2015 Golden Globes Coverage: Thoughts on the Winners + Best & Worst Moments of the Night


Can’t believe it’s already time for the main award season, with the kick-off of tonight’s 72nd Golden Globes Awards… once again it’s just four days shy of the Oscar nominations (January 15). I posted the list of the FILM nominees here, but I’m not making any predictions this year, but I do have my winner wish list, especially Michael Keaton for Birdman and Rosamund Pike for Gone Girl. I’m honestly torn between Norton and Ruffalo, both are phenomenal in their respective roles, so I sure hope one of them would win this thing!


I’ve only started tuning in about a half hour before the show started, but thanks to Twitter, here are some notable dresses of the night:

Best Dressed Ladies:

LOVE Rosamund, but that’s quite an ill-fitting dress. I think it’d work better on skinnier girls who’s not um, so well-endowed.

And THIS! Yowza miss Fonda!


Comments on Winners/Losers

The bold one in magenta is the winner

The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
I’m gonna reserve my comment on Boyhood win until I actually see the movie! Lots of strong contenders in this category.
BEST PICTURE (comedy/musical)
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods
St. Vincent

I guess I’m ok w/ Grand Budapest Hotel winning Best Picture at the Globes. I just hope this won’t repeat come Oscar time. Pulling for Birdman all the way!!

Wes Anderson | The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ava DuVernay | Selma
David Fincher | Gone Girl
Alejandro González Iñárritu | Birdman
Richard Linklater | Boyhood

I guess I should bite the bullet and just see Boyhood soon. I don’t know why but I haven’t been enthused about it apart from my curiosity on how Linklater pulls off that 12-year filmmaking process. I sure hope I’d enjoy it!

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Gone Girl
The Imitation Game

I was hoping Gillian Flynn would get this for Gone Girl, but I REALLY like Birdman and any win for that film is all right by me.

Big Hero 6
The Book of Life
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The LEGO Movie

I actually LOVE three of the nominated animated movies equally (Big Hero 6, HTTYD 2 and The LEGO Movie), but I really thought The LEGO Movie had the biggest shots amongst the nominees.

ACTOR (drama)
Steve Carell | Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch | The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal | Nightcrawler
David Oyelowo | Selma
Eddie Redmayne | The Theory of Everything

I’m bummed that I haven’t seen Eddie’s nor Jake’s performances by now. But there’s really a ton of amazing transformative performances in this particular category.

ACTOR (comedy/musical)
Ralph Fiennes | The Grand Budapest Hotel
Michael Keaton | Birdman
Bill Murray | St. Vincent
Joaquin Phoenix | Inherent Vice
Christoph Waltz | Big Eyes

Obviously I’m thrilled to see Keaton win! I mean he absolutely deserved it and he’s paid his dues time and again. I sure hope this isn’t just a one time thing, hope his comeback means more leading roles for him in the future!

ACTRESS (drama)
Jennifer Aniston | Cake
Felicity Jones | The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore | Still Alice
Rosamund Pike | Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon | Wild

I’m seriously bummed to see Rosamund NOT winning this. No offense to Julianne Moore as she’s a good actress, but I hope Rosamund still has a chance at the Oscars! But hey, at least Reese Witherspoon didn’t win for her overrated performance, I mean she shouldn’t even be nominated in the first place. Where the heck is Marion Cotillard?? She’s got not one but TWO worthy performances this past year (The Immigrant, Two Days One Night).

BEST ACTRESS (comedy/musical)
Amy Adams | Big Eyes
Emily Blunt | Into the Woods
Helen Mirren | The Hundred Foot Journey
Julianne Moore | Maps to the Stars
Quvenzhané Wallis | Annie

I haven’t seen Adams’ performance in Big Eyes, in fact, I’ve only seen Mirren’s performance in this category.

