Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have a well established comic rapport and proven experience in live television, stemming from their years together on "Saturday Night Live," so they were predictably at ease as hosts of the Golden Globes, from the very beginning striking the right balance of affection (explaining that absent nominee Meryl Streep has the flu, and is great in it) and snark (commenting on Kathryn Bigelow's "torturous" marriage to James Cameron) that mostly eluded Ricky Gervais during his three years as emcee.
After a winning monologue that name-checked most of the evening's biggest contenders, they made welcome appearances throughout the show – for instance, enlivening the roll call of TV movie/miniseries acting nominees by portraying the fictional stars of a TV movie called "Dog President." And when the TV Comedy Actress award was presented, Poehler waited for the results in George Clooney's lap. Poehler was also the mastermind of similar gags during the Emmys, including the 2011 race where she and her fellow Comedy Actress nominees enacted a beauty pageant on-stage.
It was a strong evening for women overall, and not just because of the show's hosts. Two actresses – Jessica Chastain in "Zero Dark Thirty" and Claire Danes in "Homeland" – won for playing strong-willed CIA operatives. After Danes received her award – her fourth in as many nominations – she expressed pride over her work in television, which in recent years has proved more hospitable to complex female characters than film. Chastain, meanwhile, praised "Zero Dark" director Bigelow for challenging female paradigms in Hollywood.
The top TV comedy winner was HBO's "Girls," which won Comedy/Musical Series as well as TV Comedy/Musical Actress for star Lena Dunham, a rare female auteur who also writes, directs, and produces the series. In her acceptance speeches, even she seemed surprised at how grateful she was for the honor, and her enthusiasm was infectious.
And then there was Jodie Foster. The actress-director became the first woman since 2000 to win the Globes' Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement, and, at age 50, the youngest honoree since Charlton Heston in 1967. Where drawn-out lifetime achievement presentations are usually a lull during awards ceremonies – long clip packages followed by even longer speeches – this one proved a highlight.
Defiant, emotional, and unexpectedly candid, she matter-of-factly came out of a closet she, in truth, was never really in; decried the media's obsession with celebrities' private lives; eloquently paid tribute to her ailing mother; and then not only accepted her award but seemed to bid farewell to the public stage entirely, and by the time she left she was already missed.
Presenters throughout the night were a mixed bag of refreshing comedy and awkward patter, led by Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell in an excellent, though slightly overlong routine in which they pretended not to be familiar with the Film Comedy/Musical Actress nominees, including fresh-faced ingenue Judi Dench and some unknown named "Mariel Streep"; the director cut away to audience reactions, and Tommy Lee Jones was not impressed. The actor had earlier lost his Film Supporting Actor bid to Christoph Waltz ("Django Unchained"), but whether he was irritated or just sleepy was difficult to tell.
Former President Bill Clinton made a surprise appearance to introduce Best Drama Picture nominee "Lincoln" to a standing ovation. Host Poehler was suitably awed. Further proving that Globes night was ladies' night, she explained, "Do you know who that was? Hillary Clinton's husband!"
The Golden Globes kept "Argo" in the Oscar hunt and allowed some of the winners to make their Academy Awards speech auditions. (Read Chris' take on TV awards here.)
On the other hand, the "Lincoln" PR team is pulling out all the stops with an appearance by former President Bill Clinton.
The very humorous Sacha Baron Cohen.
While I certainly enjoyed the moving shout-out to Sally Field by Anne Hathaway ("Les Miserables"), the rest of her speech was so self-serving. I am pulling for her to keep winning but would like to see more warmth and less of the other.
I thought Jackman's speech would serve as a launching pad for a possible Oscar surprise, but it was straightforward and dull.
The presenter teams of Sylvester Stallone/Arnold Schwarzenegger and Megan Fox/Jonah Hill.
The television categories at this year's Golden Globe Awards offered up a lot of the expected plus a couple of interesting surprises. (Read Chris's review of film awards here.)
The wins by "Homeland" were expected but also deserved for a great second season.
