gainsbourg. she set the bar for female performances in the horror genre und will be a reference, thats for sure. the only performance from the nominated ones, that was some kind of unique and special, was gabourey's (but like someone said, it was her first peformance, so i think mulligan should have win). none of the others will be remembered after the oscars believe me. i'm not saying they were bad, but such awards should not be about "good", it should be about "outstanding", but maybe it's a hollywood thing i just don't get. overlooking the winner of cannes (noone can deny that european film awards are the more serious ones) is just beyond me. so to all bullock haters, stop being so hypocritical and educated yourself about real acting.

  • Eric

    Just out of curiosity, does anyone know when the final ballots were turned in for the Globes?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

    @Eric: They were due January 13.

  • arood

    okay so i was also upset when JGL didnt win for best actor-musical or comedy but i was glad to see that RDJ did. and i dont get why everyone is hating him for his speech. he was joking around. that is who he is.

    • Stiggy

      At least it wasn't Daniel Day Lewis winning. Robert Downey Junior totally deserved to beat Joseph Gordon Levitt and Daniel Day Lewis.

      Robert Downey Junior's turn as Sherlock Holmes is comedic in the way Johnny Depp was with Captain Jack Sparrow. Robert Downey Junior suceeded where Johnny Depp failed thanks to Sacha Baron Cohen.

  • Mike

    Don't get me wrong. Precious, Hurt Locker, definetly deserving movies, but NOT because they WERE small budget or didn't have huge stars. I think its loppsided thinking either way to believe only small names or big names should win. Just cause Sandra is a bigger star doesn't mean she didn't deserve the award, and this is coming from someone who thinks Gabourey should've won.

  • Gregory

    I'm really glad that Avatar won! Next to HP6, it was the best movie of the year (I'm a huge Harry Potter fan!). Avatar had the best special effects that I've ever seen, and I liked the characters, even if no one else does! The anger from everyone makes it feel like they thought New Moon or Whiteout won best drama. The Hurt Locker was a pretentious, overrated piece of garbage. So was Precious. I loved Sherlock Holmes, and am really glad that Robert Downey Jr. won Best Actor!

  • ddurden33

    @Mystery: first off the exact opposite would be a 180 not 360 lol, and please dont blame the audience, we have no power as to pick the candidates, and we are not in a position to support either indie or popular movies for any awards, these academies are crazy, you never know what shit they're going to pull. however was anybody so pissed when LOTR won the oscar ? no!!!! it was a mainstream blockbuster movie, that satisfied viewers on every level, whereas AVATAR failed to do so, and theres the reason why everybody's pissed, hope that helps.

  • Jaxct Black

    @Osdel: its Avatar just a Scifi version of Fern Gully?

  • JunJun


    Hammer meet nail.

  • Ted

    "...it was a mainstream blockbuster movie, that satisfied viewers on every level, whereas AVATAR failed to do so."

    Uh..look around. I think Avatar is doing a great job of "satisfying" people, and I say this as someone rooting for the Hurt Locker. I have no problem with it winning. If Hurt Locker wasn't going to win it, it would've been the only movie out of the remaining 4 that I can stomach winning.

  • John Debono

    @Mystery: Were not pissed that Avatar beat the Hurt Locker (Or in my case Precious), its the exact same reason why we were pissed about TDK losing the nomination to The Reader. The better movie lost because of the politics of the film industry and to gain ratings. By that logic, NBC is right for screwing over Conan to please Jay Leno. How the voters actually watch the films and vote what they think is the best film.

  • Eric

    @Brad Brevet: Thanks, Brad!

  • KatieRoo

    I was also pleasently surprised. Glee is an amazing show. Those who dont watch it wouldnt know that!! It deserved it!

    And I have to say i am thrilled with Sandra Bullocks win for 'The Blind Side' Much deserved. I hope they make the same "Mistake" at the oscars. She dominated that role.

  • Tyler C.

    I'm calling shinanigans on alot of awards that were handed out last night. Maybe they did it for ratings sake but many of those awards were bogus. The Hangover over (500) Days of Summer? Cameron for Director? Nothing for Inglourious Basterds except the obvious one? Other than Michael C. Hall finally getting recognition for his work as Dexter I was more or less very disappointed. I certainly do hope the Oscars have a little more integrity when giving out awards.

