The 2014 Golden Globes honored first time television winners along with seasoned film veterans who have won in the past.
In the drama category, Steve Mcqueen’s “12 Years a Slave” won for best motion picture. Matthew McConaughey won best actor for his lead role in the film “Dallas Buyers Club,” a movie depicting the struggles of having AIDS in the 1980s. Best actress in a drama was awarded to Cate Blanchett for Woody Allen’s 2013 “Blue Jasmine.” The winners in these categories were all going up against other big name actors and popular prediction picks, such as Idris Elba in “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” and Judi Dench from “Philomena.” For McConaughey and McQueen, this was their first Golden Globe win, however Blanchett now has three under her belt. She won in 1999 for “Elizabeth,” once in 2007 for “I’m Not There,” and this year for “Blue Jasmine.”
For the musical/comedy section, the buzz was around “The Wolf of Wall Street,” but “American Hustle” took away the crown for best picture. Amy Adams won best actress and Jennifer Lawrence won the best supporting actress category for the film as well. Leonardo DiCaprio won his second Golden Globe for best actor for”The Wolf of Wall Street.”
Supporting actor went to Jared Leto for his performance alongside McConaughey in “Dallas Buyers Club.” Alfonso Cuaron won best director for his space thriller, “Gravity,” with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Finally, best screenplay went to Spike Jonze for his black comedy starring Joaquin Phoenix, “Her.”
The television segment of the show awarded best show, drama, to “Breaking Bad.” Up against “Downton Abbey” and “House of Cards,” this was a close to call category. Bryan Cranston won best television actor in a drama for his role as Walter White in “Breaking Bad.” He was nominated three times for his performance as Mr. White before his 2014 win. Robin Wright nabbed her first win at the Globes with the best actress category for “House of Cards.”
Andy Samberg was nominated for, and won his first Golden Globe for his role in “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” and the show also won for best musical/comedy television show. Amy Poehler, nominated two past times for “Parks and Recreation,” won this year for best actress in a musical or comedy television show.
Are these awards a predictor for the Academy Awards coming up in March? Only time will tell…as will the nominations which will be released January 16.