The Golden Globes is notable not only for giving awards to television shows but also for being a television event in its own right. Families across the country turn to their televisions at the same time in order to see which Hollywood elite take home golden statuettes, which ones will take home the figurative prize of best-dressed, and who should have stayed home so as not to make a fool of themselves through speech or dress. Largely, the 2015 Globes went by uneventfully. There were no major problems and no wasted moments. I wouldn’t say it was particularly memorable either. That may be my ignorance of most of the movie nominees, which led to little joy in seeing the winners announced. More likely it was due to the packed procession of presenter and winner with little variation beyond the opening monologue. But that said, there were a few highlights, which I shall now pick apart.
We Interrupt This Review For a Fashion Report
I am not a fashion expert, but you cannot review an award show without mentioning the fashion. At the very least, the show is a chance for Hollywood to show themselves off at their best. Trends for the rest of us can be spotted on the red carpet so pay attention. If JLo and Kate Hudson would be believed, it is the year of the boobs. More likely though, red will be a big color, according to Julianna Margulies, Catherine Zeta Jones, Taylor Schilling, and Viola Davis. Or if you look to the likes of Jennifer Aniston and Emma Stone you will find sparkles in your future; even Selma’s David Oyelowo had a sparkly blue suit! Of course, class effortless beauty is always in style if you look to Anna Kendrick or the lovely Mrs. Clooney. Overall, everyone looked drop-dead gorgeous, excepting perhaps the eclectic Claire Danes. Check out Real TV’s Globes Photo Album to see for yourself.
Now onto the show. As has become expected from their last two appearances as Golden Globe hosts, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler started the night strong with a barrage of jokes that were largely inoffensive yet still largely funny. There was the game of “Would You Rather” where Tina and Amy were split (Colin Farrell all night long, versus Colin Firth for a polite amount of time) except where Chris Pine was considered (Chris Pine over anyone obviously). There was a funny bit about North Korea and The Interview, because that was the biggest movie story of the year about a movie that would have only been the talk of the Razzies otherwise. There was even a bit where Tina and Amy explained cake and birthdays to a bunch of starlets who probably have stopped eating and celebrating each respectively. The biggest laugh was perhaps drawn from their jab at perennial bachelor George Clooney and his recent marriage to Amal Alamuddin. Yes, Alamuddin is the lawyer and activist, but Clooney is the one receiving the lifetime achievement award. Cute. The only joke that brought an adverse reaction from the audience was a dig at Bill Cosby and the allegations of drugging multiple females in the past, but even that was more of a “did they really go there?” then a nonstarter.
As the show progressed, the hosts were little seen, mostly due to the strict 3 hour running time. Subsequent appearances revolved around Margaret Cho as a North Korean general invited to the festivities. The ever amazing Benedict Cumberbatch pretty much saved the first bit by jumping high enough to photo bomb her picture with Meryl Streep. Later, her return was highlighted with commentary on Orange is the New Black (it should be in the drama category) and Kristen Wiig (she should do Bridesmaids 2). The third and final appearance had her declaring that the general would return as host next year. If Margaret Cho were to host next year, that joke would be particularly funny, but although she sold the impersonation, the jokes ended up a bit stale. I was hoping for more Amy and Tina, to be frank.
That aside, I hate that this is the last year we will see Amy and Tina as hosts of the Globes (or as Amy quipped, the last Golden Globes). Though the hosts in this show are rarely seen, it is still even rarer to have hosts that are funny (almost) 100% of the time. Amy and Tina always deliver and look fabulous while doing it. I pity the host that has to follow these fabulous years.
Surprises and Touching Moments.
Though I did not predict that she would win her category, I was happy to see Joanne Froggatt win for her work on Downton Abbey this last season where her character was raped. She used her acceptance speech to recognize a woman who had written her after the story aired to say she wasn’t sure why she had written except to be heard. Froggatt made the point that she had heard and that this might mean the world heard as well. And let’s just say, Froggatt looked gorgeous while saying it. It shouldn’t matter, and it really doesn’t, but I thought she should be recognized for her fashion as well as her compassion.
Winner of both Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie and shortest acceptance speech, Billy Bob Thornton killed when he claimed that no matter what you say you will get in trouble, so he would just say thank you. Who wants to bet that he gets in trouble for not mentioning anyone? Producers certainly won’t be complaining given that the show threatened to overrun its allotted time.
Though I predicted her win, Gina Rodriguez was certainly surprised. She desperately tried not to cry as she accepted her award for Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy. “This award is so much more than myself,” she affirmed, “It represents a culture that wants to see themselves as heroes.” And then she ended with mentioning her dad, and I was done.
In other emotional news, Michael Keaton broke into tears during his speech when mentioning his best friend, his son. Up until that point, the speech was a little meandering, but I will forgive a grown man who shows emotion when it counts. And now I might need to see Birdman.
And finally, my biggest surprise of the night: how many George Clooney movies I have not seen. I have adored him since E.R. (second only to Noah Wyle) and love every movie of his I have ever seen. So how did I miss so many? His speech was perfect, from his recognition of all the “losers” in the room, to his tribute to his wife Amal, to his mention of marchers in France. He certainly deserves the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement, on and off the silver screen.
Those magical moments aside, there were a few questionable decisions throughout the telecast. For example: why when you have a nominee like John Legend do you not make time to have the nominated original songs performed? I look to you, Oscars, to make amends. I understand the need for brevity in this 3+ hours show, but it takes a lot of the fun out of the telecast by trying to just rush through everything. That goes for jokes as well.
