71st Golden Globes at the Beverly Hills Hilton
At the Theater with Audrey Linden
The opening of the 71st Golden Globes on NBC with sponsors with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler was lackluster and their jokes during the show were mixed with some being funny and some in bad taste. The sketches with Poehler in the audience as a celeb were funny. There was on eline about Leonardo DiCaprio as “a supermodel’s vagina” that left me puzzled. The show would have run faster and smoother had the show gotten down to business in the beginning. For several presenters, this was their big moment, and to be suddenly interrupted by the cut off music was not in good form. It would have been better to have taken some time away from the opening.
One of the highlights was having the real Philomena Lee as a presenter with Steve Coogan for the film, “Philomena”. Another highlight was Diane Keaton, in a man tailored suit and tie as she accepted the Cecil De Mille lifetime achievement award for her friend of 45 years, Woody Allen. Her speech was heartfelt and a nice tribute to the genius who directed her in “Annie Hall”. She referred to 4 decades of great character parts Woody Allen had written for women, some 179 female roles, from “Annie Hall” to “Blue Jasmine”. “Female characters cannot be compartmentalized.” She sang, “Make new friends, keep the old; One is silver, the other is gold.” For me, a third highlight was when Jared Leto won Best Supporting Actor in A Drama for his role of Rayon in the ”Dallas Buyers Club.” His performance was superlative. He quipped, “I had my entire body waxed.” He did not have to go Brazilian. “The tiny bubble butt is all mine”. He went six years without doing a film and this wonderful part lured him back from his music tour with “Thirty Seconds to Mars.” Matthew Mc Conaughey quoted his mother, “Don’t watch anyone on T. V.; do it yourself.” He said that was good advice for him as an actor to research his roles. He added that “Dallas Buyers Club” was not about dying; it was about living.”
Best Supporting Actress in A Comedy or Musical went to Jennifer Lawrence for her role in ‘’American Hustle.” Jacqueline Bisset needed a few moments to get it together. She remembered 47 years ago, she was voted as Best Newcomer by the Hollywood Foreign Press. She won for Best Supporting Actress in A T. V. Series or Movie for T. V. Drama, “Dancing on the Edge.” She "funfered" and ran overtime. She finally thanked “people who have given me joy.”
Best Movie Made for T V. Drama went to HBO’s “Behind the Candelabra”. Best Actress in A Mini Series or Made for T. V. Movie Drama went to Elizabeth Moss for her role in “Top of the Lake.”
Best Actor in a T. V. Series Drama went to Bryan Cranston for his character, Walter, in “Breaking Bad”. It was his first win and his fifth nomination. Best T. V. Series Drama went to “Breaking Bad.” Best original Score in a Motion Picture went to Alex Ebert for his score, “All Is Lost”. This was his first win. Best Original Song went to Bono’s “Ordinary Love” in “Mandela”. It was his second win. He won for “Gangs of New York”, “The Hands That Built America”.
Best Supporting Actor in a T. V. Series Drama went to Jon Voight for “Ray Donovan.” This was his 5th win and 10th nomination. Best Actress in A Motion Picture comedy or Musical went to Amy Adams for “American Hustle”. This was the second win for “American Hustle”. Adams thanked her manager, Stacy O Neill who believed in her when she had come to Los Angeles fifteen years ago and signed her. She addressed her baby daughter, Aviana, who is teaching her to accept joy and let go of fear. Robin Wright won for Best Actress in a T. V. Series Drama for her role of Claire Underwood in “House of Cards.”
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Drama went to Jared Leto for his role of Rayon in the “Dallas Buyers Club.” Best screenplay went to Spike Jonz for “Her”. Best Actor in a T. V. Series Comedy or Musical went to Andy Samberg for “Brooklyn 99”. Best Foreign Film was “The Great Beauty.” Best Actor in a T. V. Movie went to Michael Douglas for “Behind the Candelabra”. This was the second win for the film. It was Douglas 4th win and 11th nomination. Best Actress in a T. V. Series Comedy or Musical went to Amy Poehler for ‘Parks and Recreation.” It was her first win and third nomination.
Best Animated Feature went to ‘Frozen”. Alfonso Cuaron won for Best Director for “Gravity”. Best T. V. Series Comedy or Musical went to “Brooklyn 99” for its second win. Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical went to Leonardo Di Caprio for ‘Wolf of Wall Street”. “”American Hustle” won for Best Motion Picture Comedy or Musical. Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama went to Cate Blanchett for her role as the depressed divorcee in Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine.” Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama went to Matthew Mc Conaughey for his role of Ron Woodroof in “Dallas Buyers Club.” Best Motion Picture Drama went to “Twelve Years A Slave” directed by Steve Mc Queen.
The Golden Globes were uneventful and all went smoothly. The Red Carpet was without the Kardashians, which was a surprise.
There were multiple wins for “American Hustle,” which got three Golden Globes and “Dallas Buyers Club, which got two Golden Globes.” The Golden Globes combines awards for television and motion pictures and also has categories for Best Drama and Best Comedy separately.