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From London: “The Golden Gloats”

January 12, 2009

kateIt’s that time of year again. Right about now the British media is either wringing its hands in despair over the state of UK cinema or blowing its trumpet loudly in praise of its prodigious acting and directing talent as the movie awards season gets underway.

Kicking things off was the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, and, judging by reaction on this side of the pond, we could re-name it the “Golden Gloats”. True, Brits and their films did fare pretty well this year, but I wonder if it’s not better to hold off until the big one — the Oscars.

Kate Winslet grabbed most of the headlines, winning both best actress in a drama for “Revolutionary Road” and best supporting actress for “The Reader”. While British journalists were clearly happy at her success, she was not spared some acerbic asides for what was seen as a gushing, very un-stiff-upper-lippish performance on stage.

The 33-year-old, the Telegraph wrote, “turned on the Hollywood histrionics and delivered a masterclass in stealing the show, joining the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow and Sally Field in the annals of over-the-top thank yous.” It also noted how she briefly, but rather embarrassingly, forgot the name of co-nominee Angelina Jolie.

And then there was “Slumdog Millionaire”, directed by Brit Danny Boyle who picked up the best director prize. His film was the big winner on the night with four prizes, including best drama. Sally Hawkins was named best actress in a comedy or musical for “Happy-Go-Lucky”.

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