  • mfan

    I never thought Carey Mulligan would win. Not only do award politics make it harder for a younger person to win (has she paid her dues? e.g.), but the argument can be made that no matter how strong Carey's acting was, she didn't carry the film. Line by line Carey might have been better maybe, but if Carey was replaced by a different actress, her film would have still been just fine. Some have made the argument that a younger actress would have been preferable. Sandra carried her movie on her shoulders. If she was replaced, the whole film would have suffered terribly, perhaps even fatally. Carrying a film is always much more impressive than not, and will always make the "better" actress.

  • Mystery

    @ddurden33: You really think people aren't satisfied with Avatar? Word of mouth is through the roof!
    I never said that blockbusters were not rewarded, I just said that the exact opposite happened last year. Avatar may not have the most brilliant script, but Avatar is possibly the most technologically advanced movie ever made. Some of you people need to stop acting like it's Transformers or something. It is not a terrible movie like you are saying it is.
    The Golden Globes are obviously not a very good indicator of Oscar winners. I mean, almost all of the winners were high box-office earners. The Hurt Locker made, what? $15 Million? Was I really the only one that was shocked that this lost here? I'll be shocked if it loses at the Oscars, but certainly not at the Golden Globes.

  • Seiko

    Still going on about "how great" TDK was. It totally fell to pieces in the last half an hour. Still a very good movie and Heath Ledger rocked but c'mon already...

    Thank god Avatar won a lot of awards. And Robert Downey Jr. got best actor; good.

  • mfan

    A lot of the disagreement on this blog is based on how narrowly, or how broadly, one interprets the categories/performances/awards (see my above comment). Robert Downey jr. has impressively made history this year by being the first actor to anchor two highly bankable franchises that are still in their beginning stages. I can see why the GG voters would want to recognize that with their Best Actor award, even if Sherlock Holmes is an imperfect vehicle for that recognition. RDJ IS the "Best Actor" this year because he has accomplished more than any other actor, period.

  • mfan

    I can see the last sentence could be taken wrong. He has accomplished more than any actor this year, and his projected accomplishments are...WOW! Not in all history, or anything.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

    @mfan: More than any actor this year? The Soloist and Sherlock Holmes? Really? That's a drastic stretch. Have you seen either Crazy Heart, A Single Man or The Hurt Locker?

  • http://www.yahoo.com salverde

    Let us not forget that the people who vote at the Golden Globes are "foreign correspondents", meaning they "write" articles about Hollywood movies at least twice month and send these articles to their home country newspapers to be published. The circulation of these newspapers could range from less than a hundred to a few millions. Some of these so-called correspondents work in L.A. as hairdressers, mechanics, waiters, etc. with a sprinkling of a few legitimate journalists. Some of these people could hardly speak English so they take "suggestions and directions" on who to vote for from the Golden Globe president , or they vote for the people who "treats" them very well during press interviews, movie premieres, and film festival junkets.

  • ddurden33

    @Mystery: if AVATAR is the most technologically advanced movie ever made, then why not let G4TV, IGN, or any other Tech media org give it an award and be done with it! bottom line is i still prefer "The Last Samurai" and "Dances with Wolves" when it comes to the story, and how its done, those movies were far superior in that aspect, had it not been for the amazing CGI in avatar, everybody here would have been singing a different song.

  • Jo Blow

    @Gregory: The fact that Hurt Locker didn't win is a shame...I saw that movie with my wife when I was on leave...I was astonished. It was as if the director Bigelow had entered my mind and saw how I've seen life over in Baghdad. She understood everything to the slightest detail. The film looked as if it was filmed on some of the very streets of Baghdad. I know for a fact that she worked hard on this project. I hope Bigelow is recognized as a true artist. She is a great talent and I look forward to her taking on larger projects, something different. I expect great things from her. I think you give her any story, or any character and she will be able to see a clear vision of how these need to be presented on screen. Quality! She focuses on, not necessarily quantity. I would like to see her work with both. Hollywood should see her as an investment.
    If you think it's an overrated piece of garbage, then why not say why you feel that way Gregory. Why choose to be blind to reality, and wanting others to be? Try to forget about the war for a moment and see the quality work this director has put into her film. Thanks for contributing to society Gregory and helping make the world a better place. Your opinion matters.

