The best of film and television were honored at the 71st annual Golden Globes on Sunday night. “American Hustle” earned the most, film-wise, with three, including best comedy. After shutting out “12 Years a Slave” in all the other categories, the voters gave it the best drama prize. The 2014 winners, as chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, received their trophies during a ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler acted as co-hosts for the evening, huffington post reports.
“American Hustle” won Best Motion Picture – Musical Or Comedy as well as Best Actress – Musical Or Comedy (Amy Adams) and Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Lawrence). “12 Years A Slave” earned the Best Picture – Drama award. Tessa Ross, Channel 4 controller of film and drama who backed 12 Years a Slave at an early stage, said of the film: “We’re immensely proud of [director] Steve [McQueen] and the team behind his extraordinary film, which is so deserving of this wonderful recognition on the international stage.”
Other film winners included Jared Leto (for Best Supporting Actor), Leonardo DiCaprio (for Best Actor – Musical or Comedy), Matthew McConaughey (for Best Actor – Drama), Cate Blanchett (for Best Actress – Drama), Spike Jonze (for Best Screenplay) and Alfonso Cuaron (for Best Director). Dallas Buyers Club managed two awards, both in acting. Matthew McConaughey defeated the red-hot favourite, 12 Years a Slave’s Chiwetel Ejiofor, to triumph in the best actor (drama) category, while Jared Leto carried off the best supporting actor. In an indication of how many strong contenders there are in this years’ awards season, the remaining awards were spread evenly around other titles. Cate Blanchett won best actress (drama) for her role in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, while Leonardo DiCaprio won best actor (comedy or musical) for the Martin Scorsese Wolf of Wall Street. Gravity snagged the best director award for Alfonso Cuarón, while Spike Jonze won best screenplay for Her.
“Breaking Bad” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” took top television honors, while actors Bryan Cranston (for “Breaking Bad”), Andy Samberg (for “Brookyln Nine-Nine”), Robin Wright (for “House of Cards”) and Amy Poehler (for “Parks and Recreation”) won Golden Globe awards for acting. Woody Allen received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment” during the 2014 Golden Globes ceremony.
Despite the level of buzz leading up to the Globes, there were no awards for a string of heavyweight contenders including Nebraska, Captain Phillips, Philomena and Rush, all of whom had scored multiple nominations.
Last year, “Argo” and “Les Miserables” took home film honors, while “Homeland” and “Girls” won the lead television awards. (Combined reports)