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Snarktastic

Yesterday I was miffed at snarky comments on Twitter and Facebook made by NYC locals who were underwhelmed by Hurricane Irene.

I wasn’t the only one.

Neighbors in New Jersey, Connecticut and Vermont who are underwater and without power were quick to snark back at their lack of empathy.

The snark resurfaced last night in live tweets about the VMAs, one of the few awards shows I don’t watch (but probably should based on the comments).

Which got me thinking… where does the word ‘snark’ come from?  How long has it been around?  And is there someone I can personally thank since it is so much fun to say?

‘Snark’ is simply the blending of ‘snide’ and ‘remark.’ I couldn’t find a date or person credited for the first mash-up of the word, but it’s a good one.

I did find lots of ‘snark’ derivations, which are brilliant in and of themselves.  I know you’ll want to add a few of them to your vocab:

  • snarkagogy — the art or science of being snarky (now, there’s a college major for ya)
  • snarkalec — someone who consistently makes snarky remarks
  • snarkasm — snarky, with an undertone of sarcasm (for advanced snarkalecs only)
  • snarkhat — if you are not usually snarky, put it on to make a snarky comment; then take off

There are a lot more at UrbanDictionary.com.  (Figured it would be snarky to not reveal my source.)

Half-baked

As Ricky Gervais brought the Golden Globes to a close last night — with yet another bit of self-promotion — I tallied my predictions for the night.

Half-right, half-wrong.

That’s about what I expected.  The Hollywood Foreign Press is a bizarre bunch, and each year, their selections appear to be based on novelty more so than nuance.

The 2010 winner’s list is no exception.

Start at the top with Best Motion Picture, Drama.  “Avatar” is clearly a box office sensation and a leap forward for animation, but most people will agree it’s not the complete package that deserves Best Picture.  (Can you say recycled screenplay?)

And while I laughed my ass off at “The Hangover,” is it really the broad comedy that we choose to laud with trophies after years of ignoring the genre?

I too, along with Susan Downey, thought Matt Damon had Best Actor, Motion Picture, Comedy, sewn up for “The Informant!”.  His performance — and his wig’s — deserved recognition in an exceptional film.

Robert Downey, Jr. is always a pleasure to watch, but “Sherlock Holmes” will not be remembered as one of his great films.  Why recognize this performance?  (But, give him the Globe for his speech, which was hilarious.)

The television Globe winners were less surprising, perhaps because the shows themselves are not prey to box office ebbs and flows.  It’s all a matter of mind reading.  Newbie or established player — which will the HFP pick?

Agree or disagree, I always feel like the Golden Globes are an opportunity to recognize — in the movie industry, that is — projects that won’t win the Academy Award.  And that gives me comfort.

Perhaps some of my favorites will grace the stage a bit more come Oscar night.

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STICKY EGG PREDICTIONS
Legend:
Rotten Egg — where I went wrong
Golden Egg — where I got it right!

BEST MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA
Globe: Avatar
Rotten Egg: Up in the Air

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA
Golden Egg: Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA
Globe: Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
Rotten Egg: George Clooney, Up in the Air

BEST MOTION PICTURE, COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Globe: The Hangover
Rotten Egg:  (500) Days of Summer

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE, COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Golden Egg: Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE, COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Globe: Robert Downey Jr., Sherlock Holmes
Rotten Egg: Matt Damon, The Informant!

