Golden Globes Wrap Up


The glitter has settled and the champagne flowed at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards. The full list of winners is ahead, but first the fashion.


Let's start with one of the night's biggest fashion trends: Red. Above, we see red done right. Viola Davis looks great in Donna Karan Atelier. It's a deeper shade of red than the typical tomato red, and the sparkle detailing not only adds visual interest, flattering her figure, but it also incorporates another trend. Helen Mirren stuns in Dolce and Gabbana, and she accessorizes perfectly with a pen pin. Who says you can't make a statement on the red carpet? And Allison Janney looks cool and comfortable in Ella Zahlan.

Below, though, we see red done wrong. Kate Mara misses the mark by adding a belt to her pretty red dress. The belt looks like an afterthought, not like it's part of the dress. Allison Williams is in Armani Prive. The dress isn't a disaster, but it looks like it's overtaking the beautiful actress. It looks heavy and big, and she appears lost in the grandeur of the dress. Lena Dunham once again wears Zac Posen. It's actually one of her better red carpet looks, but I don't like the "mullet" hemline, and the dress needs to be steamed and fitted better.



Another red carpet trend: sparkle and shimmer. Above, Julianne Moore dazzles in Givency Couture. The ombre feathers at the bottom add some fun to the look, and help Moore stand out in a sea of sparkle. Diane Kruger goes for an understated sparkle in Emilia Wickstead. Dakota Johnson wears Chanel Couture; she looks youthful and radiant, and, unlike the ladies further down, dons a tasteful slit. Below we have two more stunners: Uzo Aduba in Randi Rahm and Jessica Chastain in Atelier Versace. Aduba's multi-color sparkle is festive, and the cut of Chastain's dress is to die for.



Those slits I was talking about? See the two examples above to learn how not to wear a slit. Katie Cassidy (I don't know who that is) and Jennifer Aniston are testing the censors' reflexes with these too-high slits. Aniston's doesn't look too dangerous in the photo, but as she walked the red carpet in Saint Laurent, I saw more of her than I ever care to.


How about some well-dressed couples? Above, we start with Naomi Watts in Gucci and Liev Schreiber in Prada. Watts sports another trend, bright yellow, but she does so in a dress that looks too similar to a yellow number Michelle Williams wore a few years ago. The statement necklace adds some pizzazz, though, and Schreiber looks dapper in his two-toned tux. Next are Robin Wright and Ben Foster. Wright teases with a sheer skirt and a sliver of midriff, and Foster opts for black on black. Below, we find Nancy Walls and Steve Carrell. Walls wears red, the color of the night, and Carrell goes for a classic tuxedo. In the middle are Jessica and David Oyelowo. Jessica looks statuesque in her navy and gold brocade dress, and David complements the look by taking a risk in a shimmering navy tuxedo. I like the risk and the coordination. And then there's the couple everyone was waiting to see: The Clooneys. George looks classic and perfect, as usual, in Armani, while Amal goes for a simple black Dior dress. I'd ditch the white gloves, but otherwise I like her look.



The two ladies above, Lupita Nyong'o and Anna Kendrick, are no strangers to high fashion, and this year, they both opted for ethereal, ombre-ish dresses. Nyong'o blooms in Giambattista Valli Couture while Kendrick floats in Monique Lhuillier. Below are three ladies adding some color to the red carpet: Cindy Crawford (proving she's still got it) in Versace (I love the color); Felicity Jones in Christian Dior (I think the high neckline works on her and doesn't look stuffy because she's British); and Leslie Mann in Kaufman Franco.



One more trend on the red carpet: white hot gowns. Julia Louis-Dreyfus looks flawless in Narciso Rodriguez, as she usually does. She's sleek and sophisticated, and the sparkle on top adds a nice pop. Kate Hudson looks dangerously sexy in Versace. And Emily Blunt has an updated Grecian goddess look going on in her Michael Kors gown. But they can't all be winners. Below are my picks for worst dressed. Julianna Margulies looks great from the waist up. She's on trend in red, and her hair is less severe than it usually is. But then we go below the waist and... it's just bad. For my taste, if the dress is going to be shaped like that, it needs to be a full length gown. A full skirt midi just makes the beautiful and talented actress look stumpy. Ditto Kerry Washington, who looks uncomfortable in the pink and purple Mary Katrantzou. (The designer recently designed costumes for Justin Peck's Belles-Lettres.) What's most disappointing about these two looks is that Margulies and Washington usually get the red carpet just right.




