Here's What You Missed on the 2014 Golden Globes
As Hollywood wakes up with a collective wine hangover and the dust settles at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, American Hustle emerges as the 71st annual Golden Globes' big winner. The film won three of its seven nominations -- best comedy film, best performance by an actress in a comedy (Amy Adams) and best supporting actress (Jennifer Lawrence) -- more than any other nominee. The wins are extra, if unnecessary, momentum for American Hustle going into the Oscar nominations announcement Thursday. The film has been taking home awards all season long, including a near-sweep from the New York Film Critics Circle.
Other big winners include Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey -- both of Dallas Buyers Club -- who won best supporting and lead actor honors, respectively. Leonardo DiCaprio took home a Globe for his performance in Wolf of Wall Street and Cate Blanchett who took home her third Golden Globe for her performance in Blue Jasmine. On the TV end, the night's big winners were Behind the Candelabra and Breaking Bad, which each took home two prizes of their own.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler proved a winning choice as hosts for the second year in a row. The show's opening monologue was full of successful jokes, though none as memorable as their line explaining the plot of Gravity as "the story of how George Clooney would rather float away into space and die than spend one more minute with a woman his own age." In a completely unscientific study I conducted without a timer, I'd venture to say that it felt like Fey and Poehler had less screen time this year, though I have exactly 0 statistical evidence to back up that claim. Whether or not Fey and Poehler received less screen time, the show ended right on time, clocking in at exactly 3 hours.
It was, however, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, whose bits stole the show. During the monologue, she participated in a gag with Fey and Poehler in which Louis-Dreyfus, nominated both for roles on television and on film, joked that she was now too good for her old TV peers. Later in the show, after losing the best actress prize to Amy Adams, we cut back to Louis-Dreyfus eating a hot dog.
The internet, of course, had its own favorite moments. Early favorites are Emma Thompson's bare-footed, martini-slinging presentation of the best screenplay award and Diane Keaton's rendition of the popular Girl Scouts song "Make New Friends" as she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille for Woody Allen. However, it was a late-in-the-show slip-of-the-tongue by Leonardo DiCaprio, calling Philomena "Phil-O-Mania," that captured Twitter's attention.
A pleasant theme of the night was what appeared to be genuine surprise on the faces of the winners. Jennifer Lawrence, Robin Wright, Elisabeth Moss, Andy Samberg, Jacqueline Bisset and Steve McQueen were are visibly thrown by their wins. On stage, Wright referenced Merritt Wever's Emmy acceptance speech and McQueen had to call on his 12 Years a Slave stars to help him remember whom he needed to thank. It was perhaps Elisabeth Moss who said it best: "Holy sh*t. Um. I really, really didn't expect this to happen."
Oh, and not to gloat, but I went 8/10 on my predictions.