Rosana Arquette | Boyhood
Jessica Chastain | A Most Violent Year
Keira Knightley | The Imitation Game
Emma Stone | Birdman
Meryl Streep | Into the Woods

Haven’t seen Arquette’s performance either, but at this point, I’m happy that ANYONE besides Meryl win this thing!

Robert Duvall | The Judge
Ethan Hawke |Boyhood
Ed Norton | Birdman
Mark Ruffalo | Foxcatcher
JK Simmons | Whiplash

I’m sure Simmons deserves the win but I was REALLY hoping either Ruffalo or Norton will win this category 😦

Alexandre Desplat | The Imitation Game
Johann Johannsson | The Theory of Everything
Trent Reznor | Gone Girl
Antonio Sanchez | Birdman
Hans Zimmer | Interstellar

Sheesh, the ONLY one film I haven’t seen in this category won this thing!! It’s a really tough category though, I mean three of the nominees here are on my Top 10 Best 2014 Scores.

Random Commentaries

Best Moments

“Welcome you despicable, spoiled, minimally talented brats!”
Right on, Tina Fey!

“North Korea referred to ‘The Interview’ as absolutely intolerable and a wanton act of terror. Even more amazing: not the worst review the movie got.”

LOVE the jab on Steve Carell …

“Steve Carell is here tonight, for Foxcatcher. In Foxcatcher, Steve Carell plays a paranoid, murderous billionaire. The role was a stretch for Carell who in real life is a paranoid, murderous millionaire.”

Carell_GG2015His expression when the camera closes in on him is such a hoot!! LOVE this guy, he’s just so effortlessly hilarious & affable.

The hosts listing a long list of accomplishments of George Clooney’s new wife Amal Alamuddin who’s a human rights lawyer, then said, “And now her husband is getting the Lifetime Achievement Award.” Mwahahaha!

Easily the most glamorous couple of the night. Amal is just absolutely stunning. George you lucky SOB!
Easily the most glamorous couple of the night. Amal is just absolutely stunning. George you lucky SOB!

They might not be the most glamorous, but Anna Faris & Chris Pratt is absolutely my favorite couple! They’re just so genuinely adorable together!


Anna Faris: We have a mixed marriage. I’m CBS, he’s NBC.
Chris Pratt: But we want our kids to be HBO.

The WOULD YOU RATHER joke should be used every year! 

Tina: “Who would you rather: Colin Farrell or Colin Firth?”
Amy: “Farrell, all day!”
Tina: “Firth, for a polite amount of time.”

Tina: “Richard Linklater or Alejandro Iñárritu?”
Amy: “I’m gonna say Iñárritu: one take, two hours straight, no stopping.”
Tina: “Linklater, five minutes, once a year.”

Amy: “You know, Tina, I didn’t like Gone Girl. I go to the movies to escape. I didn’t want to see myself up there on the screen.”

Amy: Chris Pine or…
Tina: Chris Pine!

I’d agree with that… especially in THIS outfit 😉


King of Photobomb Benedict Cumberbatch is at it again!

Keaton taking a photo of Meryl w/ Margaret Cho dressed as Kim Jong Cho
Keaton taking a photo of Meryl w/ Margaret Cho dressed as Kim Jong Cho

Can’t believe I’m saying this but Ricky Gervais actually makes me laugh tonight!

‘No one want to see me insult any of you rich, beautiful, overprivileged celebrities’ 

“Famous people are above the law, as it should be. Streep. Clooney, I’m not even looking at Katie Holmes.”

BEST Short Speech

Billy Bob Thornton

BEST Long-ish Speech

Kevin Spacey – “This is only the beginning of my revenge!”

Most Moving Speech 

Michael Keaton – His speech has a great balance of being genuinely moving as well as funny, just like the actor himself who’s great at mixing drama & comedy!


