Actress Robin Wright won for her work in “House of Cards.” She paid tribute to her co-star, Kevin Spacey, calling him “the best playdate, ever.” Netflix’s award for the show represented the first time a service other than a broadcast or cable network has won a major television award. Movie star Michael Douglas donned the flamboyant costumes to play Liberace for “Behind the Candelabra” and the work brought him his fourth Golden Globe award. Earlier in the evening, the production won the award for best TV movie.
Douglas called his co-star, Matt Damon, “the bravest, talented actor I’ve ever worked with.” Addressing Damon, he said “the only reason you’re not here is I had more sequins.” Show co-host Amy Poehler capped her big night by winning the best actress award for NBC’s “Parks & Recreation.” For a joke, she was sitting on Bono’s lap when the camera cut to her as nominees’ names were read; she looked as though she didn’t want to rush off when the announcement came that she won. But she quickly recovered and turned into what even she recognized as a cliche — the flustered award winner who said she had not prepared to be an award winner. “Woo,” she said. “I’ve never won anything like this.”
Elisabeth Moss gets a lot of publicity for her work on “Mad Men,” but won a Golden Globe as best actress in a miniseries for playing a detective investigating the disappearance of a pregnant girl in the Sundance Channel miniseries, “Top of the Lake.” Like movie winner Jennifer Lawrence before her, Moss was visibly trembling as she accepted her trophy. Veteran actress Jacqueline Bisset, a five-time nominee who won her first Golden Globe, savored the moment in getting a best supporting actress trophy. She played Lady Cremone in the BBC production of “Dancing on the Edge,” shown on Starz.
Her acceptance was punctuated by silence, she kept talking when the music tried to usher her offstage and even forced the censor to press the “bleep” button after she uttered a profanity. “I’m going to get this together,” she said. “I want to thank the people who have given me joy, and there have been many. And the people who have given me (profanity), I say it like my mother — what did she say? She used to say, ‘Go to hell, and don’t come back.’” There was no profanity from Voight, another Hollywood veteran. He had been to the stage before. His supporting actor honor for his work in Showtime’s “Ray Donovan” was his fourth Golden Globe. “I’m truly humbled to be among my talented peers,” he said.
Russell’s 1970s Abscam fictionalization “American Hustle” had the better night overall, winning acting awards for Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence. Best picture was the only award for “12 Years a Slave,” which came in with seven nominations, tied for the most with “American Hustle.” The awards returned Lawrence, a winner last year for Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook,” to the stage for an acceptance speech – something she said was no easier a year later. “Don’t ever do this again,” she said to herself. “It’s so scary.” Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto both won for their startlingly gaunt performances in the Texas HIV drama “Dallas Buyers Club.” Leonardo DiCaprio, a nine-time Golden Globe nominee, won his second Globe for best actor in a comedy for his uninhibited work in “The Wolf of Wall Street.” He thanked director Martin Scorsese for his mentorship (“Wolf” is their fifth film together) and for “allowing me to stalk you to make this movie.”
Alfonso Cuaron won best director for the space odyssey “Gravity,” a worldwide hit and critical favorite. The film will likely join “American Hustle” and “12 Years a Slave” as an Oscar front-runner on Thursday, when Academy Awards nominations are announced. (The academy honors technical categories that the Globes don’t.) The night’s biggest winners may have been hosts Fey and Poehler, whose second time hosting the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Beverly Hills, Calif., ceremony was just as successful as last year’s show (a six-year ratings high with 19.7 million viewers). The pair came out with a spree of punch lines, dishing them around the Beverly Hills Hilton, much to the delight of its starry audience. Damon, Meryl Streep and, naturally, George Clooney were among the targets. Fey particularly had the crowd roaring with a description of “Gravity,” which stars Sandra Bullock and Clooney. “George Clooney would rather float away in space and die than spend one more minute with a woman his own age,” said Fey.
The Globes are unique in celebrating both film and television. Perhaps more than ever before, those lines were blurred Sunday, capping a year in which TV was much celebrated as the more dynamic storytelling medium. The beloved and now concluded “Breaking Bad” earned some of the night’s loudest cheers for its first Globe wins: best drama TV series and best actor in a drama for Bryan Cranston. Cranston called his honor “a lovely way to say goodbye.” Creator Vince Gilligan said the award gave him “one more chance to thank the fans of the show.” The big TV film winner, the Liberace melodrama “Behind the Candelabra,” was made for HBO by one of cinema’s most talented directors, Steven Soderbergh, after Hollywood passed. Along with a best movie Globe, Michael Douglas won best actor for his performance as the flamboyant classical pianist. He thanked his co-star Damon.
“The only reason you’re not here is I had more sequins,” Douglas told Damon. (Earlier in the evening, Poehler said among such a famous crowd that Damon was “basically a garbage person.”) Actors like Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years a Slave,” ‘’Dancing on the Edge”) and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Enough Said,” ‘’Veep”) were nominated for both film and TV. Louis-Dreyfus parodied the dichotomy by appearing first at the table for “Enough Said” in glamorous sunglasses and smoking an electric cigarette, then sitting (or so the hosts said) in the “TV section” eating a hot dog. U2 and Danger Mouse won the award for best original song for “Ordinary Love,” recorded for the Nelson Mandela biopic “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.” Bono said working on the film completed a decades-long journey with Mandela, having played an anti-apartheid concert some 35 years ago.
List of the winners in key categories at the 71st annual Golden Globes, announced on Sunday in Beverly Hills:
Best film, drama: “12 Years A Slave”
Best film, musical or comedy: “American Hustle”
Best actor, drama: Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”
Best actor, musical or comedy: Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Best actress, drama: Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”
Best actress, musical or comedy: Amy Adams, “American Hustle”
Best supporting actor: Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”
Best supporting actress: Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”
Best director: Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity”
Best foreign language film: “The Great Beauty”
Best animated feature: “Frozen”Television
Best drama series: “Breaking Bad”
Best drama actor: Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
Best drama actress: Robin Wright, “House of Cards”
Best comedy series: “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
Best comedy actor: Andy Samberg, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
Best comedy actress: Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”
Best mini-series or TV movie: “Behind the Candelabra”
Best mini-series or TV movie actor: Michael Douglas, “Behind the Candelabra”
Best mini-series or TV movie actress: Elisabeth Moss, “Top of the Lake”