January 24, 2000
Thatís the way it was - THE COMMENTARY
By Joseph Planta
VANCOUVER - The hardest working man in show business, is not James Brown. Dick Clark may not have funky pants or a singing voice, but heís got a hell of a number of gigs on his plate right now; itís not human. 23 nights ago, Dick was readying his booth in Times Square, he was also readying the American Music Awards for air, as well as filming episodes of that horrible game show, Winning Lines. (Dick is producing and hosting the pre-show tonight.) Watching the pre-telecast arrivals show, I noted that horrible floor announcer from NBCís Later Today, who said the word ĎGodí no less than 4 times. The colour du jour, of the ladiesí dresses was blue. January and raining? Blue? Come on it ainít the Oscars yet!
The first award of then night went to the drug addict of them all, Angelina Jolie who was probably toked. Come on, bringing up her brother? Tom Cruise won the other supporting honour for Magnolia. Sarah Jessica Parker had a terrific speech for her well-deserved turns on Sex and The City. The Sopranos, very deservingly won awards, as does Jim Carrey for Man on The Moon, and Janet McTeer for her tour de force in Tumbleweeds.
I was both glad to see Jack Lemmon and Nancy Marchand win Globeís for their television work. Lemmon bellows out, ďAh, shit!,Ē the moment his name was called out. Ms. Marchand was absent, and rightfully won a Globe for her work on The Sopranos.
Barbra Striesand gave a very eloquent speech, after Shirley MacLaine gave a very eloquent tribute to her work, as Striesand received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement. I could tell from the sidebar, Barbra was nervous as hell, perhaps a little pissed off at being subjected to see her age on celluloid. It was indeed a rare moment to see Barbra there to accept the award, as well as appear on television, live and not in control.
Annette Benning was shaking the moment Mike Douglas announced her name in presenting the Best Actress honour. But, it was Bellinghamís own Hillary Swank who took the honour for her performance in Boys Donít Cry.
All About My Mother took best foreign film, thus will make its way to the Oscars. (Pool players, take note.) Pedro Aldomovar, the Spanish fellow who accepted the award, tried very much in that speech of his to emulate last yearís foriegn director, Roberto Benigni.
I didnít happen to predict Toy Story 2ís win for best musical/comedy film, but I had a feeling it would make it. That means that Being John Malkovichís chances are seriously in trouble, letís hope at the SAGís it can bounce back.
Denzel Washingtonís win for The Hurricane, will certainly secure the real Rubin Carterís tickets to the Oscars. Listen, if Larry Flynt and Sister Helen Prejan can do it, why not the Hurricane himself?
American Beautyís win for best Dramatic film, will probably bring it to the Oscarís, but last yearís winner Saving Private Ryan, didnít even win the Best Picture honor. All in all, it wasnít a bad show. The problem with award shows is not the long speeches or the dance numbers, but the fact they start off at a tremendous pace but somehow in the second hour, looses the momentum. Dick Clark should take a break.
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