Golden Globes Recap: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler entertain again

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Hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards took place January 12, 2014. The opening monologue poked fun at multiple A-listers in attendance, namely Tom Hanks, Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Roberts, and Meryl Streep, who was nominated for her 28th Golden Globe this year.

Many predictions for who would take home awards proved false. Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Lawrence won over Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong’o from 12 Years A Slave. Jared Leto, lead singer of the alternative-rock band 30 Seconds to Mars, took home the award for his role as a transexual AIDS patient in Dallas Buyer’s Club. Amy Adams received her first Golden Globe for her leading role in American Hustle, after many past nominations.

During award shows, what the stars are wearing is almost as important as what awards they are receiving. Cate Blanchett, wearing a black and pink lace dress which was a favorite, accepted the award for her role in Blue Jasmine. Although Lupita Nyong’o did not receive a Golden Globe, she was praised for her red dress that sported a thick cape down the back.

“Breaking Bad”, which wrapped with its final season this fall, won Best Television Series (Drama). Bryan Cranston also won Best Actor in a Dramatic Television series, for his role as Walter White. In its first season, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” won Best Television Series, musical or comedy, and Andy Samberg took home Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical. This was Samberg’s first award and he was announced the winner by his fellow “Saturday Night Live” actor Seth Meyers. Amy Poehler also won her first Golden Globe as her portrayal of Leslie Knope on “Parks and Recreation”.

To wrap up the Golden Globes ceremony, the awards for Best Motion Picture and Best Director were announced. Alfonso Cuaron took home the award for Best Director for Gravity. This was Cuaron’s first Golden Globe nomination, despite three previous Oscar nominations. Best Motion Picture, comedy or musical, went to the David O. Russell-directed American Hustle. The most prestigious award of the night went to 12 Years a Slave, the realistic story of how slavery changed the course of one man’s life. The film was expected to take home Best Picture and is considered a frontrunner for the same award at the Oscars.

Overall, the 71st Annual Golden Globes were full of surprises, some expected outcomes, and hilarious hosting that made for another successful show.

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