UPDATE; 1.6.19 - The ratings stories always amuse me. The early ratings for the Golden Globes came out and we see many differing headlines with what they were. They also compare to last year's, of course. Well, no different for the Golden Globes. Now, a special event like this should not be measured the same as a usual night of broadcast TV. It is like the NFL, which are now in the playoffs. They should be higher than the regular season, and usually are - they also climb as the playoffs progress.
The Golden Globes early ratings had 14.76 million, a very low number for this show. Then I saw 18.3 million with the later number. That is a big difference between the early numbers and the later one. Why is that? And is it true? I saw stories with 11 percent, 6 percent and 15 percent down from last year. Come on. people often use the percent of viewers down vs the total number of viewers and that confuses the reader. Just use total number of viewers. The other numbers are for ad purposes and insider talk. Leave the demo (advertisers use) out. A demo (18-49) can be down but the total number can be up, etc. And which demo are you going to use - 18-49 or 25-50, etc. Again, just use the total number of viewers.
However, last year's show had "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "The Back Panther," which were widely seen. So, they drew higher numbers than the previous year. So, enter 2020, a lame year for the nominations, if one is being honest. But, Ricky Gervais was a hit for every one else but Hollywood, which he skewered. So, my guess is people tuned in to see his opening and slowly left the show.
The most accurate place to go for ratings is TVbythenumbers, which had the 14.76 million number. Until they change it, I go with them.
UPDATE 1.5.19: Reactions, but not on every award. Most TV ones will be ignored, as usual, for me, on this show.
Motion Picture, drama, "1917" - since the film's director won, this fits and "The Irishman" is out and shut out tonight.
Actress, drama, Renee Zellwegger, "Judy" - as Judy Garland, a Hollywood icon. One would think this movie would have had more buzz. Wonder why it did not?
Actor, drama, Joaquin Phoenix, "The Joker" - for some reason, he thanked the HFPA for the vegan meal because it sends a message. OK. But, then was bleeped and may have had too much at dinner - - but not food.
Musical or Comedy - "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" - as long as "Rocketman" did not win, I am fine with this.
Actress, comedy/musical, Awkwafina, "Farewell." I have nothing.
Actor, comedy/musical- Taron Egerton, "Rocketman" - Nope. Do not like this because the film was so odd and off that his performance was all over the place, for me. HFPA tends to lean overseas and British. They did here.
Supporting Actor - Brad Pitt, "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" - nice acceptance.
Director - This is a big one. Most thought Scorsese or Tarantino would win but Sam Mendes wins for "1917." Nice.
Tom Hanks, Cecil B. De mille Award - great choice.
Song - Beyonce and Taylor Swift lost. But, Elton John and Bernie Taupin won for an original song for "Rocketman." Kudos to this duo for making great music for decades. Too bad I did not like "Rocketman."
Supporting Actress, Laura Dern, "A Marriage Story"
Animation - "Missing Link" - kind of an upset I would say. But, then again, it is animated and I really do not care.
Screenplay - Quentin Tarantino - "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" - not sure I am surprised, but not sure he would win, either. But, something tells me the Hollywood Foreign Press likes this film.
Ricky Gervais was solid in opening and told Hollywood to stop the hypocrisy...."If you do win an award tonight, don’t use it as a platform to make a political speech. You’re in no position to lecture the public about anything. You know nothing about the real world — accept your little award—and F off."
- Foreign Film: "Parasite" - not a surprise.
- Original Score - "Joker"
- Carol Burnett award, to Ellen. Good choice.
- TV Movie/Limited Actor - Russell Crowe, who was not there, which made Jennifer Aniston read his acceptance. It was about the fires in Australia. It focused on Climate Change. Yawn. And she looked dumbfounded reading it....
BEFORE - One thing is certain these days. Award shows have lost their luster from their heyday. Many things that were traditions are less so for many people now. We could debate reasons as to why that is true, but I will not.
Anyway, the Golden Globes are Sunday night (Jan. 5, 2020) and the buzz is just not there. Last year, "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "The Black Panther" revived some interest, but it takes more than that to get TV ratings. And do not get me started on people watching it by streaming it on their phones, etc. That is not the same.
Below will be the winners in real time, with a few comments. Enjoy! I still love movies but the thrill of going is not the same because the audiences are not the same. Oh well. While the superhero movies all look the same and the story takes a back seat to the effects, drama feels the need to push an agenda, too much.
Here is some buzz, so to speak.
- Ricky Gervais is back as host. It airs on NBC at 8 p.m. ET.
- Does it really matter that the Globes are vegan? People are still eating and drinking and there will be waste.
- The award season is condensed this year as the Oscars are in early February.
- Certain movies did not take off like critics thought. One is Mr. Rogers. While Tom Hanks could win, the movies is a dud.
- "Bombshell" may win for Charlize Theron, but that movie bombed, too.
- Meanwhile, "Jewell" was sabotaged by critics and certain insiders, on purpose. While a good movie, they wanted it to tank.
- Ratings on TV will not be good for many reasons. One, the movies are not stellar, and the pubic has grown tired on the lectures by Hollywood.
- Members of the Hollywood Foreign Press vote, so that means around 98 people. And yes, they can collude and talk among themselves and push a film of TV show. Just look at the some winners in past years.
- The critics had it out for "Joker," too. Sad.
- More and more, critics do not matter at all. I have to admit that as I was around and writing reviews long before social media and the Internet changed things. If we all review a movie or TV show, they do not matter. Nothing is unique or new that way. There are too many reviews in Rotten Tomatoes to care. It is all noise now.
- No matter what we say, you should always judge for yourself. I looked at reviews as an exorcise in creative writing. Yes, I gave opinions, but that never meant I wanted people to not go because of a review. I liked or disliked it, but that does not mean you have to do the same.
Ellen DeGeneres to Receive the 2020 Carol Burnett Award
HFPA The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) announced today that three-time Golden Globe nominee Ellen DeGeneres will receive the Carol Burnett...Tom Hanks, Recipient of the 2020 Cecil B. deMille Award...
- The menu us vegan. Enough said.
- For a list of nominees, go here.