The Winners of 2015 – The Golden Globes

Awards season is here, and we start off with the British answer to the Oscars, the Golden Globe awards which take it a mile beyond to include and honor the deserving performances and pieces on television. The Globes have always been a more scandalous and bittersweet affair, with its rubbing egos and carousal of wine.

Probably one of the biting forces behind this is the especially scathing tongue of Ricky Gervais, notorious for ruffling feathers without giving so much as a hoot. This year saw the return of the marvelous duo of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, both from SNL and network comedy backgrounds, for their third time hosting in a row. As George Clooney puts it himself, Fey-Poehler is one of the best hosts to grace and conduct the restless Globes guests, delivering punches everywhere, but without the rawness of Gervais, which may just be missed. The films and people that filled the nomination lists this year being especially deserving in their own rights, it was indeed a hard choice. But at the end of the day, this is as much a fair and balanced list that we can hope for. The big winner this year is Richard Linklater’s life-epic Boyhoodwhich as expected, succeeded in garnering the faith and attention of the film society. Surprising snubs this time around are David Fincher’s high-tense Gone Girl and Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar,  the latter failing to secure a win even in Hans Zimmer’s branded score. Jake Gyllenhaal’s Nightcrawler also managed to slip by, hopefully to be picked up by the Oscars, for the awfully gaunt and disturbing shoes he stepped into. So, without much ado, the following are the big winners at the Golden Globes 2015:

[You can read my reviews of most of the movies mentioned here by clicking on the respective names.]

Best Motion Picture (Drama) – Boyhood

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Best Actor in Motion Picture (Drama) – Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

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Best Actress in Motion Picture (Drama) – Julianne Moore, Still Alice

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Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) – The Grand Budapest Hotel

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Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) – Michael Keaton, Birdman

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Best Actress in a TV Series (Drama) – Ruth Wilson, The Affair

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Best Director for Motion Picture – Richard Linklater, Boyhood

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Best Actor in a TV Series (Drama) – Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

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Best TV Series (Drama) – The Affair

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Best Actress in a Mini-Series or TV Movie – Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Honorable Woman

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Best Foreign Language Film – Leviathan

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Best Actor in a TV Series (Musical or Comedy) – Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

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Best Screenplay for Motion Picture – Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo, Birdman

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Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture – Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

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Best Animated Feature Film – How to Train Your Dragon 2

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Best Actress In A Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) – Amy Adams, Big Eyes

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Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie – Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart

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Best Original Song for Motion Picture – “Glory,” Selma

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Best Original Score for Motion Picture – Jóhann Jóhannson, Theory of Everything

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Best TV Series (Musical or Comedy) – Transparent

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Best Actress in a TV Series (Musical or Comedy) – Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin

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Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie – Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo

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Best TV Movie or Mini-Series – Fargo

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Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie – Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey

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Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture – J. K. Simmons, Whiplash 

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Cecil B. DeMille award for Outstanding Contribution – George Clooney

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It is sufficient to say that I am quite pleased with this year’s choices for winners of the coveted globe. The Grand Budapest Hotel is one of my favorite movies this year, and perhaps the most enjoyable one, as well deserving was Boyhood, marking a milestone in cinematic history by staying as far away from cinematic style as possible. There is really only competition between J K Simmons and Edward Norton for the Best Supporting Actor, and the ultimate winner would admittedly be Simmons’ gruelling and commanding performance. I am quite pleased also with Kevin Spacey’s House of Cards win, but let’s face it: after Bryan Cranston left, there was no other winner. Final word, this is essentially very close to how I would place the performances and presences of the year, with the exceptions of Under the Skin and Gone Girl both of which ended up being snubbed at the awards. It looks like Jonathan Glazer’s erotic nightmare is destined to go under the radar and unrewarded this year, as for sure the Oscars aren’t going to take it up. Indeed it was an interesting and tough choice of winners this year, and now we can look toward the Oscars and how it digresses from its British counterpart.

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In light of other matters this year, such as the North Korean controversy over Seth Rogen and James Franco’s The Interview and the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris last week, the attendees of the awards turned their eyes toward freedom of expression, being major stakeholders in the same industry. George Clooney in his acceptance award especially called for an international awakening in terms of the fundamental rights of expression in all manners, as did Kathy Bates and some others sport plaques reading ‘Je Suis Charlie’ through the awards ceremony. Being a matter affecting most art these days, it was quintessential that such high-profile events of the celebration of art make use of the media coverage they receive to spread the awareness around.

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