The 2014 Golden Globe Awards are here, that special time of year when movie and TV stars mingle together, leading to an inevitable parking lot brawl that will see Bradley Cooper and Zooey Deschanel battle dancing to end the night. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are back for the second year to preside over the event.
On the TV end, the show to keep an eye on is “Breaking Bad.” This will be its last year at the Golden Globes and, fittingly, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and the show are all nominated.
The show kicks off at 8 p.m. ET and you can follow along with Zap2it as we live blog the highlights and lowlights.
8:00 – Let’s get this party started. Tina and Amy kick things off by ranking celebrities and, not surprisingly, Jean Claude Van Damme is the best. Matt Damon was the first to get singled out. Poehler tells him he’s amazing but compared to the star power in the room, he’s practically “a garbage person.”
Fun fact: “American Hustle” was originally titles “Explosion at the Wig Factory.” Jennifer Lawrence stands in for Poehler in the audience. When the hosts point out that Julia Louis-Dreyfus chose to sit in the movie section, rather than with her TV friends, the camera finds the actress smoking an e-cigarette and wearing sunglasses next to Reese Witherspoon, she’s traded up.
8:10 – First up is Best Supporting Actress, which goes to Jennifer Lawrence for “American Hustle.” She’s very nervous and talks about the first time she saw “I Heart Huckabees” and Googling the director, not believing that she gets to work with him now. She also asks to never win again so she doesn’t have the pressure of accepting.
Next, Jacqueline Bisset wins Best Supporting Actress on TV for “Dancing on the Edge” and she’s in tears. She jokes about when she won for newcomer very long ago. The music tries to play her off, but she’s got things to say and she’s going to get them out one way or another. She does get censored though, after dropping a curse word.
8:22 – Mark Ruffalo and Naomi Watts are out to present best miniseries or TV movie. “Behind the Candelabra” takes the win. Someone plays the piano for quite a while waiting for the winners to get to the stage. “The crew does all the work. I get to stand here, hold the statue and drink the vodka.” That’s a great way to sum up your win.
Elizabeth Moss when wins for Best Actress in a Miniseries for “Top of the Lake.” No love for “American Horror Story.” Moss agreed with Lawrence that being up there accepting an award is no easy feat. She thanks her mom last, because moms are the best.
Out comes Matt Damon, who introduced himself as “the garbage man.” He’s introducing “Captain Phillips,” one of the Best Picture nominees.
8:34 – The president of the HFPA comes out next to explain exactly what the awards are about, otherwise known as the “bathroom break.” He keeps things short and sweet, but doesn’t actually say anything at all. That was a good way to kill 45 seconds.
Next up is “Wolf of Wall Street” co-stars Jonah Hill and Margot Robbie, who got Aaron Eckhart and Paula Patton’s teleprompter script in front of them. Luckily, it was also written down on notebook paper, so they read it off of that instead. They were out to introduce their movie, which is nominated for Best Movie, Comedy or Musical.
After that, Aaron Eckhart and Paula Patton were out to present Best Actor in a TV Drama. Before they even said his name, Bryan Cranston got applause as they read the nominations. “Breaking Bad” has tonight in the bag.
Shocking absolutely no one ever, Cranston wins. “I was always very grateful that the show resonated with American audiences. But now, with this and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, I am assured that everyone around the world will be able to share Walter White’s mirth and merriment,” he says. Cranston thanks everyone involved with the show, his wife, and the rest of the world.
“Breaking Bad” also wins for Best TV Series, Drama. Vince Gilligan says the best thing about winning is the ability to thank the fans for sticking by them from the beginning. Aaron Paul let’s out a “Yeah b***!” How else could that speech have ended?
8:49 – Diddy, Usher and Kate Beckinsale out for for Best Movie Score, which goes to Alex Ebert for “All is Lost.” Diddy had to be pushed away by Usher so there was room for him at the microphone too. When Ebert made it to the stage, Diddy continued to make it about him by telling a story of meeting the winner at some point.
Best Original Song is next, going to U2 for “Ordinary Love” in “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.” Diddy doesn’t have any stories about meeting Bono. Each members gets a chance to speak about their appreciation for Nelson Mandela. Adam Clayton thanks Chris Martin. Does that mean he’s a Coldplay fan?
9:02 – Jon Voight somehow won for Best Supporting Actor, TV. That’s now a knock against his work on “Ray Donovan,” but considering Aaron Paul and Rob Lowe were both nominated, it’s a bit surprising. He continues the trend of admitting how nervous he is up there accepting.
Olivia Wilde and her baby bump then presents “Her,” another nominee for Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical. That’s the one where Joaquin Phoenix galls in love with a computer.
9:06 – It’s Robert Downey Jr. time. “No matter whose name is in this envelope, I go home tonight a winner,” he says. He’s out to present Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical.
Amy Adams wins for “American Hustle.” Today is the 15-year anniversary of her move to Los Angeles to be an actress. It turns out it worked, so pack your bags Midwesterners with stars in your eyes. They try to play her off, but Adams says nothing will stop her from thanking her daughter first.
9:14 – Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon are there just to bring out their daughter Sosie Bacon, Miss Golden Globe. Tina demands gender equality and introduces her son Randy, or Poehler in a suit and wig. “Hey, your name is Sosie? What are you, the Olympics?” she asks. Randy then wanders around the audience looking for his dad. It might be Idris Elba or Harvey Weinstein.
