As the Golden Globes were wrapping up … as viewers were pondering why they’d never heard of the winners before, there was one redeeming thought.
In a way, we were all winners. This one was fun.
The Globes ceremony has always been looser than the others; hey, it serves alcohol.
But there’s something more: It has stuck to the notion of having a host.
Lately, we’ve had hostless Oscars and Emmys; the results were kind of drab. But the Globes had Rickey Gervais (shown here) for the fifth time. He didn’t eat up that much time, but he crackled some good lines that poked at Hollywood.
That started early, as he told of stars arriving in limos, with license plates made by Felicity Huffman. It ended late, as he described a show in which all the characters are blind. In short, he said, the actors must pretend they don’t see anything … which is sort of what it was like working for Harvey Weinstein.
That tone can spread. Several of the acceptance speeches were funny: Who knew we could be amused by a Swedish actor who was in a mini-series about a nuclear disaster?
Yes, HBO’s “Chernobyl,” which is highly regarded, won; so did its “Succession.” And “Fleabag,” a witty little series, has swept through the Emmy, Globe and Television Critics Association awards.
And the movies? We can be excused for not seeing “1917” yet; it’s only in a few theaters now, going wide next week.
Then there’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” which one for best comedy or musical … despite the fact that it’s neither. Still, it’s a fun film … so is “Knives Out,” a terrific non-comedy, non-musical that was nominated as best comedy or musical.
The Globes are like that. We’d grumble more, but they’re a lot of fun.