Sunday, January 16, 2005

THE GOLDEN GLOBES REPOLISHED

As promised, here are my random thoughts and observations on this year's Golden Globe Awards...
  • Odd. Tim Robbins seems to think that the Jude/Clive/Julia/Natalie pic is pronounced “clozer.”
  • Natalie wins! Banner year for Israel, what with the Olympic gold medal in windsurfing and now Princess Natalie's trophy. Why am I getting all misty?
  • I think Jennifer Garner’s lips are coming off. Either that, or she’s developing a stress zit in the corner of her mouth for not winning Best Actress in a TV Drama. Is it wrong that I’m happy? I just resent that those Alias posters are everywhere. Everywhere I go, Sydney Bristow is looking at me. It's unnerving.
  • “Congratulations, Natalie.” You can hear her mock-growl, just to get a laugh. And that’s why Meryl Streep rules.
  • Downer…Zach Braff snubbed for Scrubs. Upper…It’s finally Jason Bateman’s move! If you have not yet seen Arrested Development, get thee to the video store, post-haste!

And now, celebrity thought bubbles:
“I’m an Oscar-winner. But I want more awards. That’s why I changed my haircolor. I’m a brunette now, and that shows my range.”
Your choices:
a) Renee Zellweger
b) Charlize Theron
c) Candace

  • I can’t believe I have to wait till late summer for a new season of Nip/Tuck. That Nip/Sucks.
  • Teri Hatcher was not my Housewife of choice. I think that Felicity Huffman is, far and away, the best of the five.
  • My award for Least Orange Desperate Housewife goes to Kimberbree Marcia Cross. Runner-up: Felicity Huffman.
  • Mick Jagger wins the Golden Globes. And for a change, they’re not on his date. The name of the song: “Old Habits Die Hard.” And Mick oughta know. What is he, seventy by now?
  • Prince introduces “Ray.” Naomi Watts wasn’t miked, but her lips just clearly mouthed “I love Prince.”
  • I’m having a weird thought as I watch Clint Eastwood accept his award for “Million Dollar Baby.” His bone structure reminds me of someone. And then it comes to me. Christopher Reeve. If Christopher Reeve had lived to age gracefully, he might have resembled the tall, angular Eastwood.
  • Jamie on Ray: Life is notes right underneath our fingers. Take the time to play the right notes. And then, tears as he recalls the support of his late grandmother, and feels her there with him. Damn the pathos of it all—I guess I need to see this movie already.
  • I love Robin Williams. The man is crazy. But in an endearing way. I always thought he was brilliant in even the critically panned Hook and Popeye, and was glad that he was recognized for both dramatic and comedic acting. His dedication of his own lifetime achievement to Christopher Reeve made the tears well.
  • I’m sure that, when he accepted his award for Best Actor, Leo meant that we should keep contributing to tsunami disaster relief. Big props for sentiment. But minus two points for not finishing the sentence.
  • Kate Hudson lost every one of those seventy pounds she gained during pregnancy.
  • I love that Morgan Freeman has an earring. Cool. Easy Reader...that's his name.
  • Hilary Swank, Jennifer Garner, and Julia Roberts all share a face. But not an award. That’s all Hilary tonight. And this time she even remembered to thank her husband.
  • Sideways for Best Picture Musical or Comedy, The Aviator for Picture Drama. I’m anticipating a tough Oscar race. No one picture even came close to a sweep—tonight, Closer won two awards, two for the Aviator, two for Million Dollar Baby. It's gonna be a squeaker.

See you all in February for the Oscars, when I'll have replenished my store of sarcasm and celebrity resentment. Till then, peace y'all. Happy MLK Day. (Not to be confused with MUK Day, the official day celebrating this blog.)

And now, back to my deadline...

10 Comments:

At 1:08 AM, January 17, 2005, Blogger Julian said...

Do you have a cool Oscar Party like me. I cannot wait until Jan 25th. We get up early and wait for the announcements. Any cool Oscar party ideas? I've done shrimp and seafood, and I give out prizes every year.

