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Highs and Lows at the Golden Globes

by Misha Henckel

January 16, 2012 | 1:02 pm

The HIGHS

Ricky Gervais, a bit tamer but delivering as expected, with a drink in one hand and expletives on his lips. He does his job, though, making sure nobody takes themselves too seriously.

Morgan Freemen is presented the Cecil B. DeMille Award, by Sidney Poitier and Helen Mirren, for his long and illustrious career. So well deserved and bringing some real depth to the evening. Now that he’s single again, he should hook up with Mirren and not just on-screen. They would make a very cute couple.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie doing their duty as Hollywood’s leading couple – the picture of elegance and sophistication. They didn’t take home any Globes but definitely get the nod for the “true match” award. And that’s no small feat.

George Clooney, accepting for Best Actor for the Descendents, takes time to acknowledge fellow nominee and good friend, Brad Pitt, for his significant humanitarian contributions. Clooney never forgets what’s really important.

Octavia Spencer, receiving Best Supporting Actress for The Help, quotes Martin Luther King (whose day is today) “All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance.” Thanks, Octavia!


The LOWS

Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet and Martin Scorsese are remarkable and who doesn’t love them. But things get a little predictable and, frankly boring, when they are nominated. Like last night, they always win.

Michelle Williams, accepting Best Actress for My Week with Marilyn - well deserved! But she seemed a bit too preoccupied with thanking her daughter. Award shows are not really the place to acknowledge your family so profusely. You should do that in private.

Kelsey Grammar, using his acceptance speech to acknowledge his current and, newly pregnant, wife - seems like he was trying too hard to make the point. Was it just part of the media war with his ex?

Seth Rogan, talking about his “giant erection,” may have made his co-presenter, Kate Beckinsale, crack up, but it seemed just tacky and inappropriate. Love you Seth, but leave the dirty jokes to Gervais. 

Look for my upcoming reviews of the Oscar nominated films and my “deeply insightful” comments about our culture leaders this award season.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Misha Henckel is a Los Angeles–based branding specialist and the CEO/Founder of True Face Branding. After more than a decade as a leading life coach, Misha now works with...

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