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Review: The Golden Globes

On Sunday evening the results of the first awards ceremony of 2014, The Golden Globe Awards, were announced. The night was one of tension, disappointment and disbelieving happiness for the stars of the TV and movie industry.

“Breaking Bad” not only managed to win Best TV drama but, in his fourth year of nomination, Bryan Cranston finally claimed his globe for Best Actor in a TV series, Drama. His award was for his portrayal of Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher turned meth manufacturer with terminal cancer. Aaron Paul was beat out by Jon Voight from “Ray Donovan,” however, for Best Supporting Actor in a TV series.

Best Actress in a TV series, Drama was awarded to Robin Wright from the Netflix original series “House of Cards.” As well as hilariously presenting the ceremony with her comedic other half Tina Fey, Amy Poehler also won Best Actress in a TV series, Comedy for “Parks and Recreation.”

To the surprise of many, including the man himself, Andy Samberg won Best Actor in a TV series, Comedy for his leading role in the police sitcom “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” which went on to win Best TV Series, Comedy.

“Behind the Candelabra” won Best TV movie or mini-series and Michael Douglas won Best Actor in a mini-series or TV movie for his role as Liberace in it. Douglas beat his costar Matt Damon for the award. Best Actress in a mini-series or TV movie went to Elisabeth Moss for “Top of the Lake,” and Best Supporting Actress in a series, mini-series or TV movie was won by Jacqueline Bisset from “Dancing on the Edge.”

“Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” won Best Original Song, and Alex Ebert won Best Score for his composition for “All is Lost.”

The award for Best Screenplay went to Spike Jonze for “Her,” and the winner of Best Foreign Language Film was an Italian movie called “The Great Beauty.” “Frozen,” Disney’s newest princess movie, scooped up the award for Best Animated Feature Film. Alfonso Cuarón won best director for “Gravity,” which starred Sandra Bullock and George Clooney and two astronauts left floating in outer space after the destruction of their shuttle.

Leonardo DiCaprio claimed Best Actor in a Motion picture, Musical or Comedy for his portrayal of Belfort, in “The Wolf of Wall Street,” the story of a New York stockbroker rise and fall when he becomes involved in a large securities fraud case.

Jared Leto fulfilled many predictions when he won Best Supporting Actor for his heart-wrenching performance as transsexual drug addict with AIDS in “Dallas Buyers Club.”

“American Hustle” scooped the pool on the night, claiming not only Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical but also Best Actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy for Amy Adams and Best Supporting Actress in a motion picture from Jennifer Lawrence. American Hustle stars Christian Bale as Irving Rosenfield, a conman who is forced to work for a wild FBI agent. Rosenfield and his partner are shoved into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia.

Best Actor and Actress in a motion picture, drama went to Matthew McConaughey, from “Dallas Buyers Club” and Cate Blanchett for her role in the latest Woody Allen film, “Blue Jasmine.”

And finally, the winner of Best Motion Picture Drama was “12 Years a Slave,” directed by Steve McQueen, the story of Solomon Northup, played by Chiwetel Ejiofor, a free black man who, when he is kidnapped and sold into slavery, is forced to work on a plantation for 12 years.

The pressure isn’t over yet as various award ceremonies will be continue for the next few months, until the ultimate honors are granted on March 2nd at the Oscars. The Oscar nominations are due to be announced this Thursday, January 16th.

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Katharine Swindells

Senior Katharine Swindells is head online copy-editor of the Harbinger Online. She likes British politics, selfies, feminism, cute shoes and books. Read Full »

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