The 2014 Golden Globe winners and thoughts
Here's the rundown of the winners of last night's 71st Golden Globes, with a few thoughts on the prizes...
Overnight, the 71st Golden Globe awards took place in Hollywood, with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosting for the second year running. Believe the hype, and this is the big indicator of the Oscars. Don't believe the hype, and this is an excuse for lots of famous people to get into a big room, drink, and listen to some jokes. All that notwithstanding, here are the winners...
Best Motion Picture - Drama 12 YEARS A SLAVE
Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture - Drama CATE BLANCHETT (Blue Jasmine)
Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture - Drama MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY - Dallas Buyers Club
Best Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical AMERICAN HUSTLE
Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical AMY ADAMS (American Hustle)
Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical LEONARDO DICAPRIO (The Wolf Of Wall Street)
Best Animated Feature FROZEN
Best Foreign Language Film THE GREAT BEAUTY
Best Supporting Actor JARED LETO (Dallas Buyers Club)
Best Supporting Actress JENNIFER LAWRENCE (American Hustle)
Best Director ALFONSO CUARON (Gravity)
Best Screenplay SPIKE JONZE (Her)
Best Original Score ALEX EBERT (All Is Lost)
Best Original Song ORDINARY LOVE - U2 (Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom)
Best Television Series - Drama BREAKING BAD
Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series - Drama ROBIN WRIGHT (House Of Cards)
Best Performance By An Actor In A Television Series - Drama BRYAN CRANSTON (Breaking Bad)
Best Television Series - Comedy Or Musical BROOKLYN NINE-NINE
Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series - Comedy Or Musical AMY POEHLER (Parks And Recreation)
Best Performance By An Actor In A Television Series - Comedy Or Musical ANDY SAMBERG (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
Best Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television BEHIND THE CANDELABRA
Best Performance By An Actress In A Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television ELISABETH MOSS (Top Of The Lake)
Best Performance By An Actor In A Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television MICHAEL DOUGLAS (Behind The Candelabra)
Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role In A Series, Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television JACQUELINE BISSET (Dancing On The Edge)
Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role In A Series, Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television JON VOIGHT (Ray Donovan)
So then: some thoughts. On the television side, Breaking Bad is the rich, deserving winner, although in truth whether the show won lots of awards or not, it's still going to be remembered for a long, long time. Good to see Steven Soderbergh's Behind The Candelabra being recognised too, not least Michael Douglas' lead role in the production.
If there were surprises, then they came on the film side though. Frozen being edged out for the Best Song gong is a mild eyebrow raiser, but Matthew McConaughey prevailing over Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tom Hanks and Robert Redford in the Best Actor (Drama) category is a surprise. McConaughey does good work in Dallas Buyers Club, although arguably his work in Mud (which got no nods) is even better. But we'd be surprised if his success here is mirrored at the Oscars. Arguably, if more people has seen All Is Lost, this wouldn't even be that much of a fight - and that's in spite of the tremendous work from Hanks and Ejiofor in particular.
Likewise, in the Best Actress (Comedy Or Musical) category, Amy Adams won for American Hustle, against roles that haven't had the same profile. We love Amy Adams, but Julie Delpy's work in Before Midnight is wonderful, as is Greta Gerwig's in Frances Ha. But enough people simply haven't seen either film.
If you're looking for Oscar indicators from all of this - and the nominations land later this week - then American Hustle and 12 Years A Slave look like the films to back. Cate Blanchett is going to take some stopping now not to be named Best Actress for Blue Jasmine, and likewise Gravity will likely content itself with a statue for director Alfonso Cuaron.
As always, lots of interesting films are being overlooked or nudged out - Rush, Nebraska, Captain Phillips, Philomena, Labor Day and more - in the annual awards gold rush. Expect the same to happen again when those Academy Award nominations land...
Follow our Twitter feed for faster news and bad jokes right here. And be our Facebook chum here.