Monday, January 12, 2015

‘THE AFFAIR’, ‘TRANSPARENT’ EMERGE AS TOP WINNERS AT THE 2015 GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS

The 2015 Golden Globe Awards threw out some surprises, quite a few snubs, and a handful of satisfying results. Here’s how the awards show turned out…


Hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler
Meryl Streep ended the evening, when presenting the Globe for Best Picture – Drama, as she mentioned about how much we would miss Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, who were hosting the Golden Globe Awards for the third and final time. It is true, of course, that we will miss them; however, I do feel that this year’s show already gave us quite a bit to miss from the previous two years. Not to say that they didn’t have outstanding moments. The most memorable bit for me was when they were choosing between men, and when they landed on Alejandro González Iñárritu and Richard Linklater. Poehler said that she would pick Linklater, because that would mean going at it for five minutes, every year, for the next 12 years, while with Iñárritu it would simply be one long, two-hour take. The jokes about Bill Cosby and the whole Sony Hack affair and The Interview were also quite hilarious as well, and were necessary, so I’m glad they were there. And taking that forward, and rightfully so, were several presenters and winners talking about the importance of freedom of speech, referencing the recent attacks in Paris that were aimed at curbing that very freedom.


George Clooney accepting his Cecil B DeMille Award
Even Cecil B DeMille recipient George Clooney made a mention of freedom of speech in his acceptance speech, which was probably the best of the evening. With witty moments and even a heartfelt word for his new wife, Amal, Clooney made the speech more relevant than other honorary award recipients usually do, keeping things moving along well. Preceding that was one of the best presentations of the evening too, with Clooney’s former co-stars from ER and Ocean’s Eleven—Julianna Margulies and Don Cheadle—arguing over which of them was better friends with Clooney. Among other presenters, I think Ricky Gervais was the best. He made a dig at the criticism he had received when he had hosted the Globes, while managing to make digs at the audience as well. Most of the presenters, however, didn’t have enough good material to go with. Some of them had me wishing that they would simply just announce the winner and walk away. The other good acceptance speeches were made by Maggie Gyllenhaal

A NIGHT OF FIRSTS
It was a night of firsts in several ways. Amazon made history with its wins for TRANSPARENT as Best Series – Comedy, becoming the first online portal to win an award for Best Series. Jeffrey Tambor won his first Golden Globe as Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for TRANSPARENT. Kevin Spacey won his first Globe after eight nominations, as Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series for HOUSE OF CARDS. He even dropped the ‘F bomb’, exclaiming, “I can’t fuck believe I won!” which left people gasping. Ruth Wilson won her first Golden Globe (Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series for THE AFFAIR). She went on to reminisce about the previous time when she was nominated in the mini-series/TV movie category in 2008—the year of the writers’ strike when the ceremony was canceled, and the results were simply announced.  Even Michael Keaton, Patricia Arquette, and Eddie Redmayne won their first Golden Globes for Birdman, Boyhood and The Theory Of Everything, respectively. Director Richard Linklater also won his first Globe for Boyhood. Joanne Froggatt’s (well deserved) win for DOWNTON ABBEY was also a first. Billy Bob Thornton (FARGO) and Gina Rodriguez (JANE THE VIRGIN) also won their first Golden Globes.
Counter-clockwise: First-time Golden Globe winners Kevin Spacey, Ruth Wilson, Matt Bomer and Joanne Froggatt
Even Maggie Gyllenhaal won her first Globe (for AN HONOURABLE WOMAN) and Matt Bomer (for A NORMAL HEART). Bomer’s and Gyllenhaal’s were also among the most effective acceptance speeches of the evening. Gyllenhaal made a strong point about how there were more roles now for actual women than ever before. On the other hand, Amy Adams, who’s fast becoming an awards veteran, won Lead Actress – Comedy/Musical for the second consecutive time, for Big Eyes, after having won last year for American Hustle. Similarly, Julianne Moore, who’s already won two Golden Globes, won Best Actress – Drama for Still Alice.

THE AWARDS
It wasn’t surprising that freshman series TRANSPARENT won Best Series – Comedy. It’s the kind of show that would get awards recognition, and is bound to give even MODERN FAMILY a run for its money at the Emmys later this year. However, the other freshman, THE AFFAIR winning Best Series – Drama was quite a disappointment, knowing that it was up against the brilliant HOUSE OF CARDS and THE GOOD WIFE, which definitely deserved it more, even though THE AFFAIR is quite good. Likewise with Ruth Wilson’s win. Most other TV results were well deserved, especially supporting actor Matt Bomer and supporting actress Joanne Froggatt. 

Left to right: Eddie Redmayne, Amy Adams, Michael Keaton and Patricia Arquette


The movie results also seemed quite fair, except for Boyhood, which certainly didn’t deserve Best Picture – Drama over the likes of The Theory Of Everything and The Imitation Game. The movie isn’t that good, even though I do understand it winning director Richard Linklater an award for the 12-year-long project that it was.

The show as a whole was not as entertaining as a three-hour-long TV event should be, even for those who are more interested in the awards than the event. The opening by Amy Poehler and Tina Fey was too short for it to leave any major impact, and it left me hoping they had something up their sleeves for mid-show appearances, but they didn’t. It certainly can’t be counted among the better Golden Globe Awards of recent years, so I’m hoping the 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards make up for this on Sunday, February 25.



What did you think of the show? Did your favorite shows/movies win?

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