Last night were the Golden Globes, which are my favorite of the awards ceremonies because they separate comedy and drama categories. As a former participant in forensics tournaments I appreciate that this is an important distinction. They are completely different skill sets. They should be judged separately. Good comedy is effortless. But people tend to get distracted by scenery chewing dramatic interpretations and they always win when they are judged together. They are appropriately separate in the Golden Globes.
This is why I will be constantly irritated that Amy Poehler has never won a major award. Her work on Parks and Recreation is truly, truly funny. But because she makes it look easy, Julie Bowen keeps winning shit. I like Julie Bowen just fine but (in the words of Gob Bluth, formerly married to Amy Poehler) COME ON. (Similarly Jason Bateman is hilarious and will probably never win anything ever because he’s the straight man.) Parks and Rec is just the best show on TV these days and if you are not watching it you should feel legitimate shame.
Last night Lena Dunham won instead of Amy Poehler. I started watching Girls last week and I very much enjoyed it. it is unique and subtly funny and I like that sort of thing. So I’m slightly more ok with that, but regardless I will never be happy until Amy Poehler wins, which will never happen.
I’m also a little peeved about musicals being lumped in with comedies because all the scenery-chewers in Les Mis got all the awards. No matter how fantastic Anne Hathaway’s hair is these days.
At least Maggie Smith wins everything. That’s legit.