After a somewhat ludicrous, albeit awesome, season 2 finale, we’ve all have been wondering how Homeland was going to stretch the somewhat short premise for another season. Well, the trailer does a damn good job of hinting at it, while staying somewhat far away from spoiler territory. The basic gist seems to be that Brody (Damian Lewis) is on the run from a global manhunt by the US Government, meanwhile an internal investigation is going on in the US, possibly retreading the past years, thus involving Saul (Mandy Patinkin), the new Director of the CIA, and Carrie (Claire Danes). Check out the trailer below.
This premise is the only logically place the show could’ve gone following last season, but with this concept we lose the up close tension of Brody on US soil and whether he has a mastermind terrorist plan in his mind at any moment. Also, the family dynamic, which has been somewhat hammered into the ground, can’t be as big a part to Brody as he’s not with them. That said, the trailer does a great job of setting up the dire tone that is needed following, SEASON 2 SPOILER, a terrorist bombing killing hundreds of US officials that may or may not have been done by the shows main character. Yeah, not exactly a time for big hugs and kisses. Lastly, that final shot between Carrie and Saul was tremendous, the framing of her head turned around as she’s about to tear up, Saul right up beside her, AHHHH, it was perfect, and it’s moments like that make me more and more excited for what’s to come in the third season of Homeland.
I am, admittedly, an awards show fan so it comes as no surprise that I tuned in to last night’s Golden Globe Awards. There’s just something about watching Hollywood’s best and brightest get all dressed up and then sit for hours while pretending they were okay with just being nominated that makes for really good entertainment. Add in my well documented love for Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and there was no way I’d be missing this one. As with every other awards show, there were definite highs and even more definite lows but I think we can all agree that perhaps last night’s Golden Globes ended up with more in the “highs” column.
First off, the aforementioned Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. After three years of Ricky Gervais and his “trying too hard” approach to comedy, it was really nice to laugh at a joke without feeling like an awful person for doing so. It wasn’t like Fey and Poehler went all Pollyanna on us, for they did have some nice zingers throughout the night, but it certainly did not feel as if they were mean-spirited. Of course I am biased, being a fan in the first place, but they were quite possibly the best hosts I’ve seen in quite some time.
Another high? Ben Affleck winning Best Director for Argo. He had the stage and could have mentioned his “snub” from the Oscar committee but decided against it, classy move. We’ve already discussed the Academy Awards nominations here but the befuddlement is only increased by Affleck’s win last night. What did the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) see that the Academy did not? It boggles the mind.
Of course I’m a huge SNL geek so it’s no surprise that I loved Will Ferrell and Kristin Wiig as they presented one of the best actress awards. When Ferrell said that Dame Judy Dench used to be a police sheriff and this was her breakout role? I nearly choked on my coffee. Of course I would love for Tina and Amy to host from now to eternity but if they can’t, Will Ferrell and Kristin Wiig would be an okay replacement. However, I think it’s safe to say that if Ferrell and Wiig were the hosts, perhaps Tommy Lee Jones would stay home as he did not appear to be a fan of their antics in any way, shape, or form.
Jodie Foster’s acceptance speech after being awarded the Cecil B. DeMille award was both a high and a low maybe? I honestly spent the entire six minutes ping ponging between “you go Jodie Foster!” and “I have no idea what you are saying right now Jodie Foster”. It was very discombobulated. I have to imagine that when she wrote the speech (I’m assuming she wrote it), it made a lot more sense than it did when she got up on stage and nerves and adrenaline took over. Like Kevin Costner earlier in the evening, it made people question if she was either going to retire from show business or take a long walk off a short pier. Of course when she talked about her mom, I was just like every other sap in the room, searching my cleavage for a kleenex.
A definite high? I’m sorry but it had to be Taylor Swift losing to Adele in the Original Song category. I usually don’t delight in the heartbreak of others (well not all the time) but this was hysterical. She is just so used to winning everything that she just sat there rather stunned when she got beat. Of course if she had won I’m sure there would have been a resurrection of the Kayne incident and nobody needs that so really it was a double win for all involved. Well, except for Taylor Swift.
Lows? There weren’t a whole lot but one of the biggest ones was Sacha Baron Cohen. Oh boy, that was uncomfortable. I don’t know if it was announced what he was going to be presenting beforehand (I didn’t hear it0 but after he slams Russell Crowe’s singing performance in Les Mis and then makes reference to Anne Hathaway’s unfortunate upskirt photo he goes on to present Best Animated Feature. Call me crazy, but don’t presenters usually say something at least somewhat related to the award they are presenting? Yikes.
Perhaps the biggest low of the entire show, and frankly award shows in general these days, was network television. I love network television and I know I am not alone in that. There are millions of people who tune into network television every single day and quite a few of those millions are watching something besides singing and dancing (and diving- seriously Fox?) competitions. 30 Rock, Happy Endings, Community, New Girl, and my beloved Parks and Recreation are all examples of great shows that can be found on network television. So why is it that year after year, the only awards being given out to TV shows and their actors, are going only to premium cable? Don’t get me wrong, I like Girls just as much as the next gal but I have an incredibly hard time believing that Lena Dunham gave a better performance in Girls than Amy Poehler did as Leslie Knope in Parks and Recreation. I understand that the voters like shows that push the envelope but when premium cable is up against networks there really is no contest as the envelope HBO and Showtime are dealing with is light years larger than the networks have to stay within.
While I’m on my little mini-rant can we all just finally agree to stop nominating Chuck Lorre shows in the first place? They are fun entertainment for a night when you just really don’t want to think or feel any type of emotion beyond slightly amused. Nothing more, nothing less. There is no way that they should ever be nominated for anything beyond a Teen Choice award.
So there’s my highs and lows of the night, but no recap would be complete without a list of the winners so here you go:
Best Supporting Actress in Television, Movie, or Mini-Series
Maggie Smith- Downton Abbey (PBS)
Best Supporting Actor in Television, Movie, or Mini-Series Ed Harris- Game Change (HBO)
Best Actress in Television, Movie or Mini-Series Julianne Moore- Game Change (HBO)
Best Actor in Television, Movie or Mini-Series Kevin Costner- Hatfields & McCoys (History Channel)
Best Television Movie or Mini-Series Game Change (HBO)
Best Actress in Television Series, Comedy or Musical Lena Dunham- Girls (HBO)
Best Actor in Television Series, Comedy or Musical Don Cheadle- House of Lies (Showtime)
Best Television Series, Comedy or Musical Girls (HBO)
Best Actress in Television Series, Drama Claire Danes- Homeland (Showtime)
Best Actor in Television Series, Drama Damien Lewis- Homeland (Showtime)
Best Television Series, Drama Homeland (Showtime)
Best Foreign Language Film Armour (Austria)
Best Original Song “Skyfall”- Adele
Best Original Score Life of Pi
Best Screenplay Quentin Tarantino- Django Unchained
Best Animated FilmBrave
Best Supporting Actress in Motion Picture Anne Hathaway- Les Miserables
Best Supporting Actor in Motion Picture Christoph Waltz- Django Unchained
Best Actress in Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical Jennifer Lawrence- Silver Linings Playbook
Best Actor in Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical Hugh Jackman- Les Miserables
Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical Les Miserables
Best Actress in Motion Picture, Drama Jessica Chastain- Zero Dark Thirty
Best Actor in Motion Picture, Drama Daniel Day Lewis- Lincoln
Best Director Ben Affleck- Argo
Best Motion Picture, Drama Argo
So there’s the Golden Globes, next up- the Oscars! See you then.