Three thoughts on Sunday night’s Golden Globe awards show.
- Jennifer Lawrence presented and this needs to be said: She’s of average talent. The media rave about her because she’s attractive and says somewhat humorous things in media interviews, but her on-screen performances are nothing remarkable. A friend tells me, though, that she does a good job in her 2010 movie “Winter’s Bone,” which I haven’t seen.
- Every joke host Ricky Gervais delivered was 10,000 times more brave than that equal-pay speech Patricia Arquette gave last year. He said things — he called Caitlyn Jenner “Bruce” and made a joke about women being bad drivers — that not a single other person in that room would utter aloud in the company of progressive Hollywood. Refreshing. (Gervais even mocked the idea of equal pay in Hollywood: “How the hell can a 25-year-old live on $52 million?”)
- Leonardo DiCaprio‘s “The Revenant,” which I saw Saturday, was spectacular and proved another thing that needs to be said: DiCaprio is one of two, maybe three, actors worth paying money to see at a theater anymore. Watching him, you can tell he’s in it to challenge his talents and deliver a real performance. He’s good looking, but he’ll be in a movie that leaves him looking like shit, as “Revenant” did. Does Channing Tatum, another person we’re supposed to believe is a “leading actor,” do that? DiCaprio and “Revenant” deserved all of the awards they got and more.