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Paul’s 2014 Golden Globes Recap

Paul’s 2014 Golden Globes Recap

By: Paul Zecharia |

It was a night of surprises and disappointments. The 71st Golden Globes were held last night and thanks to the wonderfully comedic talents of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the show was not a dud. But in all honesty, 2013 itself has been a mixed bag in terms of the films released.

Out of all the nominated films, I still have not seen Inside Llewyn DavisPhilomenaNebraskaRushDallas Buyers ClubLabor DayAll is LostEnough SaidAugust: Osage CountyMandela: Long Walk to FreedomThe Book ThiefOne ChanceThe Great BeautyThe Past, and The Wind Rises. Yeah, I’ve been slacking.

Regardless, Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto winning for Best Actor and Supporting Actor, respectively, makes me want to see Dallas Buyers Club even more. Seeing how McConaughey is becoming an even bigger star, it gets me more intrigued. Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence winning for American Hustle makes me happy, especially since they’re two of my favorite actress (the latter will be my wife one day). Yes, Amy Adams defeated Meryl Streep for August: Osage County. Julie beat Julia?

As for David O. Russell’s American Hustle itself, believe me when I say that it was one of 2013’s more overrated films. It’s on the same level as Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street. The former had story problems and the latter had character problems, in my opinion. They just weren’t exactly strong on an emotional level. Not like films like 12 Years a SlaveCaptain Phillips, and Her, for example. Her is now my new favorite film of 2013 and I couldn’t have been happier when writer/director Spike Jonze won for Best Screenplay. 12 Years a Slave definitely deserves more than just Best Picture – Drama. Alfonso Cuaron took home the Best Directing award for Gravity, one of 2013’s biggest hits. That’s what I call an emotional experience of a film. Well-directed, well-acted, and visually impressive.

Another victors I was pleased with were Cate Blanchett for her incredible performance in Blue Jasmine. The category was Best Actress in a Drama, and to be honest, it should’ve been a tie between Blanchett and Emma Thompson for Saving Mr. Banks. Yeah, British women rule. Leonardo DiCaprio won for Best Actor in The Wolf of Wall Street. I really admire this guy for his talent, sophistication, and humbleness as both an actor and a person. He’s currently not scheduled for any new and upcoming films due to him taking a break, but can his parting gift be an Oscar?

Probably the win I was most excited for was when Frozen won Best Animated Film, with directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck accepting the award. Because it WAS the best animated film of the year, not Despicable Me 2. However, “Let It Go” did not win Best Original Song. So I’m feeling this weird mixture of joy and disappointment for Frozen.

Onwards to television, I could not be happier for some of these victories. A lot of them were upsets, but I don’t mind. “Breaking Bad” won Best Drama Series, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” won Best Comedy series, Andy Samberg won Best Actor in a Comedy for “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”, Bryan Cranston won Best Actor in a Drama for “Breaking Bad”, Robin Wright won Best Actress in a Drama for Netflix’s “House of Cards”, and Amy Poehler won Best Actress in a Comedy for “Parks and Recreation”. These are some of my all-time favorite shows. Even though “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” is still fairly new, it’s that great of a show. Instead of being a boring police procedural, it’s a comedy that focuses on the antics of the characters rather than the actual crimes they solve. So go watch it. Now.

Woody Allen was awarded the honorary Cecil B. DeMille award for his longtime achievements in writing, directing, and acting. He, of course, did not show up to accept it, so Diane Keaton showed up instead.

Not much else to say except that I have to freshen up on the films and shows I haven’t watched yet. It’s time to count down to the Oscars!

By the way, here’s a complete list of nominees. Winners are in bold:

Best motion picture, drama

• “12 Years a Slave” — WINNER
• “Captain Phillips”
• “Gravity”
• “Philomena”
• “Rush”

Best actress in a motion picture, drama

• Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine” — WINNER
• Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”
• Judi Dench, Philomena”
• Emma Thompson, “Saving Mr. Banks”
• Kate Winslet, “Labor Day”

Best actor in a motion picture, drama

• Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years a Slave”
• Idris Elba, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
• Tom Hanks, “Captain Phillips”
• Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club” — WINNER
• Robert Redford, “All is Lost”

Best motion picture, comedy or musical

• “American Hustle” — WINNER
• “Her”
• “Inside Llewyn Davis”
• “Nebraska”
• “The Wolf of Wall Street”

