Why The Golden Globes were a flop

The box office prize, with nominees including Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour film, did get Swift to show up, but also led to another bad-for-the Globes viral moment. She looked unamused and pointedly sipped champagne when Koy made a lame joke about how often cameras at football games cut to her reaction shots.

There were exactly two good moments in the show, both in the last half hour. Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig did a comic routine, breaking into a silly dance as music kept interrupting them while they named some nominees. It was just a relief to laugh after a two-and-a-half-hour slog and cringe-y banter from the other presenters.

And Lily Gladstone, who won best actress in a Drama, the first Native American woman to receive the award, began her acceptance by speaking a few words in the Blackfeet language. In English, she said, “Native actors used to speak their lines in English and the sound mixer would run them backwards to accomplish Native languages on camera”. It was just the kind of eloquent, heartfelt acceptance speech that plays well at the Oscars.

But those brief moments don’t change the reality that awards fatigue has started early this year. The Screen Actors Guild Awards, the Independent Spirit Awards and the Baftas are all lined up next, ahead of the Oscars. Those awards have nowhere to go but up.

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