Globes Draw Ratings Gold
There may not have been any movie blockbusters in the running for Golden Globe awards Monday night, but the telecast performed well in the ratings nonetheless. According to Nielsen overnights, the awards ceremonies, televised by NBC, drew an average 12.4 rating and an 18 share in primetime, up from an 11.3/17 last year. The awards show itself received a mixed reception from journalists. John Horn and Susan King, who covered the affair for the Los Angeles Times, called it "a dull parody of its former self." They noted that the producers of the two big winners, Brokeback Mountain and Walk the Line, said nothing "about what their movies stood for but seemed to mention by name nearly every person who had a hand in their films' contract negotiations, marketing and distribution." On the other hand, Maureen Ryan, writing in the Chicago Tribune, commented that "quite a few of the speeches were a hoot." She particularly appreciated Larry McMurtry's "heartfelt" thanks to his typewriter, which he said, "has kept me for 30 years out of the dry embrace of the computer." Alessandra Stanley in the New York Times called it traditionally "the one night when even the most pompous movie stars indulge in food, wine and a bit of self-mockery."