Discussions will start as soon as “The 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards” have wrapped about who should have won.
The way I look at it, the handful of voters behind the awards will start the evening in the hole. There are several areas where the group will either honor the wrong person/project or have already omitted worthy ones.
Here are five mistakes I think the Golden Globes voters have already made.
• Doesn’t anyone have cable?: Omitting the Canadian-produced BBC America series “Orphan Black” from the best drama is criminal. The series not only features one of the finest performances to ever grace the small screen with Tatiana Maslany’s turn as multiple clones, it is one of the smartest shows on the air thanks to spellbinding writing by John Fawcett and Graeme Manson.
The Globers either fell into the trap of voting for programs like “Downton Abbey” by habit (it had a good year, not a great one), or the curse of science fiction continues.
Shows like “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Roswell,” “Smallville,” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation” are just a few of the shows that never got proper recognition from the Globe gang.
Unless the team behind “Orphan Black” goes completely off the rails, the show and Maslany’s name should be pre-printed on the Golden Globe ballots every year.
• It takes two: Jake Gyllenhaal deserves the nomination he got for his creepy work in “Nightcrawler,” but his performance wouldn’t have been half as good without co-star Rene Russo. Much of the skin-crawling charms Gyllenhaal showed through his character worked because of the way Russo reacted.
Part of the reason Russo may have been overlooked is that she makes acting look so easy. Decisions like the makeup she wore to show an aging TV anchor screams out character traits in a very distinct manner.
Hers is a brave and bold performance that elevated “Nightcrawler.”
• Insulting: The fact that Quvenzhané Wallis is nominated in the Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy for her painfully wretched work in “Annie” is a major mistake.
Wallis barely managed to mumble the words to the musical numbers. She was so bad that even nominating her lead-footed co-star Cameron Diaz would have been better.
It was a bad year for women in comedies.
• Ignored: The Golden Globes have given up on network television. Of the 55 nominees in the TV categories, only 10 went to network shows. And it was only six network shows that got nods.
Granted, cable is filled with first-rate programming. But leaping over programs as good as “Modern Family,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Resurrection,” “Gotham” and “Sleepy Hollow” is not fair. The group turned on “Glee” quickly.
Few actors have taken on a role so completely as Robin Lord Taylor in “Gotham.” It would have been easy to play the Penguin in a campy manner. Instead, Taylor gives the role a sinister quality that straddles the line between sanity and insanity.
It’s not going to be easy for the networks to compete as long as cable keeps making programming like “The Americans” and “American Horror Story.” But, there are some network shows and performances that just should not be overlooked — even if it means expanding the nomination list.
• Drawing on success: The Globes also missed the
opportunity to honor the
quality animation work being done on TV. There’s a separate category for animated feature films, but animated TV shows have to go against shows like “Girls” and “Orange is the
New Black” in the Best TV series, Musical or Comedy category.
There needs to be a place
for programs such as “The
Simpsons,” “Star Wars Rebels,” “Regular Show,” “Adventure Time” and “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” to get some recognition. The category could easily be added by cutting down on the opening monologue.