Bacon and Sedgwick is also presenting Best Actress in a TV Drama. Robin Wright wins for “House of Cards,” though the Zap2it consensus seems to be that Tatiana Maslany should have gotten it for “Orphan Black.”
Wright calls the HFPA a “gaggle of characters,” which sounds about right.
Jim Carrey is presenting “American Hustle” for Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical, and he makes the night’s first Shia Labeouf joke. How has that not happened before now?
Christoph Waltz then arrives to present Best Supporting Actor, which goes to Jared Leto in “Dallas Buyers Club.” That’s a big jump from the “My So-Called Life” days. “I did not use any prosthetics in this film. That tiny little Brazilian bubble but was mine,” is the first thing he says.
Leto says he never dreamed of the type of support he’s getting for the role.
9:27 – Emma Thompson takes the stage with a martini and her shoes in her hands and doesn’t have time for applause. She’s presenting nominees for Best Screenplay, but really she’s there for the free booze. When Miss Golden Globe brings her the envelop with the winner, Thompson tosses her shoes and hands over the drink.
Spike Jonze wins for “Her.” “I’m a terrible public speaker and I’m bad at speaking English and it’s the only language I know,” he says while one of his producers shouts from the audience.
Laura Dern then introduces the next nomination for Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical, “Nebraska,” starring her dad, Bruce Dern.
Seth Meyers and Julie Bowen Neither of them have Golden Globes but are willing to do anything for the HFPA to change that. They present Best Actor in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical. In a surprise, Andy Samberg wins for “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” which Meyers was pretty happy about.
Samberg doesn’t really know who to thank because he wasn’t expecting to win. He thanks the cast, writers, crew, show creators and his wife.
9:41 – Orlando Bloom and Zoe Saldana skip any chatter at all and immediately go to nominations for Best Foreign Language Film. The Great Beauty wins the honor.
Fey and Poehler then appear on stage with wine and point out how Louis-Dreyfus is now hanging out with her TV friends. Cut to her eating a hot dog. Jimmy Fallon and Melissa McCarthy are out next. Fallon says McCarthy was hit in the head backstage and thinks she’s Matt Damon. Chances are they thought this bit was going to kill when it was written, but it’s just weird. They award Michael Douglas Best Actor in a Miniseries of Made for TV movie for “Behind the Candelabra.”
Douglas says the only reason Matt Damon didn’t win is because he was wearing more sequins.
9:52 – Emma Watson and Chris Pine are out to give the Best Animated Picture award to “Frozen,” with absolutely no small talk. It must be crunch time. Colin Farrell then introduces “Inside Llewyn Davis.”
That’s immediately followed by Emilia Clarke and Chris O’Donnell out to present Best Actress in a TV, Comedy. Amy Poehler gets the surprising, and much deserved, win for “Parks and Recreation.” The camera found her getting a back rub from Bono. Is that an upgrade from George Clooney last year?
10:02 – Back from commercial Fey congratulates Poehler again and says “there’s a special place for you in hell.” Emma Stone is out to give Woody Allen the Cecil B. DeMille award. How did he not win this years ago?
After a video presentation, Diane Keaton takes the stage and everything feels right. What’s an award for Allen’s career without “Annie Hall” there? “It’s hard for me to wrap my mind around the fact that 179 of the world’s most captivating actresses have appeared in Woody’s films,” she says.
Keaton is accepting the award for Woody. A chunk of her speech gets dropped out due to language, but she ends things with a little song.
10:16 – Ben Affleck is out next to hang out the trophy for Best Director. Alfonso Cuaron wins for “Gravity,” which shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise.
Fey is back to mock Michael Bay’s CES meltdown before bringing out Uma Thurman and Chris Evans for Best TV Series, Comedy. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” wins that award too. That show is having a much better night then it ever could have expected to.
10:27 – Leonardo DiCaprio wins Best Actor in a Drama for “The World of Wall Street,” which is presented by a very professional Jennifer Lawrence.
10:35 – Chris Hemsworth and racer Nicky Lauda then present the final nominee for Best Motion Picture, Drama, “Rush.”
We’re getting down to the big ones. Time for Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical, presented by Drew Barrymore. “American Hustle” gets the win.
10:44 – Fey with another winning line, “…And now, like a super model’s vagina, please give a warm welcome to Leonardo DiCaprio.” He’s there to give Cate Blanchett the award for Best Actress in a Drama for “Blue Jasmine.”
As she gets played off she wonders, “Can people at home really hear this music or do they think we’re speeding up because we’e having a panic attack?”
10:49 – Matthew McConaughey wins for Best Actor, Drama, for “Dallas Buyers Club” and starts things off channeling Wooderson from “Dazed and Confused.” He’s glad so many actors passed on the movie, because it eventually ended up with him. He thanks his mom, wife and kids. “This film was never about dying, it was always about living. With that, I say just keep.”
There’s only one award left.
10:56 – A very blonde Johnny Depp introduced Best Motion Picture, Drama, and isn’t remote enthusiastic about it. “12 Years a Slave” took the award. Throughout the acceptance speech the cast and crew keeps chiming in more people that need to be thanked. Fey and Poehler say a quick goodnight and that’s a wrap.