Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s final go at the Golden Globes was definitely no surprise in itself: The duo was on fire as per usual (though frankly, we could have used a little more of them). But the night did offer some unexpected events care of the actual winners. Go HERE for the full list of winners.
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” shocks, beating “Birdman” for Best Picture Comedy or Musical.
After winning both Best Screenplay and Best Actor, things looked all but set for “Birdman” to take Best Picture in a Comedy or Musical. But Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” pulled off the biggest shock of the evening, and Anderson took the opportunity to give one of the night’s most charming speeches, naming off members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. It definitely gives the film a major boost heading into the final phase of awards season, especially given it was a dark horse at best just a month or so ago.
“Ida” loses Best Foreign Film to “Leviathan”
Poland’s “Ida” was the definite frontrunner to win Best Foreign Film, but the Globes instead threw their award Russia’s way. Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Cannes Film Festival award winning “Leviathan” won, which bodes well for Oscar: The winner here has gone on to win Oscar’s corresponding prize four years running.
“How To Train Your Dragon 2” beats “The LEGO Movie.”
Seemingly one of the surest things going into the night was “The LEGO Movie” winning Best Animated Feature. But it was not so, as Kevin Hart made clear when screamed out something resembling “How To Train Your Dragon 2.” “LEGO” is probably still the Oscar frontrunner, but the Globes just help make it a race.
Joanne Froggatt winning for “Downton Abbey.”
If you’d ask anyone who was least likely to win the Best Supporting Actress television prize, most probably would have said “Downton Abbey’s” Joanne Frogratt. The Globes tend to reward folks from newer series, not ones in their fifth seasons. But Frogratt won despite this, topping Emmy winners Uzo Aduba and Allison Janney and giving one of the night’s most gracious speeches.
“Transparent” tops “Orange is the New Black”
Amazon stole Netflix’s thunder to become the streaming website of the night as “Transparent” beat “Orange is the New Black” for Best Comedy or Musical series, and its lead actor Jeffrey Tambor topped Ricky Gervais for Netflix’s “Derek.” The Globes did end up throwing Netflix a bone with a sole win for “House of Cards,” but they definitely did a good service in giving exposure to the incredibly deserving “Transparent” too.
Gina Rodriguez wins for “Jane The Virgin”
One of the night’s most adorable speeches was the clearly surprised newcomer Gina Rodriguez, who beat the likes of Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Edie Falco, Lena Dunham and Taylor Schilling for The CW’s “Jane The Virgin.” It was the first Globe win ever for the network, and a big boost for the rather low-rated (but fantastic) “Jane.”
Maggie Gyllenhaal beats Jessica Lange and Frances McDormand
SundanceTV’s “The Honorable Woman” (a co-production with the BBC) had nowhere near the buzz of “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” “Olive Kitteridge” or “Fargo,” but its lead actress Maggie Gyllenhaal beat Jessica Lange, Frances McDormand and Allison Tolman anyway. That made her the first Gyllenhaal to win a Golden Globe, despite her brother Jake’s many close efforts (he lost tonight to Eddie Redmayne).