Golden Globes Wrap up- Disappointing Night for Selma
So that was the Globes then. Amy and Tina did predictably sterling work; a zinger-filled opening monologue included great (if predictable) lines on the big movie stories of the year like The Interview and George Clooney. There were also some great Bill Cosby gags that drew gasps from the audience that was clearly struggling to figure out how to react for the cameras.
On the TV side of things The Affair, Fargo and Transparent all won big, taking drama, mini-series and comedy show awards respectively. Those shows’ stars Ruth Wilson (The Affair), Billy Bob Thornton (Fargo) and Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent) also nabbed acting awards for their roles. Fargo was one of favourite shows of last year so I’m well behind any love for that show.
The main event though is of course the movies. The big winners of the night were Boyhood, Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel taking home the major trophies of the night. Boyhood nabbed Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette), Best Director (Richard Linklater) and Best Motion Picture – Drama. Birdman flew home with Best Actor (Micheal Keaton) and Best Screenplay (Alejandro González Iñárritu). The Grand Budapest Hotel won Best Motion Picture – Comedy. Certainly at this point those three will be the favourite for Oscar gongs, but remember things can quickly change and voting has not nearly finished.
Which is good news (but would certainly fall on deaf ears) for the Selma cast and crew who walked away without any major awards. They did collect the best song globe, but I doubt that would be much conciliation for anyone but John Legend and Common (the writers/performers of the song).
Word on the street is that Selma was late with its screenings and did little of the necessary campaigning necessary for any awards win. It seems like that are putting all their eggs in the Oscar basket which makes sense but can be a little risky. Globe awards technically mean nothing to the Academy but sometimes a film can be swept up with good momentum.
Boyhood, Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel are all great films that I encourage you to see at the soonest opportunity, but if you’re flying the flag for Britain’s own David Oyelowo, first black female director nominee Ava DuVernay and the rest of the Selma don’t yet despair- there is still a long way to go.