Thoughts on… Golden Globes 2015

The 2015 Golden Globes have passed! While some criticize the Globes as the sloppier and more inappropriate cousins of the Oscars, they are actually enjoyable for these very reasons. They don’t have the stuffiness of the Oscars, and while the awards may not mean nearly as much, it’s always great fun to have hosts not afraid to poke fun at Hollywood, and something is bound to happen when there are so many famous and self-absorbed people in one room. So here’s our reaction to the 2015 Golden Globes.

Amy Poehler and Tina Fey go out in major style:
Globes monologues have always been rowdy and somewhat controversial, most notably with Ricky Gervais’ raucous openings in recent years, and Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have successfully continued that condition during their three years of hosting. This year, the duo’s last year, they tackled George Clooney’s marriage (which was absolutely hilarious), The Interview, and Bill Cosby’s rape allegations.

Jeremy Renner makes the best joke of the night:
While Renner and Jennifer Lopez were presenting, Lopez said that she had the envelope containing the result, to which Renner replied “and you’ve got the globes”. Queue the laughs.

How to Train Your Dragon upsets The Lego Movie:
I’ve gotten some major flak for my love of How to Train Your Dragon 2 and my insistence that it’s better than The Lego Movie. Vig says it doesn’t even compare and my other friend says its borderline terrible. Well, my friends, How to Train Your Dragon 2 took the win, and here’s to hoping that this trend continues in February at the Oscars.

No one was more surprised than Amy Adams:
That she took down Emily Blunt for actress musical or comedy. She looked absolutely shocked, (genuinely though, for often at these shows the actors fake surprise) and her speech was a little bit all over the place. Unfortunately for her, she’ll be denied the Oscar again in favor of Julianne Moore. She is definitely Leonardo DiCaprio’s counterpart.

Amazon wins multiple awards:
For it’s comedy show Transparent, a groundbreaking show about a transsexual parent. Poehler and Fey’s quip from a few years ago that Snapchat will soon be accepting Best Picture seems frighteningly relevant.

Neither Leonardo DiCaprio nor Jennifer Lawrence attend:
There were some great movies this year, some fantastic movies really, but you can’t help but feel a bit of a void without arguably the most popular actress and actor producing any cirtically lauded work this year. Next year both should make returns, Lawrence for Joy and DiCaprio for The Revenant.

The Grand Budapest Hotel upsets Birdman to take Best Picture Comedy or Musical:
Does this mean Birdman’s Oscar Hopes are out the window? The path certainly seems clear for Boyhood (or perhaps Selma) to take Best Picture in February, especially considering that it took Best Picture Drama. I’d say it’s the odds on favorite at this point.

Movies that nobody’s seen are nominated once again:
Julianne Moore won best actress drama for her performance in Still Alice. I’m sure it’s great, at least that’s what I’ve read, but damn it would be nice to actually be able to see it for myself. But it’s not out in theaters yet. Neither is Cake. So given that Moore was a lock for best actress and Aniston was one of the only ones with some upset potential, I essentially had no reason to watch or care about the best actress category, one of the most important of the night.

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