Next: Rickey Gervais. Why do they let him near these shows? Was he funny? Yes. But that might have been the second glass of wine that I was already enjoying by the time he graced the screen. I appreciate that Tina and Amy tend not to offend and understand the Ricky Gervais often does. Even when offending, he is often funny. So why did he try the whole, I’m not going to say anything but end up saying something anyway? It was rambling and ineffective, even if I did laugh during the too long presenting speech. Again, I blame the wine.
Perhaps I was not the only one imbibing while working. What was with the camerawork? When The Affair won, which I believe would have been anticipated by production staff, the camera immediately cut to the appropriate table… but it showed the table and a woman’s chair. There was also the pan to Miss Golden Globe and the announcers of the category during multiple acceptance speeches. The poor people usually get cut off with music; do they have to be visually cut off as well?
I also must ask: can actors not read? There were many a blundered word as actors struggled to read cue cards smoothly, but winner of the night in mistakes goes to Jane Fonda for announcing nominee Don Cheadle as being from House of Cards rather than House of Lies.
In other unscripted (or was it?) moments, Kevin Spacey swore in his acceptance speech. Okay, that was not actually a misstep, as the camera was able to catch Uzo Aduba’s face as she responded to whatever he said and it was priceless. And then he turned things around with a tribute to his own amazing career and the people in the room who had helped him, and there were tears in his eyes… I would forgive that man anything. Love him.
Finally, on a personal note, I spend so much time watching television that I seem to have missed all of the good movies this year. I am indebted to this awards show for showing me the best that I have missed and previewing the movies to come (through speeches and commercials). No worries, Kevin Hart, The Wedding Ringer was already on my list to see, and your shameless plug did nothing to change that. But even with an inordinate amount of television viewing, I still failed to watch The Affair. Apparently that was a mistake as well. I have some work to do.
Overall, a long and mostly enjoyable show went off with few hitches and handed out some well-deserved awards to some really pretty people. I would call that a successful night. Now, I’m off to watch this week’s double header of The Librarians, but before I go, here is the full list of winners (bolded), in order of announcement:
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture.
Ethan Hawke (Boyhood)
Robert Duvall (The Judge)
Edward Norton (Birdman)
J.K. Simmons (Whiplash)
Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher)
Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie
Kathy Bates (American Horror Story: Freak Show)
Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black)
Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey)
Michelle Monaghan (True Detective)
Allison Janney (Mom)
Best TV Movie or Mini-Series
The Normal Heart
Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie
Martin Freeman (Fargo)
Matthew McConaughey (True Detective)
Woody Harrelson (True Detective)
Billy Bob Thornton (Fargo)
Mark Ruffalo (The Normal Heart)
Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)
Gina Rodriguez (Jane The Virgin)
Lena Dunham (Girls)
Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black)
Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy
Orange is the New Black
Jane the Virgin
Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Alexandre Desplat (The Imitation Game)
Jóhann Jóhannsson (The Theory Of Everything)
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross (Gone Girl)
Antonio Sanchez (Birdman)
Hans Zimmer (Interstellar)
Best Original Song – Motion Picture
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1
Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie
Bill Murray (Olive Kitteridge)
Jon Voight (Ray Donovan)
Matt Bomer (The Normal Heart)
Alan Cumming (The Good Wife)
Colin Hanks (Fargo)
Best Actress In A Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Julianne Moore (Maps To The Stars)
Amy Adams (Big Eyes)
Emily Blunt (Into The Woods)
Helen Mirren (The Hundred Foot Journey)
Quvenzhané Wallis (Annie)
Best Animated Feature Film
The Lego Movie
How To Train Your Dragon 2
Big Hero 6
The Book of Life
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Jessica Chastain (A Most Violent Year)
Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game)
Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)
Meryl Streep (Into The Woods)
Emma Stone (Birdman)
Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl)
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo (Birdman)
Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
Graham Moore (The Imitation Game)
Best Actor in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy
Don Cheadle (House of Lies)
William H. Macy (Shameless)
Ricky Gervais (Derek)
Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent)
Louie C.K. (Louie)
Best Foreign Language Film
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
Best Actress in a Mini-Series or TV Movie
Jessica Lange (American Horror Story: Freak Show)
Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Honorable Woman)
Frances McDormand (Olive Kitteridge)
Allison Tolman (Fargo)
Frances O’Connor (The Missing)
Best TV Series, Drama
Game Of Thrones
House of Cards
Good Wife, The
Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama
Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)
Clive Owen (The Knick)
James Spader (The Blacklist)
Dominic West (The Affair)
Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan)
Best Director – Motion Picture
Ava DuVernay (Selma)
Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman)
David Fincher (Gone Girl)
Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama
Viola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder)
Claire Danes (Homeland)
Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)
Robin Wright (House of Cards)
Ruth Wilson (The Affair)
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Michael Keaton (Birdman)
Bill Murray (St. Vincent)
Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Christoph Waltz (Big Eyes)
Joaquin Phoenix (Inherent Vice)
Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Into The Woods
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Julianne Moore (Still Alice)
Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)
Reese Witherspoon (Wild)
Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything)
Jennifer Aniston (Cake)
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)
Steve Carell (Foxcatcher)
Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game)
David Oyelowo (Selma)
Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler)
Best Motion Picture, Drama
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything