Jennifer Lawrence hugged co-star Bradley Cooper when she won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for "American Hustle." Credit: Getty
The stars of film and television packed the Beverly Hilton ballroom Sunday evening for the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards. With Academy Award nominations just four days away, the results from the Globes are expected to be a bigger factor than usual in this year's Oscar race, as no clear front-runner has taken hold.
While "12 Years a Slave" lost out in its acting and directing categories, it won where it really counts, earning the Golden Globe for Best Drama and edging it ahead of main rival "Gravity" in the Oscar Best Picture race. Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence certainly helped up the chances for "American Hustle," taking home Best Actress and Best Support Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy, respectively, for David O. Russell's 1970s caper, which went on to win Best Musical or Comedy and has been surging in popularity just in time for the height of awards season. Their male co-stars, Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper, were also nominated, as well as Russell for screenwriting and directing.
Leonardo DiCaprio earned his second career Golden Globe, taking home Best Actor in a Comedy for "The Wolf of Wall Street," making sure to poke fun at it being in the comedy category during his speech. Matthew McConaughey and Cate Blanchett cemented their Oscar front-runner statuses with wins for "Dallas Buyers Club" and "Blue Jasmine," respectively. McConaughey's co-star, Jared Leto, also a favorite for an Oscar nomination and win, earned the Best Supporting Actor in a Drama award for his transformative role in "Dallas Buyers Club," while Alfonso Cuaron earned a Globe for his visionary directing in "Gravity."
In the TV categories, HBO's Liberace biopic, "Behind the Candelabra," continued the awards dominance it started at the Emmys in September with wins for the film itself and star Michael Douglas, while "Breaking Bad" enjoyed a post-series finale victory lap, nabbing Globes for the series itself and for star Bryan Cranston. Netflix's "House of Cards" earned its first Golden Globe, going to Best Actress in a TV Drama winner Robin Wright. "Thank you, Hollywood Foreign Press," Wright offered in her speech. "You are a gaggle of characters, I've got to say."
Jacqueline Bisset, who won for her supporting work in the TV miniseries "Dancing on the Edge," provided the first awkward moment of the night, refusing to be played off after a scattershot and pause-filled acceptance speech during which she worked in a profanity and advice from her mother: "Go to hell, and don't come back." But that was just the beginning in a night full of off-kilter moments. Best Song winner Alex Ebert started off his speech by recounting a party run-in with presenter Sean "P. Diddy" Combs. And "Top of the Lake" star Elisabeth Moss opened her Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Drama speech with a simple, overwhelmed expletive. And "Wolf of Wall Street" co-stars Jonah Hill and Margot Robbie used a teleprompter mix-up as a chance to endear themselves to the audience. Best Screenplay winner Spike Jonze, startled by music swelling up to play him off, countered with "Hey wait, I just got started."
Biggest snubs and surprises
While this year's awards races have been particularly difficult to predict, some solid favorites have emerged. But the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has always been tough to nail down. Right off the bat, by awarding Jennifer Lawrence for "American Hustle," the HFPA snubbed "12 Years a Slave" breakout Lupita Nyong'o, considered a strong favorite for the supporting actress Oscar.
On the TV side, "Ray Donovan" star Jon Voight snatched the Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Drama away from critical favorites Aaron Paul ("Breaking Bad"), Corey Stoll ("House of Cards") and Rob Lowe ("Behind the Candelabra"). And Andy Samberg's win for "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" came as something of a shock, as he beat out the more established Jim Parsons, Jason Bateman and Michael J. Fox as well as last year's winner, Don Cheadle. The freshman comedy also took home the trophy for Best Comedy Series, beating out "Modern Family" and "Parks and Recreation," among others.
FILM Best Picture, Drama: "12 Years a Slave" Best Picture, Comedy or Musical: "American Hustle" Best Director, Motion Picture: Alfonso Cuaron, "Gravity" Best Actor, Drama: Matthew McConaughey, "Dallas Buyers Club" Best Actress, Drama: Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine" Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy: Amy Adams, "American Hustle" Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy: Leonardo Di Caprio, "The Wolf of Wall Street" Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Jennifer Lawrence, "American Hustle" Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture: Jared Leto, "Dallas Buyers' Club" Best Animated Feature Film: "Frozen" Best Score: Alex Ebert, "All Is Lost" Best Original Song: "Ordinary Love," U2, "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"
TELEVISION Best TV Drama: "Breaking Bad" Best TV Comedy: "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" Best Miniseries or TV Drama: "Behind the Candelabra" Best Actor in a TV Drama: Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad" Best Actor in a TV series, Comedy or Musical: Andy Samberg, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" Best Actress in a TV series, Comedy or Musical: Amy Poehler, "Parks and Recreation" Best Supporting Actor in TV Series, Mini-Series, or Made-for-TV Movie: Jon Voight, "Ray Donovan" Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV movie: Michael Douglas, "Behind the Candelabra" Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie: Elisabeth Moss, "Top of the Lake" Best Supporting Actress in TV Series, Miniseries or Made-for-TV Movie: Jacqueline Bissett, "Dancing on the Edge"