The Emmy Awards basically sucked and were painful to watch and we're still scarred from that whole hosting debacle but we're optimistic that the Golden Globes will be better. At the very least they can't be any worse.
1. Tipsy People Giving Speeches
Hands down the one thing that the Golden Globes has over the Emmys and Oscars is that there is booze flowing freely so the winners and presenters are way more relaxed. So there's a silliness and a lightness to the acceptance speeches and canned dialogue that you just can't get anywhere else... well, maybe the IFC awards, but they tend to get a little sloppy over there and no one is keeping the madness in check.
2. Movie and TV Stars Together
Most award shows only honor either movies or TV, but the crazy Hollywood Foreign Press folks put them together, so we get to see Tina Fey and Angelina Jolie sitting next to each other at the same awards show. Fun for the whole family.
3. No Annoying Hosts
So instead of a slew of reality hosts or one host trying to be funny (or trying something different like Hugh Jackman) they do it the easy way: there's an announcer and a string of presenters. So no jokes, musical numbers, no awkward "Uma/Oprah" stuff, just awards. As it should be.
4. To Prepare for Our Oscar Pool
The Golden Globes winners have long been a precursor to who's got a good shot at taking home an Academy Award. So in order to have a clue who might be the critically lauded darling throughout award season, we watch the Globes to know who to put our money on come Oscar night. It's that or randomly guessing.
5. Awkward Celeb Offspring
Ah, the longstanding tradition of crowning a Miss Golden Globes out of the celebrity gene pool. Not every year generates a Melanie Griffith. In fact, most of the time it is famous people's daughters who might not have gotten hit with the genetic beauty stick that their parents have. There's usually some fun to be had checking out these Hollywood kids who mostly disappear off the acting map after this event. This year? Rumer Willis (Demi and Bruce's kid) [Editor's Note: Is it just me or does it feel like it's been Rumer for the past four or five years? Probably just me. -- Mindy], who certainly is an interesting looking combo of her parents.
6. Seeing if Skinny Starlets Actually Eat
Not only is there drinking, there's also food served at these giant round tables. Seeing if those thin celebrities actually eat is a drinking game unto itself. Amy Adams noshing on a crudite? Drink.
7. Shorter Than the Oscars
No need to stay up past midnight watching a bloated awards show that recognizes achievements in categories you never heard of. This one usually comes in right around its three-hour mark and for that we're truly grateful. We need all the rest we can get, what with the upcoming post-Super Bowl Office episode and the Oscars coming up.
8. Anything Is Better Than Last Year's Press Conference
Because of the on-going writer's strike, they decided to hand out the awards with little fanfare, at a stupid press conference. Though still worse was the NBC coverage, where they allowed Billy Bush and Nancy O'Dell to analyze the winners as if it were a sporting event of some sort. So bad.
9. Vain Hope that Neil Patrick Harris Will Win Supporting Actor
We NPH fans realize that the Supporting Actor category is stuffed with drama, miniseries and comedy actors. NPH is up against some heavy hitters, so it seems unlikely he'll win, but we can dream, can't we? Isn't the surprise win what's really exciting about awards shows anyhow?
10. To Actually See Who Wins
We actually like to see our favorite actors get trophies for doing good work (this does not apply if Tony Shalhoub takes home another trophy). We like to see quality programs like Mad Men and that ilk take home prizes, so that more people will actually watch them. Plus, Jon Hamm in a tux happily holding trophies? Always a good thing.
What's your favorite part of the Golden Globes, or do you skip it and just read the winner's list the next day?
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