At the 71st Golden Globe Awards celebrated Sunday night in Los Angeles, top nominee 12 Years a Slave was snubbed in most of the seven categories in which it was nominated, but kept the biggest one: Best Motion Picture, Drama.
“Brad Pitt, without you this movie would not have been made,” said director Steve McQueen.
American Hustle was the big winner with three awards (Best Actress in a Motion Picture for Amy Adams and Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for Jennifer Lawrence, as well as Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy).
Breaking Bad finally took its first two Golden Globes (Best TV Series, Drama, and Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama for Bryan Cranston).
“I’m here because [show creator] Vince Gilligan is a genius,” said Cranston. “Aaron Paul [his co-star in the show], I love you. You’re a fantastic actor.” Unfortunately for Paul, he surprisingly lost to Jon Voight (Ray Donovan) in the Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or TV movie. The other upset was Italy’s The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza) beating France’s Blue is the Warmest Color (La vie d’Adèle) in the Best Foreign Film category.
The other unexpected big winner of the night was Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which won Golden Globes for Adam Samberg (Best Actor in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy) and for Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy.
Also with two Golden Globes: Dallas Buyers Club, which won in the Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama (Matthew McConaughey) and Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama (Jared Leto).
Cate Blanchett won as Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama for Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine) and Leonardo DiCaprio won as Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama, for Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, while Mexican Alfonso Cuarón won as Best Director, Drama, for Gravity. He made fun of his accent and remembered when he told Sandra Bullock “I want to give you herpes” (he meant “ear piece”).
Woody Allen won the Cecil B. DeMille Award with a moving tribute by his friend and frequent co-star Diane Keaton, who accepted the honor on his behalf.
The show was co-hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the latter winning as Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy for Parks & Recreation. While the nominees in her category were being announced, Poehler was being massaged by U2’s Bono (with his band, a winner in the Best Original Song, Motion Picture category for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom). When she was announced as the winner, she planted at least two wet ones on his lips.
Fey described Gravity as a movie about "how George Clooney would rather float into space and die than spend one more minute with a woman his own age.” Later, she topped it off with, “Like a supermodel’s vagina, let’s give a warm welcome to Leonardo DiCaprio” when introducing the star of The Wolf of Wall Street.
The Golden Globes are given out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Click here to see the complete list of winners.
Click here to see the second part of Fey and Poehler's monologue.