  • http://thekingbulletin.blogspot.com Danny King

    @Brad Brevet: In response to the "Best Actor" debate, I'd say Firth gives the best male performance of the year, with Tom Hardy (Bronson) in a close second.

  • Chauncey

    I had no problem with the Avatar win last night. It will be nominated for the BP oscar and if it wins so be it. I thought that Avatar, Hurt locker, Inglourious, and the rest of the drama nominees were all great and succeeded in being the type of movie experience that they set out to be.

    I really have no horse in the race, but part of me wants to see Avatar win just solely for the fact that it will send obnoxious Dark Knights in an even bigger hissy fit than they are now.

  • Terrence


    I thought The Hurt Locker was best of the year, but if it isn't going to win, then it's Avatar all the way for me for the same thing that you said in your post. These fanboys feel the need to stick TDK in every conversation and is using that movie-good as it is-as if it's the barometer for past, present, and future movie will be measured to.

  • mfan

    @Brad Brevet: No matter how good any performance was this year, they did not make history. Robert Downey jr. made history; James Cameron made history.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

    @mfan: You are going to have to explain how Downey made history. That comment doesn't explain itself.

  • mfan

    Just as the Nobel Prize commitree did not give Barack Obama a Nobel Prize for any performance, but rather for his history making election (with potential to help bring people together), so will the Oscar Academy look at other issues besides which professional actor gave the best performance. For instance, no matter how good the performance, they will NOT give the award to a ten year old child. Also, no matter how good the performance, they may consider what has been added to the film industry by the actor's role.

  • mfan

    Robert Downey jr. made history simply by anchoring both the Ironman franchise, which could go on and on, and the new Sherlock Holmes franchise which also has the potential for a long life. The closest anyone has ever come to achieving that was Harrison Ford, who filmed Indiana Jones just before he filmed what he knew would be his last Star Wars movie. If RDJ owned his own studio, it would be bigger than Summit Entertainment. If you do not think this is crazy level impressive, than we will just wait patiently-very, very, patiently-until someone else manages it.

    Should he get an Oscar in recognition? That's not my call, and I have no opionion on it except to say that it would be resonable.

  • ak144

    THIS IS TOTALLY CRAZY!!! Everywhere else I hear that the big movies are given the boot at the awards (trust me they are), and I read here that the Golden Globes just honor the big actors??? I for one agree that Robert Downey JR. shouldn't have won the award, but the rest of them were totally deserving. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely liked The Hurt Locker, but I felt it's story was repetitive and lacking "story". All it had were 101 scenes of a bomb diffuser trying to diffuse bombs and in the end, he didn't want to stop doing it, I personally feel that The Hurt Locker only won many positive reviews as we were all holding our seats and hoping the bomb won't kill him. Avatar on the other hand is the new Star Wars, and to say it's not deserving of a non-technical award is so underrated. A movie is not only made by it's story line but by it's visual effects, acting, score etc... And Avatar had all of it, OK, maybe the story wasn't original or the best out there but it still was one hell of a good story, and it's visual effects were out of this world!!! It had superb acting (I personally felt Zoe Saldana deserves an award if not for the stupid rules) and an awesome score and everything about it was brilliant. At least stating that Avatar wasn't worthy of winning Best Movie is entitled to different opinions, I really cannot understand how people feel James Cameron doesn't deserve Best Director, I mean look at how he made the movie. Sympathy shouldn't come into giving an Award, and The Hurt Locker and the rest of the (for arguments sake) "minions" got what they deserved with the nominations but once again SYMPATHY shouldn't come into play. In my opinion, AVATAR DESERVED IT'S AWARDS & I WOULD BE SHOCKED IF IT DIDN'T WIN AT THE OSCARS...

