Lots of fun surprises and just enough of the expected made the 71st Annual Golden Globes a rewarding awards show this year, with co-hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (drinks in hand) steering the ship to see 12 Years A Slave, American Hustle and Dallas Buyers Club dominate the Film category, while on the TV side, Breaking Bad went out with a bang and Brooklyn Nine-Nine shot straight -- with two former SNL stars stealing the top Comedy categories. Read on for the recap!
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The Best in Movies
In addition to Best Pictures 12 Years A Slave for Best Drama and American Hustle for Best Musical or Comedy, Italy's The Great Beauty was named Best Foreign Language Film, and Disney's Frozen was named Best Animated Feature Film. Left in the cold included such nominated heavyweight films as Gravity, The Wolf of Wall Street, Inside Llewyn Davis, Captain Phillips, Her and Nebraska.
Matthew McConaughey picked up the Best Actor - Drama award for his bravura performance as determined rodeo rider and AIDS victim Ron Woodruff in Dallas Buyers Club, besting fellow nominees Tom Hanks, Robert Redford, Idris Elba and Chiwetel Ejiofor. "All right, all right, all right!" declared Matt before acknowledging his competition and pointing out that his film was "turned down 86 times" before it finally got made. Thanking wife Camila Alves, who, "kicked my ass out the door and said, 'Go get it!' he also added, "This film was never about dying, it was always about living."
Leonardo DiCaprio was named Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical for his stunning turn as out-of-control trader Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street, beating out fellow contenders Christian Bale, Bruce Dern, Oscar Isaac and Joaquin Phoenix. "I never would have guessed that I would have won Best Actor for a comedy," he gushed. "First and foremost I have to thank Mr. Martin Scorsese – thank you for allowing me to stalk you to make this movie." Calling Scorsese an incredible visionary, Leo said, "You put the very fabric of our culture on screen ... thank you for your mentorship, and thank you for encouraging me to take risks on this movie."
Looking a bit bemused, Cate Blanchett was named Best Actress - Drama for her role in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine, picked over the likes of Sandra Bullock, Judi Dench, Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet. "Well, that crept up -- I had a few vodkas under my belt and here we are," she quipped, adding more seriously, "It's been an extraordinary year not only for cinema, but for roles for women in particular."
Amy Adams was named Best Actress - Comedy or Musical for her performance in American Hustle over tough competition Meryl Streep, Julie Delpy, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Greta Gerwig. "I always cry when I'm not supposed to, and when a director asks me to cry, I can't," said a teary Adams before thanking her Hustle director David O. Russell for writing "such amazing roles for women." As the music played her offstage, she thanked her young daughter, Aviana, "for teaching me to accept joy and let go of fear."
Amy's Hustle co-star Jennifer Lawrence was named Best Supporting Actress for her outrageous performance in the '70s-set film, besting Julia Roberts, Sally Hawkins, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb. A lot more nervous than she expected, Jennifer declared, "I don't know why I'm so terrified, it's obviously a good thing!" and thanked director Russell, calling it a "weird twist of fate" that the man who made some of her favorite movies "made my career."
Jared Leto was named Best Supporting Actor for his brave performance as Rayon, a transgender individual in Dallas Buyers Club. Joking that there were "no prosthetics" used for the role ("That tiny Brazilian bubble butt was all mine."), he explained that after taking six years off to pursue other dreams, "I have to say it's more than an honor to have this love and support." he added, "And to the Rayons of the world, thanks for the inspiration." Jared's nominated competition included Barkhad Abdi, Daniel Brühl, Bradley Cooper and Michael Fassbender.
The Best in TV
AMC's Breaking Bad was named Best TV Series – Drama, cooking the competition represented by Downton Abbey, The Good Wife, House of Cards and Masters of Sex. Show creator Vince Gilligan was joined by his cast and said the win was "one more chance to thank the fans," then ultimately handed the mic to show star Aaron Paul to declare, in character, "Yeah, bitch! Thank you!"
After four straight nominations as Walter White for Breaking Bad, Bryan Cranston was finally named Best Actor in a TV Series - Drama, his first win. Calling it, "Such a lovely way to say goodbye to the show that meant so much to me," he added with tongue in cheek that because of the win, "Everyone around the world will be able to share Breaking Bad in its mirth and merriment." Cranston beat out Liev Schreiber, Michael Sheen, Kevin Spacey and James Spader.
House of Cards star Robin Wright was named Best Actress in a TV Series – Drama, and was taken aback: "Completely unexpected, I have no speech," she said, before singling out co-star Kevin Spacey as "the best playdate ever."
The FOX comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine outgunned the competition (including The Big Bang Theory, Girls, Modern Family and Parks and Recreation), surprising many to be lauded as Best TV Series - Comedy or Musical -- but perhaps the biggest surprise of the night was when Saturday Night Live alum Andy Samberg was named Best Actor in a TV Series – Musical or Comedy for his performance in the cop comedy. His first nom and win, he bested the likes of Michael J. Fox, Jason Bateman, Jim Parsons and Don Cheadle. "Oh no!!!!! I didn't prepare anything, it wasn't going to happen!" Samberg shouted before thanking his "team," cast and crew.
Fan favorite TV show Parks and Recreation was not completely left out, as Andy's former SNL pal and the evening's co-host, Amy Poehler, was named Best Actress in a Television Series for Parks, also her first-ever Golden Globe. "I never win, so I can't believe I won!!!" she declared after planting a major smooch on Bono, also thanking, "The best cast in comedy -- and drama -- as far as I'm concerned."
Other Awards of the Night
Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron was honored with a statuette for his work on the Sandra Bullock/George Clooney outer-space thriller, while Spike Jonze got kudos for his clever Her screenplay. HBO's Behind the Candelabra was named Best Miniseries or TV Movie, and its star Michael Douglas was named Best Actor for his role as Liberace in the Steven Soderbergh film, hailing co-star Matt Damon by quipping, "The only reason you're not here is because I had more sequins."
Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss nabbed Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie for her acting departure in the murder mystery Top of the Lake; Jon Voight declared that he was "very grateful" and "truly humbled" to be chosen as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Showtime's Ray Donovan; and in picking up her Best Supporting Actress award for Dancing on the Edge, an emotional -- and a bit spacey -- Jacqueline Bisset declared, "I'm absolutely shaken," and surely shook up the show's producers by taking her time to get to the stage, and then acting oblivious to the band playing her off the stage, quoting her mother as saying, "Go to hell, or don’t come back."
Woody Allen was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille award, with Annie Hall star Diane Keaton picking it up for him and singing his praises -- literally; Best Original Score – Motion Picture went to All Is Lost, and U2's Ordinary Love from Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom was named Best Original Song – Motion Picture, with The Edge declaring that the band had been "working for Mr. Mandela since the '70s," and Bono saying, "this really is very, very personal for us ... you know about the global statesman, you don't know about the man, which is why you should see this movie."
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