If any award show helps determine what are the films to watch for the 2014 Academy Awards, then The Golden Globes foreign press honors were a good indication of the films to watch.
Director Steve McQueen scored big winning Best Picture for his biographical film "12 Years A Slave," which is being talked about by the media as a front runner for Oscar. According to Associated Press reports in today's issue of The Staten Island Advance (Janyary 13, 2014) http://www.silive.com "David O. Russell's con-artist caper 'American Hustle' led with three awards, including best film comedy. And despite missing out in the other six categories it was nominated in, the unflinching historical drama '12 Years a Slave' concluded the night as best film Russell's 1970s Abscam fictionalization 'American Hustle' had the better night overall, winning acting awards for Amy Adams (best actress drama) and Jennifer Lawrence (best supporting actress)," added AP.
Added the report: "Best picture was the only award for '12 Years a Slave,' which came in with seven nominations, tied for the most with "American Hustle." drama.Amy Poehler made out with Bono, Tina Fey mocked George Clooney's taste in women and Matt Damon emerged, bizarrely, as the night's theme."
Here are some highlights from last night's awards Staten Island movie and television fans who could not catch the how at home. "Matthew McConaughey took best actor in a drama for his performance in the Texas HIV drama 'Dallas Buyers Club.' Leonardo DiCaprio, a nine-time Golden Globe nominee, won his second Globe for best actor in a comedy for his work in 'The Wolf of Wall Street.' Alfonso Cuaron won best director for the space odyssey 'Gravity,'a worldwide hit and critical favorite, added AP in The Advance today.
Amy Poehler makes out big with Bono
Perhaps one of the night's oddest surprises was Amy Poehler's decision to celebrate her win with a closed mouth makeout session with the very married Bono. "Many of the night's surprise winners were literally caught speechless. Andy Samberg (best actor in a comedy series, 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine'), Elisabeth Moss (winner of best actress, miniseries or movie, for "Top of the Lake"), Robin Wright (best actress in a TV series, drama) and even Poehler, herself (best actress in a TV series, comedy), appeared particularly shocked to win and each stumbled through their thank you's. Poehler celebrated by making out with Bono," added AP in The Advance. An estimated 19.7 million viewers worldwide watched The Golden Globes.
Spike Jonze wins for 'Her' and sparks Oscar buzz
"Spike Jonze was also blindsided by his best screenplay win for his futuristic romance 'Her.' I'm a terrible public speaker," said Jonze. "And I'm bad at English. And it's the only language I know," added the report.
"Four months after its final episode, AMC's 'Breaking Bad' won for best drama, a TV series and best actor in a drama series for Bryan Cranston (both their first Globes). Cranston called his honor "a lovely way to say goodbye," added AP in The Advance.
Other big winners included U2 and Danger Mouse who won the award for best original song for "Ordinary Love," recorded for the Nelson Mandela biopic "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," added the report. Bono said at The Globes " working on the film completed a decades-long journey with Mandela, having played an anti-apartheid concert some 35 years ago..This man turned our life upside down, right-side up," said Bono of the South African leader who died in December, according to AP. "A man who refused to hate not because he didn't have rage or anger or those things, but that he thought love would do a better job."
Michael Douglas wins for "Behind the Candelabra"
"The Emmy-winning HBO film 'Behind the Candelabra,' the acclaimed Liberace drama directed by Steven Soderbergh, won for best movie or miniseries, as well as best actor in a TV film for Michael Douglas. He thanked his co-star Damon," added AP. "The only reason you're not here is I had more sequins," Douglas told Damon," according to the report.
So Staten island film fans, if you missed The Golden Globes you now have a better idea of the films to watch for Oscar buzz. Stay tuned! Staten Island arts fans tell http://wwww.examiner.com your picks for Oscar!