I’ve never been a huge fan of George Clooney, so here’s my thoughts on his Cecil B. DeMile Award:


Most Sexist Comment of the Night:

Most awkward jokes of the night

The whole gag on North Korea with Margaret Cho dressed as the appalling dictator is just awkward and frankly, it’s just not funny! I cringed every time she’s on and I think the two hosts tried their best pretending it’s a good joke. It’s really getting tiresome to be honest, though the apparent jab at The Interview in the beginning is pretty spot on. I have to admit though, the Margaret & Meryl photo-op with Benedict photo-bombing them was pretty amusing.


Now, apart from my disappointments on who win/lose, overall I thought the event was pretty entertaining. Most of the jokes did make me laugh, and Tina/Amy did a great job as host once again. I’m not really sad this is their last year though, hey what’s wrong with getting some fresh talents to host?


Some people were suggesting Kristen Wiig & Bill Hader next year on Twitter. Hey I like them both, but hopefully they’d be funnier than they were last night as some of the jokes didn’t quite work too well.

Well, that’s it folks. As you can see, I’m only covering the FILM portion as I barely watch any TV 🙂

So, what are YOUR thoughts on the winners & what’s your favorite moments of the night?

45 thoughts on “2015 Golden Globes Coverage: Thoughts on the Winners + Best & Worst Moments of the Night

  1. Fun GG wrap-up Ruth!

    I was thrilled with Boyhood’s big night. I was hoping Ethan Hawke would win the supporting actor Oscar but I have no doubt Simmons was fabulous. Whiplash still hasnt opened in my area.

    Stunned that The Lego Movie didn’t win. Dragon 2 is good but not AWESOME!

    Really happy for Wes Anderson. He has been nominated so many times but never gets the win. Budapest has grown on me sooo much.

    And I’m with you – WHERE IS MARION COTILLARD??? A travesty.

    Finally, you could wrap Emily Blunt in newspaper and she would still be absolutely stunning. Just sayin’

    1. Hey Keith! I really should check out Boyhood soon. I wasn’t as enthused about it as the premise didn’t really grab me, but I feel that I should at least give it a shot.

      Dragon 2 is good but not AWESOME! I agree! Btw have you seen Big Hero 6? If you have little ones, I absolutely recommend seeing it w/ them. I LOVE that movie so much!

      It’s nuts that Marion was snubbed whilst they gave TWO noms to Julianne Moore! But given that I have seen Reese’s performance, I’d say she’s the one who stole it from Marion.

      Mwahahaha! Your love for miss Blunt is loud and clear, mister! 😉

  2. I’m very dejected that The Imitation Game didn’t garner any wins. To me, TIG is as good as The King’s Speech, as is Cumberbatch’s performance. Benedict is so passionate about Alan Turing and his accomplishments, he talks him up every time I’ve seen him, even on the red carpet yesterday. [www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXg983bqZ9I]. I now hold out hope for BAFTA, SAG and the Oscars.

    1. Hi Becky! Imitation Game is a good film but there’s really a LOT of competition in many of the categories they’re nominated for. Honestly I wasn’t rooting for it in those categories either, after having seen some of the nominees. In the Drama category, I was rooting for Carell in Foxcatcher. As for the Comedy/Musical category, I’m VERY happy Keaton won for Birdman, I think it’s a well-deserved win for him.

  3. Margaret Cho character awkward. Bill Cosby jokes in bad taste. Can’t stand Ricky Gervais. Loved George Clooney award/speech. Loved that Grand Budapest Hotel and Michael Keaton won. I thought many were gorgeous but liked Viola Davis dress the best. It was a fun evening 🙂

    1. Hey Cindy! Regardless of how distasteful the Cosby joke was, I do think that NOBODY should be above being poked fun at, so hey I think he was fair game. I normally am NOT a fan of Gervais at all and I hope he won’t ever host again, but somehow his joke last night made me laugh. Viola is a goddess, I’d say hers and Jane Fonda’s dress are my top faves of the night.

  4. Bless Rosamund Pike – she’s just had a baby! Yeah, the dress perhaps wasn’t the best post-baby decision.

    Having seen so few 2014 releases, I feel like I can’t really add anything of any use here – apart from there were some very dapper men as well as gorgeous ladies on the red carpet. Liev Schreiber looked amazing in his midnight blue tux!

