Ricky Gervais said it best. “The Golden Globes are to the Oscars what Kim Kardashian is to Kate Middleton- bit louder, bit trashier, bit drunker, and more easily bought.”  Last night’s 69th Golden Globes were all that, except perhaps ‘trashier’ – as it was, we from The Cafe Phenomenon were demanding some more ‘trashin.’Nevertheless, it was a decent show, and if anything, it got us prepped up and excited for the upcoming SAG ( Jan 29th) and Academy Awards (Feb 26th). And here’s to  breaking down the night.

Best Ricky Gervais moments:

“I thought Ricky Gervais played it somewhat on the safe side this year.  I mean, I had zingier remarks in my head! My favorite Gervais moment has to be when he asked Johnny Depp whether or not he’d seen The Tourist yet, to Depp’s hesitant remark that no, in fact, he has not yet seen it. Other than that, there were a few bites here and there, but in my opinion Gervais looked like he was trying not to offend anybody this time, which put the show more on the boring side this year.” – Radina Papukchieva

“My favourite introduction was Colin Firth’s. The flawless movie star was called an all around evil person who was “racist” and “punched a blind kitten” once. Definitely one of host, Ricky Gervais’ funniest bits of the night. The other had to be Meryl Streep accepting her award for best actress and admitting that she had forgotten her glasses at her table and, as a result, couldn’t read her thank yous.” -Sophia Loffreda

Best acceptance speeches:

“George Clooney’s plug at Michael Fassbender’s great performance in Shame, underlining his newfound capability to play golf with his hands behind his back was pretty priceless.  Michelle Williams’ and Meryl Streep’s humble speeches were sweet and classy, which is nothing less than what one would expect from these ladies.” – Radina Papukchieva

Best dressed:

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Who wore who:

“My best dressed my far is Evan Rachel Wood in Gucci Premiere.” – Bianca Puorto.

“Mine was Charlize Theron in Dior Couture, Kristen Wiig in Bill Blass, and Uggie the (Jack Russell terrier) dog from The Artist in his little bow tie!” – Sophia Loffreda

The rest:
Angeline Jolie in Atelier Versace (lookin fierce as usual but the arms looked like tooth picks, maybe sleeves next time)
Michelle Willams in Jason Wu (hate the hair, love the dress)
Claire Danes in J. Mendel
Kate Winslet, in Jenny Packham
Tilda Swinton, in Haider Ackermann (Not sure about the dress but finally some interesting hair!)
Jessica Chastain, in Givenchy Haute (kind of beauty queen-ish but we’ll let it go)
Rooney Mara, in Nina Ricci
Jessica Biel, in Elie Saab Haute Couture. (saloon girl gone glam)
Natalie Portman, in Lanvin
Charlize Theron, in Dior Couture (girly and sexy at the same time)
Salma Hayek, in Gucci. (Love love love!!!)
Emma Stone, in Lanvin
Freida Pinto, in Prada
Nicole Kidman, in Versace
Viola Davis, in Emilio Pucci 
Julianne Moore, in Chanel Haute
Kristen Wiig, in Bill Blass
Jessica Alba, in Gucci
Julianna Marguiles, in Naeem Khan
Madonna, in Reem Acra
Andrea Riseborough, in Vivienne Westwood
Bérénice Bejo, in Gucci (simple but a gorgeous on her and very elegant)
Mila Kunis, in Dior
Shailene Woodley, in Marchesa.
Evan Rachel Wood, in Gucci Premiere,
Katharine McPhee, in custom Donna Karan.
Nicole Richie, in Julien Macdonald.
Reese Witherspoon, in Zac Posen (although the dress looked a little tight)
Dianna Agron, in Giles

Julie Bowen, in Reem Acra
Kate Beckinsale, in Roberto Cavalli.
Michael Fassbender, in Emporio Armani.
Tina Fey, in Oscar de la Renta
Octavia Spencer, in Tadashi Shoji
Diane Lane, in Reem Acra

Most awkward moments:

“Did you notice the faces in the audience when Madonna won for her song “Masterpiece”? Oh boy! Admittedly, I had Elton John’s expression too while listening to Madonna talk about her cinematic efforts.  I guess because she is after all Madonna, we should all just shut up, but seriously, the woman should not be allowed behind the camera. Ever.” – Radina Papukchieva

Disappointments:

“ There were hardly any surprises at all last night.  The hardest category to predict was Best Leading Actor in a Motion Picture, which I think should have gone to Michael Fassbender for Shame, but George Clooney’s performance in The Descendants was also very memorable and he deserved his Globe. Nevertheless, it would be nice to see a fresh face snag one of these ‘important’ awards these days. ‘Lay Your Head Down,’ the original song for Albert Nobbs should have been the one to win.  And Bryan Cranston for Breaking Bad, I was just dying to hear his speech, when they announced Kelsey Grammer as the winner. Also, last but not least, where was Ryan Gosling?! The man made three great movies this year, four if we count Blue Valentine which appeared in January 2011.  And he should have been nominated for Drive. That’s all.” – Radina Papukchieva

“My favourite film this year, Midnight in Paris, was nominated for a few awards. Yet, Woody Allen wasn’t in attendance. Not a surprise, but just disappointing considering that the movie veteran always has something great to say. To make matters worse, Ryan Gosling was missing too! Any ceremony without Ryan Gosling for eye candy and Woody Allen for wisdom is incomplete, in my eyes. Thank God we all got our Brad Pitt, Leo DiCaprio, and George Clooney fix. If not… Well… the night would have been a disaster!” -Sophia Loffreda

The Artist swept up the Globes, next stop: Oscars

For full list of winners, go to:  http://www.goldenglobes.org/nominations/

By Bianca Puorto, Sophia Loffreda, and Radina Papukchieva

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About The Cafe Phenomenon

"The Cafe Phenomenon" refers to a situation, specifically in a cafe, where you are sitting with a friend and engaging in conversation with them, but you suddenly find yourself unable to listen because the background noise of the cafe distracts you from what they are saying (the background noise could be any thing: the gossip at the next table for example). It happens that, from time to time, in certain contexts the background noise is stronger and more defined than our personal and private one on one conversations. Our blog, made up of a group of friends from Concordia's journalism program, can serve as the background noise penetrating the intimate discussions of our virtual cafe dwellers (hopefully adding insight, relevant coverage, and interesting ideas). Or it can be the friend with whom you are deep in conversation. This, our dear readers, we leave to you.

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