The 71st Golden Globe Awards: Recap

The 2014 awards season is officially underway! 2013 was a phenomenal year for film – with a diverse set of films and talent vying for the top awards.

The Golden Globes ceremony always seems like the boozy and less serious younger brother of the Academy Awards.  As with any awards show, there were gorgeous people, fabulous gowns, some expected wins, some upsets and some all-out snubs. Here’s the full list of winners and my thoughts on the night:

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE

Sally Hawkins, “Blue Jasmine”
Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years A Slave
Julia Roberts, “August: Osage County”
June Squibb, “Nebraska”

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BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Jacqueline Bisset, “Dancing on the Edge”
Janet McTeer, “The White Queen”
Hayden Panettiere, “Nashville”
Monica Potter, “Parenthood”
Sofia Vergara. “Modern Family”

BEST MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
“American Horror Story: Coven”
“Behind The Candelabra”
“Dancing on the Edge”
“Top of the Lake”
“White Queen”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Helena Bonham Carter, “Burton and Taylor”
Rebecca Ferguson, “White Queen”
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Coven”
Helen Mirren, “Phil Spector”
Elisabeth Moss, “Top of the Lake”

 

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan”
Michael Sheen, “Masters of Sex”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”
James Spader, “The Blacklist”

 

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
“Breaking Bad”
“Downton Abbey”
“The Good Wife”
“House Of Cards”
“Masters Of Sex”

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 BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE
“All Is Lost”
“Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom “
“Gravity”
“The Book Thief”
“12 Years a Slave”

BEST ORIGINAL SONG – MOTION PICTURE
“Atlas,” Hunger Games: Catching Fire
“Let It Go,” Frozen
“Ordinary Love,” Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
“Please Mr Kennedy,” Inside Llewyn Davis
“Sweeter Than Fiction,” One Chance

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Josh Charles, “The Good Wife”
Rob Lowe, “Behind the Candelabra”
Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad”
Corey Stoll, “House of Cards”
Jon Voight, “Ray Donovan”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Amy Adams, “American Hustle
Julie Delpy, “Before Midnight”
Greta Gerwig, “Frances Ha”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Enough Said”
Meryl Streep, “August: Osage County”

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BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black”
Taylor Schilling, “Orange Is The New Black”
Kerry Washington, “Scandal”
Robin Wright, “House Of Cards”

 

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips”
Daniel Brühl, “Rush”
Bradley Cooper, “American Hustle
Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave
Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club

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BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE
Spike Jonze, “Her”
Bob Nelson, “Nebraska”
Jeff Pope, Steve Coogan, “Philomena”
John Ridley, “12 Years A Slave”
Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell, “American Hustle”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Jason Bateman, “Arrested Development”
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
Michael J. Fox, “The Michael J. Fox Show”
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”
Andy Samberg, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”

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BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
“Blue is the Warmest Color”
“The Great Beauty”
“The Hunt”
“The Past”
“The Wind Rises”

 

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Matt Damon, “Behind the Candelabra”
Michael Douglas, “Behind the Candelabra”
Chiwetel Ejiofor, “Dancing on the Edge”
Idris Elba, “Luther”
Al Pacino, “Phil Spector”

 

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
“The Croods”
“Despicable Me 2″
“Frozen”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Zooey Deschanel, “New Girl”
Lena Dunham, “Girls”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Amy Poehler, “Parks & Recreation”

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BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE
Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity”
Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips”
Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave
Alexander Payne, “Nebraska”
David O. Russell, “American Hustle

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
“The Big Bang Theory”
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
“Girls”
“Modern Family”
“Parks & Recreation”

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Christian Bale, “American Hustle”
Bruce Dern, “Nebraska”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street
Oscar Isaac, “Inside Llewyn Davis”
Joaquin Phoenix, “Her”

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BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”
Sandra Bullock, “Gravity
Judi Dench, “Philomena”
Emma Thompson, “Saving Mr. Banks”
Kate Winslet, “Labor Day”

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BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years a Slave”
Idris Elba, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
Tom Hanks, “Captain Phillips”
Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club
Robert Redford, “All Is Lost”

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BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
12 Years a Slave
“Captain Phillips”
Gravity
“Philomena”
“Rush”

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The expected

Among the many awards, some were already in the bag. Amy Adams was absolutely flawless in American Hustle. A well-deserved win for a fantastic performance (and she looked unbelievable on the red carpet).

