“Good evening. Good evening and welcome you bunch of despicable, spoiled, minimally talented brats.”
And so co-host Tina Fey kicked off the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards Sunday night which, thanks partly to Fey and her partner Amy Poehler (more about them in a minute), breezed along mostly entertainingly even while the specific awards seemed to cause more bafflement in social media than enthusiasm.
On the TV side, The Hollywood Foreign Press Association chose to favor the new over the old in handing out their awards. Freshmen series The Affair, Transparent and Fargo each won in the drama, comedy and miniseries categories respectively. Meanwhile, Ruth Wilson won Best Actress for The Affair and newcomer Gina Rodriguez won for her new show Jane the Virgin.
Besides the moving acceptance speeches from movie winners Patricia Arquette and Michael Keaton and TV winners Jeffrey Tambor and Kevin Spacey, the highlight of the show as expected was the opening by hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler who destroyed all competition for the third year in a row. They skewered sexism in Hollywood, ribbed their celebrity friends pointedly but affectionately, and they said what needed saying about Bill Cosby and took the piss out of North Korea.
Here are a few of their best lines.
Poehler on Patricia Arquette:
“Boyhood proves that there are still great roles for women over 40… as long you get hired when you are under 40.”
Poehler on Steve Carell:
“In Foxcatcher, Carell plays a paranoid murderous billionaire which is a stretch for Carell who in real life plays a paranoid murderous millionaire
Fey on Carell:
“Steve Carell’s Foxcatcher look took two hours to put on including his hairstyling and makeup. Just for comparison, it took me three hours today to prepare for my role as human woman.”
Fey on George Clooney:
“George Clooney married Amal Allamudin this year. Amal is a human rights lawyer who worked on the Enron case, was an adviser to Kofi Anan regarding Syria and was selected for a three person UN commission investigating rules of war violations in the Gaza Strip… so tonight her husband is getting a lifetime achievement award.”
The game of Who Would You Rather?” was also top shelf.
Here are the complete TV and movie winners.
TV Series, Drama: The Affair
Actress in a TV Series, Drama: Ruth Wilson, The Affair
Actor in a TV Series, Drama: Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
TV Series, Musical or Comedy: Transparent
Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy: Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin
Actor in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy: Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
TV Movie or Mini-Series: Fargo
Actress in a Mini-Series or TV Movie: Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Honorable Woman
Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie: Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo
Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie: Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie: Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart
Motion Picture, Drama: Boyhood
Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama: Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy: Grand Budapest Hotel
Actress in A Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy: Amy Adams, Big Eyes
Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy: Michael Keaton, Birdman
Animated Feature Film: How to Train Your Dragon 2
Foreign Language Film: Leviathan
Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Director – Motion Picture: Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Screenplay – Motion Picture: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo, Birdman
Original Score – Motion Picture: Jóhann Jóhannsson, The Theory of Everything
Original Song – Motion Picture: John Legend and Common, “Glory”, Selma