The Golden Globes Awards 2014 Were All About the Ladies
A rundown of the Globes' best bits: The jokes, the winners and the hosts
The thing we’ve taken away from this year’s Golden Globes – more than the fashions, and the faces, and the flooded red carpet – is how many women there are in TV and film right now who are just completely awesome.
Leading the vanguard, of course, were hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who returned for round two after a hugely successful Globes debut last year. Highlights were when they poked fun at George Clooney in Gravity – “Clooney would rather float away and die than spend one moment with a woman his own age” – and referred to Matthew McConaughey’s 20kg weight loss for Dallas Buyers Club as “what actresses call, being in a movie.” Touché. But the best line? “Like a supermodel’s vagina, let’s all give a warm welcome to Leonardo DiCaprio!” Incredible. The icing on the cake was that Poehler herself won a Golden Globe (her first), for Parks and Recreation.
As well as being hilarious and totally on form, high-fiving each other throughout, Fey and Poehler summed up the mood in Hollywood right now. Spirited, vocal, fun, witty, gutsy women are taking over. Roar. Seeing Lena Dunham, Jennifer Lawrence, Cate Blanchett, Kerry Washington, Robin Wright, Reese Witherspoon, Sandra Bullock, Elisabeth Moss and of course Queen Meryl all in one room, it really felt like Hollywood is changing. Not a silly twit in sight.
The ‘bolshy beauty’ mood was all over the stage, too. Amy Adams, collecting the Best Actress award for American Hustle, said, “Thanks for letting the world know a princess can punch. And wear a low-cut dress.” A fiery Jacqueline Bisset, on accepting her award for Best Supporting Actress in a mini-series or TV movie, told her haters: “To the people who have given me shit, like my mother said: go to hell and don’t come back.” Elisabeth Moss also showed her mother’s influence as she accepted the award for Best Actress in a mini-series or TV movie (for Top of the Lake). “I hope to be one-tenth the woman you are, mum,” she said.
Let’s not forget the fellas though. Idris Elba is pretty unforgettable, after all. Sadly, it wasn’t his night; he missed out on best actor in a drama to Matthew McConaughey, but he looked good doing it. We were happy to see Bryan Cranston take home Best Actor for Breaking Bad, which ended on a legendary high this season. Michael Douglas cutely consoled his Behind the Candelabra co-star Matt Damon by saying the only reason he’d won and Damon hadn’t was “more sequins”. And finally, we’ve been hearing nothing but good things about Her (which lands in Malaysia on January 16), so we were excited to see Spike Jonze win Best Screenplay.
What a night. It was a rollicking, raucous start to awards season. The Oscars, coming up on Sunday March 2, have a lot to live up to.