    1. Oh yeah I think Pike looks amazing on someone who just had a baby. I just think the dress itself is ill-fitting for most people.

      It’s funny but I hardly noticed the men in the red carpet in the half hour that I tuned in, but I always enjoy looking at the dresses. I’ll google Liev’s blue tux now, that’s cool that he’s not wearing the traditional black. His wife Naomi also wore a gorgeous yellow gown.

  5. Great recap Ruth! Rosamund Pike looked omg STUNNING. She’s beautiful and I am glad Reese didn’t win either. I was so sick of Margaret Cho by the end and normally she doesn’t bug me at all. I think if Wiig and Hader were given better jokes they could pull off the hosting gig next year. The jokes this year were so BLAH… boring. Looking forward to seeing the Oscars and I am sure of the people who didn’t win here will get some awards later.

    1. Hey Mel! I have to admit it’s always fun talking about award shows, esp Golden Globes which can be unintentionally hilarious. I think Pike is gorgeous but I’m really not fond of that dress. To be fair though, it’d be tough for anyone to pull off such a revealing dress. I like Cho generally but the joke just seems so forced to me.

      “…I am sure of the people who didn’t win here will get some awards later.” Oh I hope you’re right! Though I hope Keaton would win again and Pike will win this time around 😀

      1. Looking back it is much more funny. Let’s hope so I would love to see Rosamund get some recognition. And yes that dress is risqué and hard to pull off, the top part looks good but the bottom seems to fit oddly.

  6. Rosamund is my pick for best dressed…. all of the other ladies you mention who are best-dressed… totally!!!! Jane Fonda… damn!!!! I didn’t watch it though I did see the clip of Jeremy Renner staring at J-Lo’s boobs… he really should’ve been paired with someone classier and more attractive than that aging fish.

    1. Ahah I have a feeling the guys would have a totally different opinion about Rosamund’s dress. But Jane Fonda is particularly incredible as she is 77!!! I thought she was in her mid 60s which is still amazing if she looked like THAT in her 60s, but past 70 is just magical. Is she even human??

      Well it’s Renner who doesn’t have class here, regardless of how you feel about J-Lo, that is just a disgustingly sexist remark that proves how juvenile some men are.

  7. Was totes expecting LEGO MOVIE to snag Best Animated, but HTTYD2 wasn’t a bad film by any stretch so well done them I guess.

    Rosamund Pike should start to worry now about her Oscar chances. I’m not sure an actress who utters the word “c&nt” no less than four times in a single film has a chance at winning the Oscar, but otherwise she’d be a lock. Personally, I’m glad Julianne Moore won for Still Alice – shows what a class act she is as a performer.

    My favorite line of the night? The bit about Joaquin Phoenix hating awards shows because they’re such pretentious bullsh- oh hello Joaquin!

    1. Hey Rodney! I totally expected LEGO Movie would win too, I mean the fact that it’s not a sequel, but I do like HTTYD 2 a lot so I’m not bummed that it won.

      Ahah well I don’t think by uttering THAT word would lessen her chance of winning. I’m bummed she didn’t win but come to think of it, Moore has paid her dues in a lot more films and she is a great actress.

      Joaquin was a good sport last night tho, that was a hoot indeed!

  8. Wow Ruth that’s quite a recap! I pretty much muted movie people on my Twitter account last night since I knew they were going to tweet about it, LOL! I actually used to watch the Golden Globes more often than the Oscars back in the days but now I find them both quite boring. Glad you enjoyed the show though and apparently a lot of people did too.

    1. Hi Ted! I didn’t expect you’d even be commenting, I know you don’t care for the awards stuff. I don’t mind it, I mean the fact that I’m a film blogger it’s sort of an obligation so I try not to just enjoy it.

