Golden Globes, KCAL, and Untimely Death

I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who watched the Golden Globes. I had an English teacher in high school, Mr. Gevirtzman, who said that Oscar night was like the Superbowl of the Gevirtzman household. Or was it the Academy Awards? I’ve never really been into the Hollywood scene. But if that’s the case, then the Golden Globes must be the Pro-Bowl. Before last year, I rarely chimed in to watch either. My movie buddy at this time last year(a movie buddy is someone who has similar taste in movies with me, and includes but is not limited to someone I watch movies with) insisted that I watch the Golden Globes.

I must admit, I enjoyed it very much. If you know me at all, you know that my biggest aphrodisiac is talent. I have an affinity for the arts. Some people are gifted in ways that I myself cannot in 100 lifetimes hope to emulate. About 70% of the people at the Golden Globes fall into that category. Most of the time, their speeches are boring. Occasionally, though, viewers strike gold. NBC did a great job in selecting a host, as Ricky Gervais is hilarious. I thought he did a fantastic job balancing being funny, star-struck, and yet, professional.

I enjoyed Robert Downey, Jr.’s speech the most. It was short, witty, satirical, and comical. I was glad to see Avatar got its due credit, as it was a fantastic film. I was not happy that Zoe Saldana did not get to speak while standing up there with the rest of the Avatar posse, however.

If forced to choose between the lovely and talented Zoe Saldana...

I thought she carried the acting in that movie, and that’s not to say that anybody was bad. I thought they were all fantastic, but I think she was just that much better. Saldana made me tear up twice in that film. Her emotions felt so real, and I felt like I got stabbed in the heart when Sam Worthington’s character revealed to her and her clan why he initially infiltrated them. What fed into her emotions was her accent. It too was very real. The entire film depicted the Navi as native aborigines. They had countless parallels with African natives and Native Americans.

Saldana’s accent was more than believable because it was real. No, she doesn’t really talk like that, she’s just that damn good. I’ve watched actresses with much more clout completely botch accents. Angelina Jolie is a great actress, but her accents have fallen short more than once. I know Kate Beckinsale isn’t exactly on the same level, but she had an awful accent in Van Helsing.

Saldana’s accent had a lot to do with why her character was so real to me. I fell in love with a blue chick/humanoid. Is that weird? Well, if you paid any attention at all, you remember that I said that talent is my biggest aphrodisiac. Hence, I heart Zoe Saldana, blue or not.

...or her strong and prideful Avatar counter-part, give me either one and I'll be happy.

It’s nice to see Joseph Gordon-Levitt getting respect for his acting ability. While a friend of mine told me his voice was incredibly cheesy in G.I. Joe, I can’t hold that against him because the entire movie was cheesy. I didn’t even watch it and I know that it’s true. Marlon Wayans, Channing Tatum? Come on now. Be serious. Levitt and Dennis Quaid were in a class of their own on that casting set. Levitt was nominated for his performance in 500 Days of Summer.

One of the funniest things I saw was Tom Hanks. His facial expression during Martin Scorsese’s speech was priceless. He looked like he was trying to imitate The Rock’s famous eyebrow while simultaneously trying to hold in a dookie. He probably rushed to the restroom immediately after Scorsese finished. By the way, that was quite possibly the coolest tribute I’ve seen. It was better than Hank Williams Sr’s and Johnny Cash’s at the Country Music Awards. Anyone else notice how Leonardo DiCaprio is Scorsese’s new Robert De Niro? Probably did, and a long time before I did. Better late than never!

And for a quick change of pace, let’s move onto some funny things I noticed during the day:

  • I’m sure everyone knows of the movie The Devil Wears Prada. Anne Hathaway is drop-dead gorgeous, so how can I not know about that movie, right? Yeah, I watched it. You know how pornographic films have names that play off the names of real films? I was flipping through the movie channels and I saw one based off Hathaway’s version titled The Devil Wears Nada. I don’t know why, but that made me laugh. It’s far less clever than some other titles, but I still find it really funny.
  • If you’re a Laker fan, you probably saw the commercial on KCAL with Brian McKnight singing the song “I Love L.A.” while footage of Lamar Odom, Pau Gasol, and Kobe Bryant singing along to the tune play on television screens behind him. It’s a funny premise in its own right; a song made by a network that hired on an R&B singer. Why would you hire him in the first place? It’s so random. On top of that, click on the video and fast-forward to about 3:15 in it. You’ll see Pau singing along to the song as if he were trying to seduce a girl. I kid you not, the Spaniard bites his lip! Tell me that’s not sexual. Go on, tell me. It’s the funniest thing because Lamar and Kobe are keeping it cool, and then Pau just comes in and starts sensually serenading us. Awesome.

I hate to do this, but I have to end on a bad note. It was reported earlier that the Chicago Bears defensive end Gaines Adams died this morning of cardiac arrest. Adams was the 4th pick in the 2007 draft. He died an untimely and unfortunate death at 26 years of age.

Till next time.


7 Responses to “Golden Globes, KCAL, and Untimely Death”

  1. Nate Brew Says:

    Finally, something I only have to read once. A lovely read. The nominations for Best Comedy/Musical made me laugh because they were terrible choices, but oh well… I like how James Cameron told Zoe to come up with the accent for the character and everyone else had to copy that. Even more props to her for that. If you can somehow get your hands on the latest Entertainment Weekly, there’s a nice article about Avatar and how even though it’s 60% CG, the body movements and facial expressions are 100% the actors’.

  2. Klasky Says:

    I know where your coming from, “The Devil Wears Nada” made me laugh to haha

  3. Daniel Cool Beans Lee Says:

    Go Avatarrrrrr

  4. Taylor Says:

    Avatar is the best movie of 2009… I love it so much.

    I’ve always noticed that the creepiest part of the “I Love LA” video is Derek Fisher’s face as he’s running backwards at about 0:50. It gives me the willies.

  5. Nallely Murillo Says:

    Mr. Gevirtzman loved the Oscars. That is his Superbowl, and I have to agree. I have to admit that I have not yet seen Avatar. But I will let you know what I think of this movie, which I’m sure ill love. I really love Zoe Saldana as well and everyone ones she is a great actress.
    I hope you saw the movie 500 Days of Summer. I’m not sure if you did, but let me say I LOVED IT! It was really cute and had a small twist that we don’t see very often. Kate Beckinsale….ugggg. SUPER AGREE! haha.
    Question: Did you watch The Devil Wears Nada?
    And Brian McKnight is one of the best singers of all time! I will not die in peace until I see him in concert!

  6. Nallely Murillo Says:

    OH! And Michael C. Hall!
    You didn’t mention him. It was great to know that he won. He did look a little worn out because of the treatment, but still looked very happy. He deserved that award because he is an amazing actor and the world loves him as Dexter.

  7. Tommy Hancock Says:

    You’re not weird if you think her Avatar character was hot Anthony. You’re right for thinking so. Anyone who can’t see it, they’re the weirdos. Maybe it’s because I always loved Marvel comics, and she looks incredibly like Nocturne, Nightcrawler’s daughter, but i actually think she was hotter blue and tailed than she is as a still good-looking human being.

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