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Monday, January 13, 2014

The Golden Girls Just Want to Have Fun (Again)

So the producers of the Golden Globes listened to me when I said they should bring back the brilliantly talented Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as the hosts after their amusing performances last year. And those two funny ladies once again did an outstanding job - and I hope they both return in 2015 to entertain "all the women and gay men watching at home".

As for the 71st Annual telecast, here are the winners (my winning predictions are in pink) as well as some of my own personal awards:

Best Opening Monologue Joke: The original title of American Hustle was Explosion at the Wig Factory.

Grooviest Celebrity of the Night: Julia Louis-Dreyfus for having fun with Tina and Amy (her refusal to take a pic with Reese Witherspoon was priceless).

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Jennifer Lawrence for American Hustle

Most Rambling Speech and Longest Walk to the Stage: Jacqueline Bisset, who won her first Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for Dancing on the Edge (she was first nominated back in 1969 for Most Promising Newcomer).

Best Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made for Television: Behind the Candelabra

Best Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Elisabeth Moss in Top of the Lake (I would like to see her win an award for Mad Men someday).

Best Actor in a Drama Series: Bryan Cranston for Breaking Bad

Best Jawline of the Night: Handsome presenter Aaron Eckhart

Best Drama Series: Breaking Bad

Best Original Score: All Is Lost

Best Original Song: U2's "Ordinary Love" from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Jon Voight for Ray Donovan

Funniest Presenter: Robert Downey, Jr.

Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical: Amy Adams for American Hustle

Best Actress in a Drama Series: Robin Wright for House of Cards (she's come a long way since her 1984-88 stint on the daytime soap, Santa Barbara).

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Jared Leto, who won for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club, has come a long way since he was the object of Claire Danes' affection on My So-Called Life.

Cutest Director: 44-year-old Spike Jonze, who won Best Screenplay for Her.

Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical Series: Andy Samberg for Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Best Foreign Language Film: The Great Beauty

Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Michael Douglas for Behind the Candelabra

Best Animated Feature Film: Frozen

Grooviest Winner of the Night: Amy Poehler, who deservedly won her first Golden Globe as Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical Series for Parks and Recreation.

Most Disappointing No-Show: I'm not that surprised that director Woody Allen didn't show up to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award for his "outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment".

Best Replacement and Best Speech of the Night: Accepting Mr. Allen's award on his behalf, the always delightful Diane Keaton - looking quite Annie Hall-ish - sang a sweet song about her long friendship with him.

Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron for Gravity

Most Unexpected Winner of the Night: I've never seen Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which won Best Comedy or Musical Series over The Big Bang Theory, Girls, Modern Family and Parks and Recreation.

Most Unexpected Winner Runner-Up: I was surprised that Leonardo DiCaprio won Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical for The Wolf of Wall Street.

Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical: American Hustle

Best Actress in a Drama: Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine

Grooviest Winner Runner-Up: Matthew McConaughey, who won his first Golden Globe as Best Actor in a Drama for Dallas Buyers Club (he's come a long way since How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and Failure to Launch).

Best Motion Picture - Drama: 12 Years a Slave

And that, folks, is my review of the Golden Globes. Now on to the Oscars on March 2!


Jonz Stoneroad said...

For some reason, I always miss the GG and then have to catch up on YouTube or other means. This year's was pretty interesting. The two emcees, Tina and the one from Community were entertaining as always though at times, I kept Sarah Palin up there at times (Fey). The jokes were spot on funny without being offensive or tacky (Jervais), there were some surprise wins (Sanberg and he showed his genuine surprise), and a few WTF like Jacqueline Bisset's long wired acceptance speech that started to not make sense. The best speech of the night is always from the non-actors but by the people behind the screens. It was also wonderful to see the real Philomena and the race car driver during the presentations. I definitely give last night an A overall.

Marc said...

Jonz, I would give the telecast a grade of A as well.