  9. Wiig and Hader were good looking had chemistry, and would certainly make for great hosts next year. But last night they were in dire need of a writer who could write something funny. What they got what even close.

    Kudos to Jill Soloway and Jeffrey Tambor for their work on Transparent.

    Sad that Olive Kitteridge did get any awards.

    As forThe Hotel Grand Budapest – couldn’t even finish that movie. Which was a shock to me because I really liked his previous effort, Moonrise Kingdom.

    1. Hello Mike! Yeah the material Wiig & Hader had to work with was pretty pathetic, wasn’t it?

      Hmmm, interesting that you didn’t like Grand Budapest Hotel but y’know what, I’m not always a fan of all of Wes’ work, he’s a bit of an acquired taste.

  10. jackdeth72

    Hi, Ruth:

    Thank you so much for a wonderful critique and perspective. So that others wouldn’t have to!

    Very happy for you that ‘Birdman’ won Best Actor and Screenplay. Also, an excellent old time ‘Thank You” speech from Mr. Keaton.

    I’m thrilled that J.K. Simons won for Best Supporting Actor. I’ve thought he’s been capable of great things after watching his White Supremacist behind bars, Vern Schillinger ages ago on HBO’s ‘Oz’. Great to see him win with such an off putting, physical role!

    With those highlights taken care of. The Globes seemed to be playing it kind of safe for later award shows in their selections.

    1. Hi Kevin! Glad to hear you’re a fan of Birdman too. I haven’t seen Whiplash yet but Simmons is always great even in smaller roles, and here he gets a meaty role worthy of his talents.

  11. Nice wrap up of the night, and love your tweets! That Cho joke never landed like it should have, but for the most part they hit their nails well. I’m so over the Boyhood dominance though…like…UGH.

    At least Ida didn’t win!!!

    1. Hello Drew! I decided to live tweet anyway since it actually makes watching the show a lot more fun. The North Korea jokes had potential and it’s so timely, but the delivery just made me cringe.

      You really didn’t like Boyhood eh? Just like Sati did, ahah. I haven’t seen it but to be honest I’m not hugely anticipating it.

  12. Abbi

    That really was a shocker of a dress on Rosamund Pike. I think overall I’m pretty happy with the wins but so many of the films haven’t come out in the UK though so I haven’t seen them 😦

    1. Hi Abbi! It’s a bummer about international releases that some countries can’t even see most of the nominated movies! Which ones are you still looking forward to?

  13. Great recap! Loved all those moments you highlighted. Hmm I agree about Pike’s dress, it was a bit ill-fitting. And Jane Fonda MY GOD I couldn’t believe my eyes, she’s in such great shape! Oh I thought the Reener comment was funny, in that slightly shocking kind of way. I didn’t really see it as sexist, just something he blurted out. Anyway, I hope Pike gets some oscar love, too! This year’s best leading actor category will be SO tough.

    1. Hello Sofia! I really couldn’t believe Jane Fonda’s amazing physique. I really thought she’s only in her 60s!

      As for Renner, I don’t think he’s malicious or anything, but his comment is just tacky! Yeah, the actors category is tough, I’m still rooting for Keaton though!

  14. Great recap here, Ruth! I’m really happy for all the Boyhood wins, considering I just saw it and really enjoyed it. I do hope you really like it. Also, I get how you feel about Ruffalo/Norton, but I’d love to hear your thoughts on Whiplash when you see that!

    There were SO many hilarious jokes for this year’s Golden Globes, and I loved Tina and Amy as the hosts. I think part of what made them so good is that it WAS the last year, so they really brought the funny in full force. I did agree that the jokes with Margaret Cho dressed as a North Korean just didn’t hit and weren’t funny. I kept cringing and hoping they would drop the job. At least Benedict got a nice photobomb in though!

    I also thought that Wiig and Hader, the latter which I usually really love, just weren’t that funny either. I am pretty excited to see Neil Patrick Harris host the Oscars this year though. I wonder how he’ll handle hosting movie’s biggest night.

