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Globes kickoff awards season

January 22, 2012
By KATHRYN SPIRA , For The Leader Herald

On?Jan. 15 I watched with great anticipation the 2012 Golden Globes, which was broadcast live from LA. Ricky Gervais was the host in spite of the uproar he caused last year. I have to say his opening monologue was absolutely hilarious.

In 2011 he was very controversial. I was surprised they even asked him back. He opened by quipping apparent inside jokes about Jodie Foster and made reference to Justin Bieber who was the target of a possible paternity suit this past year. That set the mood with his signature sarcasm. Bieber wasn't in evidence, but Foster responded gamely with a "thumbs up" to his R-rated comments.

When I was an actress and lived in Hollywood, I looked forward to the awards season along with many of my fellow actors who worked with me in restaurants. Restaurants were a true means-to-an-end job for out-of-work actors as we dreamed of being at awards shows ourselves one day. I know I had secret notes for my awards speech when tapped to go up on stage and I suspect other aspiring actors did also. So go the dreams of youth.

One of my favorite shows, "Modern Family," won the Golden Globe for best television comedy. I was thrilled because I absolutely agreed. I especially like Eric Stonestreet who won an Emmy for his role in the sitcom last year.

Julianna Margulies, who has won in the past for best actress in the CBS drama "The Good Wife" didn't win this year. Rather it went to Claire Danes for "Homeland," a show I don't watch because it's on HBO, a premium channel. My feeling is there is so much good stuff on network TV that I can't imagine bothering to spend extra on pay channels. I can't afford it, anyway.

I also must say I haven't seen any of the feature films that were up for awards at the Globes. I admit I'm a TV person and that's where my main interests lie. But if enough good press goes to any particular movie, such as "The King's Speech" last year, I will get the DVD and watch it. I must repeat my advice to see that movie on a DVD if you haven't already.

Best lead actor in a drama series on TV went to Kelsey Grammer for a show I never heard of called "Boss" and upon researching it I found out it's an original series on a pay channel as well. Best supporting actress, series, miniseries or movie went to Jessica Lange, in "American Horror Story." That's another show I don't watch, although I tried the pilot briefly. Not my cup of tea, even though I do like Dylan McDermott. Best supporting actor, series, miniseries or movie: went to Peter Dinklage, for "Game of Thrones," another series on a premium channel I don't watch.

The bottom line is that, as always, I certainly enjoyed this show. I even got Herman involved in watching it with me. It says a lot that he watches it with me because it would be like me watching a show about cars with him.

There are lots more award shows coming up in the next two months. The SAG (Screen Actors Guild) Awards are Jan. 29, Grammys are Feb. 12, Spirit Awards are Feb. 25 and Oscars are Feb. 26, so there's more fun to come.

Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in New York City and Los Angeles, now pursues freelance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns and contact information may be accessed at her website at



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