Best actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy

• Amy Adams, “American Hustle” — WINNER
• Julie Delpy, “Before Midnight”
• Greta Gerwig, “Frances Ha”
• Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Enough Said”
• Meryl Streep, “August: Osage County”

Best actor in a motion picture, musical or comedy

• Christian Bale, “American Hustle”
• Bruce Dern, “Nebraska”
• Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street” — WINNER
• Oscar Isaac, “Inside Llewyn Davis”
• Joaquin Phoenix, “Her”

Best animated feature film

• “The Croods”
• “Despicable Me 2”
• “Frozen” — WINNER

Best foreign language film

• “Blue is the Warmest Color”
• “The Great Beauty” — WINNER
• “The Hunt”
• “The Past”
• “The Wind Rises”

Best supporting actress in a motion picture

• Sally Hawkins, “Blue Jasmine”
• Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle” — WINNER
• Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”
• Julia Roberts, “August: Osage County”
• June Squibb, “Nebraska”

Best supporting actor in a motion picture

• Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips”
• Daniel Brühl, “Rush”
• Bradley Cooper, “American Hustle”
• Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave”
• Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club” — WINNER

Best director, motion picture

• Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity” — WINNER
• Paul Greengrass, “Captain Phillips”
• Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave”
• Alexander Payne, “Nebraska”
• David O. Russell, “American Hustle”

Best screenplay, motion picture

• Spike Jonze, “Her” — WINNER
• Bob Nelson, “Nebraska”
• Jeff Pope and Steve Coogan, “Philomena”
• John Ridley, “12 Years a Slave”
• Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell, “American Hustle”

Best original score, motion picture

• Alex Ebert, “All is Lost” — WINNER
• Alex Heffes, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
• Steven Price, “Gravity”
• John Williams, “The Book Thief”
• Hans Zimmer, “12 Years a Slave”

Best original song, motion picture

• “Atlas,” “Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
• “Let It Go,” “Frozen”
• “Ordinary Love,” “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” — WINNER
• “Please Mr. Kennedy,” “Inside Llewyn Davis”
• “Sweeter Than Fiction,” “One Chance”

Best TV series, drama

• “Breaking Bad” — WINNER
• “Downton Abbey”
• “The Good Wife”
• “House of Cards”
• “Masters of Sex”

Best actress in a TV series, drama

• Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
• Tatiana Maslany, “Orphan Black”
• Taylor Schilling, “Orange Is the New Black”
• Kerry Washington, “Scandal”
• Robin Wright, “House of Cards” — WINNER

Best actor in a TV series, drama

• Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad” — WINNER
• Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan”
• Michael Sheen, “Masters of Sex”
• Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”
• James Spader, “The Blacklist”

Best TV series, musical or comedy

• “The Big Bang Theory”
• “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” — WINNER
• “Girls”
• “Modern Family”
• “Parks and Recreation”

Best actress in a TV series, musical or comedy

• Zooey Deschanel, “New Girl”
• Lena Dunham, “Girls”
• Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
• Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
• Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation” — WINNER

Best actor in a TV series, musical or comedy

• Jason Bateman, “Arrested Development”
• Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
• Michael J. Fox, “The Michael J. Fox Show”
• Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”
• Andy Samberg, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” — WINNER

Best TV movie or miniseries

• “American Horror Story: Coven”
• “Behind the Candelabra” — WINNER
• “Dancing on the Edge”
• “Top of the Lake”
• “White Queen”

Best actress in a miniseries or TV movie

• Helena Bonham Carter, “Burton and Taylor”
• Rebecca Ferguson, “The White Queen”
• Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Coven”
• Helen Mirren, “Phil Spector”
• Elisabeth Moss, “Top of the Lake” — WINNER

Best actor in a miniseries or TV movie

• Matt Damon, “Behind the Candelabra”
• Michael Douglas, “Behind the Candelabra” — WINNER
• 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” — WINNER
• 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

• Josh Charles, “The Good Wife”
• Rob Lowe, “Behind the Candelabra”
• Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad”
• Corey Stoll, “House of Cards”
• Jon Voight, “Ray Donovan” — WINNER

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Canadian, Michigander, Middle Eastern, pasta enthusiast, amateur photographer, souvenir penny collector, and party animal. Oh yeah, and lover of everything film.

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