By Collin Ward, Guest Writer
Lights. Camera. Action.
The 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards aired Sunday night and proved to be as entertaining as the movies and television shows they were honoring.
But the night was a send off to co-hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, or as they put it, “The 72nd and FINAL Golden Globes.” It is said to be the duo’s final year of hosting the event.
“Tonight we celebrate the television shows we know and love, and all the movies that North Korea was okay with.” They said in their opening monologue.
Nothing was off limits for the brash and bold comics, tackling everything from North Korea, a dangerously funny game of Would You Rather, and even Bill Cosby.
“Boyhood” proved its front-runner status winning the awards for Best Picture Drama, Best Director for Richard Linklater, and Best Supporting Actress for Patricia Arquette. The family drama, which was shot over the course of 12-years is on track to continue this momentum to The Academy Awards in February.
The awards for Best Actor and Actress in a Motion Picture Drama went to Eddie Redmayne, for his performance as Stephen Hawking in the biopic “The Theory of Everything”, and Julianne Moore for her devastating work in “Still Alice”, retrospectively.
Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” bested the favored “Birdman” to win the award for Best Motion Picture Comedy or Musical. However, “Birdman” won the Best Screenplay award as well as the award for the films star, Michel Keaton, in the Best Actor Comedy category.
Amy Adams won the award for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical for the second year in a row for her performance in “Big Eyes”, “I didn’t even reapply lip-gloss.” The actress said as she admitted she was totally surprised by her win.
Character actor J.K Simmons won the award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as a ruthless overbearing jazz conductor, he thanked his wife for their, “adorable, above-average children.”
“How to Train Your Dragon 2” shocked the room when it won for Best Animated Feature beating the heavily favored “The Lego Movie”.
Musicians Common and John Legend won the award for their Best Original Song, Glory, for the film “Selma”. As Common accepted the award he noted how the film helped him identify his place within the on going struggle stating, “Selma is now.”
On the television side, ShowTime’s “The Affair” and Amazon’s “Transparent” took home the awards for Best TV Show Drama and Comedy, retrospectively.
“Transparent”, which tells the story of a father, played by Jeffery Tambor, who comes out as transgender to his self-absorbed children, was Amazon’s first major award since the company started offering original content programing. Tambor also won the award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series, “This is big. This is bigger than me.” He said, as he dedicated his award to the transgender community.
“Jane the Virgin” star, Gina Rodriguez, won Best Actress in a Television Series Comedy. “This award is so much more than myself. It represents a culture who wants to see themselves as heroes.”
Other winners on the television side include, Kevin Spacy for Best Actor in a Drama Series (“House of Cards”), Maggie Gyllenhaal for Best Actress in a Mini-Series or TV Movie (“The Honorable Woman”), Ruth Wilson for Best Actress in a Series Drama (“The Affair), Matt Bomer (“The Normal Heard”) won Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie, and “Fargo” beat “True Detective” to win Best Mini-Series or TV Movie.
George Clooney was the recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award. “Thank you for keeping small films alive. Big ones do fine. It’s the little ones that need an audience.” Clooney said, as he shared a lovely moment with his new wife Amal. “It’s a humbling thing when you find someone to love. Amal, whatever alchemy it is that brought us together, I couldn’t be more proud to be your husband.”
Next up, the Academy Award Nominations announced on Thursday, January 15th.