This year’s Golden Globes Awards had the feeling of an intimate dinner with friends. All the big names were there, with everyone looking fresh, happy and relaxed at the beginning of the awards season. With no shortage of excellent films this year, there was definitely a sense of pride and achievement, especially by the big winners of the evening Boyhood and Birdman.
Two of Hollywood’s favourite female comedians hosted the 2015 Golden Globe Awards – Tina Fey of 30 Rock and Amy Poehler of Parks and Recreation. Known for their sharp tongues and even sharper wit, few of the attendees were spared in their opening monologue.
Picking out stars seated in the audience, they joked that Oprah had left a cranberry scented candle under everyone’s chair, congratulated Reese Witherspoon on doing all her own walking in Wild and pointed out Emma Stone’s freakishly large eyes. Steve Carell looked extremely fearful when the camera panned onto him when Tina mentioned his name – she mentioned that Carell’s Foxcatcher look “took two hours to put on including his hairstyling and makeup” and then added “for comparison, it took me three hours today to prepare for my role as human woman.”
After introducing Jennifer Aniston and her nomination for Cake, Amy had another go at Hollywood’s preoccupation with physical appearance by saying, “We should explain to all the people in the room, the Hollywood people, cake is like, ah, a fluffy dessert that people eat on their birthdays.” Tina then clarified, “Birthdays are like a thing that people celebrate when they admit that they have aged.”
Amal Alamuddin or Mrs Clooney was introduced by way of her impressive human rights CV that included her role as advisor to Kofi Annun on Syria and being selected for a UN commission for war violations on the Gaza Strip. Fey, then added, “and tonight, her husband is getting a lifetime achievement award.”
And not people to shy away from controversy, the pair ended their opening by approaching the topic of Bill Cosby and the current allegations against him. Both comedians imitated the Cosby’s comedic style, and the audience chuckled in an uncomfortably hesitant way.
Michael Keaton who won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Comedy for Birdman choked up during his acceptance speech and thanked director Alejandro González Iñárritu for the opportunity to be part of “this gutsy, unapologetic look at human nature.”
Benedict Cumberbatch pulled off an epic photobomb jumped up behind In The Wood’s star Meryl Streep while she posed with a man dressed as a North Korean.
The musical legend Prince presented the Best Original Song award to the delight of the audience who broke out into frenzied cheering when he walked up on stage dressed an a disco king with an afro, round sunglasses, a detailed metallic bootleg suit and a silver walking stick.
Relative newcomer and Hollywood’s newest heartthrob Eddie Redmayne won Best Actor in a Drama for Theory of Everything for his role as the brilliant Steven Hawking.
We can’t wait to see how these stars and films perform in the upcoming Oscar race.
Here is the full list of winners:
Best Supporting Actor, Motion Picture
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Best TV Miniseries or Movie
Best Actor in a TV Miniseries or Movie
Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo
Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy
Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin
Best TV Comedy
Best Original Score
Johann Johannsson, The Theory of Everything
Best Original Song
John Legend & Common, “Glory” (Selma)
Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture
Matthew Bomer, The Normal Heart
Best Actress, Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Amy Adams, Big Eyes
Best Animated Feature Film
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Best Supporting Actress, Motion Picture
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Best Screenplay, Motion Picture
Best Actor in a TV Series, Comedy
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
Best Foreign Language Film
Best Actress in a TV Miniseries or Movie
Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Honorable Woman
Best TV Drama
Best Actor, TV Series, Drama
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Best Actress, TV Series, Drama
Ruth Wilson, The Affair
Best Actor, Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Actress, Motion Picture, Drama
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Best Actor, Motion Picture, Drama
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
Best Motion Picture, Drama