    1. Hello Kris! I REALLY hope I’d like Boyhood as much as you and Keith do, because it seems there are as many people who found it boring.

      I’m usually not a fan of Tina/Amy but they’re great as hosts! Thanks to Benedict photobombing, otherwise that whole North Korea joke would’ve been a total disaster.

      I was expecting more from Wiig/Hader combo who are such talented comedians. But hey, they might make an equally fun hosts next year!

      1. I think that’s how it is with Boyhood – it’s not so much a polarizing film as much as it comes down to a person’s taste. I was just having a conversation with someone on another site about how I liked Begin Again so much, and she hated it. It’s the kind of movie that stays with me, but I get how that it isn’t the type of movie that stays with a lot of other people. If you have seen Richard Linklater’s Before trilogy and liked any or all of them, you’ll most likely enjoy Boyhood. He has a very distinct storytelling style that some find intriguing (like Keith and me) and others find boring (plenty of people I know think that too).

  15. The Globes revealed to me that I watched a disproportionate amount of tv when compared to films. I watched Transparent, which was one of the big winners I was really happy to see winning, and watched at least a couple of episodes of almost every nominee. In terms of film, I’m seriously lacking, and I have a lot of catching up to do before the Oscars. I was disappointed, however, not to see Scarlett Johansson as a nominee, as I thought her work in Under the Skin was superb, even if she barely speaks on it. I’d have liked to see Tilda Swinton too for Snowpiercer, but maybe that role was just too small in a film that did not make much of a splash even though it should have.
    I’m totally in Wiig and Hader being the hosts for next year and I actually thought their bit was just the right amount of awkward. I think those two are also naturally funny.
    Also disagree with you in terms of Margaret Cho. I can see her all day highlighting her Korean roots. Besides, North Korea deserves to be made fun of by the way they carry themselves. Go Cho!

    1. Hi Niels! I’m the other way around, I barely watched any TV these days though I’ve just caught up w/ Broadchurch ( 2 more eps left!) and LOVED it!

      I’m surprised Scarlett Johansson didn’t get a nom for Under The Skin too, even though I haven’t seen it yet. Maybe it’s just too weird for them, these award shows usually go with safer beths.

      I normally like Cho but I guess I’m just tired of the whole Kim Jong Un shtick.

  16. Cool post! I was so happy for the Birdman screenplay win and Kevin Spacey (I actually cheered!). Really liked Budapest but I hope it doesn’t hurt Birdman’s Oscar chances as that one is much better. Watched Whiplash last night and I have to say it’s UNDERrated. What an awesome film! Loved Keaton, Clooney and Gina Rodriguez’s speeches. Very moving. I would love Kristen Wiig as host but yeah, many of her jokes with Hader fell flat. And I loved the bit with Margaret Cho and Meryl Streep.

    1. Hi Fernando! Glad to see Birdman won too, but wish they had won more. I didn’t realize Spacey never won, well glad he finally did!

      Been hearing great things about Whiplash, gotta see that one now. Seems that Simmons has eclipsed Teller in every way.

  17. Yeah the Korean lady and Wiig/Hader parts were not this great. I’d love for Gervais to come back. He was funnier on stage for 2 minutes than Tina and Amy this whole ceremony. The awards themselves sucked, thank God for Keaton. That speech was insanely moving, I can’t remember the last time a man cried on that stage.

    1. Hi Sati! I’m normally not a fan of Gervais but I agree he was hilarious last night, maybe it’s just me that I can only take him in small doses, ahah. Humor is such a subjective thing.

      I was so moved by Keaton’s speech too, I think this accolades means so much to him as his career has been in such a lull for a while. I’m so thrilled for him and may this win be a repeat come Oscar time… and also one for Rosamund!!

  18. So happy for Keaton, and it was nice to see Richard Linklater win, as well as The Grand Budapest Hotel. Haha, that Clooney joke was the best of the night!

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