    Let's not forget Slumdog Millionaire didn't deserve a single award last year, Benjamin Button did (and that my dear readers and Brad was sympathy)

    Just so you know why I feel 'm correct, I watch a movie or two a day and I must have watched more than 500 movies the past year alone so I know what I'm talkjing about...


  • ak144

    Btw Sandra Bullock too totally deserved her acting award, I wasn't a big fan of hers before The Blind Side but she was, simply put, 'phenomenal' in the afore mentioned movie...

  • ddurden33

    @mfan: christian bale resurrected batman, and also starred in terminator, which by far is a bigger franchise that sherlock holmes, also nobody makes any history just by carrying 2 franchises ? what does that even mean? there have been plenty of successful comic book movies in the past, with several actors gaining lot of wealth and respect, doesnt mean they all can have studios bigger than summit lol. carrying franchises deosnt equal oscars and GG, ryan reynolds is going to be both deadpool and green lantern, should he get an oscar too ? thats # 100 yay!!!

  • Eric

    @mfan: @ddurden33: I agree with ddurden33 carrying two franchises isn't really cause for celebration or history...maybe a gold sticker and an MTV movie award?

  • mfan

    @ddurden33: @Eric: After all the "records" we keep track of like which film was fastest to $500 million, and which film was biggest after six weeks, do we suddenly get no love for a completly new never been done before record? Christian Bale failed, where RDJ succeeded (no new Terminator movie with Christian). If The Green Lantern becomes a nearly $1 Billion per movie franchise, and Deadpool becomes a huge franchise with sequels challenging the leaderboard, then yes, I will be impressed and so will the Academy. Don't you think they are impressed with Avatar?

    I've always considered myself difficult to impress, but you guys have me beat. It's almost statistically impossible for an actor to anchor ONE blockbuster franchise. Two is just almost impossibly awesome! Instead of getting a gold sticker and an MTV movie award, RDJ is veritably guaranteed to become a billionaire in his old age.

  • http://n/a Jezza

    @Arjuna: At least this time you can't blame Robert Zemeckis for Tarantino not winning.

  • Eric

    @mfan: I dunno, I'm trying to think of actors who have "anchored" franchises, so far I have Tom Hanks with two, Toy Story and the Dan Brown adaptations. He also beat Downey Jr. to two leading actor Oscars, but that's another story.

    I dunno about Tom Cruise, so far his only real "franchise" is the Mission Impossible one, unless I'm forgetful--which is entirely possible.

    Mike Meyers? Austin Powers and Shrek.

    Ben Stiller has the Meet the Parents and the Night at the Museum movies--who coincidentally directed Downey Jr. to his second Oscar nomination.

    As much as it pains me, Eddie Murphy, Beverly Hills Cop and The Nutty Professor movies.

    Maybe Orlando Bloom with Lord of the Rings and Pirates of the Caribbean? I don't count those since that was an ensemble cast on both films.

    I can't think of anymore...it's not impossible to have two franchises to your name, just really difficult and Downey Jr. isn't the first one.

  • Eric

    @Eric: but mfan, all Downey Jr. bashing aside--Hell, I like his work as much as the next person and I appreciate your comments, makes me think about just how much I love cinema ;D I really mean that.

  • Jaxct Black

    Tom Hanks body of work is one of the best but the most successful has to be Harrison Ford. Part of Star Wars cast, Indiana Jones and then the Clancey movies?

  • mfan

    @Eric: Thanks for your comments. To remind you of what I was saying: Anchoring two blockbuster franchises at once. Voice work doesn't count. It's just free advertising for a film, as reflected in the actors low pay for them. I didn't think of Ben Stiller. IF Meet the Fockers 2 is successful, then indeed he will have accomplished a smaller version of what RDJ has. Of course two movies don't make a franchise, and I'm not sure we can count on a third MTF, but way to go Ben! It's hard to count Orlando. LOTR was filmed at one time with one paycheck. It's not really a franchise, even though The Hobbit is coming out. And as you say, he didn't carry the film, but was part of an ensemble cast.

    Harrison Ford has always ruled. It looks like RDJ is going to follow in his footsteps. Let's at least give him two gold stars; one for each franchise. It is getting somewhat easier to have multiple big projects simply because there are more of them.