"American Hustle," a tale of con artists and
corrupt politicians, earned best comedy honors at Sunday's Golden Globe Awards,
while "12 Years a Slave," a searing look at pre-Civil War
plantation life, scored best drama honors.
It was a topsy-turvy night, one that saw the Hollywood Foreign Press, the
tight-knit group of foreign journalists that hands out the prizes, living up to
its reputation for off-kilter choices by handing out best comedy series to Fox's
buddy cop show "Brooklyn
Nine-Nine" over critical darlings, "Modern
Family" and "Girls."
However, the group followed the Emmy Awards lead by sending off "Breaking
Bad" on a winning note, handing the final season of the thriller its statues
for best drama series and best actor for Bryan Cranston's portrayal of a meth-dealing
While collecting the prize, the stars of the AMC drama turned to Aaron Paul, who referenced his drug-addled
character's tagline as he victoriously declared, "Yeah bitch." It's lines like
Paul's that characterize the fun of the Globes, which differs from the Oscars
and the Emmys in several key respects — one, by honoring both television and
film and second, and more importantly, by pushing an open bar concept that leads
to a looser, more envelope-pushing show.
To that end, returning hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler continually slaughtered and then
backed up and ran over the movie business' sacred cows. Among their racier and
more controversial bits were crediting "12 Years a Slave" with changing their
attitudes on slavery, graphically describing Leonardo DiCaprio's fondness for models and
jabbing studios' failure to provide strong roles for women by noting that Meryl Streep's; work in "August: Osage County" proved "…there's still great
parts in Hollywood for Meryl Streeps over 60."
They weren't above biting the hand that fed, as they jabbed the Hollywood
Foreign Press Association for their erratic journalistic credentials and iffy
"Thank you for your integrity," Poehler said to loud laughter, after she and
Fey listed off a number of unintelligible and foreign-sounding publications and
names, claiming they belonged to Hollywood Foreign Press members.
Despite earning a statue for best drama, "12 Years a Slave" was shut out of
most of the evening's major honors. Instead, the awards program showed
substantial support for "American Hustle," also handing out best actress in a
comedy to Amy Adams for her work as an elegant grifter and
best supporting actress to Jennifer Lawrence for playing a
bored New Jersey housewife in David O. Russell's crime caper.
The Mexican director said he wanted to thank his female star for not quitting
after she misheard his accented instructions that he would give her an earpiece.
Instead, he joked that she thought he said he would give her herpes.
Even when Russell wasn't victorious, he factored into acceptance speeches. Spike Jonze earned a best screenplay award for his
telephonic romance, "Her," and took his time on stage to thank Russell
for giving him notes on his off-kilter comedy.
"Dallas Buyers Club" was another of the evening's
big winners, earning awards for best actor and best supporting actor for Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto. It capped off what has been an
extraordinary run for McCounaughey, who swept away his years headlining mediocre
romantic comedies with his work as an unlikely AIDS activist. The actor lost 50
pounds to play a rodeo-riding homophobe who provides unapproved pharmaceutical
drugs to the diseases' sufferers after he is diagnosed with the virus.
"Alright, alright, alright," McConaughey said, in a typical laid-back
fashion, before closing on a rousing note.
"This film was never about dying, it was always about living," he said.
Cate Blanchett's work playing a modern day Blanche
DuBois in "Blue Jasmine" was singled out as the year's best
actress in a drama, saying that the past ten years have been an extraordinary
ones for female actresses. Her director Woody Allen was also singled out, not for his work
on that dark drama, but for his decades of directing. He earned, but, as is his
wont, did not show up in person to collect, the Cecil B. DeMille award for
Leonardo DiCaprio overcame a backlash about the moral message of "Wolf of Wall Street" to score best actor in a
comedy for his role as drug-abusing stock fraud.
"I never would have guessed I would have won for best actor in a comedy,"
DiCaprio's performance was one that defied genre. The Globes prefers to split
its films into dramas and musical/comedies, allowing the show to honor more
films and performances. Adams' work was also one that did not seem terribly
comedic, although she gave a gentle-humored speech.
"I always cry when I'm not supposed to," Adams said, noting that she had
trouble summoning tears on cue.
"David, you write such amazing roles for women," she added, thanking director
David O. Russell.
In an emotional acceptance speech, Lawrence also lavished praise on Russell,
a director whose work she said had first captivated her after she caught his box
office failure "I Heart Huckabees" on television as a teenager. "The Hunger
Games" star credited Russell, who previously directed her to a Globe award last
year for "Silver Linings Playbook," with her career.
Leto, who has dominated many of the early awards contests, added another
trophy to his mantelpiece, picking up best supporting actor for his work as an
AIDS-infected transvestite in ""Dallas Buyers Club."
Leto noted that he had spent six years away from the camera before accepting
his latest role.
