The Best and Worst of the Golden Globes


The 2019 Golden Globes definitely had more "worsts" than "bests."

Joey Gentile, Co-Editor-In-Chief

On January 6, Hollywood’s greatest actors, actresses, writers, and directors gathered in Beverly Hills, California for the 2019 Golden Globes. Like any other event, there were good and bad parts to it, so without further ado, here is the best and worst of the Golden Globes.


The Best:


The Acceptance Speeches

Part of the fun in the award shows is watching the winners come up and express their gratitude to everyone in their lives. The audience gets a glimpse of what the person is like in everyday life. By far, the best acceptance speeches this year came from Christian Bale, who won Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for his role as Dick Cheney in Vice; and Mahershala Ali, who won Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for his role as Dr. Don Shirley in The Green Book. Bale was charismatic and funny and even included a “thank you to Satan for giving me inspiration on how to play this role.” Meanwhile, Ali was humble and very grateful. He was short and sweet and only thanked those closest to him and the man whom he portrayed, saying “I want to thank him for his passion and virtuosity and the dignity he carried himself with that inspired me every day.”


The Music!

This year’s winners of Best Score and Best Original Song went to the score of First Man by Justin Hurwitz and “Shallow” by Lady Gaga, respectively. There were nominations in this award show that raised eyebrows. For example, A Star is Born was nominated for Best Drama instead of Best Musical or Comedy. These two winners were perfect for their respective categories and off-set the questionable choices made by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.


The Queen of Comedy

The HFPA introduced a new award at this year’s Golden Globes. Steve Carell presented the new Carol Burnett Award to, if you were unable to guess, Carol Burnett for achievements and setting the gold standard in comedy television. Saying that it was “the greatest honor of my life,” Carell proudly brought Burnett out on stage after a two-minute montage of highlights of the Queen’s career.


The Worst:


The Hosts

Comedians Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh emceed the Golden Globes this year, and while both are funny in their own right, their on-stage chemistry was about as existent as any awards for Black Panther. Their opening monologue, which included a kindness roast, dragged on for too long and was not as funny as they had hoped. The rest of the night featured the actors stumbling over their poorly written scripts.


The Presenters

Like the hosts, the presenters just couldn’t get proper footing. The cast of Black Panther was stiff and stale; Emma Stone, Olivia Colman, and Rachel Weisz of The Favourite could not stop laughing at nothing which made their dialogue almost inaudible; and Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph’s skit went on for too long and was just painful to watch. What truly made the presenters one of the worst parts of the 2019 Golden Globes was the fact that they took away time from acceptance speeches. The crew of The Green Book refused to leave the stage when they began to be cut off. They would have had more time if it weren’t wasted with the nails-on-chalkboard comedy produced by the presenters.


The Best Picture?

This year Bohemian Rhapsody won for Best Drama and Rami Malek won Best Actor for his role as Freddy Mercury in the movie. This is one of the question marks of the Globes — how did a musical biopic about a leader of a band get nominated for, let alone win, Best Drama? And how did it beat actual dramas such as BlacKkKlansman or If Beale Street Could Talk? This was a disappointed culmination of the long-awaited Golden Globes and does not give the audience a hopeful outlook for the award shows to come.

All we can hope is that next year’s Golden Globes will be better than what the Hollywood Foreign Press Association clearly scraped together at the last minute this year. Who knows; maybe we may even get some entertaining hosts?