2013 was a big year for movies and TV shows, and as such awards contenders are facing steeper competition than they have in years past. The past year saw the end of one of the greatest dramas to grace the small screen in the middle of what is being called the golden age of television, what is being called one of the most amazing feature films about slavery, a father-son directing duo making one of the most revered films of the year, and that doesn’t begin to scratch the surface of the year’s happenings.
Tonight the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) set out to honor the accomplishments of members of the entertainment industry who worked to create amazing films and television in the previous year. Amy Poehler and Tina Fey returned for a second year as hosts of the event. After their success in both ratings and viewer approval last year, the HFPA set out to sign them on for this year’s awards. Through contract negotiations to host this year’s awards Poehler and Fey asked to return next year as well. They were expected to keep the audience rolling and they did not disappoint.
Poehler and Fey kept the audience and television viewers laughing the whole event. Winners made thoughtful speeches, although there was “wrap it up music” to be heard on more than one occasion. The star-studded event pulled in over 19 million viewers and Poehler and Fey’s return had a lot to do with the high viewership. The HFPA should be able to expect similar ratings for next year’s show when they return to host a third time.
The night’s winners ranged from the almost guaranteed to complete shockers. It is important to remember however that the HFPA and the Academy are made up of entirely different people and the HFPA has it’s own way of doing things, and they often like to be ahead of what they expect to be a trove of garnered awards. This is evident in Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s win for best comedy or musical and Andy Samberg’s win for the show in the best actor category. Social media was abuzz with congratulations for the Saturday Night Live alum as well as a plethora of tweets wondering “what is #brooklyn99?” Many were hoping that Parks and Recreation would win the category and give host Amy Poehler the award but the HFPA voters chose to award the new comedy. Poehler was awarded a much deserved Golden Globe, her first, for Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy for Parks and Recreation. She gave a genuine and animated acceptance speech after a make-out session with Bono.
Behind the Candelabra was all but a sure thing to win the Best Miniseries or TV Movie, as was Micheal Douglas as Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie for his role in the film. Looking at the HFPA’s future winners, it was foreseeable that Jon Voight won his category for Ray Donovan but many were understandably surprised that he beat out Aaron Paul for his role in Breaking Bad. Jennifer Lawrence beating out Julia Roberts and Lupita N’yongo in the Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture category was unexpected and given the talent in the category her win wasn’t a given going into the show. Jared Leto was a shoo-in to win Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for Dallas Buyer’s Club and Frozen was the only real contender for Best Animated Feature Film. Amy Adams beat out Meryl Streep and other contenders to win Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy, Leonardo DiCaprio won Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy for The Wolf of Wall Street and gave a well thought out and heartfelt acceptance speech, Robin Wright won Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama, but one of the biggest upsets of the night was Jacqueline Bisset’s win for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or TV Movie for Dancing on the Edge and her subsequent “shit” that slipped through sensors followed by a disjointed and blundering acceptance speech.
The bigger awards went to the top contenders, such as 12 Years a Slave‘s win for Best Motion Picture, Drama, but there were the upsets mentioned above and the quality of acceptance speeches varied from passionate and heartfelt to partially censored. Looking ahead to Oscar Nominations, the buzz generated by the wins from the Globes can play a definite factor in nominations from the Academy but given that they are two separate bodies, any speculation as to the effect of a Golden Globe win on chances of an Oscar nomination or win is pure speculation. Winners from the awards will likely see an increase in movie sales and a definite increase in buzz and publicity surrounding the films so the possible effects will come to light when Oscar Nominations are announced on January 16, 2014.