Older actors get recognition at this year’s Golden Globes


On Sunday, the Golden Globes once again showed why it was like the Oscar’s goofier, more idiosyncratic cousin.

And that is why the ceremony and the acclaim it lavishes on the artists it likes in many ways are more relevant than the more prestigious, but also more staid, corporate-driven and much more self-congratulatory Academy Awards.

What it got right yesterday was to give character actor J.K. Simmons a muchdeserved Best Supporting Actor for his part as a megalomaniacal music teacher in the drama Whiplash, which opens in Singapore on Thursday.

Simmons’ win, at age 60, will remind viewers of the acclaim that landed at Richard Jenkins’ feet when he, another veteran of stage and screen, was lauded in 2008 for his part in drama The Visitor.