71st Golden Globes: Our Thoughts

GOLDEN GLOBES 2013: WINNERS 

With a string of nominations that snubbed some of the year’s finest works and players in favour of the mediocre, the results of the 71st Golden Globes were disappointing, with many nominees missing out on what they really deserved.

Hosted by 30 Rock creator Tina Fey and her former Saturday Night Live collaborator Amy Poehler, the event took place at the Beverly Hilton, and saw the finest beauties of TV and film show up dressed to the nines.

With Zooey Deschanel a vision in red and Bryan Cranston looking like Max Payne and as bad ass as ever, the Red Carpet walk was more eagerly watched than the ceremony itself, the Twitter-sphere exploding with jabs, jibes and admirations.

Here in the UK we missed out on the ceremony’s full glory, with domestic channels deeming the Golden Globes unworthy of being aired. Those with Sky TV were allowed a small dose of fun thanks to E! On The Red Carpet and its frequent commercial breaks, but when the show itself finally began we had to make do with grainy audio and live Twitter feeds. Rubbish really.

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The results for the Golden Globes 2013 are;

Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a motion picture.

  • Christopher Waltz (Django Unchained)

The first award of the evening went to Waltz for his portrayal of the vengeful bounty hunter. We think it was between him, Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln) and Leonardo DiCaprio (Django Unchained).

Best supporting actress in a TV movie, series or mini-series.

  • Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey)

We can’t get enough of Sofia Vergara in Modern Family, but to compare a role like that to Maggie Smith’s in Downton Abbey seems a little pointless.

Best mini-series or motion picture made for television.

  • Game Change

We aren’t particularly familiar with any of the nominations in this category, but Game Change doesn’t look like our cup of tea. Hatfield & McCoys on the other hand, looks awesome.

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Best actress in a TV movie or mini-series

  • Julianne Moore (Game Change)

Julianne Moore manages to make Sarah Palin look sexy, an achievement in itself, but there’s no way she could’ve topped Jessica Lange’s vile performance as Sister Jude Martin in American Horror Story: Asylum.

Best performance by an actor in a television series-drama

  • Damien Lewis (Homeland)

It can’t have been easy picking a winner in this category. With Steve Buscemi up for the lead in Boardwalk Empire and Bryan Cranston for Breaking Bad, it really could have gone to anyone.

Best television series-drama

  • Homeland

This category was another tightly fought, with the result being one that could have gone anywhere. Our pick was Breaking Bad.

Composer Mychael Danna poses in the pres

Best original score-motion picture

  • Mychael Danna (Life Of Pi)

Mychael Danna may have walked away with the award, but some would say John Williams was the way to go. He’s got enough awards though, we think. We wouldn’t want him to have to buy another shelf.

Best original song- motion picture

  • Adele (Skyfall)

Here at Sound And Motion we think Adele a tad overrated. Sure she’s got a decent voice and knows how to write a hit, but we can’t stand her attitude and have had enough of hearing her everywhere. We love Taylor Swift, but won’t support a plagiaristic film like The Hunger Games. Our pick goes to Suddenly from Les Miserables.

Best performance by an actor in a mini-series or motion picture made for television.

  • Kevin Costner (Hatfields & McCoys)

Can’t really comment on this one, but no one can top Benedict Cumberbatch in our eyes. Ever.

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Best performance by an actress in a motion picture- comedy or musical

  • Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)

Judi Dench is, without a doubt, one of the finest actresses of her generation, and one that should never lose out on getting an award. Especially when it’s for a film as brilliant as The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a series, mini-series or motion picture made for television

  • Ed Harris (Game Change)

Game Change received its third and final award in this category, pipping our favorite nominee, Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family), to the post.

Best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a motion picture

  • Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables)

Anne Hathaway and her schoolboy haircut were always going to win in this category. The girl can sing too, quite a pleasant surprise. Amy Adams lost out, but looked stunning on the night.

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Best screenplay-motion picture

  • Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained)

Up against Tony Kushner and Chris Terrio, Quentin Tarantino had some real competition for best screenplay, but we think he was always going to win.

Best performance by an actor in a television series-comedy or musical

  • Don Cheadle (House Of Lies)

Jim Parson’s role as Sheldon in The Big Bang Theory spawned an iconic and unforgettable character, complete with crazy antics and quotable catchphrases. Surely the finest creation in many years. Don who?

Best foreign language film

  • Amour

We were told that Rust And Bone was a dead cert for this award. Sadly, it didn’t win. How very Golden Globes.

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Best performance by an actress in a television series-drama

  • Claire Danes (Homeland)

Claire Danes looked beautiful last night. If looks could win awards she’d definitely get one from us.

Best performance by an actress in a television series-comedy or musical.

  • Lena Dunham (Girls)

We fell head over heels for Zooey Deschanel when she played the perfect girl next door in 500 Days Of Summer, and those feelings have only strengthened in the years since. With a relaxed approach that sees her always become a character you wish you could be friends with, Bones’ younger sister makes every role she plays, and New Girl’s Jess is one of her crowning achievements. Lena Dunham seems like someone we should keep an eye on, though.

Best animated film

  • Brave

It isn’t often that animated films are described as innovative or even original. Frankenweenie is an exception, and a fine one at that. Tim Burton was robbed.

 Ben Affleck accepts the award for Best Director - Motion Picture for "Argo" on stage on at the Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills

Best director-motion picture

  • Ben Affleck (Argo)

Daredevil had a really good night. With stiff competition from some of the world’s finest directors he managed to surprise everyone by winning on the night. With some real shockers in his past constantly sullying his reputation, he more than deserved this boost.

 Best television series-comedy or musical

  • Girls

This result pissed us off, and had to be one of the night’s biggest mistakes. Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory are both absolute classics, and much worthier of a Globe than Girls.

Best performance by an actor in a motion picture-comedy or musical

  • Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables)

We think the best man won this award. Salmon Fishing In The Yemen was completely forgettable, and Jack Black in no way deserved a nomination.

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Best performance by an actress in a motion picture-drama

  • Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty)

Zero Dark Thirty looks like an incredible movie, and is clearly one that proves one shouldn’t judge something on a first impression. As the darkly depressing and truly dedicated Maya, Jessica Chastain really surpassed herself, proving that even thrillers can deal exceptional performances. That said, we were slightly surprised Naomi Watts didn’t win for her role in The Impossible.

Best performance by an actor in a motion picture-drama

  • Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)

“You’re guaranteed an Oscar if you play a mental.” The same is also true of presidents and Golden Globes, it seems. The best man won, and he was always going to.

Best motion picture-comedy or musical

  • Les Miserables

A real cinematic achievement, Les Miserables brings one of the finest musicals ever composed to the big screen, and captures its splendor and dread perfectly

Best Motion Picture-Drama

  • Argo

The award everyone was waiting for was left ‘til last. Though The Hobbit and Skyfall were left out of the running, all nominees chosen in this category deserved a place within it. Django Unchained proves that Tarantino is still the best. Life Of Pi was a glorious and unforgettable spectacle that must be seen to be believed. Argo surprised the world, no one more so than Ben Affleck, by winning.

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So, that brings an end to our analysis of the 71st Golden Globes. We felt that many of the nominations and winners were poorly chosen, and have a lot more respect for the BAFTAs and Oscars. Look out for our thoughts on them soon.

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