 
At 5:57 AM, January 17, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Felt like I watched the Golden Globes...even though there was no showing on Hong Kong TV. Thank you! Aviva

 
At 9:30 AM, January 17, 2005, Blogger T.A.B. said...

I liked both Hook and Popeye. Does that make me a bad person?

 
At 9:38 AM, January 17, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just read a "review" in the NYTimes that Jeremy Piven was asked by Joan Rivers (of that well-known "TV Guide Channel") about his personal life. He said, "I'm single. And Jewish. And straight." Joan got very excited and went off to get Melissa.

Esther, you better get to JFK right now to catch Jeremy as he gets off the plane. Melissa will, most likely, be close behind.

You go girlfriend!

 
At 11:30 AM, January 17, 2005, Blogger Andrea said...

I only watched a bit before my roommate changed the channel (serves me right for leaving the room).

My comments:
-YAY NATALIE! I still want to see Closer. The theatre I was going to see it at changed their lineup, throwing a wrench into my plan.
-Was Zach there with a date? I couldn't tell. He looks cute in a suit. Hell, he always looks cute.
-"Downer…Zach Braff snubbed for Scrubs. Upper…It’s finally Jason Bateman’s move!" I'm impressed by the reference. I thought I was the only one who remembered It's Your Move! I don't remember much about it but remember that David Garrison and Tricia Cast (who was on Y&R for years) were in it. David's coming to Toronto to do Wicked in the spring (with Carol Kane) and I've got a ticket. Jason's acceptance speech was cute. I can't imagine him with a wife though because I grew up watching him on TV. He's supposed to still be a kid.

Did you see Annette Benning's acceptance speech? Wow. She was graceful and poised and did the whole thing from memory with only a few stumbles near the end. I was amazed.

 
At 5:39 PM, January 17, 2005, Blogger Plantation said...

Missed the whole show. Glad to see a few of my favs won. Hard to believe Swank came from the ranks of 90210 to where she is now. Jennie Garth, where are you?

 
At 9:00 AM, January 18, 2005, Blogger La Chat Noir said...

Felicity's my favorite Housewife, too. And I was sorry to hear about your boy Jeremy ...

 
At 11:45 AM, January 18, 2005, Blogger Esther Kustanowitz said...

Julian, I had an Oscar party a few years ago and made fondue. But there were only three people there (if you saw the size of my apartment you’d understand), and shrimp is never an option for me, since I’m Koshergirl.

Aviva, you’re welcome. I live to serve, you know that! We are forever united, our friendship baptized in the tears of Julia Roberts.

Bob, if you’re a bad person, so am I.

Anonymous, believe me—I’m on this JP thing in a big way.

Andrea, Closer was great. Zach didn’t seem to have a date—although his mother might have been there too. I was probably the only one watching “It’s Your Move” when it was on. But I thought it was interesting that he married someone who, more than a little bit, reminds me of his sister Justine.

Plantation, you saved three hours of your life not watching the show. It was utterly unremarkable. Except that I managed to remark a lot about it.

LCN, glad we’re on the same page. Have faith in the Piven, for he shall prevail.

Thank you all for commenting...

 
At 6:32 PM, January 18, 2005, Blogger Princess Anonymous said...

Piven reminds me of the typical short frat boy from college. Nothing special about him except that he's a pretty decent actor.

 
At 9:31 PM, January 18, 2005, Blogger Madonna said...

How about William Shatner winning for best supporting actor? Hard to believe, simply because I can't imagine he's ever won any award - especially since forty years later, he's still and will always be James T. Kirk to millions of people...

I love Robin Williams too. I missed the awards (I don't watch awards shows anymore), but I wish I had watched his speech.

Back in 1987, I first saw what was Robin's first true serious acting role. Alot of people assume or believe it was Awakenings, but it was actually his role as T.S. Garp in The World According To Garp. His performance in it elevated him to one of my favorite actors, and showed me there was far more to him than the goofy stand-up persona or Mork.

