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Gratitude

I watch a lot of awards shows, and often the celebrities are so jaded, it’s uncomfortable to watch them win. They come across arrogant or bored or even embarrassed to be there.

So it’s fun to watch someone win their first award — after decades in the business — and be joyful and sincere and probably win over an entire new demographic of fans in the process.

Good for you, Craig. I’ve always voted for you.

Mini celebs

I’ve been big on awards shows since I was a little thing.

Had an acceptance speech ready. Practiced it in the bathroom mirror. Updated it each year as people made (and fell off) the list.

But there was never something like Toddlewood around…

I might have lost my mind.

GG 2014

Toddlewood allows little kids to dress up — in exquisite detail — as their favorite Hollywood celebs. New York photographer Tricia Messeroux began turning small fry into celebrity look-a-likes in 2008, and now her portfolio numbers over 100.

The red carpet shots and movie posters that she has recreated with little kids totally creep me out. But when I think of how excited I would have been at that age…

I’m confident my mom would have said NO.

No excuse

Celebrities have no excuse for bad hair.

None.

Actors, especially those who  have played a variety of roles and have seen themselves in different hair styles and hair colors and wigs and even different eye color and makeup combinations, should know — by the time a major event like the Golden Globes or SAG Awards or Grammys roll around — what hair style looks best on their person.

And yet, time and time again, celebrities turn up at these events looking either dowdy as hell or like they just got out of bed or so genuinely freaky, that I doubt they glanced in the mirror before they walked the red carpet.

I know these actors and singers hire stylists to present them in their best light.  But I have decided those same stylists are simply taking care of their own career…which apparently means dressing the actors in whatever label is best for their business and whatever hair style will get the most attention.

But bad attention is still attention.  So, hey — let’s make a bird’s nest out of Drew Barrymore’s hair and see if E! mentions her in their red carpet coverage.

You got your wish, Drew.  Your face is everywhere, but you’re getting slammed for your hairstyle instead of congratulated for your win.  Did your stylist really do her job?

A lot of these celebs would do themselves an enormous favor by cutting the size of their entourage and replacing them with a big ol’ dose of reality.

Look in the mirror with your own eyes and trust your judgment for a change.  Do you think you look like an idiot?

Chances are, you’re right.

The winner is…

Oscar, I hope you were watching the SAG Awards last night.

If you didn’t, no matter. Just replay the Golden Globe Awards in your mind…they were pretty much the same show.

The same actors took the stage to accept their awards. Some even pretended to still be surprised to have won. They did vary their speeches a bit, which I appreciate, because I — a great lover of awards shows — am already bored with the 2010 season. And I sense the actors are, too.

Come on, guys. Time was that you could expect each awards show to have a different perspective on entertainment and, as a result, a slightly different list of winners. The audience — both in attendance and at home — actually had something to gasp at in surprise. More than one actor had to prepare a speech.

Now it feels like you all got together the first week of January and picked your favorites, which is advantageous to absolutely no one.

So Oscar, do us all a favor — the actors included. Surprise us with the unexpected. Shine a light on the quality performances that have been overlooked. Reward nuance over shouting.

Give us a reason to watch.

Critics schmitics

Did you see the winners’ list for the 2010 Critics’ Choice Awards last night?

Did you know they were on?  (Did you even know they exist?)

I found them quite by accident.  But hey, it’s an awards show, and Kristin Chenoweth was hosting, so I decided to hang out for a while and see what was what.

Here are the night’s big winners:

Best Picture: ‘The Hurt Locker’
Best Actor: Jeff Bridges, ‘Crazy Heart’
Best Actress: (tie) Sandra Bullock, ‘The Blind Side,’ and Meryl Streep, ‘Julia And Julia’
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, ‘Inglourious Basterds’
Best Supporting Actress: Mo’nique, ‘Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire’
Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, ‘The Hurt Locker’
Best Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, ‘Inglourious Basterds’
Best Adapted Screenplay: ‘Up In The Air,’ Ivan Reitman and Sheldon Turner
Best Acting Ensemble: ‘Inglourious Basterds’
Best Animated Feature: ‘Up’
Best Young Actor/Actress: Saoirse Ronan, ‘The Lovely Bones’
Best Action Movie: ‘Avatar’
Best Comedy Movie: ‘The Hangover’
Best Foreign Language Film: ‘Los Abrazos Rotos’
Best Documentary: ‘The Cove’
Best Song:The Weary Kind’ from ‘Crazy Heart’
Best Score: Michael Giacchino, ‘Up’
Best Picture Made For Television: ‘Grey Gardens’
Best Cinematography: ‘Avatar’
Best Editing: ‘Avatar’
Best Visual Effects: ‘Avatar’
Best Sound: ‘Avatar’
Best Costume Design: ‘The Young Victoria’
Best Makeup: ‘District 9’

I’ve noted in orange where my Golden Globe predictions and the Critics’ Choice winners have crossed paths.  Obviously, the two ceremonies have very different categories — the Globes honor television as well — but when you consider movies alone, the Critics and myself feel quite differently about the best movies of the year.

For Best Picture, they chose to reward yet another war picture.  Now, I know the “The Hurt Locker” is being billed as a truly spectacular film about war.  But I am really hopeful that the Golden Globes (and other subsequent awards shows) will chose to give their trophy to films that took an original cinematic bent on original cinematic topics.

Call me crazy, but I think audiences prefer a little variety.

We’ll see who’s right (me) and who gets the awards.

Smart people?

They are the joke of the entertainment community.  The redheaded stepchild of awards season.  The first awards show of the year, yet the predictor of nothing.

They are…the People’s Choice Awards.

I mean, seriously — how could you not watch?

The only stars in the audience are the winners…it’s like they know ahead of time or something.  They sit in the audience, not good enough actors to hide their embarrassment at being there.  You will occasionally catch a smirk on their faces as they watch the opening number or winch at the bad writing.

Heck, in this year’s open, sung with enormous gusto by host Queen Latifah, one of the lyrics actually said:

“You can run, but you can’t hide from the People’s Choice Awards.”

Nice, guys.  You’re supposed to think it…not say it aloud.

Some of them even struggle to keep straight faces during their acceptance speeches, which are always a variation on the “this matters so much because it’s from you, the people” theme.

You can also count on the winners of the People’s Choice Awards — voted on by you, the people — to be about five years behind the critical choices of the more prestigious awards ceremonies.  For example, Hugh Laurie won Best Actor, Drama and “House” won Best TV Drama.  Both are great, but I think you would agree some newer shows have come along  — “Mad Men” or “Breaking Bad,” for instance — that deserve recognition.

Which begs the question: who is voting in the People’s Choice Awards?  Who are these people?  Whoever they are, they apparently stopped watching television quite a while back…and their taste in movies nearly always lands on the most blockbluster, family-friendly fare.

In fact, of all the awards shows, the People’s Choice Awards appears on the surface to be the most rigged…and yet, the people are supposedly doing the voting.

We simply can’t be trusted.