The 2014 Golden Globe winners and thoughts

News Simon Brew 13 Jan 2014 - 06:03

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...

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Love a duck! Its 2014 and U2 are still winning awards! WHY??? Fey's DiCaprio joke was pretty funny though.

Because they're still producing better product than the competition.

Hmm... 'product' as opposed to music. say's it all really.

Big time snub for Sherlock :(

There was no way Sherlock would be nominated because the nominations came out before the series had even aired.

Maslany was robbed. Obviously I say that having seen none of the other actors in that category, including Robin Wright. But Maslany was still robbed.

On the plus side, Jennifer Lawrence winning best supporting actress was completely correct.

But Mack has a point. There is a lot worse than U2 out there. I wouldn't take the Globes serious anymore if they where to give prizes to the likes of Katy Perry, Kesha, Pitbull, Fun or, heavens please no, Bieber or One Direction.

I just ******* hate U2! Careerist tossers.

Great to see Elizabeth Moss won an award for her performance in Top of the Lake. It was indeed a fantastic performance in an absolutely amazing show. Still why no love for The Place Beyond the Pines and Stoker? Those were the two standout films for me this year.

Maslany was absolutely robbed! I like Robin Wright but... Tatiana is consistently and absolutely brilliant in Orphan Black

Maybe Frozen lost for best song because the judges listened to the lyrics?

The awards were pretty distributed. I think this is a good year, a lot of wonderful films and performances out there. Some have to get left out. I don't remember so many impressive works last year, but maybe it was just me being a bit disconnected due to my studies.

I don't understand:

Is American Hustle a comedy or a musical? Did i totally miss the genre despite watching the adds and being quite excited to see it? IMDB lists it as crime / drama...

Best Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical AMERICAN HUSTLE

I agree. I watched it last night, and while it was funny, it wasn't a comedy. It was a long-con period piece for me. Glad it got some hardware though...great directing and acting and writing and music and costumes and.....

We know intheshadow, we know...

Even Leo DiCaprio acknowledges the ridiculousness of the categorization... questioning whether he thought he would win a Globe for a Comedy as he accepted his award...

I was happy to see Alfonso Cuaron and Jon Voight win.. Will be interesting to see if Dallas Buyers Club repeats its trick at the Oscars. Still think Chiwetel Ejiofor will win at the Oscars

Not one of you have spoken about Jennifer Lawrence beating Lupita Nyong'o in the supporting actress role. Absolute robbery. I am a massive fan of Jennifer, but her role was far too small and she did the same thing everytime on screen. Lupita's role was much bigger, emotional and had more depth and if I'm correct, she did a lot of tough things to get that role and own it.

CATE BLANCHETT was incredible in Jasmine. Unbelievable acting

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