– by Tom Munday
It’s time, once again, for Hollywood’s biggest actors, writers, and directors to dust off the tuxedos and gowns and hit the red carpet. This awards season looked set to be one of the biggest in recent memory, with nominees ranging from sure-fire winners to out-there, late-stage chargers. The 72nd Golden Globes ceremony, oddly enough, did enough on its own to justify its existence. Unlike previous Globes events, rumours of corruption and laziness – on the Hollywood Foreign Press’ behalf – were shrugged off in favour of the glitz and glamour of Tinseltown’s 2nd biggest occasion.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, hosting for the third consecutive and final time, were eager to tare shreds off the ‘victims’ looking up at them from their comfortable, expensive seats. Calling everyone “Spoilt, minimally talented brats”, Fey and Poehler’s raw wit and overwhelming charm saved them from the dreaded A-lister wrath. The duo threw plenty of cool zingers at certain celebrities. Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell were the first of many to be picked off.
The star-studded turnout provided plenty of fun reaction shots. Emma Stone’s fun sense of humour boosted Fey and Poehler’s well-intentioned cut-away gag. However, the hosts saved the best for the brightest star: George Clooney. Receiving thunderous applause, the duo compared Clooney’s career to that of his new, world-conquering wife Amal Alamuddin. Not even inappropriate Bill Cosby jokes could hamper the comedic geniuses’ lively opening monologue.
The following couple of hours walked a fine line between satirical-but-offensive humour and big-issue discussion. Hollywood’s patting-itself-on-the-back attitude raged on with the fury of Matthew McConaughey’s alarming beard (is he turning into Rust Cole?). Comedian Margaret Cho’s caricature-ish sketch itself, poking holes in North Korea’s blinding hatred of everything around it, drew several laughs from overplayed and undercooked material. Thankfully, Fey and Poehler’s preceding jabs at The Interview supported Cho’s otherwise irritating moment. Sadly, Jeremy Renner’s champagne-fuelled comments, concerning Jennifer Lopez’ cleavage, were hysterical for the wrong reasons.
Despite the overt politics-for-politics’-sake aura, their were several touching moments. Transparent star Jeffery Tambor, winning for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy TV Series, dedicated his award to the transgender community whilst still showing off his bright, charismatic persona. Clooney’s Cecile B. DeMille speech was worth its weight in billion-dollar bills. His warm personality and professionalism shined throughout glistening teeth and bright tan. His jabs at The Monuments Men’s unfavourable reviews were neatly balanced out by his admission of love to Alamuddin.
The TV award choices were a mixed bag. Fargo’s Best Miniseries or TV Film prize stunned those watching at home. Despite the FX show’s immaculate quality, HBO series True Detective was robbed of one of TV’s highest honours. In addition, Billy Bob Thornton beating out Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson for Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Film became one of the event’s biggest headscratchers. Maggie Gylenhall’s win for BBC series The Honourable Woman was made infinitely sweeter by a kick-ass speech supporting better roles for female actresses. Despite the oddball picks, TV made significant waves this year – with the CW network and Amazon picking up their first ever Golden Globes.
The film categories, undoubtedly, turned in several interesting results. Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel beat out Birdman for the top prize. Pitting as the Best Picture frontrunner, the win gave the polarising filmmaker’s style a much-bigger audience. Anderson thanked literally everyone involved with great vigour and enthusiasm. Collecting top actor honours, Michael Keaton and Amy Adams delivered show-stopping speeches worthy of repeat YouTube viewings.
Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore were overcome by their Best Actor and Actress – Drama wins. Underrated performers J. K. Simmons and Patricia collected Supporting Actor trophies. Richard Linklater’s Best Director win gave us the humbling story behind Boyhood’s immaculate production schedule. However, How to Train Your Dragon 2’s victory over The Lego Movie was a concerning sign of what’s to come. At the very least, the film awards and speeches proved there’s some emotional value in watching famous people handing out gold statues to other famous people. When put like that, however, it still seems ridiculous.