A lot has been said already about this year’s Golden Globes and it’s now time for the ULC wrap. Awards season is one of my favourite times of the year. As a child and avid movie goer since I could open my eyes, pick myself up and either prop up in front of a TV or get to a movie theatre, I have loved films! It’s a passion I happily share with my Mum as we would often do a double feature on half-tix Tuesdays back when I was a kid.
I love the glitz and glamour of award shows and seeing all my favourite stars walk the red carpet. It has always transported me to a world where, on these nights, it is the ultimate in witnessing dreams come true. As a dreamer, this is my ultimate utopia and it is in big part validation for all us who dare to dream those crazy dreams.
This year did not disappoint, although having to settle for a re-run of the event after work I did miss out on the red carpet deluge of haute couture – always fun. This was also the year that our beloved George Clooney (the nights Cecil B. DeMille recipient) and reformed perennial bachelor graced the red carpet with his wife Amal Alamuddin and the subject of hilarious opening jibe by hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Fey and Poehler in their classic style whilst introducing the celebrities around the room got to George and his wife and Fey made the point that Alamuddin was a “human rights lawyer who worked on the Enron case, an adviser to Kofi Annan on Syria and was appointed to a three-person commission investigating rules of war violations in the Gaza strip”, but finished with “So tonight her husband is getting a lifetime achievement award.” It was a telling moment, with lots of laughs but it really did give the whole event some perspective, even if just for a glimmer of a moment.
Since then more attention has been focused at Amal and her apparent boredom at the event. It’s funny considering we have all had to attend an event with our spouse and their work colleagues, and we have all had those moment – we are in a room with strangers who are not our friends or colleagues. She didn’t look bored to me, but she also wasn’t doing the obligatory boozy schmooze – so maybe that’s what the problem was for the tabloids.
Moving onto the awards themselves, we had a great raft of talented and gracious winners this year. Highlights were the focus on LGBTI moments with the HFPA recognising Transparent with a nod to best TV comedy and lead actor (Jeffrey Tambor). Common and John Legend were excited for their win with best original song “Glory”. Maggie Gyllanhaal gave what has to be one of the best acceptance speeches of the night and any award show I’ve seen. In a trend that is a welcome turn in not only Hollywood of late but business, feminism is making a positive resurgence. She called out the room and made the point that perhaps there are not more strong women in the room, but real roles that show who women really are. See Maggie’s speech for yourself here:
As the night progressed we were all asking who and what is The Affair. Taking out best TV drama, this new show from Showtime is yet to hit Australian screens and despite positive reviews abroad, people were still left wondering how this new frontrunner beat out Downton Abbey, The Good Wife, Game of Thrones and my personal favourite House of Cards. Notwithstanding all that, it was great to see Ruth Wilson up there – she’ll always be the creepy yet much loved psychopath Alice Morgan from Luther!
Other winner on the night: Matt Bomer (for The Normal Heart) and Kevin Spacey, who was born to play Frank Underwood in House of Cards and J.K. Simmons for his powerhouse performance in Whiplash, check out the trailer.
No surprises with Richard Linklater and Boyhood – that was just a risky vision and a wonderful film. He started filming in 2002 and filmed a few days each year after that.
It will be interesting to see how the Actor and Film nominations now play out for the Oscars, with the introduction to the mix of Bradley Cooper and Golden Globe winners Eddie Redmayne and Michael Keaton now in direct competition – but more on that shortly.
Golden Globes winners 2015
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore – Still Alice
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Michael Keaton – Birdman
Ruth Wilson – The Affair
Richard Linklater – Boyhood
The Theory of Everything Trailer
Still Alice Trailer
The Grand Budapest Hotel Trailer
Glory – Common, John Legend
Photo cred – goldenglobes.com