As usual, the Golden Globes was a fun, casual affair that provided a number of great moments. Here are eight that we loved in particular. See our recap of the entire evening here and the complete winners list here.
1. “Transparent” and Amazon Prime blindside streaming kingpin Netflix (with its contenders “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black”) by becoming the first broadband show to win a series award at the Globes. And it was another opportunity for the spotlight to be thrown on the transgender community after Laverne Cox’s historic Emmy nomination last year. You get an A+ for diversity, HFPA.
2. “This is the eighth time I have been nominated … I cannot fucking believe I won!” I can, Kevin Spacey. I was so thrilled that you finally won for what I think is one of the best roles on any screen in Frank Underwood on “House of Cards.” And who would’ve thunk it, he gave one of the best speeches of the night. More please!
Watch: Kevin Spacey (‘House of Cards’) backstage in Golden Globes press room
3. Us Gold Derby editors knew Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin“) would win. So I wasn’t as surprised as many when she was announced as the winner of the Best TV Comedy Actress. But there is absolutely nothing better on an awards show when a young ingénue newcomer wins an award, heralding the arrival of a star. Even better was her genuinely emotional acceptance speech.
4. The Golden Globes aren’t usually the place for searing social commentary, because we’re usually fixated on who is wearing what, and who’s face has changed the most since last year. But this year, we were also treated to the inspiring words from Common about civil rights drama “Selma” and the standing ovation for HFPA president Theo Kingma’s speech in which he refers to North Korea and the recent attacks against free speech in Paris.
5. The Golden Globes are usually a good bet for a good laugh and this year was no exception. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler delivered yet another hilarious opening monologue (please, Tina and Amy, reconsider your decision to end your hosting run this year) and Ricky Gervais was a riot as always.