The show itself was very well-paced, full of entertaining presenters. We needed more of Fey and Poehler, though. They disappeared for some long stretches.
Can't something be done about those amazingly long walks that the TV people (and the audience) must suffer. It really drags the show down.
The Golden Globes are always best when they deliver up surprises, and this year there were a few. But the highlight of the night was the show's dynamic hosts, who were classy, funny and entertaining. (Read Rob's take on TV kudos here.)
Can Tina Fey and Amy Poehler host all awards ceremonies from now on? Every single joke worked. They weren’t too mean (like previous host Ricky Gervais has been accused of being). That opening monologue especially was a real hit. The true queens of comedy!
To me, the big battle of the night was Hugh Jackman vs. Bradley Cooper and “Les Miserables” vs. “Silver Linings Playbook.” Jackman and the musical won in a bit of an upset. As usual, Jackman was affable, dignified and cemented his status as the only guy who could maybe, just maybe, triumph over Oscar frontrunner (and Globe winner on the drama side) Daniel Day-Lewis. “Les Misérables” gave “Silver Linings Playbook” a setback in its quest to unseat “Lincoln” as the Oscar frontrunner in the Best Picture race.
The HFPA always seem to attract the biggest names, but Bill Clinton? Wow, now that is a GET. What could give “Lincoln” more gravitas than having a former US President introduce the clip?
Speaking of heavy hitters, bringing out the real-life Tony Mendez alongside John Goodman to introduce the “Argo” clip was genius. There’s a great example of the “Argo” campaign not giving up in the race to the Best Picture Oscar.
“Argo” winning Best Drama Picture and Ben Affleck winning Best Director are great developments in this crazy awards season. HFPA members voted for these awards before the shock Oscar snubs were announced. What would have happened had this Oscar calendar not been truncated?
Kristin Wiig and Will Ferrell were laugh out loud funny. Even better was Tommy Lee Jones’ face as he looked on in horror. More comedians to present awards please!
However, the line of the night came from Best Comedy/Musical Actress winner Jennifer Lawrence ("SIlver Linings Playbook") to awards maestro Harvey Weinstein: “Harvey, thank you for killing whoever you had to kill to get me up here today”.
The Golden Globes usually like to reward the new and shiny. This year, they went back to some of their favorites but did crown current TV "It" girl Lena Dunham. (Read Rob's review of film awards here.)
Showtime continued its incredible run of late with a clean sweep of the drama categories, as "Homeland" and leading lady Claire Danes repeated from last year while co-star Damian Lewis won for the first time. They are all reigning Emmy champs.
Indeed, tonight seemed like an Emmys replay. Maggie Smith for "Downton Abbey," again. “Game Change,” again. That telefilm's star Julianne Moore, again. Kevin Costner for the miniseries "Hatfields and McCoys," again.
Salma Hayek and Paul Rudd presenting the Best Drama Series category – sloppy, awkward and strange.
Golden Globe voters chose to honor many recent Emmy champs, feting only two fresh faces at the 70th annual edition of these kudos Sunday. (See complete list of winners here and read report on film awards here.)
Showtime had a particularly strong showing as "Homeland," Damian Lewis, and Claire Danes won Globes to go with their Emmys. The drama series and Danes also won at last year's Globes for the inaugural season while this was the first win for Lewis.
Fun fact: Danes has won all four of her career Golden Globe bids (she won this same category in 1995 for "My So-Called Life" and claimed Movie/Mini Actress in 2011 for "Temple Grandin.")
Showtime also picked up a surprise win for Don Cheadle ("House of Lies") as Best TV Comedy Actor. He beat out previous Globe winners Alec Baldwin ("30 Rock"), Matt LeBlanc ("Episodes"), and Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory") plus first-time nominee Louis C.K. ("Louie").
