BEVERLY HILLS—The stars were out in Beverly Hills on Sunday, January 11, as the 72nd Annual Golden Globe ceremony was held at the famed Beverly Hilton Hotel. Leading all nominees was the drama “Birdman” with seven nominations including Best Motion Picture-Drama. So would the tale that was shot over a 12-year period take home the top prize? It was “Boyhood” who took home the top prize.
The festivities were hosted by funny ladies and SNL alums Tina Fey and Amy Poehler who delivered the witty laughs for the third time by taking jabs at the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack and North Korea. The ladies joked about “The Interview,” which delivered a few laughs. They even took a jab at Emma Stone’s make-up referencing it to the movie “Big Eyes.”
Steve Carell, George Clooney, Oprah Winfrey and British actors were at the forefront of jokes. They played a game of “Who Would You Rather,” which was quite funny to put actors in the hot seat. The ladies went there and talked about the Bill Cosby scandal. It got some laughs, but it was a cringe-worthy moment.
In what is sure to be an awards landslide, Julianne Moore picked up her first prize of awards season for her riveting performance in “Still Alice” for Actress in a Motion Picture-Drama. Also unbelievable to realize this woman has been nominated for an Oscar so many times and has never won.
In race where the competition is quite stiff, Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama went to Eddie Redmayne “The Theory of Everything” for his unremarkable transformation and portrayal of genius Stephen Hawking. He is definitely a front-runner come Oscar night.
In the dogfight for Best Director, the prize went to Richard Linklater for “Boyhood.” He’s going to be a difficult opponent to beat this awards season considering the creative element that was utilized to manifest this movie.
Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture went to J.K. Simmons for his wicked performance as a musical teacher in “Whiplash.” Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture was a win for Patricia Arquette for “Boyhood.” Eloquent, beautiful and a treat to see an actress who has been working for more than 25 years see some accolades.
Best Animated Feature went to “How to Drain a Dragon 2.” Hmm, shocker, as I was almost certain “The Lego Movie” was a shoo-in for the win.
Best Motion Picture Comedy or Musical saw “The Grand Budapest Hotel” edging out favorite “Birdman.” That was a major shocker. Does the film have much leeway moving into Oscar nominations? I’m not sure, but it appears the Hollywood Foreign Press has a different taste than others.
Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical went to Amy Adams for “Big Eyes.” This is Adams second win in the category. She might be a contender come Thursday when the Oscar nominations are announced. The speech was a bit of a ramble, but what can you expect as many expected Emily Blunt to claim the prize.
Michael Keaton proves he might be the one to beat this awards season as he picked up the prize for Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical for his performance in “Birdman.” His speech was brutally honest, yet comedic in so many overtones. That speech alone would warrant an Oscar in my opinion, it was beyond epic! Best moment of the night, hands down.
Best Original Song went to John Legend and Common for “Glory” from the movie “Selma.” It was a riveting moment presented by musical legend Prince who got a roaring applause from the audience. “Birdman” took the prize over “Boyhood” in the Best Screenplay category. Bit of a shocker, as I expected Boyhood” to take that prize.
Kevin Spacey won Actor in a Drama Series for “House of Cards.” Wow, couldn’t believe that Spacey hadn’t won for his work on the show, which has been heralded by critics and fans.
This was a category I was dying for: Actress in a Drama Series. So who would be the lucky lady to win the prize? It was Ruth Wilson “The Affair.” Indeed another shocker in the TV race, as I was almost certain Viola or Julianna would be the winner.
Best Drama Series was a victory for “The Affair.” Quite a surprise, cause many expected “House of Cards” or “The Good Wife” to claim the top prize in the race.
“Transparent” took home the prize for Best Television Series Comedy or Musical beating out favorites “Girls” and “Orange is the New Black.”
Legends Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda presented Actor in a Television Series Comedy or Musical to Jeffrey Tambor “Transparent.” “Leviathan” took home the award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Gina Rodriguez took home the prize for Actress in a Television Series Comedy or Musical for “Jane the Virgin.” Rodriguez was absolutely emotional on her way to the podium to accept her award, and while making her acceptance speech. It was one of those Golden Globe moments that you dream about, to see an unknown have that moment of glory.
Supporting Actor in a TV Miniseries, TV or Movie went to Matt Bomer in the HBO movie “The Normal Heart.”
A surprised Joann Froggatt took the prize for Supporting Actress in a TV Miniseries, TV or Movie. Bit of a surprise as some expected Uzo Adoba or Allison Janney to claim the prize.
Best Mini-Series or TV movie went to “Fargo.” Actor in a Mini-Series or TV movie went to Billy Bob Thornton for his work in “Fargo.” He might have had one of the shortest speeches of all-time, simply saying “Thank you.” Best Actress in a Mini-Series or TV movie went to Maggie Gyllenhaal for “The Honorable Woman.”
In a hilarious moment, Ricky Gervais took some jabs at the stars in the room including Clooney, Streep and Katie Holmes and John Travolta.
George Clooney was honored the Cecille B. Demille award by Julianna Margulies and Don Cheadle. Clooney has had a vast array of flicks in his career and has worked with a bevy of actors and actresses during his lifetime. His speech echoed what many at home was thinking, the fact that you are nominated is a prize in its own. He dedicated his speech to his wife Amal, and he got a bit teary-eyed. It was a sweet moment to say the least.
So the Golden Globes are over. The Critics Choice Awards air Thursday, Screen Actors Guild Awards the following week and on Thursday the Oscar nominations are revealed. Were the Globes a hit? Meh, they weren’t great, but it wasn’t forgettable. Until 2016!