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Strangeness and insanity at the 2014 Golden Globes

The Golden Globes were held last night
The Golden Globes were held last night
Image from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association

It was, to say the least, a weird night at the Golden Globes on January 12. That isn’t necessarily a strange thing. Although many consider the Globes to be a kind of predictor of what might happen at the Academy Awards later on, the fact is that the Globes are a different and very weird animal. There are only a very few people (the Hollywood Foreign Press) who make the decision on who wins and who loses. They group TV and movies together. All of the nominees sit at tables, eat dinner beforehand, and then get smashed on booze during the course of the three hour awards ceremony

Needless to say, this often leads to some very odd things at the Globes. 2014 ended up providing plenty of things for people to talk about this morning.

As far as movies go, the awards were all over the place and there was no clear winner among the movies nominated. That could mean a very interesting Academy Awards and awards season.

The first movie award for the night was given to Jennifer Lawrence as Best Supporting Actress in American Hustle. The movie has garnered huge buzz and many feel she will likely get another nomination for an Academy Award. Lawrence gave a strange and nervous speech where she begged that the awards people “never do this again!”

American Hustle would come away with another award as Amy Adams won Best Actress in a Comedy for her role. Probably more people have been talking about her rather daring and plunging neckline than her speech, however.

Jared Leto won Best Supporting Actor for his role in Dallas Buyers Club. Leto took a 6-year break from acting to front his rock and roll band 30 Seconds to Mars, and acknowledged that the award was a nice thing to return to. The movie also got a Best Actor in a Drama award for Matthew McConaughey who accepted his award with his now-trademark “All right, all right, all right” phrase before thanking his wife and stating that she calls him her “King.”

Leonardo DiCaprio won for Best Actor in a Comedy thanks to his starring role in the Martin Scorsese movie The Wolf of Wall Street. DiCaprio stated that he “stalked” the famous director to make the movie.

The best actress in a drama went to Cate Blanchett for her well-lauded role in Woody Allen’s film Blue Jasmine. Blanchett was one of several who ended up played off the stage while giving their acceptance speech.

The Golden Globes is also different because it divides up the awards between dramas and comedies. So, the award for the Best Motion Picture - Comedy went to American Hustle. The Best Motion Picture - Drama went to 12 Years a Slave.

Best Director went to Alfonso Cuaron for Gravity and he joked that he appreciated actress Sandra Bullock being understanding and putting up with his broken English. He said she thought he had originally said he was going to “give you herpes” when he actually said he was going to “give you an ear piece.”

Best Animated feature went to Frozen. Best Screenplay went to Spike Jonze for Her.

Overall the night went relatively smoothly although many continue to talk about the rambling speech given by Jacqueline Bisset who won for a TV role. Hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were also widely praised for putting on a funny show that managed to not completely insult all of the people in the room.

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