The opening monologue was hilarious. I alternated between laughing out loud and gasping in shock at what they had just said. No one and nothing, from Bill Cosby on, was safe from their barbs. They have a way of stopping just short of bad taste that many of their colleagues would do well to emulate.
The show this year was interesting in that it was mostly awards with no filler. There were the usual clips of the nominated films, but not much other than that. Not even Tina and Amy. After the opening, they were conspicuously absent. My guess is that they were paid an obscene amount of money to do very little. Shame. The show this year did not have the energy that the last two have had.
So, without further ado, here are the films and television shows that went home with the prize.
Best Motion Picture – Drama: Boyhood
This was a category I genuinely had no idea where it would go. There were some truly great movies this year.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama: Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Great speech! She was moving and moved.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
By the time this award was announced, the night was running so short that he was played off in seconds. However, Stephen Hawking would be proud.
Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical: The Grand Budapest Hotel
OK. Guess I should watch this now.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical: Amy Adams, Big Eyes
She kept saying how ill prepared she was for her win. Stop saying something that is painfully obvious to us all.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical: Michael Keaton, Birdman
His speech was all about family. I love stuff like that.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
She was obviously moved and her acceptance speech was lovely. Even better, the reaction shots of the women who lost were universally positive. The right woman won.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Tina and Amy pulled Benedict Cumberbatch up from the audience to present the award with Jennifer Anniston, which started off the show off the right way. Simmons was appropriately grateful in his acceptance speech.
Best Director -- Motion Picture: Richard Linklater, Boyhood
I'm OK with this win as what he did was unprecedented. I can't imagine the logistics of filming something over thirteen years. He deserves recognition for that.
Best Television Series -- Drama: The Affair
This show was very good and my roommates and I still talk about it a lot. Was it the best of the year? Probably not.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama: Ruth Wilson, The Affair
I was surprised by this win. In my humble opinion, she was not the strongest member of the cast.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series -- Drama: Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Love Frank or hate him, Spacey deserves at least one win for this series. It created the binge watch and it is a powerful show.
Best Television Series -- Comedy or Musical: Transparent
Not a shock win as this made nearly every top ten list of last year. I haven't watched it -- yet.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series -- Comedy or Musical: Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin
The reason I love this show and keep watching it is Rodriquez's performance. I was thrilled with this win.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series -- Comedy or Musical: Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
This was the one award that was a sure thing. Having said that, his speech was the one that moved me to tears. His acknowledgement of and appreciation of the trans community was gracious and charming.
Best Miniseries or Motion Picture made for Television: Fargo
I was surprised by this win, but I probably shouldn't have been. It made a lot of top ten lists. It wasn't for me, but it obviously spoke to a great many people.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture made for Television: Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Honourable Woman
Mark and others both expected another win. I was disappointed in this one. I tried to watch this show; I really did. It wasn't for me.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture made for Television: Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo
His acceptance speech was short and to the point. He said, "thank you" and walked off the stage.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture made for Television: Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Wow! A surprise win, but a lovely speech. She talked about the reaction she received about Anna's rape and it was quite moving. The Brits do acceptance speeches well.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture made for Television: Matt Bomer, Normal Heart
I love him and I loved this movie. His acceptance speech was gracious and lovely. Even better, a gay man won for a gay role. The times, they are a changing. Thank God.
DeMille Humanitarian Award: George Clooney
Whether or not he deserved it, his wife certainly does. Tina Fey's best part of the monologue was pointing that out to us all. Absolutely brilliant: " she is a human rights lawyer who worked on the Enron case, an advisor to Kofi Annan on Syria and was a appointed to a three-person commission investigating rules of war violations in the Gaza strip. So tonight her husband is getting a lifetime humanitarian award.”
There were, of course, other awards both televised and not. For a complete list of all the winners, click here.
I am now very pleased to hand you over to my partner in crime, sunbunny, for a complete list of tonight's fashions. Let's face it, that's why we all really watch.
For me, the big theme of the night was couples, even if Emma Stone left Andrew Garfield at home. So many adorable, happy looking couples walked the carpet together, I almost couldn’t handle the cuteness.
Drew Barrymore’s wedding dress from 2012. I don’t know what it is about baby bumps that makes Karl Lagerfeld think “ruffly collar” but apparently it’s an association that he cannot overcome. Making matters worse for Knightley was the matching bottom of the dress and the simply odd choice in pattern. Knightley attended with her musician husband James Righton.
Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson (The Affair) are one of those couples that is never allowed to break up. I mean, just look at them together. When his show won, she was more excited than he was. Kruger, who regularly graces just about every best dressed list in existence, told one red carpet reporter that, as she was there as her partner’s plus one, she didn’t want to upstage him. Mission seriously unaccomplished. Of course, Jackson looked unbelievable handsome, but there was no taking your eyes off of Kruger’s shimmery Emilia Wickstead gown.
Marilyn Monroe in a stunning bronze Atelier Versace dress. Her makeup, her Jessica Rabbit hair, everything about this look was absolutely perfect.
There were a few missteps - mostly arising from the overexposure category. Presenters Kate Hudson (wearing Versace) and Jennifer Lopez (in Zuhair Murad), as well as Arrow’s Katie Cassidy (why was she even there?) were not only in constant peril of wardrobe malfunctions, they overdid the dress to boot. Extreme cleavage can work but when combined with embellishments, cutouts, capes, or heavy makeup it ends up looking less sexy and more desperate for attention. Gone Girl nominee Rosamund Pike showed skin too but the simplicity of her Vera Wang dress kept it elegant (although I was terrified for her every time she moved).