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Needless to say, the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards was full of talent, surprises, awkward speeches and head-scratchers. Several top-notch films were in the mix of nominees last night, and most went home with well-deserved trophies in hand. Here’s a recap of the show:
Going into the show with a leading 7 nominations each, 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle won the top prizes of Best Picture (‘12 Years’ for Drama, ‘Hustle’ for Comedy/Musical). Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence won Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical and Best Supporting Actress for their roles in ‘Hustle’, respectively. Although Best Picture was the only award 12 Years a Slave ended up winning, it was a much deserved win. American Hustle finished with the previously mentioned three wins.
What came as a bit of a surprise, Alfonso Cuaron won Best Director for his film Gravity, edging out other deserving directors such as Steve McQueen (12 Years), Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips), and David O. Russell (American Hustle).
Dallas Buyers Club also got its time to shine, with Matthew McConaughey winning Best Actor in a Drama, as well as Jared Leto for Best Supporting Actor. Though I thought for sure Chiwetel Ejiofor would win Best Actor for his role in ’12 Years’, it’s nice to see McConaughey get the nod, who had a remarkable year in 2013.
Leonardo DiCaprio won Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical for his role as Jordan Belfort in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street (that film’s only win for the night as well). This was DiCaprio’s second Golden Globe win in his career, and although he has been nominated several times over the years, this was definitely one of his best performances.
Cate Blanchett won Best Actress in a Drama for her role in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, and Spike Jonze won Best Screenplay for his film Her. Disney’s box office powerhouse Frozen won Best Animated Picture out of a scarce list of three nominees (I guess Monsters University couldn’t fit in there).
Musically, Alex Ebert won Best Original Score for the film All is Lost, while U2’s song “Ordinary Love” from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom won Best Original Song.
On the TV side of things, AMC’s hit series Breaking Bad won Best Drama Series, as well as Bryan Cranston for Best Actor in a Drama Series for his role in the show; one of the several awards he has received for the show during its run on air. In a surprise for Comedy, FOX’s new comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine took home the award for Best Comedy Series, as well as the show’s actor Andy Samberg for Best Actor.
HBO’s TV movie Behind the Candelabra also got some love, winning awards for Best TV Movie or Miniseries, and Michael Douglas for Best Actor in a TV Movie/Miniseries.
The host duo Tiny Fey and Amy Poehler wasted no time making jokes about the actors and films, which were usually pretty funny, but at times hit-or-miss. My final Golden Globes Predictions count rounded out at 10-for-25, a fair 40% correct.
For a complete list of winners, visit the Golden Globes website here.
There were tons of pure talent being represented last night, a lot of which will most likely move forward and receive Academy Award nominations. The 86th Academy Awards will air on March 2nd.
What do you think about the 2014 Globes? Any surprise or snubs, or were you happy with the overall results?
Written by Josh Sazin on January 13th, 2014