"It's more than an honor to come back and have this love and support," he
The Hollywood Foreign Press also gave co-host Poehler a special thank you for
emceeing, naming her best actress in a comedy series for her role as a perky
bureaucrat in "Parks and
Recreation." She took the stage after pretending to make out with Bono.
Netflix's "House of
Cards" may have lost out to "Breaking Bad" for the night's top prize, but
the groundbreaking series didn't go home empty-handed. Robin Wright earned best actress in a drama series
for her work as a calculating political wife on the show.
"Thank you Hollywood Foreign Press, you guys are a gaggle of characters," she
said in one of many references to the off-beat group of fewer than 90
journalists who decide the winners.
He may have been honored for a drama series, but "Breaking Bad's" Cranston
injected some levity into his acceptance speech.
"This is such a wonderful honor and such a wonderful way to say goodbye to
the show that meant so much to me," Cranston said, adding that because of the
honor everyone around the world would be able to share in the pitch-black show's
‘mirth and merriment.'"
Elisabeth Moss may be best known for playing a
pioneering ad executive on "Mad
Men," but a change-of-pace performance as a driven detective in Jane
Campion's Top of the
Lake" scored her a statue for best actress in a TV movie or mini-series.
Jon Voight picked up his fourth Golden Globe
award, but his first for a television project, earning best supporting actor in
a drama series for his role as a villainous ex-con on "Ray
"I'm as nervous as everybody else," the veteran actor said, as he stumbled
while remembering people to thank.
The Hollywood Foreign Press also showed a nostalgic streak, awarding "Behind the Candelabra" as the year's best TV movie
or mini-series and Michael Douglas for best actor in a TV movie or
mini-series for his flamboyant performance as Liberace. The film looked at a
love affair between the Vegas entertainer and his younger lover Scott
Also finding herself in the winners circle was Jacqueline Bisset, who earned best supporting
actress in a mini-series for "Dancing on
the Edge." She gave a somewhat dazed speech, before she appeared to utter a
profanity that censor beeped out.
The Globes steer clear of most technical categories, but do recognize music.
To that end, Alex Ebert won for best original score for his haunting musical
backdrop to the survival story "All is Lost," while U2 earned a best original song
statue for "Ordinary Love" from "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom." It was a
project that the band said had great resonance for them, as they were deeply
opposed to apartheid in South Africa and admired the movement's leader.
"This man turned our life upside down, right side up," Bono said. "A man who
refused to hate."
"Frozen," Disney's update of Hans Christian
Andersen' fairy tale "The Snow Queen," scored best animated feature, while
Italy's "The Great Beauty," Paolo Sorrentino's story of an
aging socialite, earned a Globe for best foreign film.
The Globes are something of a guilty pleasure in a season that overflows with
awards shows. Unlike the Directors Guild Awards or the Screen Actors Guild
Awards, their membership does not overlap with that of the Academy of Motion
Picture Arts and Sciences, so Sunday's victors could be substantially different
from the actors, actresses and creators who win big on Oscar night.
Yet viewers don't seem to mind if the Globes lack the pedigree of the Oscars.
Last year's telecast attracted a six-year ratings high of 19.7 million.
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What a waste of time this award show was. The show was a presentation of a bunch of self centered, self indulgent people. It had absolutely no entertainment value for an audience outside their narrow community.
Anyone notice how the really good movies this year were all about how evil and corrupt the American "people" are? 12 years a slave, American hustle, wolf of wall street... whats really funny is you "people" just keep wanting more and more, just like the soulless sacks of human waste that these movies portray.
12 Years A Slave was an excellent movie. It was way over do and should have been done years ago. This movie is the modern day ROOTS. I hope young people of all races and cultures appreciate American History and the reality that which was once a part of this country. Sometimes Americans shy away from the pain, hatred, betrayal and evil that we have had still have towards one another. Its easy to say let it go and move on, however, young people and some adults need to know and remember where we've been as a nation, to know where we are going in the future. Education is rapidly declining in the middle class and lower class communities….
I can say I haven't seen any of the awarded movies nor watch any of the awarded shows(except Breaking Bad). I have come to feel that there are "actor's movies" and TV Shows. They as a rule are devoid of entertainment value and are only of interest to the damaged psyches of the actors. Breaking Bad was not that great a show, it had faulty character consistency and continuity and the last season was the worst of all. I like Cranston, he did great things in John Carter, especially the scene where he protrayed the dried out corpse near the end. I have to second the observation that these kinds of self-congradulatory shows are exercised in pure ego gratification. They lost their place in our culture when we moved from the 1930-1940s radio generation to today. We can see that actors are not the new Aristocrisy but only un-intelligent pretenders who think too much of themselves are overpaid and do not contribute anything in the way of value to society except if you see their product as a form of drug, a distraction to take peoples minds off their problems for the duration of a box of popcorn, and stays with you just as long.