CJ’s Golden Globe Wrap Up

Surprisingly, written by C J Dee

Wow, did I ever suck at predicting the winners this year. My predictions and predilections scored 5/25 awards, leaving me with a 20% strike rate.

Given that a lot of the TV shows I picked based on hype, I don’t think it’s too terrible though.

Here are some thoughts on the 72nd Golden Globe Awards from yours truly, followed by a wrap up of the winners with my often failed predictions.

Amal Alamuddin’s Husband: One of the best parts during the opening monologue was the tirade of activist, human rights, and generally outstanding accomplishments Amal Alamuddin has made throughout her life. After which, it was announced that her husband, George Clooney, would receive a lifetime achievement award later in the show.

50 Shades of Zzzzzzzzzzzz: Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan presented ‘Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television’. They should not have. If their bland presentation of the award was anything to go by, the film will be more fizzle than sizzle.

And the Winner Ears: Ladies. If you are presenting at anything, particularly an awards ceremony seen around the globe (heh), please do not fiddle with your earrings! I don’t know why this bothers me so much, but I can’t be the only one. Right? Right?

Billy Bob Thornton: BBT’s acceptance speech for ‘Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television’ was short. It was good. In fact, it was almost shorter than the name of the award he won.

Tina Fey Shines: This will be the only mention regarding the fashion. Unless the earring thing counts, in which case this is the second. Tina Fey’s sparkling faux-tuxedo was stunning.

Katherine Why-girl: I don’t know why Katherine Heigl was presenting ‘Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Drama’. I don’t know who wrote the ‘banter’ between Heigl and Duchovny. All I know is that between the unfunny banter and Heigl now knowing how to open the envelope to reveal the winner, it fell flat.

Legend Spacey: This could be the Australian in me, but I f*cking loved that Kevin Spacey’s acceptance speech included ‘I cannot f*cking believe I won’.

Harrison Bored: Harrison Ford, you grumpy old bugger, I love you. Every awards show I have seen where Ford presents an award, he seems like there is someone forcing him to be there.

Batman & Robin Given the Cold Shoulder: George Clooney’s performance montage during his ‘Cecil B DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award’ presentation showed no glimmer of the actor’s tenure as Gotham’s caped crusader?! I am shocked. SHOCKED. Okay, no, I’m not. But it did include his voice work in South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut.

An Affair That Remembers … Or Does It: Ruth Wilson won ‘Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Drama’ for her role in The Affair. Congratulations. Well done. However, her acceptance speech left a lot to be desired. Her comments ranged from griping about not having won a Golden Globe in her nominated category the previous year, to thanking a cast and crew that had so many people she couldn’t remember their names. Tactless, graceless and just poor form.

The Golden Globe Aw-ads: Towards the end of the ceremony and with a few awards still left, it was announced that the show was running over time so they would have to wrap things up quickly. I can fix that. Take two ads out of each ad break. Voila! You will still be making a small fortune in advertising, you will have a lot of extra time for the event, and your audience won’t be annoyed by the ridiculous amount of ads.

Michael Keaton: Michael Keaton’s acceptance speech was a thing of beauty. It was heartfelt and it was a bit left of centre.

Best Motion Picture — Drama

What I thought would win: Boyhood
What I wanted to win: The Imitation Game
What won: Boyhood

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama

Who I thought would win: Julianne Moore (Still Alice)
Who I wanted to win: Jennifer Aniston (Cake)
Who won: Julianne Moore (Still Alice)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama

Who I thought would win: Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game)
Who I wanted to win: Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game)
Who won: Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)

Best Motion Picture — Comedy or Musical

What I thought would win: Birdman
What I wanted to win: Into the Woods 
What won: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Comedy or Musical

Who I thought would win: Quvenzhané Wallis (Annie)
Who I wanted to win: Emily Blunt (Into the Woods)
Who won: Amy Adams (Big Eyes)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Comedy or Musical

Who I thought would win: Michael Keaton (Birdman)
Who I wanted to win: Bill Murray (St. Vincent)
Who won: Michael Keaton (Birdman)

Best Animated Feature Film

What I thought would win: The LEGO Movie
What I wanted to win: The LEGO Movie
What won: How to Train Your Dragon 2

Best Foreign Language Film

What I thought would win: N/A
What I wanted to win: N/A
What won: Leviathan (Russia)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Who I thought would win: Meryl Streep (Into the Woods)
Who I wanted to win: Meryl Street (Into the Woods)
Who won: Not Meryl. … What? … Okay, okay, it was Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Who I thought would win: Edward Norton (Birdman)
Who I wanted to win: Edward Norton (Birdman)
Who won: J K Simmons (Whiplash)

Best Director — Motion Picture

Who I thought would win: Richard Linklater (Boyhood)
Who I wanted to win: Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman)
Who won: Richard Linklater (Boyhood)

Best Screenplay —Motion Picture

Who I thought would win: Graham Moore (The Imitation Game)
Who I wanted to win: Graham Moore (The Imitation Game)
Who won: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo (Birdman)

Best Original Score — Motion Picture

Who I thought would win: Hans Zimmer (Interstellar)
Who I wanted to win: Alexandre Desplat (The Imitation Game)
Who won: Jóhann Jóhannsson (The Theory of Everything)

Best Original Song — Motion Picture

Who I thought would win: Opportunity (Annie)
Who I wanted to win: N/A
Who won: Glory (Selma)

Best Television Series —Drama

What I thought would win: Game of Thrones
What I wanted to win: Game of Thrones
What won: The Affair

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Drama

Who I thought would win: Claire Danes (Homeland)
Who won: Ruth Wilson (The Affair)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Drama

Who I thought would win: Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)
Who won: Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)

Best Television Series — Comedy or Musical

What I thought would win: Orange is the New Black
What won: Jane the Virgin

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Comedy or Musical

Who I thought would win: Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black)
Who won: Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Comedy or Musical

Who I thought would win: Ricky Gervais (Derek)
Who won: Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent)

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

What I thought would win: The Normal Heart
What won: Fargo

Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Who I thought would win: Jessica Lange (American Horror Story: Freak Show)
Who won: Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Honorable Woman)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Who I thought would win: Mark Ruffalo (The Normal Heart)
Who won: Billy Bob Thornton (Fargo)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Who I thought would win: Kathy Bates (American Horror Story: Freak Show)
Who won: Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Who I thought would win: Bill Murray (Olive Kitteridge)
Who won: Matt Bomer (The Normal Heart