The 72nd Golden Globes started out pretty much how we expected with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosting: irreverent and funny.
The pair made jokes about everything from the “spoiled” actors and actresses to the marriage of George Clooney and the controversy surrounding North Korea’s issue with the Sony film “The Interview.”
“Tonight we celebrate all the great television shows we know and love as well as all the movies that North Korea was okay with,” Fey said.
There was a moment of uncomfortable tittering in the audience when Poehler took on the controversy of allegations that Bill Cosby had drugged and sexually assaulted women.
“In ‘Into the Woods’ Cinderella runs from her prince, Rapunzel is thrown from a tower for her prince, and Sleeping Beauty just thought she was getting coffee with Bill Cosby,” Poehler said.
Fey earlier told E! that she and her bestie are going to take advantage of being in the final year of their three-year Globes contract to push the envelope with their humor.
“Listen, it’s our last time!” she said. “What are they going to do, fire us?! Who cares!”
The first award of the evening, best supporting actor in a motion picture, went to J.K. Simmons for his role in “Whiplash”
Theo Kingma, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, received a standing ovation when he referenced the attacks in Paris.
“We will stand against anyone who would repress free speech anywhere from North Korea to Paris,” he said. The 72nd Golden Globes is produced by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and is viewed by many in Hollywood as a good predictor for the Oscars.
Music legend Prince surprised the crowd when he showed up to present the award for best original song in a motion picture. The award went to rapper/actor Common and musician John Legend for their song “Glory” from the film “Selma.”
Common said that in working on the project he “got to know the people of the civil rights movement” and in doing do realized that he was “the hopeful black woman who was denied her right to vote.”
“I am the caring white supporter killed on the front lines of freedom,” he said. “I am the unarmed black kid who maybe needed a hand but, instead, was given a bullet. I am the two fallen police officers murdered in the line of duty. ‘Selma’ has awakened my humanity.”
“Birdman,” starring Michael Keaton as a former superhero-playing actor trying to recharge his career with a Broadway play, led all of films with seven Golden Globe nominations.
The critically acclaimed movie was nominated for best comedy or musical, best actor in a comedy or musical (Keaton), best supporting actor (Edward Norton), best supporting actress (Emma Stone), best director (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu), as well as best screenplay and best score.
Among the television categories, “Fargo” led all nominees with five nominations, followed by “True Detective” which had four and “Jane the Virgin,” which received two.
“Fargo” took the first two TV awards, for best miniseries or TV movie and best actor in a miniseries or TV movie for its star Billy Bob Thornton.
“Jane the Virgin” star Gina Rodriguez moved the audience with her tearful acceptance speech after her win for best actress in a TV comedy or musical.
“Thank you God for making me an artist,” she said. It was her first nomination and win.
Amazon also enjoyed an inagural win, snagging best TV series comedy or musical for “Transparent” about a character who comes out as transgender.
This year, the films “Boyhood” and “The Imitation Game” earned five nominations, and Ava DuVernay made history becoming the first African American woman to be nominated for directing for her work on “Selma.”
DuVernay’s film joins “Boyhood,” “Foxcatcher,” “The Imitation Game” and “The Theory of Everything” in being nominated for best drama.
Patricia Arquette won for best supporting actress for her role in “Boyhood.”