The Golden Globes may be a sucky awards show, but at least they have the sense to break out the categories. A musical like Les Mis shouldn't be in the same category as regular movies. It just seems odd to me.
Life of Pi -
Not quite what I was expecting based on the gushing reviews. For one, I read the book years ago, but didn't remember much about it besides the boat and the tiger. Because of this, I forgot how much exposition there is before we get to the boat and the tiger.
The movie spends a lot of time on the back story of Pi, and his family. Too much time. I understand it's important to build up the characters so we can have feelings for them when bad things happen, but they could have cut out 20 of the first 45 minutes, and it still would have worked.
There are also stretches in the middle that feel a bit too long. Like the director simply wanted us to feel the same isolation as Pi. Instead, it was just kind of boring, and I wanted them to move on already.
My only other qualm is that it was a bit preachy. I didn't recall this aspect of the book. I have no problem with it being there, but when the point of the story is to, and I quote, "Make the writer believe in god", you really get my attention. And, of course, I saw no reason for any god-believing, and the author didn't suddenly convert, so I don't think he did, either.
Despite it all, it was still a decent movie. Beautiful cinematography. The tiger was amazing. The 3D was well done, and perfectly integrated. It simply didn't meet my high expectations.