The top laffer was "Girls" which defeated, among others reigning Globe champ (and three-time Emmy winner) "Modern Family.") "Girls" multi-hyphenate Lena Dunham who writes, directs and produces the HBO series, also prevailed as Best TV Comedy Actress, beating out Emmy winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("Veep") and ceremony hosts Tina Fey ("30 Rock") and Amy Poehler ("Parks and Recreation") as well as Zooey Deschanel ("New Girl"). These were the first two Globe wins for Dunham.
"Lincoln" was upset at the Golden Globe Awards by "Argo" and "Django Unchained." Steven Spielberg's historical drama, about President Lincoln passing the 13th Amendment to end slavery, was predicted to win five awards out of its field-leading seven nominations, but it only won one: Best Drama Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis. (See complete list of winners here and read report on TV awards here.)
"Argo" won Best Drama Picture and Best Director for Ben Affleck, who also recently won the Critics' Choice Award despite his recent Oscar snub. (Read Tom O'Neil's analysis of what this means for the Oscars here.)
Meanwhile, "Django Unchained" won a pair of surprise honors: Christoph Waltz as Best Supporting Actor and Quentin Tarantino for Best Screenplay. Both are nominated in those respective categories at the Oscars.
But "Les Miserables" led all films with three wins out of its four nominations: Comedy/Musical Picture, Comedy/Musical Actor (Hugh Jackman), and Supporting Actress (Anne Hathaway). As expected, it lost its Original Song bid to Adele's theme from "Skyfall."
"Life of Pi," which also contended for Drama Picture and Director, won the award for Best Score (Mychael Danna).
The 70th annual Golden Globe Awards were handed out on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, during a ceremony hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and airing live on NBC.
X - "Argo"
"Life of Pi"
"Zero Dark Thirty"
BEST DRAMA ACTOR
X - Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln"
Richard Gere, "Arbitrage"
John Hawkes, "The Sessions"
Joaquin Phoenix, "The Master"
Denzel Washington, "Flight"
BEST DRAMA ACTRESS
Marion Cotillard, "Rust and Bone"
X - Jessica Chastain, "Zero Dark Thirty"
Helen Mirren, "Hitchcock"
Naomi Watts, "The Impossible"
Rachel Weisz, "The Deep Blue Sea"
BEST COMEDY/MUSICAL PICTURE
"The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"
X - "Les Miserables"
"Silver Linings Playbook"
"Salmon Fishing in the Yemen"
BEST COMEDY/MUSICAL ACTOR
Jack Black, "Bernie"
Bradley Cooper, "Silver Linings Playbook,"
X - Hugh Jackman, "Les Miserables"
Ewan McGregor, "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen"
Bill Murray, "Hyde Park on Hudson"
BEST COMEDY/MUSICAL ACTRESS
Emily Blunt, "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen"
X - Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook"
Judi Dench, "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"
Maggie Smith, "Quartet"
Meryl Streep, "Hope Springs"
Despite relatively respectable reviews – scoring 52 on MetaCritic, better, for instance than 2011 Best Picture Oscar nominee "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" – "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2" swept the Razzie nominations with 11, including Worst Picture. If it wins, it would be the best reviewed movie ever to do so at the Razzies, based on available MetaCritic scores.
The film will have strong competition from a pair of previous winners. Adam Sandler co-wrote, produced, and starred in last year's Worst Picture, "Jack and Jill," which swept all 10 Razzie categories. He returns this year with another widely panned starring vehicle: the comedy "That's My Boy," in which he plays a man who fathered a child with his teacher when he was 13. The film is up for eight prizes, including Worst Actor for Sandler.
Much like 2009 winner "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," "Battleship" is a sci-fi action thriller based on a popular toy, in this case the low-tech board game in which players make guesses to sink each other's hidden fleets. Helmed by actor-turned-director Peter Berg, the film has seven nominations.
Rounding out the Worst Picture lineup is the little-seen children's film "Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure." Released in August, the film follows the title characters – named Goobie, Zoozie and Toofie – on their search for five magical balloons. Though the film opened in more than 2,000 theaters, it earned less than half a million dollars in its opening weekend – the worst opening for a wide-release film in box office history. It is also nominated for Worst Ensemble.