Did you watch the 72nd Golden Globe Awards last night? If you did, you probably enjoyed it. If you didn’t, well you probably didn’t miss much. The radio DJs I heard on the drive in this morning found hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hilarious, and I completely agree.
On the whole it was a better than average year. No single film dominated and there were some big surprise wins. In my honest opinion, I truly feel that these award shows are pointless because it’s hard to give an award to something that’s so subjective. How many times did you watch an award winner and go “I don’t see what’s so special”? But we still watch them, at least I do. I like the glitz and I like to root for the films I loved this year. Plus, a good host will give us something to talk about over the water cooler Monday morning.
There’s no doubt that hosting the Golden Globes must be nerve wracking. Only a handful of people have done it. Everyone is split down the middle between expecting the funniest host ever or hoping the host will bomb so badly they’ll be laughed at for weeks. Also, if you’re not controversial enough then you’re tame and boring, and if you’re too controversial then you’re criticized for bad taste. But with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the two funniest women working in showbiz today, well how can you go wrong? Their jokes were spot on. They immediately started poking fun at the stars before segueing into a game of “Who Would You Rather?” Their best joke was geared at George Clooney, who was accepting the Cecile B DeMille lifetime achievement award, and his wife, Amal Alamuddin. “Amal is a human rights lawyer who worked on the Enron case, an adviser to Kofi Annan on Syria and was appointed to a three person commission investigating rules of war violations in the Gaza strip. So tonight her husband is getting a lifetime achievement award.” Very good putting things into perspective on so many levels.
And their North Korea jabs were pretty funny.
But if there’s one quote we’re going to take away from last night, it was “I put the pills in the people but the people didn’t want them” done in their perfect Bill Cosby imitation. There will be a wave of controversy over this, and I’m sure Fey and Poehler will be chewed out for this, but I laughed myself to tears. Next year, they should team up with Ricky Gervais.
So I don’t really know how to review the Golden Globes, so what I did below was list all the winners and give you my initial thoughts when I heard the name being called. I wrote them down as I watched the show, so nothing below has been edited.
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture – JK Simmons, Whiplash
Initial Reaction – Well duh, best performance of the year. Surprised he was only nominated for best supporting actor and not best actor.
Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy – Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Initial Reaction – This show keeps winning awards. Maybe I should give it a go. But do I really want to watch people lie and backstab each other? That’s like the story of my life.
Best Mini-Series or TV Movie – Fargo
Initial Reaction – Really?! A detective mini-series better than True Detective? Also shocking because the Coen Brothers’ Fargo was perfect, and I decided to not bother with the show.
Best Actor for a Mini Series or TV Movie – Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo
Initial Reaction – I’m sorry. Jeremy Renner’s comment on Jennifer Lopez’s low cut dress, “you got the Globes too” when she said “I got the nails” took me out of the moment. Thornton’s speech was super brief anyway.
Freedom Of Speech Applause – This is a huge issue and I’m glad that it was briefly acknowledged.
Best Actress for a TV Series, Musical or Comedy – Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin
Initial Reaction – This show is actually quite funny and it’s a surprise that she won but it’s definitely nice to see young talent get rewarded. You can tell this girl accomplished her dream tonight.
Best TV Series, Comedy or Musical – Transparent
Initial Reaction – And now Amazon Prime has become a major player in the Netflix/HBO/Showtime battle with a huge win. But even more so, I’m very glad that a show about transgendered people won such a prestigious award.
Best Original Score – Johann Johannson, The Theory of Everything
Initial Reaction – It’s a great score, but I prefer musical scores I will remember years from now, which is why Hans Zimmer was jipped in this case.
Best Original Song – Common and John Legend, Selma
Initial Reaction – Prince, you were soo high! And Oprah seemed happy. But this song is awesome. Great acceptance speech by winners Common and John Legend.
Best Supporting Actor in a Mini Series or TV Movie – Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart
Initial Reaction – Who the hell is this young buck beating out the likes of veterans Bill Murray and Jon Voight? Did I just say young buck?
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical – Amy Adams, Big Eyes
Initial Reaction – Like Leonardo Di Caprio, Amy Adams keeps getting nominated for Oscars and needs to win. I don’t know if this is the right movie, but her second Golden Globe is a hopeful step in the right direction for her.
Best Animated Film – How to Train Your Dragon 2
Initial Reaction – This shouldn’t be a category because it suggests that these movies are lesser movies than the ones nominated for Best Film, especially because How to Train Your Dragon 2 is better than most of the films in the latter category.
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture – Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Initial Reaction – Can’t argue with this one. Patricia Arquette’s character is almost as important to the story as Mason (Ellar Coltraine). And her performance is just incredible.
Best Screenplay – Birdman
Initial Reaction – It is a very well written screenplay. The story was focused, clear, and very unique. Funny, serious, witty, and memorable. It really was the crux of the movie.
Best Actor in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy – Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
Initial Reaction – Well they say to win an acting award, go under a complete physical transformation. But like Jeffrey Tambor said, “this award is so much bigger than me.” It’s very nice to see an actor of his caliber get noticed, especially for this kind of role.
Best Foreign Language Film – Leviathan
Initial Reaction – They need to start releasing these movies earlier so I can watch them before they win an award.
Best Actress in a Mini-Series of TV Movie – Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Honorable Woman
Initial Reaction – Keep winning stuff Maggie. You deserve it.
Best TV Series, Drama – The Affair
Initial Reaction – This is one of those shows that has a lot of acclaim but I don’t quite see the appeal. It’s already been renewed for a second season, so this is definitely a show that will be around for at least a few more years
Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama – Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Initial Reaction – A show I am hopelessly addicted to, Kevin Spacey completely deserves it because every scene he’s in is mesmerizing. “I just want to be better, but this is very encouraging. Thank you very much.”
Lifetime Achievement – George Clooney
Initial Reaction – George, you missed your chance to accept this award in a nipple batsuit. I’m disappointed. But in all seriousness, the films he’s made, acted in, and helped get made make him one of the contemporary greats. One of the youngest people to get this award, George Clooney has always been a champion for human rights and a champion for small, meaningful films. I also noticed when George speaks, and I like how humble he is about his life and what he’s accomplished.
Director – Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Initial Reaction – It’s hard enough to make a film over 12 weeks, let alone 12 years. The vision, the control, the guidance. Richard Linklater embodied everything a director is supposed to do, and while he isn’t the one on camera, this is every bit the film he intended to make.
Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama – Ruth Wilson, The Affair
Initial Reaction – If there’s one thing good about The Affair, it’s Ruth Wilson. This girl can act beautifully.
Best Actor, Comedy or Musical – Michael Keaton, Birdman
Initial Reaction – He so deserved this. What a great performance it was.
Best Picture, Comedy or Musical – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Initial Reaction – I can hear a huge wave of Birdman fans screaming in anger. And I definitely feel Birdman is the superior film, but The Grand Budapest Hotel is funny, beautiful, and undoubtedly entertaining. So congratulations.
Best Actress, Drama – Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Initial Reaction – I saw the trailers last week and she looks like she killed this role.
Best Actor, Drama – Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
Initial Reaction – Totally did not expect this win. I almost for sure had Steve Carell pegged as a given win. But it’s nice to be surprised and now I want to see this movie.
Best Drama – Boyhood
Initial Reaction – I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Boyhood is a masterpiece. So it winning this award just further confirms what I already know.
Of course, the Hollywood Foreign Press didn’t learn from last year. Too much time was taken up early in the show that they had to breeze through the last four, you know, the ones we actually cared about. The last four awards went by within ten minutes. So, it is possible for this show to be two hours long.