The reigning theme on the red carpet for this year’s Golden Globes might have been red gowns, but inside the Beverly Hilton it was awkwardness — horrible, painful awkwardness. Even veteran hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler couldn’t escape the cringe-inducing atmosphere in the Beverly Hilton ballroom, especially when launching into dueling Bill Cosby impressions.
Even planned bits during the awards show — like Margaret Cho as a Hollywood Foreign Press Association member from North Korea taking a photo with Meryl Streep — were awkward, though in that case that might have been the point. And the awkwardness seeped into the spontaneous moments, like when Jeremy Renner made mention of co-presenter Jennifer Lopez’s “globes.” (see sidebar)
Of course, the real point of the night was the awards. On the film side, the indie film presence was strong. “Boyhood” was the big winner, taking home Best Drama and Best Director, plus a win for Oscar favorite Patricia Arquette in Best Supporting Actress. Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” won the Best Comedy feature award, while Michael Keaton won Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical for “Birdman” — which also won Best Screenplay — and J.K. Simmons won Best Supporting Actor for his work in the Sundance hit “Whiplash.” Elsewhere, “How to Train Your Dragon 2” took Best Animated Film, “The Theory of Everything” won Best Score and Common and John Legend’s “Mercy” for “Selma” won Best Original Song.
In the world of TV, things were less awkward than they were surprising as “Jane the Virgin” star Gina Rodriguez surprised awards prognosticators by taking Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical and Amazon’s first nominated series, “Transparent,” won Best Comedy or Musical Series and Best Actor for star Jeffrey Tambor.
In fact, the four major TV networks — CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox — were pretty much shut out from the awards Sunday night. Joanne Froggatt brought home her first Golden Globe, a Supporting Actress trophy, for “Downton Abbey,” taking home an award her co-star Maggie Smith has previously won. But the big winner for the night was freshman FX drama “Fargo,” which earned an award for the show itself and supporting actor Billy Bob Thornton. Showtime’s “The Affair” was also a big winner, brining home Best Drama Series and Best Actress for Ruth Wilson. Kevin Spacey matched Robin Wright’s win last year with his own for “House of Cards.”
Despite high hopes, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler turned in possibly their weakest Globes hosting appearance, disappearing for most of the show after a stilted opening. Even before the show began, hosts Fey and Poehler confirmed that this go at hosting the awards — their third in a row — would be their last. “Next year they should go with someone younger and easier to work with, like a Japanese hologram,” Poehler joked on the red carpet. Maybe next year’s will be less awkward.
Here are our picks for the most awkward moments at what was the most awkward awards show in recent memory.
1. Jennifer Lopez and Jeremy Renner:
While presenting an award with Lopez, Renner decided to try ad-libbing. Lopez pointed out that she had “the nails” to open the envelope, to which Renner added that she also had “the globes.” She did not seem pleased
2. Jennifer Lopez and her rack:
That dress was not doing J.Lo any favors, with some sort of rogue underwire taking it upon itself to impale one of her boobs the whole night. It was … distracting.
3. Competing Cosby impressions:
Amy Poehler and Tina Fey broke the seal on Bill Cosby jokes early, but segued quickly into trying to get his voice right while the audience cringed.
4. The lack of A/C:
This was also a remarkably shiny Golden Globes this year, too, with presenters, winners and random audience members looking very, very sweaty.
5. Benedict Cumberbatch, surprise presenter:
Jennifer Aniston was joined on stage by Cumberbatch, who was seemingly picked at the last moment by Fey and Poehler. Either he really was or he and Aniston are better actors than we thought, because that banter was struggling.
6. Kristen Wiig’s Robert De Niro impression:
Apparently there are some things she can’t do.
BEST MOTION PICTURE — DRAMA
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE — DRAMA
Julianne Moore — “Still Alice”
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE — DRAMA
Eddie Redmayne — “The Theory of Everything”
BEST MOTION PICTURE — COMEDY OR MUSICAL
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE — COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Amy Adams — “Big Eyes”
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE — COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Michael Keaton — “Birdman”
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
“How to Train a Dragon 2”
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Patricia Arquette — “Boyhood”
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
J.K. Simmons — “Whiplash”
BEST DIRECTOR — MOTION PICTURE
Richard Linklater — “Boyhood”
BEST SCREENPLAY — MOTION PICTURE
Alejandro Inarritu, Nicolas Gabon, Armando Bo, Alexander Dinelaris — “Birdman”
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE — MOTION PICTURE
Johann Johannsoon — “The Theory of Everything”
BEST ORIGINAL SONG — MOTION PICTURE
“Glory” — “Selma” (Music and Lyrics by John Legend, Common)
BEST TELEVISION SERIES — DRAMA
“The Affair” (Showtime)
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES — DRAMA
Ruth Wilson – “The Affair”
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES — DRAMA
Kevin Spacey – “House of Cards”
BEST TELEVISION SERIES — COMEDY OR MUSICAL
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES — COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Gina Rodriguez — “Jane the Virgin”
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES — COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Jeffrey Tambor — “Transparent”
BEST MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Maggie Gyllenhaal — “The Honorable Woman”
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Billy Bob Thornton – “Fargo”
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Joanne Froggat – “Downton Abbey”
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Matt Bomer – “The Normal Heart”
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