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Golden Egg: Up

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Golden Egg: The White Ribbon (Germany)

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Globe: Mo’Nique, Precious
Rotten Egg: Penélope Cruz, Nine

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Golden Egg:  Christopher, Waltz, Inglourious Basterds

BEST DIRECTOR
Globe:  James Cameron, Avatar
Rotten Egg:  Jason Reitman, Up in the Air

BEST SCREENPLAY
Globe: Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner
Up in the Air, Rotten Egg: Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Golden Egg: Michael Giacchino, Up

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
Golden Egg:  “The Weary Kind,” Music & Lyrics by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett (Crazy Heart)

BEST TELEVISION SERIES, DRAMA
Globe: Mad Men
Rotten Egg: True Blood

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES, DRAMA
Globe: Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Rotten Egg: Anna Paquin, True Blood

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES, DRAMA
Globe: Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Rotten Egg: Bill Paxton, Big Love

BEST TELEVISION SERIES, COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Golden Egg: Glee

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES, COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Globe: Toni Collette, United States of Tara
Rotten Egg: Courteney Cox, Cougar Town

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES, COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Golden Egg: Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock

BEST MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
:Globe Grey Gardens
Rotten Egg: Little Dorrit

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Globe: Drew Barrymore, Grey Gardens
Rotten Egg: Sigourney Weaver, Prayers for Bobby

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Golden Egg: Kevin Bacon, Taking Chance

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Golden Egg: Chloë Sevigny, Big Love

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Golden Egg:  John Lithgow, Dexter

Golden egg

Golden Globe Awards – thank god you’ve arrived!

After a week filled with human drama — both real and manufactured — a big ol’ dose of Ricky Gervais and drunk celebrities will be a welcome distraction.

The ceremony is this Sunday evening on NBC, and The Egg brings  sticky predictions on who will be giving those always embarrassing, often semi-coherent acceptance speeches while clutching their trophies.

BEST MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA

• Avatar
• The Hurt Locker
• Inglourious Basterds
• Precious
Up in the Air

Original, authentic, and grounded — forgive the pun — in the realities of the day, Up in the Air deserves every accolade.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA

• Emily Blunt, The Young Victoria
Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
• Helen Mirren, The Last Station
• Carey Mulligan, An Education
• Gabourey Sidibe, Precious

Hollywood Foreign Press, finally reward American’s favorite girl next door.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA

• Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
George Clooney, Up in the Air
• Colin Firth, A Single Man
• Morgan Freeman, Invictus
• Tobey Maguire, Brothers

To give the award to Jeff Bridges would be too Mickey Rourke too soon. George Clooney deserves it and will win it.

BEST MOTION PICTURE, COMEDY OR MUSICAL

(500) Days of Summer
• The Hangover
• It’s Complicated
• Julie & Julia
• Nine

The movie that redefined a category deserves the nod.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE, COMEDY OR MUSICAL

• Sandra Bullock, The Proposal
• Marion Cotillard, Nine
• Julia Roberts, Duplicity
• Meryl Streep, It’s Complicated
Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia

Resistance is futile.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE, COMEDY OR MUSICAL

Matt Damon, The Informant!
• Daniel Day-Lewis, Nine
• Robert Downey Jr., Sherlock Holmes
• Joseph Gordon-Levitt, (500) Days of Summer
• Michael Stuhlbarg, A Serious Man

And Matt had better thank his wig in the acceptance speech, too.

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

• Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
• Coraline
• Fantastic Mr. Fox
• The Princess and the Frog
Up

Truth?  Didn’t see any of them.  But Up had the best trailer.

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

• Baaria (Italy)
• Broken Embraces (Spain)
• The Maid (Chile)
• A Prophet (France)
The White Ribbon (Germany)

Truth?  I saw the trailer for The White Ribbon…that’s all I got.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE

Penélope Cruz, Nine
• Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air
• Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air
• Mo’Nique, Precious
• Julianne Moore, A Single Man

Even though Nine got panned, the Hollywood Foreign Press loves that Penelope.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE

• Matt Damon, Invictus
• Woody Harrelson, The Messenger
• Christopher Plummer, The Last Station
• Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones
Christopher, Waltz, Inglourious Basterds

If Stanley Tucci had been nominated for Julie & Julia, my vote would be different.

