Oscar pundits of course traditionally look to the Golden Globes for signs of a growing or coagulating consensus about which films are safe to endorse as classy and awards-worthy. This of course may have nothing to do with box office success – otherwise The Hangover Part II would win everything in sight, and we would see Bradley Cooper accepting his armful of statuettes and tearfully calling for his cast and crew to join him on stage to celebrate the remarkable creative journey which took them first to Las Vegas and then to Bangkok. Some commentators this morning are saying that Michel Hazanavicius’s glorious silent movie The Artist was the evening’s (and by implication probably the year’s) clear winner with its three awards: best picture and best actor (for Jean Dujardin) in the musical or comedy category and best score. I’m not quite so sure about this. Famously, the Globes distinguishes between drama and comedy or musical, and Alexander Payne’s bittersweet The Descendants has won convincingly in this first category, taking home best picture and best actor for its star, George Clooney, playing a wealthy Hawaii lawyer who must rebuild his relationship with his daughters after discovering that his wife, in… Read full this story
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