 

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Sunday, January 16, 2005

THE GOLDEN GLOBES REPOLISHED

As promised, here are my random thoughts and observations on this year's Golden Globe Awards...
  • Odd. Tim Robbins seems to think that the Jude/Clive/Julia/Natalie pic is pronounced “clozer.”
  • Natalie wins! Banner year for Israel, what with the Olympic gold medal in windsurfing and now Princess Natalie's trophy. Why am I getting all misty?
  • I think Jennifer Garner’s lips are coming off. Either that, or she’s developing a stress zit in the corner of her mouth for not winning Best Actress in a TV Drama. Is it wrong that I’m happy? I just resent that those Alias posters are everywhere. Everywhere I go, Sydney Bristow is looking at me. It's unnerving.
  • “Congratulations, Natalie.” You can hear her mock-growl, just to get a laugh. And that’s why Meryl Streep rules.
  • Downer…Zach Braff snubbed for Scrubs. Upper…It’s finally Jason Bateman’s move! If you have not yet seen Arrested Development, get thee to the video store, post-haste!

And now, celebrity thought bubbles:
“I’m an Oscar-winner. But I want more awards. That’s why I changed my haircolor. I’m a brunette now, and that shows my range.”
Your choices:
a) Renee Zellweger
b) Charlize Theron
c) Candace

  • I can’t believe I have to wait till late summer for a new season of Nip/Tuck. That Nip/Sucks.
  • Teri Hatcher was not my Housewife of choice. I think that Felicity Huffman is, far and away, the best of the five.
  • My award for Least Orange Desperate Housewife goes to Kimberbree Marcia Cross. Runner-up: Felicity Huffman.
  • Mick Jagger wins the Golden Globes. And for a change, they’re not on his date. The name of the song: “Old Habits Die Hard.” And Mick oughta know. What is he, seventy by now?
  • Prince introduces “Ray.” Naomi Watts wasn’t miked, but her lips just clearly mouthed “I love Prince.”
  • I’m having a weird thought as I watch Clint Eastwood accept his award for “Million Dollar Baby.” His bone structure reminds me of someone. And then it comes to me. Christopher Reeve. If Christopher Reeve had lived to age gracefully, he might have resembled the tall, angular Eastwood.
  • Jamie on Ray: Life is notes right underneath our fingers. Take the time to play the right notes. And then, tears as he recalls the support of his late grandmother, and feels her there with him. Damn the pathos of it all—I guess I need to see this movie already.
  • I love Robin Williams. The man is crazy. But in an endearing way. I always thought he was brilliant in even the critically panned Hook and Popeye, and was glad that he was recognized for both dramatic and comedic acting. His dedication of his own lifetime achievement to Christopher Reeve made the tears well.
  • I’m sure that, when he accepted his award for Best Actor, Leo meant that we should keep contributing to tsunami disaster relief. Big props for sentiment. But minus two points for not finishing the sentence.
  • Kate Hudson lost every one of those seventy pounds she gained during pregnancy.
  • I love that Morgan Freeman has an earring. Cool. Easy Reader...that's his name.
  • Hilary Swank, Jennifer Garner, and Julia Roberts all share a face. But not an award. That’s all Hilary tonight. And this time she even remembered to thank her husband.
  • Sideways for Best Picture Musical or Comedy, The Aviator for Picture Drama. I’m anticipating a tough Oscar race. No one picture even came close to a sweep—tonight, Closer won two awards, two for the Aviator, two for Million Dollar Baby. It's gonna be a squeaker.

See you all in February for the Oscars, when I'll have replenished my store of sarcasm and celebrity resentment. Till then, peace y'all. Happy MLK Day. (Not to be confused with MUK Day, the official day celebrating this blog.)

And now, back to my deadline...

10 Comments:

At 1:08 AM, January 17, 2005, Blogger Julian said...

Do you have a cool Oscar Party like me. I cannot wait until Jan 25th. We get up early and wait for the announcements. Any cool Oscar party ideas? I've done shrimp and seafood, and I give out prizes every year.

