The Hollywood Foreign Press Association handed out their annual Golden Globe awards on Sunday evening and in keeping with their eccentric history, the winners ranged from the expected to the surprising. For the most part however, they spread the wealth among a mostly deserving set of winners. Mostly, being that key word.
American Hustle was the evening’s big winner, winning three awards: Best Film – Comedy/Musical, Best Actress – Comedy/Musical (for Amy Adams) and Best Supporting Actress (for Jennifer Lawrence). Fellow nomination leader, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave wasn’t as lucky. Although the slavery drama won the evening’s biggest award for Best Film – Drama, it couldn’t convert any of its other six nominations into wins. This isn’t a sign that the film is fading in awards season – merely one that this group didn’t particular love it. The HFPA have always reacted indifferently towards films with predominantly American themes (neither No Country for Old Men nor The Hurt Locker triumphed here). Nevertheless, the Best Film – Drama win was a huge sigh of relief for Fox Searchlight who will now put more money into that awards campaign to keep themselves afloat over Hustle as well as Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity – the film that won the key Best Director prize earlier in the evening.
AIDS drama Dallas Buyers Club also did quite well, winning in two categories: Best Actor – Drama (Matthew McConaughey) and Best Supporting Actor (Jared Leto). Other acting winners included Leonardo DiCaprio as Best Actor – Comedy/Musical for his high-wire performance in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street while Cate Blanchett won Best Actress – Drama for her ferocious turn in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine.
Allen himself was awarded the group’s Cecile B. DeMille prize for his invaluable contribution to cinema. In true Woody fashion, the maestro didn’t show up – opting to allow longtime muse Diane Keaton to accept the award on his behalf.
In one of the evening’s pleasant surprises, writer-director Spike Jonze was awarded the Best Screenplay prize for his touching futuristic romance Her over the buzzy American Hustle and McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave. Among the least pleasant surprises was U2’s baffling Best Song win for their mediocre Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom ballad. Chalk that win up to the Globes’ typical star-effing. Other winners included Frozen for Best Animated Feature, The Great Beauty for Best Foreign Language Film and Alex Ebert for his score of All is Lost.
So what does this all means in regards to the Academy awards? In a word: Jack! Though the Globes do serve as a nice publicity tool for the industry’s self-congratulatory awards season, they don’t account for much when it comes to changing the tide when it comes to winners. Perhaps members may now get an additional incentive to watch movies they had previously left on their screener pile but since Academy ballots were due on Wednesday, these wins have no effect on who gets nominated on Thursday morning. I just hope Leonardo DiCaprio makes it on – because he damn deserves to be there.
As for me… I didn’t do too bad with my predictions. I got 8 out of 12 right. My full list of predictions are here.
Full List of winners:
Best Film – Drama: 12 Years a Slave
Best Film – Comedy/Musical: American Hustle
Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)
Best Actress – Drama: Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Best Actor – Drama: Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
Best Actress – Comedy/Musical: Amy Adams (American Hustle)
Best Actor – Comedy/Musical: Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Best Screenplay: Her (Spike Jonze)
Best Animated Feature: Frozen
Best Foreign Language Film: The Great Beauty (Italy)
Best Score: All is Lost (Alex Ebert)
Best Song: “Ordinary Love” by U2 (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom)