They may be hypocritical but they are at least consistent - The Hollywood elite got dressed up to congratulate themselves at the Golden Globes last night. The Hollywood Foreign Press passed out awards for what they saw as the best of television and motion pictures in the past year.
In recent years, most entertainment award show speeches have featured a mix of stammering surprise, genuine sincerity and political bashing of conservatives and conservative values which have translated into shrinking ratings and reduced viewership.
Despite host Ricky Gervais' admonition for winners to not use the moment as a political platform, several did, including Michelle Williams and Patricia Arquette.
Here are the winners on the motion picture side:
Best Motion Picture -- Musical or Comedy "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"
Best Motion Picture -- Drama "1917" Best Motion Picture -- Foreign Language "Parasite" Best Screenplay -- Motion Picture Quentin Tarantino ("Once Upon a Time in Hollywood") Best Original Song -- Motion Picture "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again" ("Rocketman") Best Original Score -- Motion Picture Hildur Guðnadóttir ("Joker") Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture Brad Pitt ("Once Upon a Time in Hollywood") Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture Laura Dern ("Marriage Story")
Best Actor in a Motion Picture -- Musical or Comedy Taron Egerton ("Rocketman")
Best Motion Picture -- Animated "Missing Link"
Best Actor in a Motion Picture -- Drama Joaquin Phoenix ("Joker")
Best Actress in a Motion Picture -- Drama Renée Zellweger ("Judy") Best Actress in a Motion Picture -- Musical or Comedy Awkwafina ("The Farewell")
According to the Hollywood Reporter
, "Even with the fairly steady numbers, however, the Globes slipped to an eight-year low in viewers: The 2012 show (also hosted by Gervais) drew 16.85 million. The demo rating is the smallest for the awards since the Writers Guild strike year of 2008, when the Globes became a star-free press conference announcing the winners."
Bottom line -the trend is clear. A significant portion of America can appreciate the talents of Hollywood as played out on the big and little screens but we're turned off by the preach personal politics and obvious hypocrisy. Gervais was right. Accept your award, thank your agent, your God and get off the stage!