Actor and singer Justin Timberlake announces nominees at the Golden Globe Award nominations news conference in Beverly Hills, California December 15, 2009.[Agencies]
If you didn’t tune in to the always-riveting live broadcast of the Golden Globe nominations on Tuesday, then you might not know that Justin Timberlake was among those who announced the names of those films, shows and actors getting a nod. You’re lucky. Timberlake must have missed the memo that unlike the times he’s on stage at one of his concerts, this isn’t about him. While naming those nominated in the music categories he said, “Paul McCartney — you may have heard of him,” and “Bono — you may have heard of him, as well.”
2009 Golden Globe nominees “Up in the Air” leads the pack of film contenders as “30 Rock,” “Mad Men” and more compete for TV honors. more photos That would have been fine if he left it at that, but with nearly every announcement, Timberlake editorialized. When Emily Blunt’s name came up, Timberlake glanced at Blunt’s fiance John Krasinski, who also read names of the nominated, and said “Ho, ho, ho! Somebody’s going to have a good night tonight.”
And before announcing the major motion picture nominees, he made a drumroll sound, and then as if the entire audience were utter music illiterates, announced that he had just done an “impromptu drumroll.”
One person, whose opinion I respect, said that Timberlake’s editorializing was better than just hearing someone read a list of names. Me, I’m all for a list of names in this circumstance. The Golden Globe nominations are not supposed to be entertainment. It’s just information, and for Timberlake to insert himself to the extent that he did makes me feel like he’s been mining from the same creek beds as Kanye West, or worse, setting a precedent for the future.