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At last night's Golden Globes, the ceremony took a moment to remember a mother and daughter who said goodbye to us within a day of each other. However, J.J. Abrams, who directed Carrie Fisher, had one minor problem with the tribute. It wasn't nearly long enough. He says it's impossible to sum up somebody like Fisher in the brief time that she was given.
It was beautiful and not long enough. She was extraordinary and it's impossible to to really quantify the impact she had on not just legions of movies and books, but also her friends. The wisdom, the wit, the heart. She was like no other, so she's deeply missed.
Her friends, as well as her fans, would probably agree. While other awards shows, like the Oscars, do a regular tribute to everybody who has been lost over the last year, it's a rarer occurrence at the Golden Globes. Yet the fact that we lost the two iconic actresses in the way that we did was the sort of thing that probably needed to be recognized. Losing Carrie Fisher was a shock. Learning that her mother had died the next day was one of those moments that doesn't even seem possible outside of a script.
J.J. Abrams comments to People probably echo those of many others. Unlike most of us who only knew her as an actress, Abrams knew her personally and it's clear that the relationship had a profound impact upon him. While Abrams only directed her recently in Star Wars: The Force Awakens he apparently met her back in 1996, so the friendship goes much longer than it appeared.
To be fair, the reason for the all too brief memorial to both Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds likely had more to do with TV schedules than it did any lack of heart. Live awards shows have a tendency to run longer than their allotted time and this year's Golden Globes ceremony was no exception. Since Reynolds and Fisher only passed a couple weeks ago, the idea to give them a tribute was probably a relatively late addition to the schedule, and doing so only meant that they'd have to cut time later on. During the latter portion of the night, it became clear that the show was trying to make up time. Some of the winners of the biggest awards of the evening were given less time to make their remarks than people who won other awards earlier in the evening. Some seemed to begin getting played off the stage almost as soon as they had arrived there.
When the Oscars come along next month we're sure both Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds will be remembered again, although, considering how many celebrities we seem to have lost in 2016 they will only be two among a crowd some quite impressive names.