As award shows go, the Golden Globes are one of the few ones I can stand. They typically don’t have the horseshit pomposity that shows like the Academy Awards have, or the shameless stupidity of the Grammys. They tend to pick the funnier hosts, and have more of an air of lightheartedness that doesn’t seem forced. Colton covered the nominees if you’d like to peruse them, but I’m here to let you know what won. Typically, I find that I’m more in alignment with the taste of the Hollywood Foreign Press than the Academy or the Emmys, so I always enjoy seeing which of my favorite shows/movies win, even if awards in general are ultimately only there for ego stroking. Well, on to the awards.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Winner: Maggie Smith
for Downton Abbey
I’ve never seen the show, but I’ve heard the heaped-upon praise many times.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Winner: Ed Harris
for Game Change
Another one I haven’t seen, but it looked funny, in a “I can’t believe this actually happened” kind of way.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Winner: Julianne Moore
for Game Change
Her physical transformation into Sarah Palin was amazing, so I’m sure her performance matches it, consider the caliber of actor she is.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Winner: Kevin Costner
for Hatfields & McCoys
Yet another show that was heaped with praise, but it just didn’t look that interesting. However, if Costner won an award for it, I’ll have to see what all the fuss is about, since I can’t believe anyone would give him an award at this point in his career.
Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Winner: Game Change
Looking at the actor winners, I’m not surprised. It’s confirmed, I’m watching this tomorrow. Thanks, HBO GO.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Winner: Don Cheadle for House of Lies
I really like the show, and feel it has potential beyond its slow-moving first season. Don Cheadle knocked it out of the park, however, and it’s a role he was born to play, much like David Duchovny is doing on Californication.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Winner: Lena Dunham
Dunham came from relative obscurity to a major league player the past few years. After directing some shorts, and a shoestring budget first feature, she made a splash with Tiny Furniture and then Judd Apatpow made Girls possible on HBO.
Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
HBO has a strong creative team that knows what works, and Girls definitely works. It’s a show I shouldn’t like, but it’s so funny and honest, that I can’t help but love it.
Best Original Song – Motion Picture
– Adele, Paul Epworth
I can’t think of any other original songs for movies from the past year I liked, so I’m glad this won.
Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Winner: Life of Pi
– Mychael Danna
I haven’t seen it, but I have heard a few people say they found themselves listening to the score after seeing the movie.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama
Winner: Damian Lewis
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama
Winner: Claire Danes
Best Television Series – Drama
After Homeland won the same triple crown at the Emmy Awards, I’m not surprised. I personally like Boardwalk Empire better, but at least Homeland is a deserving show.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Winner: Christoph Waltz
for Django Unchained
Well, not a huge surprise here. While it’s a crime that Samuel L. Jackson wasn’t nominated, this is the second best person to give the award to, in my opinion.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Winner: Anne Hathaway for Les Miserables
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Winner: Hugh Jackman for Les Miserables
Two winners for Les Miserables which might just end up foreshadowing the Academy Award winners since it’s looking like the film might win Best Picture as well.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Winner: Jennifer Lawrence
for Silver Linings Playbook
This is the final clue that this past year was the year of Jennifer Lawrence. She broke out of indie-dom with her role in The Hunger Games and here she wins a major award, and although she’s a little bit older than she was when she was nominated for Winter’s Bone, she’s still damn young to be getting this much recognition. The girl has a long career ahead of her.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Winner: Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln
If Hugh Jackman doesn’t win the Oscar, then it’s a sure bet that Daniel Day-Lewis will, and I think Lewis has the better chance at that one.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Winner: Jessica Chastain
for Zero Dark Thirty
A no-brainer for sure, she’s sure to win the Oscar as well.
Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Winner: Django Unchained
– Quentin Tarantino
Although I feel it should be a closer race for Best Picture, at least Tarantino wrapped this one up with his extraordinary dialogue and sense of epic storytelling.
Best Foreign Language Film
I believe this one will also foreshadow the Oscars for Foreign Language Film, as Haneke’s latest has lots of fans over here already.
Best Animated Film
I didn’t think much of it beyond the technical aspects of the animation itself, but Pixar is often a sure bet to pick up the award.
Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Winner: Les Miserables
Again, I believe this is what will win the Oscar for Best Picture, but the Golden Globes just have two categories for movies, that’s the big difference between the two.
Best Director – Motion Picture
Winner: Ben Affleck for Argo
Best Motion Picture – Drama
I’m actually surprised at this one, I guess the Hollywood Foreign Press is sick of the overseas wars the US has been waging, because I thought this would go to Zero Dark Thirty. Still, Ben Affleck deserves some recognition, even though I don’t think it was close to the best film of the year in any category.