Andy Samberg, ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ and Jon Voight lead Golden Globe surprises


Andy Samberg in the press room. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

So, do the Golden Globe voters actually watch TV? Not that we’re complaining — most of the TV wins were by very talented actors and were completely deserved . But many were extremely random choices.

While most winners in the Golden Globes film categories were expected (Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Cate Blanchett and Leonardo DiCaprio were all near-locks), the TV trophies had plenty of shockers. Here’s a look at some of the winners that were head-scratchers:

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” dominates in the comedy category

Let’s recap: The freshman Fox comedy stars Andy Samberg as a quirky detective forced to shape up when a new no-nonsense captain (Andre Braugher) is put in charge of the precinct, which is filled with other misfit cops. A fun show, sure, with plenty of solid one-liners — but does it sound like a real awards magnet? Apparently it does to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which crowned it Best Comedy (over “Girls,” “Modern Family,” “Parks and Recreation” and “The Big Bang Theory), and gave Samberg the prize for Best Actor in a TV Comedy.

Both Samberg and co-creator Dan Goor gave confused, obviously-stunned acceptance speeches. Of course, the Globes voters love awarding hot newcomers, but we just didn’t know that extended to niche Fox comedies.

Amy Poehler (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Amy Poehler (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Amy Poehler is finally recognized for “Parks and Recreation”

Really, it shouldn’t be a surprise that Poehler won for Best Actress in a TV Comedy. She’s been doing brilliant work on NBC’s “Park and Recreation” for years, and seems to be rather beloved in Hollywood circles. She’s been nominated a few times, but never actually won anything for her role as Leslie Knope and we figured the trend would continue. But with her solid work as co-host last year, it appears the Globes could ignore Poehler no longer.

In other news, the last time the Globes awarded a non-premium cable actress was … oh, hey, in 2009, Tina Fey on “30 Rock.” It all makes sense.

Robin Wright (AP/NBC, Paul Drinkwater)
Robin Wright (AP/NBC, Paul Drinkwater)

Robin Wright wins over Kerry Washington and Julianna Margulies

Yes, Robin Wright is excellent on “House of Cards” as the icy political wife and Kevin Spacey’s character’s partner-in-crime. Still, Kerry Washington seemed like the one to beat as fixer Olivia Pope on ABC’s increasingly ridiculous “Scandal,” while the Globes’ love Julianna Margulies on “The Good Wife” (she’s previously won for the role) is well established. Meanwhile, Wright was the only name without much buzz (other nominees were Internet hero Tatiana Maslany from “Orphan Black,” and critical favorite “Orange Is the New Black” lead Taylor Schilling), but that didn’t stop the Globe voters.

Jon Voight steals Supporting Actor in a Drama from … everyone else

Jon Voight (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Jon Voight (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Not to brag, but we called this one. Even against a strong field of Josh Charles (“The Good Wife”), Rob Lowe (“Behind the Candelabra”), Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”) and Corey Stoll (“House of Cards”), there was no way Globes voters were going to let a longtime favorite like Voight leave without winning. With many Globe nominations and wins already to his credit, Voight seemed like a logical pick — but it’s still surprising that “Breaking Bad” got away without another win.

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Emily Yahr is an entertainment reporter and pop culture blogger for the Style section. She joined the Post in May 2008, a week before she graduated from the University of Maryland, and worked on Lisa de Moraes' TV Column and blog.
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