It’s the end of an era. The 72nd Annual Golden Globes Awards marked the third and final year of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s hosting of the awards show. While we were all eager to see them grace our screens again, we are now all fretting about who could possibly top them?! Even Queen of Hollywood herself, Meryl Streep, took time to say how she’ll miss Tina and Amy after this year — and that was even after they announced the show was running long for the fifth time.
It was a night of some surprise wins, small sweeps — Showtime’s The Affair, Birdman and Boyhood — and speeches. Many, many speeches. With a noticeable lack of Fey and Poehler, the show seemed to drag
Let’s take a look at the five best moments of the evening.
1. Obviously, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s monologue
Tina and Amy made such a splash their first year hosting the Golden Globes because of their skill in delivering a funny, sharp monologue. This year was no different. The dynamic duo know of our despair that they won’t be returning as hosts next year, thus they opened the show by welcoming us to “the 72nd and final Golden Globe Awards.” And adding some sharp, political humor onto that, Tina added “with all the movies North Korea was OK with.” They made another fantastic round of jokes about George Clooney, how women more than 40-years-old are mistreated in the entertainment business and how no one in the audience would know what cake and birthdays are. Most relatable of all, they played a game of “Who’d You Rather?” and pitted Colin Firth against Colin Farrell while making a universal declaration of Chris Pine’s sexiness. Fey and Poehler managed to bring their A-game to all three monologues. Sadly, they basically vanished for the rest of the broadcast, only to return to make the best Oprah joke of all time. “She’s known by one name. Winfrey!” Please let them at least write for the award shows from now until the end of time. We’ll miss you Tina and Amy!
2. Benedict Cumberbatch strikes again!
While on the red carpet for this year’s Oscars, Benedict Cumberbatch became an Internet sensation again when he photobombed U2’s picture. His jumping body was everywhere, and it was amazing. At the Globes, Margaret Cho dressed as a parody of a Korean military member who was recently added into the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which votes for the Globes’ winners. Cho wanted a photo with Meryl Streep — because that’s the only reason one goes to these award shows, right? — and just before Michael Keaton could take the photo, Cumberbatch jumps from his seat behind the two to recreate his glorious photobomb. Cho’s cameo fell flat while Cumberbatch again proved he’s great at everything. Well done, Cumberbatch. You’re a star for a reason. Colin Firth was right. The world was waiting for you to be born.
3. George Clooney, Jeffrey Tambor give great, articulate acceptance speeches…
In a night that was overrun with long acceptance speeches and bad introductions, George Clooney and Jeffrey Tambor showed everyone how it’s done. Clooney was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award. After a spectacular montage of his work, including a stint on South Park, Clooney took the time to honor Lauren Bacall and Robin Williams and talk about the irrelevance of awards shows, his love for his wife Amal and the unity marches in Paris. While wearing his “Je suis Charlie” button, he ended his speech with that same phrase. He sure won that award for a reason. Jeffrey Tambor won Best Actor in a TV series, Musical or Comedy for Amazon’s Transparent, which follows a family and their lives after discovering their father (Tambor) is transgender. Tambor joked Amazon is his new best friend, beautifully declared his love for his wife and then dedicated his award to the transgender community: “Thank you for your courage, thank you for your inspiration, thank you for your patience and thank you for letting us be a part of the change.” I concur with Laverne Cox’s tweet.
4. While Wes Anderson makes the only funny, bit speech
I’m a bit biased because, as evident by my Twitter feed tonight, I’m a major Wes Anderson fan. His unique, distinct filmmaking style is so enthralling I wrote an entire analysis of it for a film class. I was disheartened Anderson lost in the Best Screenplay and Best Director categories, however I actually threw my fist in the air and cheered when The Grand Budapest Hotel won for Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy. Besides The Lego Movie, it was the one film I was truly rooting for. Wes Anderson accepts the award and says he will not thank the group who worked on the film, all of whom he proceeds to name, but instead will thank people like all of the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Its hilarity relies on one’s taste for dry humor and the fact that the HFPA is typically as mystical a force as the prestigious “Academy.” Plus, I’d really like to imagine that Amy Poehler wasn’t too far off in saying that Anderson arrived at the Globes via his bicycle made of antique tuba parts. Oh how Wes Anderson of him.
5. The moments that can only happen at the Globes
Everyone loves to watch the Globes because it is the awards show where all the celebrities get drunk. It’s hilarious, laid-back and fun. Though this year was a bit of a snooze overall, there are always those small moments throughout the show that make it worth the three-hour commitment. Adorable husband and wife Chris Pratt and Anna Faris presented together and began their introduction by discussing their “mixed marriage:” “I’m on CBS and he’s on NBC. But we’re raising our kids HBO.” A great satirical joke that also looks at how the younger generations are less likely to stick with staple networks and head toward cable and streaming services. Prince presented and literally the entire room went nuts, especially Allison Janney. Where else are you going to see that? Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader proved they are too adorable for life when they did impressions instead of introducing their category. Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin were as witty as ever with their jokes about the patriarchy before introducing a Best Actor category. And very notably, a CW TV show, Jane the Virgin, actually won an award. Seriously. This is the first Golden Globe for he CW as a network. As. A. Network. Maybe the awards shows are finally coming to realize the greatness of all the different TV that’s out there. Or maybe it was a fluke.
It wasn’t the best of the three Golden Globe Awards Fey and Poehler hosted, though they can hardly be to blame because they were hardly on screen, it was still a night to talk about as usual. I now feel an even greater need to see Boyhood and Birdman — congrats Michael Keaton on your comeback! I’m not pleased with Jeremy Renner for the joke he made about Jennifer Lopez’s “globes.” I’m still very bitter about The Lego Movie’s loss. Why hasn’t Orange is the New Black won anything yet, and why has Lupita Nyong’o not graced our screens more this year?
Best Motion Picture, Drama: Boyhood
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama: Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy: Amy Adams, Big Eyes
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy: Michael Keaton, Birdman
Best Animated Feature Film: How to Train Your Dragon 2
Best Foreign Language Film: Leviathan
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Best Director, Motion Picture: Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Best Screenplay, Motion Picture: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo, Birdman
Best Original Score, Motion Picture: Jóhann Jóhannsson, The Theory of Everything
Best Original Song, Motion Picture: “Glory” by John Legend and Common, Selma
Best TV Series, Drama: The Affair
Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama: Ruth Wilson, The Affair
Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama: Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy: Transparent
Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy: Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virigin
Best Actor in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy: Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
Best Mini-Series or TV Movie: Fargo
Best Actress in a Mini-Series or TV Movie: Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Honorable Woman
Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie: Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo
Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie: Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie: Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart