There’s no question the Globes is genuinely a great party; there’s nothing else quite like it. But in this ultra-competitive year, the way they came down Sunday night — spreading the love all over the map — the Globes has done little to clarify an increasingly confusing contest. Best Director presenter Ben Affleck told me he thinks the race will really start to take shape when the guilds start handing out trinkets next weekend, particularly the Producers Guild. I think he’s right. But right now, we have the Globes, so let’s deal with the ramifications:
With major awards distributed to a wide group of movies including three for the night’s big winner, American Hustle, two for Dallas Buyers Club, and one each for Blue Jasmine, The Wolf Of Wall Street, The Great Beauty, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, Her, All Is Lost and Frozen, not much can be said about any definitive trend lines from this one. There was a different movie winning Picture (American Hustle, 12 Years A Slave), Director (Gravity) and Screenplay (Her), and that really shows how divided voters are about this year’s impressive lineup of movies. Everyone has a favorite, but there’s no consensus. That was the conclusion I came to in talking to Globe voters over the weekend and it was borne out by the results of their show.