BEST DIRECTOR

• Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
• James Cameron, Avatar
• Clint Eastwood, Invictus
Jason Reitman, Up in the Air
• Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds

I hate when the movie wins and the director doesn’t…

BEST SCREENPLAY

• Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell, District 9
• Mark Boal, The Hurt Locker
• Nancy Meyers, It’s Complicated
• Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, Up in the Air
Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds

He’s not my favorite, but the Globes will throw him a bone.

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Michael Giacchino, Up
• Marvin Hamlisch, The Informant!
• James Horner, Avatar
• Abel Korzeniowski, A Single Man
• Karen O and Carter Burwell, Where the Wild Things Are

All that floating was accompanied by some cool tunes.

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

• “Cinema Italiano,” Music & Lyrics by Maury Yeston (Nine)
• “I Want to Come Home,” Music & Lyrics by Paul McCartney (Everybody’s Fine)
• “I Will See You,” Music by James Horner, Simon Franglen; Lyrics by James Horner, Simon Franglen and Kuk Harrell (Avatar)
• “The Weary Kind,” Music & Lyrics by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett (Crazy Heart)

• “Winter,” Music by U2; Lyrics by Bono (Brothers)

Give the music movie the Globe for best song.

BEST TELEVISION SERIES, DRAMA

• Big Love
• Dexter
• House
• Mad Men
True Blood

Go vamps, go vamps, go, go, go vamps.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES, DRAMA

• Glenn Close, Damages
• January Jones, Mad Men
• Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Anna Paquin, True Blood
• Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

Anna will repeat.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES, DRAMA

• Simon Baker, The Mentalist
• Michael C. Hall, Dexter
• Jon Hamm, Mad Men
• Hugh Laurie, House
Bill Paxton, Big Love

The newbie to the category will win.

BEST TELEVISION SERIES, COMEDY OR MUSICAL

• 30 Rock
• Entourage
Glee
• Modern Family
• The Office

The newbie to the category will win.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES, COMEDY OR MUSICAL

• Toni Collette, United States of Tara
Courteney Cox, Cougar Town
• Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
• Tina Fey, 30 Rock
• Lea Michele, Glee

She’s a newbie to the category as well, but a well-known friend.  The Hollywood Foreign Press can’t wait to give her the Globe.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES, COMEDY OR MUSICAL

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
• Steve Carell, The Office
• David Duchovny, Californication
• Thomas Jane, Hung
• Matthew Morrison, Glee

No one can take the Globe away from Alec Baldwin. He’s that good.

BEST MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

• Georgia O’Keefe
• Grey
Gardens
• Into the Storm
Little Dorrit
• Taking Chance

Little Dorrit has already won the Emmy, and it was spectacular.  It will win the Globe.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

• Joan Allen, Georgia O’Keefe
• Drew Barrymore, Grey Gardens
• Jessica Lange, Grey Gardens
• Anna Paquin, The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler
Sigourney Weaver, Prayers for Bobby

Jessica and Drew will split the Grey Gardens vote, and the equally wonderful Sigourney Weaver will take the prize.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

Kevin Bacon, Taking Chance
• Kenneth Branagh, Wallander: One Step Behind
• Chiewetel Ejiofor, Endgame
• Brendan Gleeson, Into the Storm
• Jeremy Irons, Georgia O’Keefe

Kevin Bacon deserves it and will win it.  And I will get over his being passed over for so many other nods.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

• Jane Adams, Hung
• Rose Byrne, Damages
• Jane Lynch, Glee
• Janet McTeer, Into the Storm
Chloë Sevigny, Big Love

Newbies, it’s a honor just to be nominated.  This is Chloe’s award.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION

• Michael Emerson, Lost
• Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother
• William Hurt, Damages
John Lithgow, Dexter
• Jeremy Piven, Entourage

NPH, you deserve it.  You’ve earned it.  But John Lithgow was nominated, and he always wins, dag nab it.

Enjoy the Globes, everyone!  Ricky Gervais is a train wreck of the very best kind.