by Margaret Gardiner
Now that the awards season has wrapped let’s look at trends that the red carpet solidified. Gone are the gaffes that made red carpets so fun. Everyone has a stylist – so glamour was the watchword of the day.
For evening gowns four trends dominated. Ladies experimented with color. Blue became the new black. While everyone rocks a hard body, many gowns were not like second skins, rather they emulated the grace of yesteryear. Fitted bodices – either strapless, or with plunging, statement backs, and puddle skirts. Bead work was more in evidence than before, making jewels understated or statement pieces. The tromp d’oeiul of lace over nude underlining seems to have hit its peak and should fade from the carpet -though the man – or should that read woman – in the street is only catching onto the phase.
Hair underwent a major change. The flat ironed hair of three years ago has long given way to beach curls, but this year the curls became more controlled. Hair is fuller on the crown and worn either in a pony to the side, or with a side path swooping across the forehead. Two other trends are: up-do’s or smoothed back into a pony down the back – but still with volume at the crown.
Make-up. The obvious fake lashes that are everywhere on the street are history amongst the fashion leaders. Red lips dominate. Skin is fresh and slightly blushed. Eyes smokey, but softly so.
Despite Ben Affleck‘s good luck beard, Hugh Jackman‘s Wolverine growth, and George Clooney’s gray mane, expect men to be more groomed. If there is facial hair it is overnight shadow. Hair is trim on the backs and sides, fuller on top.
Way back in January when the Golden Globes began the award gauntlet, Jessica Alba brought all of the trends together that would be echoed again and again as the season wore on. Here’s to you Jessica – ahead of the curve and flawless.Read More »
HFPA member Maureen Dragone passed away peacefully on Friday, February 8, 2013 in her 94th year. Dragone was recently given a Life Membership by the association. Maureen’s mother founded the HFPA and the Golden Globes, and Maureen was the last person to have attended every Golden Globe Awards in its 70-year history.
Dragone was Founder and Executive Producer of Young Artist Awards , created in 1978 with the name Youth In Film Awards. Her dedication to young actors remained dear to her heart all those years. Through the Awards, she recognized many actors before their careers launched and at the time, were unknown to the general public, including: Diane Lane, Jodie Foster, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page (Pit Pony) and Jodelle Ferland (A Christmas Child, Smallville) and many others.
One of Maureen’s last statements was “ I did everything that I ever wanted to do, and did it my way.” She will be missed, and was loved by so many people.
A memorial service is to be held at a future date.Read More »
by Elmar Biebl
As keynote speaker at the 11th Cinema for Peace Gala in Berlin, Germany, HFPA-President Dr. Aida Takla-O’Reilly emphasized the powerful role films can play in changing social and political ills and injustices.
The Gala took place on February 9 at the ballroom of the newly established Berlin Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Dr. Takla-O’Reilly welcomed some 300 filmmakers, industry sponsors and luminaries, among them Marga Spiegel, a centenarian Holocaust survivor who has worked for reconciliation between Germans and Jews; Fatou Bensouda, the newly appointed Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague; and actress Charlize Theron.
Dr.Takla-O’Reilly presided over an international jury selecting outstanding films and documentaries. Stating that “one of our fiercest battles we faught and are still fighting is slavery” she awarded Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln the Most Valuable Film of the Year.
The International Green Film Awards, established by former President Mikhail Gorbachev and Leonardo DiCaprio, went to the feature film Bitter Seeds by Micha X. Peled. Documentary awards were given to The Gatekeepers and Searching for Sugarman.
Funds from a live auction– which included works by renowned artists Roy Lichtenstein and Damien Hirst –went to Charlize Theron’s Africa Outreach Project , whose mission is to fight AIDS/HIV in her native country of South Africa.Read More »
by Jack Tewksbury
For forty years the HFPA has recorded interviews with famous and celebrated actors, actresses and filmmakers. The world’s largest collection of its kind — over 10,000 interviews — is now in the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences Library. The audios are fascinating. Below is an excerpt: twenty years ago, promoting director David Cronenberg’s M.Butterfly, two-time Golden Globe winner Jeremy Irons reflected on the complex issue of gender, desire and attraction.
“I was very interested in doing M. Butterfly not only because I wanted to work again with David Cronenberg , who directed Dead Ringers but, more so, I was fascinated with the idea that we turn the object of our desire into whatever we want it to be. Many women do that constantly, and it’s a consistent mistake they make. Now, carry that to an extreme, and you will wish to see a woman when, in fact, it’s a man.
Another thing that interested me was the question of Gay Liberation, which has always been a polarized one. You’re gay or you’re straight. I’ve always believed that between those two there’s a whole lot of gray. Maybe one loves a woman for the man in her, or a woman loves a man because he has an area of femininity.
Instead, it is all geared to what society expects and what religion tells us. We have to say we’re either gay or straight rather than that we’re attracted to that person who happens to be a man or happens to be a woman.
I like his or her body, I find him or her attractive, I like his or her mind. For me, personally, because of the way I’ve been brought up, if that happens to be a man–and I suppose about three times in my life I have met a man I think is wonderful if I were gay–I’d fall in love. But even that says if I were gay. I think it’s put there by society.
The Greeks didn’t have that problem two thousand years ago.They just loved a person and if happened to be a man it was a man. If it happened to be a woman, it was a woman. That’s an area I’m interested in, and I think the film explores it to a large extent.”
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by Jack Tewksbury
For forty years the HFPA has recorded interviews with famous and celebrated actors, actresses and filmmakers. The world’s largest collection of its kind — over 10,000 interviews — is now in the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences Library. The audios are fascinating. Below is an excerpt: Anjelica Huston gives an emotional account of growing up under the formidable shadow of her father, director John Huston and the lonesome road to finding her path as an actor.
“John Huston, my father — a celebrated international movie director — loved Ireland. In the Fifties, we moved from Hollywood to a remote corner of Ireland, an hour away from the nearest town. There weren’t a lot of children around. My brother Tony and I had private tutors until we were ten or eleven, when it was thought we should mingle with other children.
It was a childhood without television, so we had to invent most of our pastimes — dressing up, performing plays or riding around on our ponies. At the age of seventeen my father cast me in a medieval romance, A Walk With Love And Death. The film was a disastrous failure and that discouraged me from acting for almost twelve years. It was a very difficult few years, and I had a rather hard time of it.
Because my father was famous and important, it created distance. On the other hand, because I had an unusual father, when I was in my teens the bourgeoisie seemed to be something I aspired to. I wanted everyone to be ordinary and equal. That was my moment of rebellion. But I was essentially brought up by my mother (prima ballerina Ricki Soma) , who was a fantastic woman – very funny, very beautiful, completely devoted to her children. She remained in Ireland with us while my father was working all over the world, and it was a lonely life for her.
Later she moved to London with me and Tony. If she had done so ten years earlier, it’s possible she could have made a career for herself, but it was very difficult for her to start over. So her life was one of frustration.
I remember her as having — along with her lunacy and funniness, — a very sad side, a melancholy, due to the fact that she had devoted her life to an errant husband. I think she was very talented, and I feel I carry the standard for her.
My mother was killed in a car crash. I was having problems communicating with my father. I left my home in London and started off on my own in New York. I was very sad at the time, and I think that can alter the way you see everything, but it was one of those things you have to get through .
When I visited my father, then living in Mexico, I told him, “I’m serious about wanting to become a film actress.” He replied, “Aren’t you a bit old, dear?” ”
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Ang Lee’s Life of Pi — a Golden Globe winner in the Original Score category — is the latest example demonstrating the increasing importance of foreign film markets. Worldwide box office up to date is 501,4 million dollars. But the film’s overseas revenue is four times more than the box office in the North American territories: 100,4 million dollars
Life of Pi had one of the strongest showing in China with a total of 90,8 million dollars.
