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Thoughts on the 72nd Golden Globes

January 11, 2015

By John Corrado

Amy Adams - 72nd Golden Globes

Hosted by the dynamic and always funny duo of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler for the third and final time, the 72nd Golden Globes unfolded tonight in mostly enjoyable and appropriately laid back fashion, with a lot of deserving winners and a few surprises that I’m genuinely happy about.

The first award of the evening was Best Supporting Actor, which went to J.K. Simmons for his stunning work in Whiplash, and he absolutely deserves that trophy.  He has been the frontrunner for every one of these awards since the film first premiered, and the actor delivered a charming and humble acceptance speech.

The biggest winner of the night was Boyhood, with a total of three awards.  Patricia Arquette deservingly won Best Supporting Actress for her moving performance in the film, which has been universally praised for understandable reasons, and Best Director went to Richard Linklater for his monumental achievement.

The night culminated with Boyhood winning the top prize for Best Picture – Drama, an expected and absolutely deserved honour for this groundbreaking film.  In one of the night’s best surprises, director Wes Anderson was awarded Best Picture – Comedy or Musical for his masterpiece The Grand Budapest Hotel.  This was a wonderful choice to get the gold, and it was also nice to see excellent awards season underdogs like Pride and St. Vincent recognized with nominations in this category.

Michael Keaton was equally deserving of Best Actor – Comedy or Musical for his flawless performance in Birdman, and his genuinely grateful and touching acceptance speech was among the night’s finest.  Not only did Birdman provide one of the best comeback stories of 2014 for the actor, but it was also one of the most tightly constructed and quotable films of last year, and therefore a fitting choice for the Best Screenplay award as well.

Best Actress – Drama went to Julianne Moore for Still Alice.  I unfortunately haven’t seen the film yet, which doesn’t open here until January 23rd, but her portrayal of a women succumbing to Alzheimer’s does look excellent.  Eddie Redmayne won Best Actor – Drama for his mesmerizing performance and physical transformation in The Theory of Everything, and the Stephen Hawking biopic also took home Best Original Score for Jóhann Jóhannsson.

Best Actress – Comedy or Musical deservingly went to the always wonderful Amy Adams for her excellent performance in Big Eyes, a nice surprise that left the actress charmingly unprepared for her acceptance speech.  Another one of the best surprises of the night came in the Best Animated category, when the outstanding sequel How To Train Your Dragon 2 took home the award, thankfully toppling the overrated frontrunner The Lego Movie.

Best Original Song went to “Glory” from Selma, allowing musicians Common and John Legend to deliver a pair of wonderful and timely acceptance speeches.  Rounding out the list of winners is the Russian drama Leviathan, which triumphed in the Best Foreign Language Film category.  Overall, I’m happy with these choices, and in general the night went pretty smoothly.  I mean, except for that unfortunate and immature line from Jeremy Renner about Jennifer Lopez’s “globes.”

As always, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler delivered a solid opening monologue that had many good zingers, including appropriately pointed jabs at North Korea and Bill Cosby, proving once again that few people do this stuff better when it comes to hosting an awards show.  They certainly left on a high note, and the bar has been set very high for whoever takes over for them next year.

George Clooney was the recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award, and the actor delivered an acceptance speech that managed to be timely, classy and charming, bringing the evening’s themes of free speech to the forefront, an important message that bears reiterating.  You can see below for a complete list of nominees in all thirteen film categories, with the winners highlighted in bold.

Best Motion Picture – Drama
Boyhood
Selma
The Imitation Game
Foxcatcher
The Theory of Everything

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
St. Vincent
Into the Woods
Pride

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Steve Carell for Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch for The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal for Nightcrawler
Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything
David Oyelowo for Selma

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Jennifer Aniston for Cake 
Julianne Moore for Still Alice
Rosamund Pike for Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon for Wild
Felicity Jones for The Theory of Everything

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Michael Keaton for Birdman
Ralph Fiennes for The Grand Budapest Hotel
Christoph Waltz for Big Eyes
Bill Murray for St. Vincent
Joaquin Phoenix for Inherent Vice

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Amy Adams for Big Eyes
Emily Blunt for Into the Woods
Julianne Moore for Maps to the Stars
Helen Mirren for The Hundred-Foot Journey
Quvenzhané Wallis for Annie

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Mark Ruffalo for Foxcatcher
Ethan Hawke for Boyhood
J.K. Simmons for Whiplash
Robert Duvall for The Judge
Edward Norton for Birdman

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Patricia Arquette for Boyhood
Keira Knightley for The Imitation Game
Emma Stone for Birdman
Meryl Streep for Into the Woods
Jessica Chastain for A Most Violent Year

Best Director – Motion Picture
Alejandro González Iñárritu for Birdman
Richard Linklater for Boyhood
Ava DuVernay for Selma
David Fincher for Gone Girl
Wes Anderson for The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Boyhood (Richard Linklater)
Birdman (Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo)
Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn)
The Imitation Game (Graham Moore, Andrew Hodges)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson, Hugo Guinness)

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“Big Eyes” from Big Eyes (Lana Del Rey)
“Glory” from Selma (John Legend, Common)
“Mercy Is” from Noah (Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye)
“Opportunity” from Annie (Sia)
“Yellow Flicker Beat” from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (Lorde)

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Alexandre Desplat for The Imitation Game
Jóhann Jóhannsson for The Theory of Everything
Trent Reznor for Gone Girl
Antonio Sanchez for Birdman
Hans Zimmer for Interstellar

Best Animated Film
The Book of Life
The Boxtrolls
Big Hero 6
How To Train Your Dragon 2
The Lego Movie

Best Foreign Language Film
Ida
Leviathan
Force Majeure
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
Tangerines

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