Award season has arriiiiived! The Golden Globes are the first major award show of the season, one quarter of the Four Horsemen of Fame (and judgment), the EGOT—Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony. It’s one of my favorites because it brings stars and characters from my two favorite forms of entertainment together to one big party. The small screen and the silver screen share the stage at the one dinner a year we (I) desperately wish we (I) could attend.
This year was a tricky viewing for me because I still haven’t seen many of the nominated films. “Boyhood” took home the night’s biggest honor and I hadn’t even heard of it. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” sounded vaguely like something that had already been up for an award last year or the year before. (Not sure what I’m thinking of here—was there something else with ‘hotel’ in the title?) The only thing I’ve ever seen from Best Director winner Richard Linklater was 2003’s “School of Rock.”
While I was hoping for Jake Gyllenhaal to share his sister’s success of the evening, even I had to admit competition was stiff and his performance in “Nightcrawler,” while chilling and enigmatic, couldn’t quite measure up to that of winner Eddie Redmayne for his unflinching portrayal of Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything.” Amy Adams and Julianne Moore both gave sweet speeches for their wins. I’m unfamiliar with “Big Eyes,” but “Still Alice” sounds like it might make my watch-list. “Foxcatcher” too.
As for TV, I gave up on “Fargo” after just a couple episodes. I was desperately hoping “Orange is the New Black” would sweep a few more wins, but no luck. (Maybe it would if it was actually in the right category!) I essentially had no basis for judgement all night for any of the categories, which made watching seem a little pointless. I better up my game for the Oscars! (Nominations for the Academy Awards will be announced Thursday, January 15.)
Here are some highlights of the star-studded night:
- Third-time-in-a-row hosts (and BFFs) Tina Fey and Amy Poehler predictably brought the laughs, but also dropped a rumored Bill Cosby joke in their opening monologue during a description of nominee “Into the Woods“: “Cinderella runs from her prince, Rapunzel is thrown from a tower for her prince, and Sleeping Beauty just thought she was getting coffee with Bill Cosby.” The crowd roared, but no reaction was better than Jessica Chastain’s pure hand-over-eyes shock.
- Our dear hosts continued to make everyone uncomfortable by taking jabs at “The Interview” scandal, complete with Margaret Cho stepping in as a North Korean journalist overseeing the awards.
- The most emotional acceptance speech came from first-time nominee Gina Rodriguez who won for Best TV Accress, Comedy or Musical for her work as the CW’s titular Jane the Virgin: “My father used to tell me to say every morning, ‘Today is going to be a great day. I can and I will. Well Dad, today is a great day. I can and I did.”
- Presenters are typically announced ahead of time, but a few surprises can sneak in here and there. Seems no one expected to see Prince take the stage to award Best Original Song, least of all Allison Janney and Viola Davis who appeared to completely lose their minds in a brief crowd shot.