But how about those men? As you saw in the couples section, there were a lot of good looking men looking good on the red carpet. I must single out Matt Bomer, who won the red carpet and then the Golden Globe, wearing Ralph Lauren. The blue tuxedo helps the handsome Bomer stand out in a sea of black. Likewise John Legend, who also went on to win a Globe. Both men look great, and they're talented to boot!


I had a difficult time picking my best dressed women. Above are two nominees, and two of my favorite actresses. Amy Adams turns heads in her periwinkle Versace dress, shaped and draped in a wonderfully flattering way. Then there's Reese Witherspoon in Calvin Klein. She's on trend in sparkle, and brings classic Hollywood glamour back to the Globes. But my pick for best dressed is diva Christine Baranski, at right in Zac Posen. She rocks the red trend, sports alluring cutouts on top, and damn it if she doesn't know how to pose on a red carpet. I bow to you, Ms. Baranski.

And now, the winners. (Winners are in bold typeface and are notated with an asterisk.)


Movies

Best Motion Picture—Drama
Netflix was kind enough to send me a copy of Boyhood. It's waiting, patiently, for me to watch it. More later.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture—Drama
Moore has garnered nothing but praise for her performance in Still Alice; this might be the year the reliably extraordinary actress finally wins an Oscar (but I'm going to go outside, turn around three times and spit because I don't want to jinx anything).

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture—Drama
Congratulations to the Tony winner, who is now also a Golden Globe winner. Redmayne gives a compelling performance, often with little to say out loud. Note that the Globes separate drama and comedy, so come Oscar time, Redmayne will likely be competing, directly, with Michael Keaton.

Best Motion Picture—Comedy or Musical
Yes! A decidedly Wes Anderson-y Wes Anderson film, but accessible and funny and sweet. I loved this flick, and am so happy to see it get honored. And I liked Anderson's speech, "highlighting" the members of the HFPA.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture—Comedy or Musical
  • Amy Adams, Big Eyes*
  • Emily Blunt, Into the Woods
  • Helen Mirren, The Hundred-Foot Journey
  • Julianne Moore, Maps to the Stars
  • Quvenzhane Wallis, Annie
Hooray, Amy Adams. She was revelatory in Big Eyes, and so richly deserves this accolade. Bravo. (And bravo for her lovely speech about women.)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture—Comedy or Musical
  • Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Michael Keaton, Birdman*
  • Bill Murray, St. Vincent
  • Joaquin Phoenix, Inherent Vice
  • Christoph Waltz, Big Eyes
Not much of a surprise here, and also the right call. Plus, Keaton (Michael Douglas?) gave a moving speech about his love for his son. Expect more speeches from Keaton this season.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
  • Patricia Arquette, Boyhood*
  • Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year
  • Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
  • Emma Stone, Birdman
  • Meryl Streep, Into the Woods
I haven't seen Boyhood yet, but it's sitting on my floor, waiting for me to watch. I'll be able to give you an actual opinion come Oscar time.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
  • Robert Duvall, The Judge
  • Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
  • Edward Norton, Birdman
  • Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
  • J.K. Simmons, Whiplash* 
Simmons has been lauded since Whiplash started making the rounds, and with good reason. He gives a gripping performance, and this win is well-deserved. It's nice to see this journey-man character actor "breaking out."

Best Director
  • Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Ava Duvernay, Selma 
  • David Fincher, Gone Girl
  • Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Birdman
  • Richard Linklater, Boyhood*
As I've said, I haven't seen Boyhood yet. Looking forward to watching it. I liked Linklater's speech, in which he said he's the one holding the award, but it's dedicated to the parents and families who are doing their best.

Best Screenplay
  • Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
  • Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo, Birdman*
  • Richard Linklater, Boyhood
  • Graham Moore, The Imitation Game  
I was hoping Anderson would take home this award as the cinematography, not the screenplay, was the remarkable part of Birdman, but I liked Birdman fine, and Budapest took the bigger honor.

