Golden Globes Recap

Bianca Stelian

Though every year seems the be the ‘best year of movies’ thus far, it really seems like 2013 took the prize. With such variety of amazing movies from the historical drama 12 Years A Slave to indie favorite Her, it was with great enjoyment that American viewers were able to spend Sunday night with the big names of movies and television to honor the best of the best.

The night started off energetically, with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler tag teaming as the event’s hosts, killing it with jokes like “Matt Damon, on any other night, you’re a big deal, but tonight, you’re pretty much a garbage man” and “So your name’s Sosie? What are you, the Olympics?” As fellow film and television lover Brianna Yang puts it, “Amy and Tina were damn funny.” And lucky for us, they’ll be hosting again next year.

The ceremony was filled with snubs, surprises, and just plain awkward events. Jennifer Lawrence took home Best Supporting Actress for American Hustle to start the night off, delivering a tame and uncharacteristically unfunny speech to accept it, which was followed by a bizarrely long walk to the stage and an uncomfortably disjointed speech from Jacqueline Bisset, the winner of the Best Actress for Top of the Lake, who seemed to be stuck in the 20th century. Later in the ceremony, Amy even touched upon this oddity by saying “Jacqueline Bisset is bothering me backstage.”

There were some expected wins in the television realm – Bryan Cranston FINALLY won for Breaking Bad, with the show taking home the Best Drama award as well – whereas the Best Comedy and Best Actor in a Comedy awards both went to a highly unprecedented recipient. Though these categories were filled with comedy greats like Jason Bateman, Don Cheadle, Parks and Recreation and Veep, Andy Samberg ended up receiving the award twice for both his acting as well as his show Brooklyn Nine-Nine, to which Remy Dhingra says “Parks and Rec should have won,” with others adding that Samberg’s show didn’t even deserve to be nominated. Fortunately, Amy Poehler won for her performance in Parks and Rec, which allowed many of us P&R fans to breathe a sigh of relief.

The night continued with big wins for both American Hustle and 12 Years A Slave in their individual Best Movie categories, with Amy Adams winning the Best Actress statue for her American Hustle performance and Leonardo DiCaprio winning the Best Actor award for his comedic Wolf of Wall Street performance. “It’s surprising that it’s taken this long for him to win,” says film lover Kayla Chapman, who brings up a good point – though DiCaprio has been nominated multiple times for both Globes and Oscars, this was his first win. And in a slightly shocking twist, Matthew McConaughey ended up taking home the Best Actor award for his dramatic turn in the film Dallas Buyers Club, affirming his position in the business as a serious actor.

Now that the Globes are over, awards season is almost coming to a close, but fortunately the biggest event of the year remains close – the Oscars, which fall in early March, are not too long away. The nominations come out this Thursday, and we’ll be able to see if they match up or totally differ from those from the Globes. Will Jennifer Lawrence finally lose something? Will American Hustle pull another round of wins? Will Jonah Hill be able to make a name for himself as a dramatic actor now? The answers to these questions and more to come on January 16th. Get excited!]]>