Slavery epic “12 Years a Slave” was crowned Best Drama at Sunday’s Golden Globes, while “American Hustle,” “Dallas Buyers Club” “Gravity” and “The Wolf of Wall Street” all took home awards in other major categories on a night when no single film dominated.
“Hustle” technically had the best showing with three wins, as David O. Russell’s larky caper took home the award for Best Comedy or Musical and stars Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence walked away with prizes in the lead and supporting actress categories, respectively. Adams won for her role as an accent-swapping con artist while Lawrence took home the evening’s first award for her work as a bitter, unintentionally funny housewife.
“I don’t know why I’m so scared, I’m sorry,” Lawrence semi-apologized during her self-deprecating speech, thanking director Russell, after saying how she admired his work dating back to films such as “I (Heart) Huckabees” and “Three Kings.” It was Russell who also directed Lawrence in her Globe and Oscar-winning role last year in “Silver Linings Playbook.”
In the TV categories, “Breaking Bad” proved the celebration for its final season isn’t quite over — the popular series about a high school science teacher turned methamphetamine kingpin picked up a win for Best Drama. The AMC show, which catapulted from cult favorite to pop culture phenomenon during its final season, notched another win when Bryan Cranston scored the prize for Actor in a TV Drama for his role as Walter White.
“Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan – whom Cranston called a genius in his acceptance speech – thanked the early adopters of the show, who tuned in before it became a word-of-mouth hit in these recent years. Aaron Paul summed up the win by stepping up to the microphone and shouting his signature phrase from the show: “Yeah, b****!”
Another big TV winner was Fox’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” which the Hollywood Foreign Press Association seems to have picked as the new “it” show of the season. The freshman comedy beat out established comedies such as “Girls” and “Modern Family,” while lead actor Andy Samberg also won for Best Actor in a TV Comedy as wacky detective Jake Peralta.
A stunned Samberg, wearing a goofy grin, started improvising a speech on stage after his name was called. “The cast is awesome … the crew is … really good,” he trailed off. Co-creator Dan Goor was just as surprised when the show won the Best Comedy prize. “This is way better than saving a human life,” Goor admitted, saying he almost went to medical school.
One category in which “American Hustle” fell short was Supporting Actor in a Movie (Drama), where Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club”) won for his portrayal of Rayon, a transgendered woman with AIDS. In Leto’s speech, he gave a shout-out to the “Rayons of the world”: “Thanks for the inspiration.” Matthew McConaughey also won for his transformative role in “Buyers Club,” taking home the Actor in a Drama award. Leonardo DiCaprio won Actor in a Comedy or Musical for portraying nefarious stockbroker Jordan Belfort in Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street.” DiCaprio noted how odd he was a winner in a comedy category, and thanked his fellow “comedians,” including Christian Bale, Bruce Dern, Joaquin Phoenix and Oscar Isaac. Cate Blanchett won for Actress in a Drama on the strength of her powerhouse performance in Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine.”
“Gravity’s” Alfonso Cuaron was crowned Best Director for his work on the outer space thriller; it was one of the evening’s most competitive categories, as he beat the likes of Russell, Steve McQueen (“12 Years a Slave”) and Spike Jonze (“Her”).
Jonze did have a moment in the spotlight, winning Best Screenplay for his futuristic love story. The visibly-ecstatic Jonze gave special notice to Scarlett Johansson, who voiced Joaquin Phoenix’s computer love interest, but wasn’t eligible for a nomination. In the Foreign Film category, Italy’s “The Great Beauty,” picked up the trophy, while Disney’s unstoppable box office hit “Frozen” was named Best Animated Film.
In another minor TV category surprise, Globes host Amy Poehler won for Best Actress in a TV Comedy for her role as Leslie Knope on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation.” After hearing her name called, first-time winner Poehler jokingly made out with U2 frontman Bono and then took to the stage where nerves got the better of her as she gave a genuine, joke-free speech.
Jacqueline Bisset won Supporting Actress in a TV Series, Miniseries or TV Movie for Starz miniseries “Dancing on the Edge,” about the London jazz scene in the 1930s. The veteran English actress was moved beyond words, nearly speechless at the beginning of her time on stage, then fearlessly ignoring the orchestra trying to play her off during a long and somewhat bizarre speech.