Best Original Score
Um... This should have gone to either Reznor and Ross or Sanchez. I really can't remember the score from The Theory of Everything.

Best Original Song
  • "Big Eyes," Big Eyes, music and lyrics by Lana Del Rey
  • "Glory," Selma, music and lyrics by John Legend and Common*
  • "Mercy Is," Noah, music and lyrics by Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye
  • "Opportunity," Annie, music and lyrics by Greg Kurstin, Sia Furler and Will Gluck
  • "Yellow Flicker Beat," The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I, music and lyrics by Lorde
Songwriters prove the power of the pen. Bravo, Common and John Legend.

Best Animated Feature
  • Big Hero 6
  • The Book of Life
  • The Boxtrolls
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2*
  • The Lego Movie
Best Foreign Language Film
  • Force Majeure Turist (Sweden)
  • Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem Gett (Israel)
  • Ida (Poland/Denmark)
  • Leviathan (Russia)*
  • Tangerines Mandariinid (Estonia)


Television

Best Television Series—Drama
  • The Affair*
  • Downton Abbey
  • Game of Thrones
  • The Good Wife
  • House of Cards
I'm eight episodes into the ten-episode run of The Affair, and I'm totally on board with this win. I love the way it takes a look at a relationship - there's a leading couple. And the way the storytelling is structured is absolutely fascinating. Congratulations, Sarah Treem and company.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series—Drama
  • Claire Danes, Homeland
  • Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder
  • Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
  • Ruth Wilson, The Affair*
  • Robin Wright, House of Cards
Prior to starting to watch The Affair, I'd been Team Robin all the way. But now I'm fully on board with this win. And you can see Wilson alongside Jake Gyllenhaal in Constellations on Broadway right now. The Nick Payne play opens on Tuesday.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series—Drama
  • Clive Owen, The Knick
  • Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
  • Kevin Spacey, House of Cards*
  • James Spader, The Blacklist
  • Dominic West, The Affair
I've been re-watching House of Cards season two to get ready for the premiere of the third season, and I'm amped for Spacey's win.

Best Television Series—Comedy or Musical
  • Girls
  • Jane the Virgin
  • Orange is the New Black
  • Silicon Valley
  • Transparent*
Note that Transparent is an Amazon Originals series, and it has been earning raves.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series—Comedy or Musical
  • Lena Dunham, Girls
  • Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
  • Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin*
  • Taylor Schilling, Orange is the New Black
The HFPA likes to be the first to get on board a new show, so this isn't terribly surprising, although I still would have liked to have seen Louis-Dreyfus win.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series—Comedy or Musical
  • Louis C.K., Louie
  • Don Cheadle, House of Lies
  • Ricky Gervais, Derek
  • William H. Macy, Shameless
  • Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent*
Transparent has been the talk of the town. Congratulations, Tambor.

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
  • Fargo*
  • The Missing
  • The Normal Heart
  • Olive Kitteridge
  • True Detective
Yeah, I'm thinking The Normal Heart, Olive Kitteridge and True Detective split votes. Of course, I haven't watched Fargo so this is just speculation.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Honorable Woman*
  • Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Freak Show
  • Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge
  • Frances O'Connor, The Missing
  • Allison Tolman, Fargo
While I really loved Olive Kitterisdge and McDormand's performance, I always enjoy Gyllenhaal's work. Plus she gave a terrific speech, speaking of the "wealth of roles for actual women" she sees these days. "That revolutionary," she continued. Preach, Maggie!

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
  • Martin Freeman, Fargo
  • Woody Harrelson, True Detective
  • Matthew McConaughey, True Detective
  • Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart
  • Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo*
I was rooting for Ruffalo.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
  • Uzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black
  • Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Freak Show
  • Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey*
  • Allison Janney, Mom
  • Michelle Monaghan, True Detective
Anna had quite an arc on Downton Abbey so I'm particularly happy for Froggatt's win.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Televsion
  • Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart*
  • Alan Cumming, The Good Wife
  • Colin Hanks, Fargo
  • Bill Murray, Olive Kitteridge
  • Jon Voight, Ray Donovan
Hooray for Matt Bomer! He was terrific - just astonishing - in The Normal Heart. This is 100% deserved.


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