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By Rich Heldenfels Published: January 14, 2013

I am not a fan of the Golden Globes as awards, but ended up watching a fair amount of the ceremony: the marvelous humor of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the classy Anne Hathaway,  the hilarious Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell, the grumpy Tommy Lee Jones, the genuinely bizarre (and angry) Jodie Foster. It wasn't enough to keep me from going to bed early (I had a class to teach this morning, after all) but it certainly offered an abundance of things to talk about.

For one: are the Globes so convinced that people watch the telecast for the craziness and the screwups that they go out of thier way to look inept?  Conisder the insanely long perp walks some winners had to make to get to the stage. Consider, too, how their awards cycle involves both films that they have seen but almost no one else has (like "Stand Up Guys"), and TV shows which have been seen and previously awarded. I mean, "Game Change" and "Homeland" AGAIN? Walk-off music while Daniel Day-Lewis is talking about Spielberg?

Also, much as I admire Jennifer Lawrence as an actress, the "I beat Meryl" crack was unseemly, take a look at this Dustin Hoffman acceptance speech from the Oscars, at aboutt he 6:11 mark, where he is adamant that he did not "beat" the other contenders, and they did not "lose." Think, too, of how Anne Hathaway gave props to Sally Field, or Lena Dunham's homage to the others in her category,  in contrast to Lawrence's swagger.

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