Golden Globes highlights (Jennifer Lawrence, ’12 Years a Slave’) & lowpoints (Jacqueline Bissett)

The 71st Golden Globes are finally behind us! Before we move on to all-things Oscars, let’s take a moment and reflect on what worked and what didn’t work with Sunday’s Globes ceremony.

The Golden Globes really do love “Breaking Bad“! Better late than never, right? The show ended its run by finally getting recognized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., and Bryan Cranston‘s speech during his big win about the show’s worldwide audience was a nice touch. And will we ever get tired of hearing Aaron Paul scream, “Bitch!”?

Amy Poehler and Tina Fey were great hosts, but Poehler absolutely stole the show. Making out with Bono? Check. Wearing drag and hitting on Harvey Weinstein? Check. Winning her first-ever TV award? A million checks!

Brooklyn Nine-Nine” came out of nowhere and won Best Comedy Series and Best TV Comedy Actor for Andy Samberg. As I mentioned in our Editors’ slugfest (watch it below) I absolutely love this show but I was under the impression I was the only person in the world watching it. Apparently the HFPA voters are watching it too!

My favorite film performance of the year was Jennifer Lawrence in “American Hustle,” so it was great seeing her hop on stage and give such a wonderful tribute to David O. Russell. Double kudos for the film winning Best Comedy/Musical as well.

12 Years a Slave” was almost shut-out of the Globes until a last minute hurrah where it won the biggest prize of the evening for Best Drama. The Globes are always great about spreading the wealth amongst all of the year’s top films, and that was definitely in play this year.

Bringing out the real-life folks behind “Philomena” and “Rush” to introduce clips from the movies they inspired was a nice treat for audiences.

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Talk about a lack of surprises in all of the major film acting categories. We all knew Cate Blanchett, Matthew McConaughey, Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams, Jared Leto and Lawrence were going to win, so that takes a lot of the fun out of making predictions. The Globes voters constantly surprise us in the TV categories, but for the film races they went strictly by the book.

Did Ben Affleck not realize he was being televised? Last year’s Globes winner for Best Director acted like he just woke up and didn’t know what was going on all around him.

Why do films get nominated for directing, writing, score and song, but not television? This is always one of the biggest head-scratchers of the Golden Globes.

The NBC producers cut off way too many stars at their peak of their acceptance speeches. Beginning with Jacqueline Bisset (“Dancing on the Edge“) and continuing all the way up to Blanchett, it seems as though someone in the sound booth was a bit too quick to push the “Orchestra” button.

Woody Allen lived up to his reputation and failed to show up to receive yet another award. Thank God for Diane Keaton who did her best to make us forget that Allen was a no-show. But still, bad form.


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