The 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards were held last night, with comedians Tina Fey and Amy Poehler co-hosting the event for the third consecutive year. The Golden Globe Award is an honor given by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), recognizing excellence in film and television. The televised event is typically a humorous and lighthearted one, and Fey and Poehler’s hilarious hosting skills made this year’s award show particularly enjoyable to watch.
Here are some of the most notable moments from this year’s Golden Globe Awards:
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s Opening Segment
As in years past, Fey and Poehler were effortlessly funny together as cohosts of the awards show. In their opening bit, the duo roasted everyone from Meryl Streep to Bill Cosby, but one of their standout jokes was about George Clooney. Few quipped, “George Clooney married Amal Alamuddin this year. Amal is a human rights lawyer who worked on the Enron case, an adviser to Kofi Annan on Syria and was appointed to a three-person commission investigating rules of war violations in the Gaza strip…So tonight her husband is getting a lifetime achievement award.”
Maggie Gyllenhaal Commends Complicated Women in her Acceptance Speech
Maggie Gyllenhaal took home the award for Best Actress in a TV Movie or Miniseries for her role in The Honorable Woman. In her acceptance speech, the first time Golden Globe winner said, “I’ve noticed a lot of people talking about the wealth of roles for powerful women in television lately. And when I look around the room at the women who are here and I think about the performances that I’ve watched this year what I see actually are women who are sometimes powerful and sometimes not, sometimes sexy, sometimes not, sometimes honorable, sometimes not, and what I think is new is the wealth of roles for actual women in television and in film. That’s what I think is revolutionary and evolutionary and it’s what’s turning me on.”
Transparent Creator Jill Soloway Brings Attention to the Trans Community
Transparent is a groundbreaking show that features a transgender character played by award-winning actor Jeffrey Tambour. When Transparent won the award for Best Television Series (comedy or musical) series creator Jill Soloway gave an incredible speech that included an important mention of the transgender community. She said,
I want to thank the trans community. They are our family and they make this possible. This award is dedicated to the memory of Leelah Alcorn, and too many trans people who died too young. And it’s dedicated to you, my trans parent, my “mapa,” if you’re watching at home right now. I want to thank you for coming out because in doing so you made a break for freedom, you told your truth, you taught me how to tell my truth and make this show, and maybe we’ll be able to teach the world something about authenticity and truth and love. To love.
George Clooney Honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award
George Clooney accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Achievement Award for his work as an actor, producer, and director. In his acceptance speech he made mention of his wife Amal Alamuddin as well as the satiric French newspaper Charlie Hebdo. “I’ve had a pretty good year myself,” the actor said.
The Biggest Winners of the Night
Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical: Michael Keaton, Birdman
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical: Amy Adams, Big Eyes
Best Television Series, Comedy or Musical: Transparent
Best Television Series, Drama: The Affair
Best Director: Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Best Motion Picture, Drama: Boyhood
Best Screenplay: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo, Nicolás Giacobone; Birdman
Did you watch this year’s Golden Globe Awards? What were your favorite moments?