Golden Globes 2012 recap: “The Artist” and “The Descendants” rule the night


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“The Descendants” waited until the last two Golden Globes awards of the night to prove that it is still a major contender in the awards season race. The Alexander Payne flick walked away with two of the most prestigious honors of the night: Best Picture — Drama and Best Actor — Drama.

Producer Jim Taylor offered up the first acceptance speech for the Best Picture win and described star George Clooney as the “quarterback” of the production who “helped everyone do their very best.” He appropriately described the role as Clooney’s “career best performance,” as Clooney had won the Best Actor award earlier in the night.

But it really was “The Artist'”s to shine. The movie won three awards during the night, including Best Picture — Comedy or Musical, Best Actor — Comedy or Musical and Best Score. If that isn’t a sure sign that “The Artist” is a frontrunner in the Oscar race, we don’t know what is. Producer Thomas Langmann kept his Best Picture acceptance speech short and sweet, thanking those closest to the project as well as his late father.

“Thank you Harvey Weinstein, the punisher, the boss, and this incredible cast but most of all thank you to [director] Michel [Hazanavicius], not only for your unique film but for who you are,” Langmann said.

Interestingly enough, it was neither “The Descendants” director Alexander Payne or “The Artist’s” Hazanavicius who took home the Best Director prize. That honor went to Martin Scorsese for “Hugo.” He thanked his wife, who suggested to him that he “make a film that our daughter can see for once.” That award is the only award “Hugo” took home during the night.

The two leading ladies of the 2012 Golden Globes were Meryl Streep and Michelle Williams. Streep won Best Actress — Drama for her role as Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady.” She started her acceptance speech with, “When [host] Ricky Gervais‘s deal fell through and came to me to play Margaret Thatcher” but then quickly trailed off and admitted, I can’t joke.” Williams won Best Actress — Comedy or Musical for “My Week With Marilyn.”

“Beginners” won the only award it was nominated for during the night — Best Supporting Actor for Christopher Plummer. He was up against some pretty hefty competition, including likely candidate Albert Brooks for his performance in “Drive,” Jonah Hill in “Moneyball,” Viggo Mortensen in “A Dangerous Method” and Kenneth Branagh in “My Week With Marilyn.”

Octavia Spencer won her first Globe for “The Help” tonight, earning the film its only win with her best supporting dramatic actress award. “A Separation” solidified itself as a likely contender to take home the Oscar for best foreign film as it won the Globe tonight. And absent nominee Woody Allen won the award for best screenplay for his latest film, “Midnight in Paris.”

It really was no contest for the best animated film Globe. Steven Spielberg took home the award for “The Adventures of Tintin,” his first animated film. Spielberg made sure to thank his partner Peter Jackson, the executives at Paramount and Sony for being conviced that “Peter and I could make the telephone book if we wanted to,” and lastly his star Andy Serkis, who Speilberg dubbed as “the man of many digital faces.”

Madonna won the Golden Globe for Best Song, “Masterpiece,” which was featured in the movie she both wrote and directed, “W.E.” It’s the first time the Super Bowl halftime show singer has won a Globe since she was named best actress in a comedy or musical doe “Evita” at the 1996 awards show.

For a list of all of the night’s winners, click here.

What did you think of tonight’s Golden Globes winners and loser? Who did you think was snubbed? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.


New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…


IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon.

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number!

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time.

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by.


IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo.

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim.

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t?

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?”

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud.

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.


The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”


Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).



Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.


And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.


Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.


Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.


Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!



Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.


Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.


If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.