Sunday, January 12, 2014


The 71st Golden Globes aired tonight at the Beverly Hilton and it was all over and done with in three hours time. Not bad. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler returned to host the evening. Am I the only one still missing the days of Ricky Gervais’ reign? I’m not going to get into who said what, wore what and what not (there’s a million other sites for that kind of thing), I’m simply going to list the winners amongst their nominees and make brief *comments in each category that I have something say. Away we go:

Best Motion Picture, Drama
12 Years a Slave
Captain Phillips

*Practically every non-documentary film this year feels silly when compared to the grandeur and subject matter of 12 Years. It absolutely deserves this award amongst these nominees. My review.

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Idris Elba, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips
Robert Redford, All Is Lost

*Still unseen by me, but McConaughey’s highly physical and emotional performance is everything Hollywood (and apparently its Foreign Press) pays attention to. Ejiofor would get my vote, but Tom Hanks’ final scene(s) may be his finest hour.

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Judi Dench, Philomena
Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks
Kate Winslet, Labor Day

*Blue Jasmine came out rather early in the year for a serious Awards contender (though it seems Best Actress is the best top honor it can hope for) but Blanchett’s performance has remained in our collective memories all these months later. It’s certainly among my favorite of the year.

Best Director – Motion Picture
Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Alexander Payne, Nebraska
David O. Russell, American Hustle

*It’s hard to argue with the 5-year-endeavor that was the making of Gravity and that they pulled it off is all the more remarkable. That said, few films are as well directed as the likes of 12 Years a Slave, McQueen’s early masterpiece.

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Spike Jonze, Her
Bob Nelson, Nebraska
Jeff Pope and Steve Coogan, Philomena
John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave
David O. Russell and Eric Warren Singer, American Hustle

*HFPA is proving to spread the love, something I admire more that a clean (and boring!) sweep - very few films ever, if ever, deserve that. Jonze proved he doesn’t need a Charlie Kaufman script to

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
American Hustle
Inside Llewyn Davis
The Wolf of Wall Street

*Honestly, I’d be happy to see this award go to any of these “comedies” and I root for each in their own way. Nothing will touch the epic scope of The Wolf of Wall Street, the quiet intimacy of Her, the prolonged loneliness of Inside Llewyn Davis or the unkept father-son relationship in Nebraska, but American Hustle is Russell at his best and spins its ensemble and records with an almost natural ease.

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Amy Adams, American Hustle
Julie Delpy, Before Midnight
Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Enough Said
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

*It’s the best performance I’ve seen Adams give. Delpy belongs in the drama category and is also one of the year’s best.

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
Christian Bale, American Hustle
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis
Joaquin Phoenix, Her

*Could’ve easily gone to any of them, but DiCaprio is Scorsese’s muse and this time the ordeal was more emotional and physical than it had ever been before.

Best Animated Feature Film
The Croods
Despicable Me 2

*Amongst these nominees, sure, but not by far - The Croods is that good.

Best Foreign Language Film
The Great Beauty (Italy)
Blue Is the Warmest Color (France)
The Hunt (Denmark)
The Past (Iran)
The Wind Rises (Japan)

*I honestly wonder if the Oscar nominees are going to be as good as the Golden Globes’! I would have hurt myself trying to decide between The Great Beauty and The Wind Rises, but now that someone else decided I can cheer all the day long.

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
June Squibb, Nebraska


Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
Daniel Bruhl, Rush
Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips

*Cannot comment on the winner, but these other nominees were solid. It may be Cooper’s best performance to date, Bruhl is pretty incredible and Fassbender is always on fire. That said, my vote goes to Abdi.

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Alex Ebert, All Is Lost
Alex Heffes, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Steven Price, Gravity
John Williams, The Book Thief
Hans Zimmer, 12 Years a Slave

*Wait, All is Lost had a score?

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
"Ordinary Love," Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
"Atlas," The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
"Let It Go," Frozen
"Please Mr. Kennedy," Inside Llewyn Davis
"Sweeter Than Fiction," One Chance

*If other songs from Inside Llewyn Davis were ineligible than I would have thought this belonged to “Let It Go.”

Cecil B. DeMille Award
Woody Allen

*And of course he wasn’t there to receive it! (Allen doesn't attend award shows.) Lovely tribute though.


Best TV Series, Drama
Breaking Bad
Downton Abbey
The Good Wife
House of Cards
Masters of Sex

*It’s one of the greatest TV series I have ever seen, all right? This was deserved.

Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama
Robin Wright, House of Cards
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black
Kerry Washington, Scandal

*She may be the best part about the show.

Best Actor in a TV series, Drama
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Michael Sheen, Masters of Sex
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
James Spader, The Blacklist

*Lest people think this was a shoe-in because it was the last season and all, Cranston’s performance reached its peak in these last episodes.

Best TV Series, Comedy
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family
Parks and Recreation

*Saw the pilot. Nothing special in my Tome.

Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Lena Dunham, Girls
Julia Louis-Dreyfus,Veep

Best Actor in a TV Series, Comedy
Andy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Michael J. Fox, The Michael J. Fox Show
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory


Best Miniseries or TV Movie
*Behind the Candelabra
American Horror Story: Coven
Dancing on the Edge
Top of the Lake
White Queen

*Want/need to see this!

Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie
Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Coven
Helena Bonham Carter, Burton and Taylor
Rebecca Ferguson, The White Queen
Helen Mirren, Phil Spector

Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie
Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra
Matt Damon, Behind the Candelabra
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge
Idris Elba, Luther
Al Pacino, Phil Spector

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or TV Movie
Jacqueline Bisset, Dancing on the Edge
Janet McTeer, The White Queen
Hayden Panettiere, Nashville
Monica Potter, Parenthood
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or TV Movie
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Rob Lowe, Behind the Candelabra
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Corey Stoll, House of Cards

There you have it, the results of tonight’s Golden Globes. Did you watch the telecast? Thoughts on the show or on the winners? Stay tuned to The Film Tome for upcoming coverage on the Oscars (nominees will be announced this coming Thursday) and our own Film Tome Awards.

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