Globes favorite Jon Voight, perhaps the least-buzzed about name in the list for Supporting Actor in a TV Series, Miniseries or Made for TV Movie, won anyway for Showtime’s “Ray Donovan.” Another somewhat surprising winner was “House of Cards” star Robin Wright, who seemed shocked when her name was called for Actress in a TV Drama. She thanked the director of Netflix’s first hit original series, David Fincher, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. “You guys are a gaggle of characters, I gotta say.”
HBO’s Michael Douglas-as-Liberace biopic “Behind the Candelabra” picked up the trophy for Best Miniseries or Made for TV Movie, and Douglas also won for his role. He called out his co-star Matt Damon (who played Liberace’s younger lover, Scott Thorson), and said the only reason he was up on stage is that he had “more sequins” than Damon.
Elisabeth Moss (whose “Mad Men” was left out in the cold this year) was named Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Made for TV Movie for Sundance’s murder mystery “Top of the Lake.”
An unexpected show-stealer was Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, who helped announce Alex Ebert’s win for Original Movie Score for “All Is Lost,” and briefly crashed the musician’s speech: “He was on a boat with me partying in St. Bart’s. And now here we are together!” Combs exclaimed, marveling at the small world of really rich celebrities. U2 added to the A-list music stars on stage, winning Best Original Song for “Ordinary Love,” in Nelson Mandela movie “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.”
After receiving glowing reviews last year, co-hosts Poehler and Tina Fey kicked off their second stint hosting the Golden Globes because, as Fey said: “This is Hollywood. And if something kind of works, they’ll just keep doing it until everybody hates it.”
The NBC comedy stars lightly skewered everyone from Martin Scorsese (a winner for being “the tiniest man with the biggest glasses”) to “American Hustle” (an alternate title to the movie: “Explosion at the Wig Factory.”) One of the few real zingers was aimed at George Clooney of “Gravity”; the film proved the playboy actor would “rather float into space and die than spend one more minute with a woman his own age.” Unfortunately, Clooney wasn’t there for a charming reaction shot.
Before hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler took the stage, there were a few rocky moments during the pre-show festivities. A sprinkler malfunction caused a mini-flood on the red carpet, but the most awkward red carpet moment was provided by E!’s online red carpet live stream. A chyron that popped up after showing best comedy nominee Michael J. Fox read: “Fun fact: Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991.” Fun? Really? E! later released an apology to the Hollywood Reporter, saying, “We understand the serious nature of the disease and sincerely apologize.”
MOVIE - DRAMA: “12 Years a Slave”
ACTOR IN A MOVIE - DRAMA: Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOVIE: Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”
ACTRESS IN A MOVIE - DRAMA: Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”
MOVIE - COMEDY OR MUSICAL: “American Hustle”
ACTOR IN A MOVIE - COMEDY OR MUSICAL: Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
ACTRESS IN A MOVIE - COMEDY OR MUSICAL: Amy Adams, “American Hustle”
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOVIE: Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”
TV SERIES - DRAMA: “Breaking Bad” (AMC)
TV SERIES - COMEDY: “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (Fox)
TV MOVIE OR MINISERES: “Behind the Candelabra” (HBO)
ACTRESS IN A SERIES, MINISERIES OR MADE FOR TV MOVIE: Elisabeth Moss - “Top of the Lake” (Sundance)
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A SERIES, MINISERIES OR MADE FOR TV MOVIE: Jacqueline Bisset - “Dancing on the Edge” (Starz)
ACTOR IN A TV SERIES - DRAMA: Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad” (AMC)
ACTRESS IN A TV SERIES - COMEDY: Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation” (NBC)
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A SERIES, MINISERIES OR MADE FOR TV MOVIE: Jon Voight -” Ray Donovan” (Showtime)
ACTRESS IN A TV SERIES - DRAMA: Robin Wright, “House of Cards” (Netflix)
BEST SCREENPLAY – MOVIE: Spike Jonze - “Her”
ACTOR IN A TV SERIES - COMEDY: Andy Samberg, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (Fox)
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: “The Great Beauty”
LEAD ACTOR IN A SERIES, MINISERIES OR MADE FOR TV MOVIE: Michael Douglas - “Behind the Candelabra” (HBO)
ANIMATED FEATURE FILM: “Frozen”
DIRECTOR: Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity”
ORIGINAL SCORE – MOVIE: Alex Ebert - “All is Lost”
ORIGINAL SONG – MOVIE: “Ordinary Love” - “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”