Cate Blanchett (another of my red carpet favourites) was a locked-in win for her performance in Blue Jasmine, and is the current favourite to take home the Oscar.

Jared Leto took home the Golden Globe for his subtle and soulful performance in Dallas Buyers Club. I completely expected this – considering that he’s won several critics circle and film festival awards. I thought his performance was remarkable, but I would have loved to have seen an upset in this category with either Michael Fassbender or Markhad Abdi taking the win. Absolutely stellar performance by all the best supporting actor nominees..I absolutely love this category.

As expected, American Hustle won best motion picture – comedy or musical. Good film… great time at the movies.

12 Years a Slave won best motion picture – drama. I love this film, and it is my favourite film of 2013. It’s a jarring, emotional and violent film with an important story and incredible performances. I hope it keeps up some momentum for the Academy Awards.

The upsets

I really thought that the majority of acting awards would go in favour of 12 Years a Slave.

I loved Jennifer Lawrence’s performance in American Hustle. She’s interesting, gorgeous and hilarious as Rosalyn. Like most of the world, I think Jennifer Lawrence is charming and awesome, but I was disappointed that the award didn’t go to Lupita Nyong’o. Lupita’s performance as the tortured and tragic Patsey in 12 Years a Slave was absolutely devastating. It stayed with me for days, and even now, when I think of her work in that film – it leaves me in awe. I’m holding out hope for Lupita to win that Oscar.

Matthew McConaughey was fantastic in Dallas Buyers Club. He’s had an amazing year, made some really solid films, and kick-started a new direction for his career. As much as I praise his performance, I think that Chiwetel Ejiofor’s performance in 12 Years A Slave was astounding, unforgettable and (in my opinion) more deserving of the award.

The surprises

Brooklyn Nine-Nine won best actor in a comedic series (Andy Samberg) AND best comedy! This is huge! I’m probably one of 12 people who watch the show, so I love the love that it’s getting. A completely unexpected win considering that the critical- darling Girls was amongst the nominees.

Amy Poehler won the Golden Globes…literally and figuratively (the lady made out with Bono on air!). With Parks and Recreation on its sixth (and possibly final) season, I’m happy that she’s finally been recognized for her great work on this much beloved show.

Alfonso Cuaron took home the Best Director award which, while deserved, came as a surprise. Steve McQueen and David O. Russell were the real front runners here – but the directing work for Gravity was an impressive artistic and technical achievement. Kudos to Mr. Cuaron.

Another unexpected win was in the Best Song category, with U2 winning. “Let It Go” from Frozen had the most momentum going in….and WHY was Taylor Swift even nominated?! The win almost felt like a write in win to accommodate the presence of U2 at the awards show.

Leonardo DiCaprio gave the best performance in a comedy or musical?! Yes! What a comedian! While I also question the categorization of films for these awards, Leo’s performance in Wolf of Wall Street is manic, over-the-top, and by far the most fun thing he’s put on film. And I absolutely loved that he has basically become Gatsby in real life.

Some thoughts on the overall show…

The overall show was messy. The categories jumped everywhere, there were teleprompter issues, and many of the presenters and winners were drunk (*cough* Jacqueline Bisset *cough*). I really hate the layout of the venue – which leads the television winners on an endless maze to get to the stage.  While the show runners may have had issues, our hosts were incredible.

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This year’s awards were hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, and just like at last year’s awards – the duo kicked ass. These ladies are so incredibly witty, and play so well off each other. They looked gorgeous – with only three wardrobe changes (into absolutely beautiful gowns) and kept the tone of the show light and fun.

Amy playing Tina’s “adult son” Randy was pure comedic gold. I love the way that these ladies interact with the audience – calling Tom Hanks and “Tam Honks”, referring to Matt Damon as a “garbage person” and finally – in introducing Leonardo DiCaprio with, “Like a supermodel’s vagina, let’s welcome Leonardo DiCaprio”.

If possible – these ladies would host every big event of my life.

Looking forward to the Academy Awards nominations later this week!

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