Golden Globes can't help but fall all over "La La Land"
I am Jack's complete lack of surprise. "La La Land," a film that embraces and pushes Hollywood away, won all seven categories it received nominations for at the 2017 Golden Globes while "Moonlight" received something of an honorable mention by taking home the best picture award in the drama category.
This is, by and large, how the Golden Globes work. They're not as serious as the Oscars and they shouldn't be. There's nothing wrong with a variety of award shows and I don't want to come across as a snob by saying I don't agree with the way the committee decides to hand out its awards. I don't, but there's nothing special about that, really.
What this says about the rest of the awards race is what I find most interesting. Will the Academy race to love itself again by choosing "Land" as its next Best Picture? Or will it seek to reclaim its image by going after the far superior "Moonlight," a film about a gay man of color's journey? My heart hopes it's the latter ... living through 2016 leads me towards the former.
If this is to be the year of Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone and the story of a white man single handedly bringing jazz back to Los Angeles, then it will make sense it was spawned in 2016. "La La Land," as I wrote in my review, is a good movie, but leaves much to be desired. The themes it grasps for never came into reach and I left the theater wondering what the point of it all was.
Maybe it doesn't much matter, anyway. Here's how Jonny and I did in our picks yesterday.