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Golden Globes 2014

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globes_statue_oscars_statue2Tina Fey and Amy Poehler returned as hosts of the 71st  Golden Globes after a successful run last year.  The duo kept the show moving.  Once again striking a balance between credible and comical, the jabs worked without going too far.

Fey and Poehler began by rattling off names of mega stars that occupied the nominees list this year, and made a tongue-in-cheek praise, noting the caliber of the stars – compared to last year’s nominees.  They vowed to get the show done in less than three hours, or “act 1,” as director Martin Scorsese would call it.  In the interest of gender equality, Fey introduced her “adult son” from a “previous relationship,” Poehler, hilariously dressed up in a boy getup, to accompany Miss Golden Globes.

Age and weight issues were lightheartedly brought to light.  “Meryl Streep was so brilliant in ‘August: Osage County,’ proving that there are still great parts in Hollywood for Meryl Streeps over 60.”  “George Clooney would rather float away in space (referring to“Gravity”) and die than spend one more minute with a woman his own age.”  “For his role in ‘Dallas Buyers Club,’ he (Matthew McConaughey lost 40 pounds, or what actresses call ‘being in a movie.’”

Formula One racer, Niki Lauda” (played by Daniel Bruhl in nominated “Rush“), made a special guest appearance.

Woody Allen was the recipient of Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award this year.  Diane Keaton accepted the award in his absence.

Jennifer Lawrence, a critics’ darling, won the first award of the night, best supporting actress in a musical or comedy category for con-game “American Hustle.” Robert Downey, Jr. made a joke about him being the winner when going through the list of best actress nominees – regardless of who would win.  Amy Adams joined Lawrence with her award  for her leading role in “American Hustle.”  She graciously thanked her long-time manager, who chose to work with her based on “a feeling” when she arrived in Los Angeles 15 years ago.  In the drama category, Cate Blanchett ended her best actress (“Blue Jasmine”) speech on a funny note, asking whether viewers at home all of a sudden just heard a winner talking really fast or also heard a tune that played as an indicator to wrap up.

Under musical and comedy category, Leonardo DiCaprio scored an overdue best actor award with wild memoir “The Wolf of Wall Street.”  Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto nabbed best actor and best supporting actor,” respectively for their transformative roles in “Dallas Buyers Club.”

Best screenplay award went to Spike Jonze, for sci-fi romance “Her” (review coming up). He singled out fellow nominee and strong contender, David O. Russell (“American Hustle”), for helping him with the script.

Alfonse Cuaron took home the statue for best director.  He took great risks with space odyssey “Gravity” and it paid off big time.  Best motion picture in musical and comedy predictably went to the star-studded “America Hustle.”  “12 Years a Slave” took home the top prize as in the drama category, besting most nominated film, “American Hustle.”

And the winners are…

Best Motion Picture – Drama; Winner: “12 Years a Slave”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama; Winner: Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama; Winner: Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy; Winner: “American Hustle”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy; Winner: Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street”

Best Director – Motion Picture; Winner: Alfonso Cuarón, “Gravity”

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture; Winner: Spike Jonze, “Her”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture; Winner: Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy; Winner: Amy Adams, “American Hustle”

Best Original Song – Motion Picture; Winner: Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr., Brian Burton – “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”

Best Original Score – Motion Picture; Winner: Alex Ebert, “All is Lost”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture; Winner: Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”

For a complete list of winners, please check out the official website.

Stay tuned for the Oscars!

Copyright (c) 2014. Nathalia Aryani.

Nathalia Aryani is a film columnist and has a movie blog, The MovieMaven (http://sdmoviemaven.blogspot.com). Twitter: http://twitter.com/the_moviemaven. She can be reached at indotransserv@gmail.com.

"Nathalia Aryani is a film columnist and has a movie blog, The MovieMaven (sdmoviemaven.blogspot.com). Twitter: @the_moviemaven. She can be reached at indotransserv@gmail.com."

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