The Golden Globes had a lot of memorable moments, but the biggest takeaway from last night’s award show extravaganza is the tectonic shift that has happened in TV entertainment. Amazon’s critically acclaimed Transgender took home two awards (the show won in Best TV Comedy and Jeffrey Tambor won in Best Actor in a TV Comedy) while Kevin Spacey won the Best Actor in a TV Drama for his performance in Netflix’s House of Cards. Both shows prove that online streaming services are here to stay and they also show that we’ve begun consuming entertainment differently (on the red carpet there was a lot of talk of binge watching too, which in case you missed it, Kevin Spacey is definitely not into). Now we’re keeping our fingers crossed for a new category called “Best Show to Watch on a Laptop.”
Here are the highlights from last night’s Golden Globes telecast:
The Red Carpet
Kevin Spacey is always asked to do Frank Underwood, his sinister character with a thick Southern accent from House of Cards, whenever he appears on TV, but it seems like Spacey had had enough yesterday. On the red carpet, during an interview with fellow House of Cards star Kate Mara, a reporter asked Spacey to say something in Underwood’s distinctive voice, to which Spacey replied, “No, but I’ll grab your ass.”
This year’s red carpet fashion for men dictated facial hair. Jamie Dornan (who is starring in Fifty Shades of Gray), Joshua Jackson (The Affair), and Matthew McConaughey were all sporting full beards. Jared Leto (of course) had gone the extra mile and braided his long hair. Dame Helen Mirren had personalized her protest against the terrorist attacks in Paris earlier this week, wearing a brooch with a pen on it symbolizing the pen is mightier than the sword.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s opening monologue had a lot of funny moments (although not as many as last year’s) including a joke about how all the movies nominated have been pre-approved by North Korea so to avoid another The Interview incident (Fey and Poehler were backed up by comedienne Margaret Cho playing a North Korean film consultant). Riffs on Emma Stone, Joaquin Phoenix, and Steve Carell landed well. This was the last year Fey and Poehler hosted together so naturally Poehler opened with, “We are so happy to be here hosting the 72nd and final Golden Globes.”
In a later bit, Margaret Cho’s North Korean film consultant demanded to have her picture taken with Meryl Streep. Just as the flash went off Benedict Cumberbatch photobombed them jumping up from behind. Priceless. Auteur Wes Anderson, whose Grand Budapest Hotel won Best Comedy, gave a very personal thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association naming each of its members by name. Anderson started by stating he wasn’t going to waste time on mentioning names of the cast and crew. “Instead I want to focus on the Hollywood Foreign Press. Yorum, Dagmar, and Yukiko […] these are the names of the people I want to thank tonight.”
No one is safe when Ricky Gervais is handed a microphone. This year the British comedian presented the award for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy and took the stage nonchalantly with a drink in his hand. “No one wants to see me insult any of you rich, beautiful, over-privileged celebrities,” he started and proceeded to do just that. Gervais’s sardonic wit has been a mainstay at the Globes for a few years now and he always delivers.
There was an outpouring of support for the victims of last week’s terrorist attack against French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. George Clooney wore a “Je suis Charlie” pin on his jacket and said during his acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Award that people gathered at protests around the world “marched in support of the idea that we will not walk in fear. We won’t do it.”
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Michael Keaton’s acceptance speech didn’t leave a dry eye in the house. Keaton won the award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for his part in Birdman (which also took home the statue in the Best Screenplay category) and his heartfelt speech about growing up poor in Pennsylvania with six siblings clearly stirred up emotions. A teary eyed Keaton ended on a lighter note, though. “Shoot, sorry. Two things I said I wasn’t going to do. Cry and give air quotes. Damn.”
Amazon’s Transgender, which won two awards, was cause for some of the most moving moments at the show. When Jeffrey Tambor, who plays a transgender woman transitioning late in life, accepted his award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series, he dedicated the award to transgender people everywhere. “Thank you for your courage and inspiration. Thank you for your patience and letting us be a part of the change.”
Transgender’s creator Jill Soloway, who accepted the award for Best TV Comedy, based the show on her real life experience of dealing with a transgender parent transitioning late in life. Soloway dedicated the award to the memory of Leelah Alcorn a young transgender woman who tragically committed suicide, and also thanked her own trans parent saying, “I just want to thank you for coming out because in doing so you made a break for freedom, you told your truth, you taught me how to tell my truth and make this show. And maybe we’re going to be able to teach the world something about authenticity and truth and love.”
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Plus Some Random Observations
Apparently the air conditioning at the Beverly Hilton went down at some point during the late afternoon, which is why everyone looked sweaty.
Miss Golden Globe 2015, Greer Grammer daughter of Kelsey Grammer, looked stellar and performed her stage duties without a hitch.
Fellow SNL alums Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader (who recently played opposite each other in the film Skeleton Twins) probably delivered the best award presentation of the evening. Even Bill Hader couldn’t keep a straight face when Wiig launched into her Robert De Niro impersonation. These two would make great hosts next year.