Monday, January 13, 2014

Golden Globe Winners: Women win but good ol' boys still rule.


If you're here for the Golden Globes winners, scroll down, way down for the complete list. The winners are marked with an *.  

Who were the biggest winners of the night? The Hollywood Foreign Press gala felt like a party, with the awards scattered here, there and everywhere, like party favors. This years' party hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler had to be the clearest winners, they were fresh and funny again without resorting (mostly) to the foul balls some former hosts have given us. Admittedly they lobbed one or two over the line between comedy and good taste; Tina Fey's intro of Leonardo DiCaprio being the most glaring example. 
And now, like a supermodel’s vagina, let’s all give a warm welcome to Leonardo DiCaprio” 
I'm told 'the internet liked it', frankly my dear, I don't give a damn. What about those poor maligned supermodels? The supermodel lobby can't be too happy. Fey's George Clooney zinger landed perfectly; in part because we all know it's true, and yeah, probably even George would laugh about it-
 Gravity" Fey said "is nominated for Best Film. It's the story of how George Clooney would rather float away into space and die than spend one more minute with a woman his own age."
There were a host of women - besides the hosts - making a strong impact for better - Emma Thompson throwing her Christian Loubitin heels, or worse - poor Jacqueline Bisset blundering her way through an inarticulate thank you speech, and in between - the ever-quirky Diane Keaton accepting a lifetime achievement award for her dear friend, the notoriously private Woody Allen and ending her tribute mystifyingly in song, a song which prior to Keaton's rendition, I've only seen Winnie the Pooh sing. Not everyone is a fan of Woody Allen's of course; it's been widely reported that Mia Farrow tuned out and switched over to Girls, followed by a tweet from Farrow's son that dived into the Woody Allen controversy. I can't even go there; the notion of having to pluck out only the personally-deserving to bestow professional honors upon is too crazy-making to think about.

It has to be said that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler had a winning collaborator in Julia Louis-Dreyfus, twice nominated for her roles in both film (Enough Said) and TV (VEEP). Louis-Dreyfus first popped up on 'the movie side' of the room, wearing sunglasses and toking on a trendy e-cig, disdainfully ignoring Reese Witherspoon, and then popping back up on the tv side where she gobbled a relish covered hot dog as if that's all the television folks were given to eat. Sense of humor firmly in hand, Louis-Dryfuss later tweeted out "Two Losers" with a picture of herself and Lupita Nyongo'. 

In her excellent Woman in Hollywood column at Indiewire, Melissa Silverstein noted that despite the female hosts and the plethora of great female moments, very few women in the room actually won anything outside of the acting categories. In a world where we have good ol' boy Matthew McConaughey, winner of the Best Actor in a Drama prize, giving this antiquated, macho shout out to his wife, how could it be otherwise?
"To my wife, Camilla, who's not only put up with me for all this time, in our seven years, and this last three years of wonderful work, but kicked my a** out the door, and said 'Go git it, go git it, McC... my man, my king.'

As far as the Globes being an indication of what will happen at the Oscars, there's not a whole lot of point in trying to read the tea leaves here since they are so scattered.  While American Hustle and 12 Years a Slave both won Best Picture in their category, neither of those film's directors won the Best Director nod nor were their screenplays honored. The winners come from all over the place, which feels right. This has been another extraordinary year for movies; as usual it's nonsensical to take such different but equally stunning films -12 Years a Slave, Gravity, Her, Wolf of Wall Street, American Hustle, Rush, Nebraska, Inside Llewyn Davis and Captain Phillips and choose 'the best' of them. Even if you separate them into comedy/musical and drama categories. While I have zero idea on how it will play out at Oscar time; there seems to be a bit of a consensus that American Hustle, with Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence taking both the Best and Supporting Actress comedy category, along with it's Best Picture win, has a bit of momentum going forward. While Hustle is a fun, fast-paced, entertaining film packed with fine performances, it didn't really stick with me; if I had to choose between that and 12 Years a Slave, a much weightier movie, I'd pick the latter. I gave you my take on 12 Years a Slave here. Oscar bait you say? Okay, so I bit.

Here's that winners list I promised ...


Best Motion Picture, Drama
*12 Years a Slave
Captain Phillips
Gravity
Philomena
Rush

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama 
*Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Idris Elba, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips
Robert Redford, All Is Lost

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
*Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Judi Dench, Philomena
Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks
Kate Winslet, Labor Day

Best Director – Motion Picture
*Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Alexander Payne, Nebraska 
David O. Russell, American Hustle

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
*Spike Jonze, Her
Bob Nelson, Nebraska
Jeff Pope and Steve Coogan, Philomena
John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave
David O. Russell and Eric Warren Singer, American Hustle

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
*American Hustle
Her
Inside Llewyn Davis
Nebraska
The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy 
*Amy Adams, American Hustle
Julie Delpy, Before Midnight
Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Enough Said
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
*Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
Christian Bale, American Hustle
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis
Joaquin Phoenix, Her

Best Animated Feature Film
*Frozen 
The Croods
Despicable Me 2

Best Foreign Language Film
*The Great Beauty (Italy)
Blue Is the Warmest Color (France)
The Hunt (Denmark)
The Past (Iran)
The Wind Rises (Japan)

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
*Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
June Squibb, Nebraska

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
*Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
Daniel Bruhl, Rush
Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
*Alex Ebert, All Is Lost
Alex Heffes, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Steven Price, Gravity
John Williams, The Book Thief
Hans Zimmer, 12 Years a Slave

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
*"Ordinary Love," Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
"Atlas," The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
"Let It Go," Frozen
"Please Mr. Kennedy," Inside Llewyn Davis
"Sweeter Than Fiction," One Chance

Best TV Series, Drama
*Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
The Good Wife
House of Cards
Masters of Sex

Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama
*Robin Wright, House of Cards
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black
Kerry Washington, Scandal

Best Actor in a TV series, Drama
*Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Michael Sheen, Masters of Sex
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
James Spader, The Blacklist
Best TV Series, Comedy

*Brooklyn Nine-Nine
The Big Bang Theory
Girls
Modern Family
Parks and Recreation

Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy
*Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Lena Dunham, Girls
Julia Louis-Dreyfus,Veep

Best Actor in a TV Series, Comedy
*Andy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Michael J. Fox, The Michael J. Fox Show
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Best Miniseries or TV Movie
*Behind the Candelabra
American Horror Story: Coven
Dancing on the Edge
Top of the Lake
White Queen

Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie
*Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor
Rebecca Ferguson, The White Queen
Helen Mirren, Phil Spector

Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie
*Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra
Matt Damon, Behind the Candelabra
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge
Idris Elba, Luther
Al Pacino, Phil Spector

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or TV Movie
*Jacqueline Bisset, Dancing on the Edge
Janet McTeer, The White Queen
Hayden Panettiere, Nashville
Monica Potter, Parenthood
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or TV Movie
*Jon Voight, Ray Donovan
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Rob Lowe, Behind the Candelabra
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Corey Stoll, House of Cards

Cecil B. DeMille Award

*Woody Allen



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