In Review: The 2015 Golden Globe Awards

Comedians Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted the Golden Globes for the third, and final time this year. (Photo Credit: hollywoodtake.com)

By Chandler Robertson, Staff Writer

The Award Season for film, television and music is now in full swing, with the Golden Globes kicking it off on Jan. 11th. The Globes are a unique combination of Television and Film, as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association chooses their favorites from the past year. Comedians Amy Poehler and Tina Fey hosted the award show this year for their second time, although this year will be their last.

This year continued the trend of closing the gap between Television and Film. In the past, the television industry often found itself playing second fiddle to the film industry, however with the increase in platforms through which television series can be viewed TV is moving up the ladder.
Two of the past year’s best Television offerings were nominated in the Mini-Series or TV Movie Categories, with the show “Fargo” defeating the popular “True Detective.”

The other trend that continued was the prevalence of online programming amongst nominees and winners. Amazon Prime’s comedy Transparent was nominated for Best Comedy, and actor Jeffrey Tambor won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Comedy for his role on the show. Additionally, Kevin Spacey won Best Actor in a Drama for his role on “House of Cards,” the Netflix original political thriller.

House of Cards was also nominated for Best TV Drama, along with Game of Thrones and the oft nominated butn ever awarded “The Good Wife,” all of which were defeated by “The Affair.” Network television was dominated by premium cable along with online programming; not a single network performer or show winning a Globe.

This year’s Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award went to George Clooney, who has proven himself to be one of the most dedicated and accomplished actors in Hollywood, as well as an adept director. Coupled with his activism in the global community, Clooney was an excellent choice for the Award. The presentation of this award served as a trasition in the award show from the television awards to the film awards.

In Film, the nominees were perhaps less overwhelming than last year, if only just. Wins were evenly distributed amongst several of the favorites. Unexpectedly, The Imitation Game did not take home a Globe despite  earning five nominations. “Boyhood,” the massive twelve year project of Richard Linklater won thrice, including Richard Linklater winning Best Director, Patricia Arquette winning Best Supporting Actress in a Drama, and the film taking home the award for Best Drama.

Eddy Redmayne was named Best Actor in a Drama for his role as Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything,” a marginal surprise, as many expected Benedict Cumberbatch to emerge victorious for his role in “The Imitation Game.” “Grand Budapest Hotel” pulled another marginal upset over “Birdman “in the Best Comedy or Musical category, although “Birdman” still holds to hope as it will compete in the Drama category in the upcoming Academy Awards.

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