 
At 5:57 AM, January 17, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Felt like I watched the Golden Globes...even though there was no showing on Hong Kong TV. Thank you! Aviva

 
At 9:30 AM, January 17, 2005, Blogger T.A.B. said...

I liked both Hook and Popeye. Does that make me a bad person?

 
At 9:38 AM, January 17, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just read a "review" in the NYTimes that Jeremy Piven was asked by Joan Rivers (of that well-known "TV Guide Channel") about his personal life. He said, "I'm single. And Jewish. And straight." Joan got very excited and went off to get Melissa.

Esther, you better get to JFK right now to catch Jeremy as he gets off the plane. Melissa will, most likely, be close behind.

You go girlfriend!

 
At 11:30 AM, January 17, 2005, Blogger Andrea said...

I only watched a bit before my roommate changed the channel (serves me right for leaving the room).

My comments:
-YAY NATALIE! I still want to see Closer. The theatre I was going to see it at changed their lineup, throwing a wrench into my plan.
-Was Zach there with a date? I couldn't tell. He looks cute in a suit. Hell, he always looks cute.
-"Downer…Zach Braff snubbed for Scrubs. Upper…It’s finally Jason Bateman’s move!" I'm impressed by the reference. I thought I was the only one who remembered It's Your Move! I don't remember much about it but remember that David Garrison and Tricia Cast (who was on Y&R for years) were in it. David's coming to Toronto to do Wicked in the spring (with Carol Kane) and I've got a ticket. Jason's acceptance speech was cute. I can't imagine him with a wife though because I grew up watching him on TV. He's supposed to still be a kid.

Did you see Annette Benning's acceptance speech? Wow. She was graceful and poised and did the whole thing from memory with only a few stumbles near the end. I was amazed.

 
At 5:39 PM, January 17, 2005, Blogger Plantation said...

Missed the whole show. Glad to see a few of my favs won. Hard to believe Swank came from the ranks of 90210 to where she is now. Jennie Garth, where are you?

 
At 9:00 AM, January 18, 2005, Blogger La Chat Noir said...

Felicity's my favorite Housewife, too. And I was sorry to hear about your boy Jeremy ...

 
At 11:45 AM, January 18, 2005, Blogger Esther Kustanowitz said...

Julian, I had an Oscar party a few years ago and made fondue. But there were only three people there (if you saw the size of my apartment you’d understand), and shrimp is never an option for me, since I’m Koshergirl.

Aviva, you’re welcome. I live to serve, you know that! We are forever united, our friendship baptized in the tears of Julia Roberts.

Bob, if you’re a bad person, so am I.

Anonymous, believe me—I’m on this JP thing in a big way.

Andrea, Closer was great. Zach didn’t seem to have a date—although his mother might have been there too. I was probably the only one watching “It’s Your Move” when it was on. But I thought it was interesting that he married someone who, more than a little bit, reminds me of his sister Justine.

Plantation, you saved three hours of your life not watching the show. It was utterly unremarkable. Except that I managed to remark a lot about it.

LCN, glad we’re on the same page. Have faith in the Piven, for he shall prevail.

Thank you all for commenting...

 
At 6:32 PM, January 18, 2005, Blogger Princess Anonymous said...

Piven reminds me of the typical short frat boy from college. Nothing special about him except that he's a pretty decent actor.

 
At 9:31 PM, January 18, 2005, Blogger Madonna said...

How about William Shatner winning for best supporting actor? Hard to believe, simply because I can't imagine he's ever won any award - especially since forty years later, he's still and will always be James T. Kirk to millions of people...

I love Robin Williams too. I missed the awards (I don't watch awards shows anymore), but I wish I had watched his speech.

Back in 1987, I first saw what was Robin's first true serious acting role. Alot of people assume or believe it was Awakenings, but it was actually his role as T.S. Garp in The World According To Garp. His performance in it elevated him to one of my favorite actors, and showed me there was far more to him than the goofy stand-up persona or Mork.

 

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