Pedro Almodovar Talk to Her Golden Globe winAnother year, another Golden Globes ceremony. People are mainly yammering about how the Oscar race is between The Hours and Chicago, but let's face it, the 87-93 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press can't really be predictive of the thousands of members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which has different branches like Editing and Writing which nominate the categories. What the Golden Globe winners can enjoy is more press, attention, and overall fuel for the drive to Oscar. What I'm actually hoping for is that Pedro Almodovar, at left, who won Best Foreign Film for Talk to Her, will get to generate momentum for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay nominations, as Spain decided not to choose Talk to Her as their official submission (each country is allowed one submission to be considered for a nomination - yes, the Academy has many archaic weird rules and tends to overlook excellent work). Krzyzstof Kieslowski was nominated for Best Director and Best Screenplay when the Academy deemed Three Colors: Red ineligible for Foreign Film. But I'm not going to worry about it, I try to remember that the Oscars are Hollywood's self-mastubatory way of congratulating itself, in the most self-important and chichi way possible.

Watch some of the Golden Globes ceremony.
TV Gal at Zap2It recaps the Golden Globes with her usual wit.
The Daily News caught some of the press room fray - check out what Edie Falco said about Michael Chiklis.
L.A. Times article about the strong year for women's roles this year.
See what the Oscars odds are for other films at Gold Derby
Tania and I had been discussing Dick Clark earlier today and I felt he was a consummate professional, infinitely smarter and classier than Nancy O'Dell and Lisa Ling during the pre-show...Virginia Heffernan agrees