Golden Globes – Go, Kyle! Go, Guillermo!
Let’s be honest about it. Those fancy awards programs don’t really mean anything. What matters–and I am speaking from firsthand experience, here–when it comes to creating Art, any kind of Art, is being able to make enough money doing it to continue doing it. The only “award” that really, truly matters is that bestowed by fans, by customers: they dig what you do enough to pay you to do it. Even so, it’s nice to be recognized by your peers for outstanding work. Even when you know the organization giving you those accolades has limited credibility. I remember when the Golden Globes designated Jim Carrey’s bittersweet biopic MAN IN THE MOON a “musical-slash-comedy,” so that Carrey could win without having to compete with the best actors in the Drama division. Even Carrey questioned this placement of the film. If the Globes had any credibility before that, they lost a lot of it. But again, it’s nice to be recognized.
I love that Guillermo Del Toro is getting the respect he deserves for THE SHAPE OF WATER, which hasn’t even come out yet, but I know Del Toro’s reputation for turning out high quality work, so I know it’s deserved. On the television front, it’s nice to see Kyle MacLachlan get a nomination for BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION. But why isn’t TWIN PEAKS nominated for best series? And as far as best acting goes, howzabout Evan Peters for the just-wrapped AMERICAN HORROR STORY: CULT? He was amazing. Maybe better than Kyle. Was CULT not eligible? At least STRANGER THINGS got nominated for best series, and David Harbour got a nod for supporting actor. (And kudos to Alexander “Tarzan” Skarsgard for getting a nomination in the same category.)
There are some worthy nominees, for sure, but the list is incomplete. It always is.