The 2013 film and television award season is underway; the Hollywood Foreign Press Associations minimal credited Golden Globes were the first stop on this mini tour. Hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were exceptional on stage; both beautiful and charming, they were able to get away with nastier bars than last year’s host Ricky Gervais. Fey and Poehler were also nominated for a Golden Globe and although they didn’t win, they both stole the night with their memorable one liner's from the opening monologue. With free booze and camera time, the Beverly Hills Hilton Ballroom was packed with wall-to-wall celebrities soaking it all in, Poehler commented, “You can smell the pills from here.”
As for the winners; it was an exceptional night with Hollywood’s top talent in film and television taking home top honors in the broad categories. Let’s begin with film…
Argo took top honors in Best Film (Drama) and Best in Direction Ben Affleck. With Affleck getting snubbed with this year’s Oscar nominations, it was nice to see the talented Actor/Director get recognized for what truly was a captivating picture this year. Affleck was in extremely high spirits in his acceptance speech; genuine and thoughtful to all those who have impacted him. Although he did forget to thank George Clooney so when his wife Jennifer Garner was on stage, she gave Clooney the shout out from her husband.
Les Miserables took home three Golden Globes. Best film in Comedy or Musical, Best Actor in Comedy or Musical with Hugh Jackman, and Best Supporting Actress with Anne Hathaway. The highly acclaimed musical proved to be difficult for a share of its actors as both Jackman and Hathaway revealed their struggles and doubting of their abilities during shooting; they were both grateful for the opportunity to perform in this successful film.
Django Unchained won Best Screenplay for Quenitin Tarantino’s remarkable script with vivid scenes and perfectly placed dialogue. Christoph Waltz’s performance in the film earned him a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor. In his speech, Waltz extended his unlimited gratitude to Quentin Tarantino for his success because of working with him, seriously, everything these two do together turns into gold!
With several nominations, the only win for Silver Linings Playbook went to Jennifer Lawrence who won Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical. This category was presented by a hilarious duo of Will Farrell and Kristin Wig.
Best Actor and Actress in a Drama Awards went to Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln, and Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty. These two stole the show on the big screen this year with their stellar performances, but also proved to be quite articulate in their speech. Day-Lewis as always was as modest as they come and was a class act. Chastain was genuinely excited as years of struggling in this chaotic industry proved to pay off with the recognition of her performance.
Original Score went to Mychael Danna for Life of Pi. Original Song went to Adele with her hit Skyfall, from Skyfall (irony). Best Animated Feature Film went to Brave, and Best Foreign Film went to Amour.
This raps up the Film categories, next is the winners in Television…
Homeland took home three winners in the categories of: Best Drama, Best Actor in a Drama (Damian Lewis) and Best Actress in a Drama (Claire Danes). This Showtime hit is taking off in just its second season, what a rollercoaster over the past 18 months for the cast and crew.
Best Mini-series or Movie went to HBO’s Game Change. From Game Change, Ed Harris took home the Best Supporting Actor award for: series, mini-series, TV movie. Julianne Moore took home Best Actress in a Mini-Series or TV Movie; wrapping up the trifecta for the HBO hit.
Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie went to Kevin Costner in History’s Hatfields & McCoy’s.
Maggie Smith took home Best Supporting Actress for Downtown Abbey from PBS.
HBO’s GIRLS took home Best TV Comedy or Musical, and the show’s Lena Dunham took home Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical, beating out co-host’s Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Her acceptance speech was used in material for later on in the evening.
Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical went to Don Cheadle for his role in House of Lies on Showtime.
With a night of TV and Cinema’s best coming together, there was a lot to be said about this awards show; it was great. The actors and actresses who were sure things won their categories, the surprises that deserved recognition got it, and there was laughter from start to finish. When you see the same wit from the presenters and acceptors as you do the host, it reminds us how much talent there really is in Hollywood. With many heart-felt moments and outbursts of laughter there were many great moments of the night; one of my favorites would have to be when Amy Poehler commented on Zero Dark Thirty saying, "I haven't really been following the controversy over Zero Dark Thirty. But when it comes to torture, I trust the lady who spent three years married to James Cameron."