Due to the continuing international response Ang Lee’s film has a good chance of becoming one of the 100 biggest box office successes of all time.Read More »
An unprecedented number of HFPA members has been nominated for the 50th International Media Award. Philip Berk (FilmInk-Australia;Galaxie-Malaysia), Jean Cummings (Movie Star; In Rock; Pop! – Japan), Ramzi Malouki (Tunisia and Tahiti), Elisabeth Sereda (ORF Austrian Broadcasting; Live; Kronenzeitung; Skip Movie Magazine – Austria) and Lynn Tso (Behind the Scenes; Catchplay Movie Channel -Taiwan) are the HFPA members distinguished with the honor.
Previous HFPA members who became recipients of the International Media Award include Silvia Bizio, Yanni Begakis, Jorge Camara, Marianne Ruuth, Scott Orlin, Judy Solomon, Jean-Paul Chaillet, Helmut Voss, Anita Weber, Alessandra Venezia, Jenny Cooney Carrillo, Paoula Abou-Jaoude, Mike Goodridge and Anke Hoffman.
The International Media Award is granted each year by Publicists of the International Cinematographers Guild (IATSE Local 600) in a ceremony that also celebrates local press and Excellence in Unit Still Photography. Lifetime Achievements and special tributes – including a special award to Kirk Douglas- are also part of the event, that will take place on February 22 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.Read More »
by Jack Tewksbury
For forty years the HFPA has recorded interviews with famous and celebrated actors, actresses and filmmakers. The world’s largest collection of its kind — over 10,000 interviews — is now in the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences Library. The audios are fascinating. Below is an excerpt: in 1993, promoting her turn among Steven Spielberg‘s genetically engineered dinosaurs of Jurassic Park, three-time Golden Globe winner and 1982 Miss Golden Globe Laura Dern talked about embracing her career over the objections of her mother (and co-star in the HBO series Enlightned) Diane Ladd, and finding love on the set.Read More »
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s 70th Annual Golden Globes honored the best and brightest talent in film and television. Les Misérables stole the night on the film side, with three awards for best motion picture/ musical or comedy, best actor/ musical or comedy for Hugh Jackman and best supporting actress for Anne Hathaway. Argo followed close behind with wins as best motion picture/drama and best director for Ben Affleck. “When they put your name next to the names that she just read off, it’s an extraordinary thing in your life.”, Affleck said, accepting his award. ” These nominees are exceptional talents. I truly to God never thought I’d be in the same breath as them. I want to thank them. I want to thank the many talented people that weren’t nominated, the many people that weren’t nominated ‑‑ Paul Thomas Anderson who’s like Orson Welles and so many others.”
Django Unchained also collected two Golden Globes, for Christoph Waltz as best supporting actor and Quentin Tarantino for best screenplay. “Wow. I wasn’t expecting this. This is a surprise”, Tarantino reacted as he took the stage of the Beverly Hilton’s International Ballroom, adding that he owed his award to the work of the film’s cast. “I have my absolutely magnificent actors.”, Tarantino said, adding.” anybody who wins a screenplay award up here that means everything went well and you have the actors.”
Jennifer Lawrence won the Globe for best actress in a motion picture musical or comedy for her work in Silver Linings Playbook, while Jessica Chastain took the award for best actress in a motion picture, drama for Zero Dark Thirty. Chastain evoked her director Kathryn Bigelow while accepting her Golden Globe. “ I can’t help but compare my character of Maya to you, to powerful fearless women who allow their expert work to stand before them,” Chastain said, adding, ” You have said that filmmaking for you is not about breaking gender roles, but when you make a film that allows your character to disobey the conventions of Hollywood, you’ve done more for women in cinema than you take credit for.”
Daniel Day Lewis won the Golden Globe for best actor in a motion picture/drama for his portrayal of the 16th President of the United States in Lincoln.He thanked his wife Rebecca Miller for her support during the long process of composing his character. “When I go to work, Rebecca opens a window for me, and I jump out into the night and hunt and scavenge”, Lewis said, adding, “And at the end of it, I come back with whatever it is and drop it like a mouse at her feet and hope so much that she’ll think I’ve done a good thing. ”
Brave won as best animated feature while Michael Haneke’s Amour took the best foreign language film award. Life of Pi‘s Mychael Danna took home the Globe for best original score, with Adele’s “Skyfall”, from Skyfall, taking the honors for best original song.
On the TV sector,the telefilm Game Change received three Golden Globes as best mini-series or motion picture made for television and for its leading actress, Julianne Moore, and supporting actor, Ed Harris. Homeland also won three Globes as best series, drama, and for its best actor, Damian Lewis, and actress, Claire Danes. Danes thanked the writers for her victory, saying ”(You) didn’t buckle under the pressure of the success of the first season and continued to challenge themselves and, by extension, us as actors. You make such brave choices so relentlessly, and we’re all better for it.”
Girls was the big winner in TV/comedy sector, with Globes as best series/comedies and for its star Lena Dunham, who accepted both awards with deep personal speeches. “Making this show and the response to it has been the most validating thing that I have ever felt”, she said, adding, “It’s made me feel so much less alone in this world. I can’t define it. Thank you.”
Kevin Costner won a Globe as best actor in a mini-series or motion picture made for television for Hatfields & McCoys, Maggie Smith was chosen as best supporting actress for season two of Downton Abbey and Don Cheadle won as best actor in a series, comedy, for his work in House of Lies.
Guided by hosts Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, the evening showed the wide-range of works in comedy, drama and musicals. Jodie Foster, the recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award, gave a moving speech that resonated with audiences.
The 70th Golden Globe Awards went on to win the highest ratings of the evening, and, with almost 20 million people tuned in the United States alone, establishing the largest viewership for an awards show so far in the season.Read More »
The telecast of the 70th Golden Globe Awards was seen by 19.7 million people in the United States alone, making it the season’s number 1 awards program to date in 18-49 and total viewers ahead of such prior telecasts as ABC’s CMA Awards, Emmy Awards and American Music Awards and CBS’s People’s Choice Awards.
The viewership jumped 28 28 percent in 18-49 rating (to a 6.4 from a 5.0) and 17 percent or 2.8 million persons in total viewers(19.677 million vs. 16.851 million), according to time zone-adjusted fast national ratings from Nielsen Media Research. This is the top-rated Golden Globes telecast in six years in both 18-49 and total viewers (since Monday, January 15, 2007, 6.5/15 in 18-49, 20.0 million viewers overall). It’s also the second-highest-rated Golden Globes in nine years, trailing only the 2007 coverage between now and the Sunday, Jan. 25, 2004 telecast (9.9/23 in 18-49, 26.8 million viewers overall).
The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards attracted NBC’s highest adult 18-49 and total-viewer results in the Sunday 8-11 p.m. ET time period, excluding sports, in nine years . Compared to NBC’s non-sports average in this time period last season, the Golden Globe Awards telecast is up 220 percent in 18-49 rating (6.4 vs. 2.0, “live plus same day”) and 172 percent in total viewers (19.677 million vs. 7.232 million).
The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards currently ranks #1 in the time period for Sunday. January 13 2013, among ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in adults 18-34, 18-49, 25-54 and total viewers versus such time-period competition as Fox’s The Simpsons and Family Guy, ABC’s Once Upon a Time and Revenge and CBS’s 60 Minutes, The Good Wife and The Mentalist.
For a fourth consecutive year, the Golden Globes were televised live to all time zones in the US, and some western markets also carried an encore telecast immediately following the live coverage.Read More »