The selection of Sacha Cohen for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical Or Comedy for Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan was the best thing that happened at the 2007 Golden Globe Awards. Of course, the question still remains as to why there are two categories for best actor. Borat and Little Miss Sunshine were the only movies with fresh, new ideas made in US.
To our surprise, amongst the presence of great movies such as Pan’s Labyrinth, The Lives of Others, and Volver—the real foreign language movies—Clint Eastwood’s Letters from Iwo Jima won the Best Foreign Language Movie award! After Martin Scorsese won the best Film Director Award, one would think that Foreign Press wanted to keep everybody happy and therefore decided to give the Best Foreign movie award to Clint Eastwood.
This is time to praise the Palm Spring International Film Festival for at least picking a real foreign movie, Pan’s Labyrinth, as their Best Foreign Movie. Let’s hope that the Academy Awards is more responsible when they select the best Foreign Language movie of the year.