Tina Fey and Amy Poehler returned last night to host the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony. This is their second year in a row hosting the awards show (and they’ll be back to host it again next year). Of their return, Fey remarked, “This is Hollywood, so if something kind of works they’ll just keep doing it until everybody hates it!”
It was a shocking night for presenter Amy Poehler. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (the less than 100 foreigners who decide this “major” awards show) gave the hilarious comedian the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy as the infamous Leslie Knope, beating out Zooey Deschanel (New Girl), Lena Dunham (Girls), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep), who won the Emmy for the same category in September. “Wow! I was not prepared for this!” she exclaimed as she jumped on stage to accept the statue. “I never win, so I can’t believe I won!”
The night was filled with surprise wins. Leonardo DiCaprio won the award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy for portraying wall street scam artist Jordan Belfort. He beat out frontrunner Bruce Dern (Nebraska), Christian Bale (American Hustle), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), and Joaquin Phoenix (Her). “I never thought I would win a Golden Globe for a comedy,” he chuckled in his accpetance speech.
In another surprise twist, Fox newcomer Brooklyn Nine-Nine won Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy, beating out the Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Comedy Series in the same season, Modern Family. Saturday Night Live alumnus Andy Samberg won for Best Actor for his role as Detective Jake Peralta on the series, where he also serves as a producer.
The ladies of American Hustle, the questionably-labeled comedy, took home awards last night. Amy Adams won Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy and Jennifer Lawrence, who was responsible for many of the punch lines in the movie, won for Best Supporting Actress. Producers Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, and Megan Ellison accepted their film’s win for Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy.
The HFPA took a moment to honor their selection for the Cecil B. DeMille Award, an award they give out every year for “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.” This year’s honoree is the comedic genius writer/director/actor/one-time comedy album releaser Woody Allen. The man releases a new film nearly every year. His 2013 picture, Blue Jasmine, was his 48th film. Emma Stone, who stars in his 49th film, Magic in the Moonlight (due out this year), presented the award to Allen, who was, of course, not at the ceremony to accept his award. Allen has said that he is not a fan of award ceremonies and typically does not show up to accept ones that he wins, including his recent Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Midnight in Paris at the 2012 Academy Awards.
Blue Jasmine‘s lead actress, Cate Blanchett, did show up to accept her award for Best Actress in a Motion Pitcutre, Drama.
Comedic writing was well-represented in the Best Screenplay category, with the screenplays for Nebraska, American Hustle, and Her taking up three of the five nominations. Spike Jonze wound up taking home the Globe for writing Her, a romantic comedy about a man falling in love with his phone’s operating system.
It was a fun night of watching self-congratulatory speeches, hearing God take a lot of credit for amazing acting, and seeing fabulous dresses on the red carpet that we will never be able to afford (at least not on a Laughspin salary). But we love to watch because, hey, it’s either the Golden Globes or watch The Good Wife.