The Golden Globes this year was fairly by the books. There were no true surprises, and, while there were a couple disappointments, it was still nice to see a few familiar faces take home the awards.
Second-time hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler seemed to be trying far too hard during their opening conjoined monologue, where the jokes seemed to come far more naturally (and a lot funnier) last year. Although saying "George Clooney would rather drift away into space and die than spend one more minute with a woman his own age" was priceless.
This marked the first year two nominated shows, Orange is the New Black and House of Cards, are actually on Netflix rather than a broadcast network, which Poehler joked, "Better enjoy it while it lasts. You won't be laughing next year when SnapChat accepts the award for Best Drama."
(NOTE: If there isn't any commentary after the win, it's more than likely because I unfortunately did not see the film/TV series/mini-series)
Here are this year's winners:
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Coming off her first Golden Globe and Oscar wins in David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook last year, Lawrence was in amazingly good spirits accepting the award. This should not come as a shock with her stellar, scene-stealing performance in Hustle, and should pave the way for a second Oscar.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Jacqueline Bisset, Dancing on the Edge
Bisset's emotional speech beginning gave segue into a profanity-laced end. It was quite an interesting turn -- especially since it was the polar opposite of Lawrence's remarkably eloquent speech.
Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Behind the Candelabra
Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television: Elizabeth Moss, Top of the Lake
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Seeing that the series just got the send-off of a lifetime that had the internet blowing up for weeks, it's only appropriate that Cranston would finally win for his fifth and final nomination for Breaking Bad. His speech showed his jovial, stoic side, which he never got to display as Walter White.
Best Television Series -- Drama: Breaking Bad
Seriously, folks. This is the show that everyone had talked about from the first season on. Was this really any shock to see this win? And how great was it of creator Vince Gilligan letting Aaron Paul shout out "Yeah, bitch!" one last time during his speech?
Best Original Score - Motion Picture: Alex Ebert, All Is Lost
Best Original Song - Motion Picture: "Ordinary Love", Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr., Brian Burton, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
I'm personally torn about this. I understand this was a political decision, seeing that Mendela recently passed away, but, really Hollywood Foreign Press? Come on! This was not better than Frozen's "Let It Go" or Catching Fire's "Atlas".
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Jon Voight, Ray Donovan
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Amy Adams, American Hustle
Adams' compelling, confident performance in Hustle is, by far, one of the strongest performances of any actress, and is certainly the best for her. And, yes, I'm going to say it: thank God it didn't go to Meryl Streep. As presenter Robert Downey Jr joked about, she has enough awards. This is Adams' first win -- which is the third collective win amongst the Hustle cast who won for a previous David O. Russell film.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Robin Wright, House of Cards
Wright's dark, stoic performance in House of Cards is amazing and hard to ignore. It's never easy playing off of Kevin Spacey, but Wright makes it look effortless. This is a well-deserved win.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
While I'm sure the film is good, I'm quite disappointed Bradley Cooper's crazed performance in American Hustle did not win, it's nice to see Leto, who hadn't made a film for six years while fronting the band 30 Seconds to Mars, get a win here.
Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Spike Jonze, Her
Jonze has always been an original voice in filmmaking, and, while I have not seen Her yet, I'm very happy to see him honored for such an original concept and idea.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Andy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
From his comedy genius on Saturday Night Live to his hilarious performances on Brooklyn, Samberg is amazing. He truly stands out on the show, and it's nice to see an alum from SNL doing so well. Here's hoping the second season is as incredible as the premiere season has been.
Best Foreign Language Film: The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television: Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra
Best Animated Film: Frozen
Again, should this be a surprise? Frozen has captured the imaginations of audiences young and old, and is a true return to form for Disney.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreations
This may be the first time a host has ever won a Golden Globe while hosting. While I'm not a fan of the show, Poehler is an amazing comedienne and actress, so it's nice to see her win for her brilliance.
Cecil B. DeMille Award: Woody Allen
After 48 films and counting, Woody Allen has touched so many lives over his long and illustrious career -- from his dramas like Annie Hall and Hannah and Her Sisters to his old comedies like Bananas and Play It Again, Sam to his modern masterpieces like Midnight in Paris and To Rome With Love. Like him or hate him, Woody Allen is the embodiment of film, and it's hard to deny his presence in the medium.
Best Director - Motion Picture: Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity
Cuaron's bleak and dark vision of a space mission gone wrong was one of the biggest surprises of the year, and shows that sci-fi films don't have to be polished or optimistic. His film is amazing, and deserves this honor.
Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Brooklyn Nine-Nine
When a new show wins this honor its first season out, you know it has to be good. This cop procedural comedy is fresh, funny, and unique, and should be ensured a long and prosperous future ahead of it thanks to this award.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
With as many times as he's been nominated, DiCaprio should have won another Golden Globe by now. With his continued fantastic work with Martin Scorsese, DiCaprio could now be fast-tracked to possibly earning his first Oscar.
Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: American Hustle
David O. Russell's wonderfully demented take on the ABSCAM debacle is easily one of the best films to come out this year. It was deliciously delirious and darkly amusing, making American Hustle one for the memory books last year or any year. From the performances to the writing to Russell's impeccable direction, Hustle deserves this win.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Normally I would be disappointed that Sandra Bullock didn't win for Gravity, but Blanchett is always amazing and Woody Allen always tends to get wins for his heroines.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Best Motion Picture - Drama: 12 Years A Slave
Okay. So, admittedly, I wanted Gravity to take this one. However, 12 Years is, quite literally, the best reviewed movie of the year, and continues to score accolade after accolade from everywhere. Guess I'll have to see it now.