...Sometimes the [Golden Globes] winners — and the reception in the room to the winners — can produce a shift in
perception as to the direction the Oscars might take. And with this year's best
picture race being the most unsettled in years, it's tempting to look to the
Globes for a clue or two, even as past winners such as Gervais and Jim Carrey kept telling us to keep things in perspective.
So, first, a
disclaimer: Neither of last year's Globes best picture recipients —
"Boyhood" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" — ended up winning
the Academy Award. Alejandro G. Iñárritu's "Birdman" did.
On Sunday, Iñárritu
found himself on the stage twice, winning honors for motion picture drama and
director. On the (ahem) comedy side, Ridley Scott's space survival saga "The
Notably absent throughout the evening was Tom
McCarthy's meticulous procedural, "Spotlight," which
didn't win any category, not even the Globe it was expected to take —
Really, it's impossible to call any film the
pacesetter now. You can make a case for a handful of movies…