Hollywood turned out in force on the red carpet for the 71st annual Golden Globes on Sunday, Tinseltown's biggest awards ceremony before the Academy Awards in March – and a key indicator as to who could take home an Oscar.
The major honours at the Golden Globes went to the favorites. David O. Russell's con-artist caper "American Hustle'' led with three awards, including best film comedy. And despite missing out in the other six categories it was nominated in, the hard-hitting drama "12 Years a Slave'' took home best film.
“American Hustle'' had the better night overall, winning acting awards for Amy Adams and Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence.
Australian Cate Blanchett won best drama actress for Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine" and Matthew McConaughey triumphed for best drama actor for Texas HIV film "Dallas Buyers Club."
Leonardo DiCaprio, a nine-time Golden Globe nominee, won his second Globe for best
actor in a comedy for his uninhibited work in ``The Wolf of Wall Street.'' He thanked director Martin Scorsese for his mentorship (''Wolf'' is their fifth film together) and for "allowing me to stalk you to make this movie.''
Alfonso Cuaron won best director for the space odyssey "Gravity,'' a worldwide hit and critical favorite. The film will likely join "American Hustle'' and "12 Years a Slave'' as an Oscar front-runner on Thursday.
Biggest cheer for "Breaking Bad"
On the small screen, cult series "Breaking Bad" won the biggest cheers of the night. The critically acclaimed series won the best drama series crown and best drama actor Globe for Bryan Cranston, while best TV movie or mini-series went to Liberace biopic "Behind the Candelabra."
Michael Douglas won best actor for his performance as the flamboyant classical pianist and thanking co-star Matt Damon, he said, “The only reason you're not here is I had more sequins.''
However, arguable the night's biggest winners may have been hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, whose second time hosting the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Beverly Hills, California, ceremony was just as successful as last year's show (a six-year ratings high with 19.7 million viewers).
The “SNL'' duo are signed for next year, too.
"This is Hollywood," explained Fey. "If something kind of works, they'll just keep doing it until everyone hates it.''
Nominations for the Oscars will be announced on Thursday and the Academy Awards will be held on March 2.
Best gags and pictures from the Golden Globes
"And now, like a supermodel's vagina, let's all give a warm welcome to Leonardo DiCaprio," said host Tina Fey. DiCaprio won his second Globe for best actor in the comedy "The Wolf of Wall Street." ©AFP
Cate Blanchett won best actress in a drama for her Blanche DuBois-like performance in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine". "Thank you for plying me with vodka the way Judy Garland was probably plied with barbiturates," she said (to her agent) as she accepted her award. ©AFP
Comedians Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who presented the awards ceremony, had the crowd in stitches with their commentary during the awards. ©AFP
Director Steve McQueen and the cast of "12 years a Slave", which took the Globes' top award. Host Amy Poehler said: "I loved 12 Years a Slave. And after watching that film, I can honestly say I will never look at slavery the same way again." ©AFP
Adele Exarchopoulos, the star of Cannes-winning "Blue is the Warmest Color", which lost out to Paolo Sorrentino's "The Great Beauty" in the Best foreign film category. ©AFP
On the small screen, cult series "Breaking Bad" took the best drama series crown and best drama actor Globe for Bryan Cranston (pictured). Co-star Aaron Paul yelled "Yeah b-tch. Thank you!" as he helped series creator Vince Gilligan accept his award. ©AFP
"American Hustle", the stylish crime caper by director David O. Russell, took best musical/comedy film and two acting awards. "Interesting fact," said Tina Fey. "The original title of that movie was Explosion at the Wig Factory." ©AFP
(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS, AP and AFP)
Date created : 2014-01-13