My picks for the highs and lows of the Golden Globes:
“I Finally Got One” – Both Amy Poehler and Elisabeth Moss have been criminally ignored at both the Emmys and the Globes. So it was nice to see both of them win their first major performance trophies. Poehler, who won while sitting atop Bono’s lap, looked especially surprised, saying repeatedly, “I can’t believe I won; I never win!”
“Breaking Bad“ – While many believed that the Globes would never reward Emmy winning “Breaking Bad” or its star Bryan Cranston, the buzz on the show’s epic final season finally swayed Globe voters to reward it with unexpected wins for Best Drama and Best Drama Actor.
Boozy Hollywood – One of the best parts of the Globes is the booze that flows freely throughout the evening. Emma Thompson showed up to present the Screenplay award without her shoes, but with a martini in hand. Best Drama Actress winner Cate Blanchett freely admitted that she “had a few vodkas under her belt.”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Even in cutaways—first smoking an e-cigarette and ignoring Reese Witherspoon, then eating a giant hot dog—the hilarity this woman brings to a moment cements her place in the pantheon of comic greats.
Tina and Amy Forever – While they may not have surpassed their triumphant hosting from last season, these two make every awards show better by mocking Hollywood without the venom of previous host Ricky Gervais. Line of the night: “Gravity is the story of how George Clooney would rather float away into space and die than spend one more minute with a woman his own age.”
Not Enough Tina and Amy – Enough said.
TV Comedy – Not to take anything away from “Brooklyn 99,” which is a decent enough show, but I find it unfathomable that superior comedies such as “Veep,” “The Crazy Ones” and “Mom” don’t even get nominated.
Sean “Puffy Daddy Diddy Whatever” Combs – Presenters need to be able to do two things: be able to read a teleprompter, and NOT make the moment about them. Combs failed on both levels. Why was he even there in the first place? Were the Globes thinking they would bring in viewers with someone who hasn’t been relevant in hip-hop in over a decade? Even poor Kate Beckinsale looked at Puffy a few times with a mix of confusion and contempt.
Jacqueline Bisset‘s Speech – We get it…you were surprised. But don’t just stand there for what seemed like an eternity and stare blankly at the audience. And then when you finally think of something to say, have it make sense rather than go into some cryptic rant about the beautifying power of forgiveness.