Why Are the Golden Globes So Much More Fun Than the Oscars?

by Jeremy Spirogis
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The 2020 Golden Globes appeared on tv this previous Sunday, kicking off an awards season that’s felt like a very long time coming. (For these of us who dwell and die for tearful speeches and epic montages, anyway). The present, hosted by Ricky Gervais, was at instances political, at instances foolish; barely any of the speeches ran too lengthy and Tom Hanks cried! It doesn’t get a lot better–and this yr’s Golden Globe Awards reminded us all why this ceremony is pure enjoyable. Especially while you examine it to the powerful room over on the Academy Awards, which air in February. But what makes the ambiance on the Golden Globes so mild and upbeat as in comparison with the Oscars?

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All of the Oscar nominations are for films–you realize, the fancier medium

While the Oscars restrict their nominations to movies and the individuals who labored on them, the Golden Globes supply awards for each films and TV. Television has all the time been seen because the lower-culture medium. Words like “cinema” and the lengthy custom of movie principle, historical past, and criticism make all of it appear very high-art. While we’re certainly within the Golden Age of tv, and creators are doing a few of their finest work in that medium, evidently movie will all the time be positioned on a cultural pedestal. Movies are supposed to be seen in large, darkish theaters on large screens; it doesn’t really feel fairly the identical as bingeing Say Yes to the Dress whereas housing Doritos in your sofa. The proven fact that the Academy is film-only offers it a classier, extra esteemed vibe.

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Ricky Gervais hosts the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards | Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal Media, LLC by way of Getty Images

On the flip facet, Gervais opened the 2020 Golden Globe Awards by strolling onstage with a beer and telling the viewers this may be his final yr internet hosting, and that he didn’t care. All very typical habits of the British comic, however he quickly launched right into a stream of topical, hard-hitting jokes that left no man or girl behind. Gervais went after anybody and everybody, largely the individuals within the room, who have been about to obtain the shiny awards. But that is why Gervais will get to host the Golden Globes, and never the Oscars; the Academy doesn’t appear fairly prepared for a “Jeffery Epstein didn’t really kill himself” joke. Anything goes on the Globes, child!

The Golden Globes extra typically than the Academy Awards, honor new, contemporary faces

The Hollywood Foreign Press has a stunning tendency of awarding tv reveals of their first season and actors who haven’t but damaged into the mainstream. It makes for a compelling evening of tv; we love an underdog success story, and on that the Golden Globes virtually all the time ship.

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It’s exhausting to neglect the look of uncooked shock and pleasure on Rachel Bloom’s face when she received a Golden Globe early on within the run of her TV present Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. She began off her acceptance speech screaming, “Oh my God!”

“We almost didn’t have a show!” she defined to the Golden Globes viewers, surprised. Her group had produced a Crazy Ex-Girlfriend pilot, however then the community dropped the challenge. After six rejections in a single day, the CW finally picked up the present–and all of it paid off in awards season.

Or, keep in mind when Gina Rodriguez received for her lead function Jane the Virgin in 2015? It’s so exhausting to not cry watching her passionate and emotional “I can and I will” speech. She received solely after a couple of months of the present airing on The CW.

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The 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards | P. Lehman / Barcroft Media by way of Getty Images

Rodriguez ended the speech breaking down in tears, emphatically telling her father who all the time inspired her, “I can, and I did,” whereas holding up her Golden Globe. It’s one of many purest awards present moments in historical past–and also you not often see one thing prefer it on the Oscars.

The Globes upset conventional predictions by honoring the underdogs

We can also’t neglect the 2014 Globes at which Brooklyn Nine-Nine, on the time a low-buzz present in its first season, received Best Television Series for Comedy. The model new sitcom beat out award-season comedy juggernauts The Big Bang Theory, Girls, Modern Family and Parks and Recreation. As a result, the whole Brooklyn Nine-Nine desk erupted in shocked elation.

Moments like this upset the predictable lineup of winners that the Emmys and the Oscars typically throw all their awards at. It’s refreshing to see contemporary concepts rewarded by the Golden Globes–particularly after so a few years of seeing Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the Game of Thrones stars sweep the awards ceremonies (which isn’t to say they didn’t deserve their statues).

The nominees are nervous on the Oscars, drunk on the Golden Globes

Every child who desires to be an actor (or a author or a director) desires to develop up and win the Oscar. A Globe could be swell, however it’s hardly anybody’s end-all, be-all aim. What does this imply for the ambiance of the awards present? That the nominees are riddled with nerves on the Academy Awards, their dream of all desires. The Golden Globes don’t maintain this sort of emotional weight, so it’s simpler for the celebrities to have enjoyable and snigger on the host’s jokes.

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Actress Lupita Nyong’o accepts the Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for the film 12 Years a Slave | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

The Oscars is commonly a troublesome room to please. The host’s and presenters’ bits are inclined to get tight-lipped smiles as a substitute of full-bellied laughs. Sure, not all the jokes are laugh-out-loud humorous–however it’s additionally exhausting to really feel mirth when you’ve Spanx suctioning your torso as much as your bra line, and today is perhaps the day you get to recite the speech you’ve been training in your mirror because you have been seven years outdated–or not.

This is why the Golden Globes function Hollywood’s get together. Gervais even closed out the present by telling the viewers, “get drunk, take your drugs.” (Remember: that message was a joke, and meant for decent actors who not often face actual penalties. Don’t do medicine, children.)

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Moet is served on the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards | Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Moët and Chandon

Happy awards season!

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