The first major award to honour the best of Hollywood films in the year 2015 has arrived; the 73rd Golden Globe Awards.


I managed to watch (or listen to exactly) parts of the presentation ceremony of the 73rd Golden Globe Awards this morning live from online streaming at Youtube. That’s illegal but it’s the only way that I could catch up to the result the same time with the television audiences from the US. It’s evening over there in US but it’s already morning the next day here in Malaysia. Too bad, the internet connection is not good and so I only managed to listen to certain parts of the show while I’m working in my office (couldn’t watch it since I have to work!).

Ricky Gervais hosted the ceremony organized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) at the usual venue, Beverly Hills and Hotel, Los Angeles. This is Ricky’s fourth time hosting the Golden Globes. He is good and funny as well but I miss Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. The girls were much funnier in their previous hosting for the Golden Globes three times consecutively. Even Ricky’s opening monologue isn’t that hilarious and was shorter. As for the results of the awards, here below is the winners’ list. (the winner in bold alongside with the other 4 losing nominees). I also inserted my brief opinion after each categories. By the way, I didn’t include the television categories in since I didn’t watch any US series. I’m like most others only interested on the film section.

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Best motion picture, drama

“Mad Max: Fury Road”

“Carol”

“The Revenant”

“Room”

“Spotlight”

Opinion: I’m not pleased with this outcome. ‘The Revenant’ is a nice movie but it’s not a best-picture’s quality. Out of all the five nominees, ‘The Revenant’ is actually the film with the lowest score from multiple critics, be it from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes or Metacritics. I don’t get why the HFPA voters voted this to win. I would prefer ‘Room’ to take it as I’m moved by this movie the most out of the five nominees. It’s a small budget movie but came with strong story and superb performances. A surprisingly exceptional film that should have won than ‘The Revenant’.

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Best motion picture, musical or comedy

“Joy”

“Spy”

“The Big Short”

“The Martian”

“Trainwreck”

Opinion: I don’t understand why HFPA sorted ‘The Martian’ as a comedy. The movie is nothing funny and I’m sure 100% of people out there would have placed it under ‘drama’ category which is obviously more suitable. I think HFPA liked this movie very much but the competition over at the ‘drama’ categories are too crowded, hence this decision. Anyway, I’m happy that ‘The Martian’ is getting recognition too. It’s a good movie (but it’s certainly not a comedy!!!) It’s a joke that the HFPA placed the movie here. Or they think that it is a musical? Hahaha….What’s on their minds, really?

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Best performance by an actress in a motion picture, drama

Saoirse Ronin, “Brooklyn”

Cate Blanchett, “Carol”

Rooney Mara, “Carol”

Brie Larson, “Room”

Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl”

Opinion: Very happy for Brie Larson. She is young but extremely talented and she nailed the role as the mother in the movie ‘Room’. Also to mention that Jacob Tremblay is awesome too portraying her son in this beautiful movie. Both Cate and Rooney were fantastic in ‘Carol’ too but putting them together in the same list equals to killing each other off, making it a lot easier for Brie Larson to take this home. She deserved it anyway. Alicia Vikander on the other hand is an extremely gifted actress and she shined this year. Awards may be too fast for her, but I’m sure her time will come very soon for multiple awards next time.

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Best performance by an actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy

Jennifer Lawrence, “Joy”

Melissa McCarthy, “Spy”

Amy Schumer, “Trainwreck”

Maggie Smith, “The Lady in the Van”

Lily Tomlin, “Grandma”

Opinion: Didn’t watch ‘Joy’ but I knew Jennifer Lawrence is a very talented and professional actress. No problem with her taking another Golden Globe again.

Best performance by an actor in a motion picture, drama

Bryan Cranston, “Trumbo”

Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”

Michael Fassbender, “Steve Jobs”

Eddie Redmayne, “The Danish Girl”

Will Smith, “Concussion”

Opinion: Ahhaa…finally Leonardo diCaprio is winning for the ‘drama’ section. This gives him a big boost for his chance in the next coming awards soon especially the Oscars of which he is certainly long overdue and has never win before. He is great in ‘The Revenant’ and he deserved it. It’s his year. No one else should take the trophies away from him. Michael Fassbender can try again next year. Eddie Redmayne had just won last year and should be fine letting it go this time around.

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Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a motion picture

Paul Dano,” Love”

Idris Elba, “Beasts of No Nation”

Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”

Michael Shannon, “99 Homes”

Sylvester Stallone, “Creed”

Opinion: Didn’t watch ‘Creed’ but I hear many good words for Sylvester Stallone. I think he deserved it too since he is a wonderful senior actor and the movie brought him back to awards’ stage.

Best performance by actress in a supporting role in a motion picture

Jane Fonda, “Youth”

Jennifer Jason Leigh, “The Hateful Eight”

Helen Mirren, “Trumbo”

Alicia Vikander, “Ex Machina”

Kate Winslet, “Steve Jobs”

Opinion: Since Rooney Mara and Alicia Vikander compete in leading role, so everything is easier for Kate Winslet. Well, she is good too in ‘Steve Jobs’ alongside the leading man, Michael Fassbender. Happy that she won an award after many years of not seeing her on stage receiving award already. Another great actress.

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Best director, motion picture

Alejandro González Iñárritu, “The Revenant”

Todd Haynes, “Carol”

Tom McCarthy, “Spotlight”

George Miller, “Mad Max: Fury Road”

Ridley Scott, “The Martian”

Opinion: I think HFPA gave this to Alejandro G. Inarritu because he didn’t win it last year for his accomplishment in ‘Birdman’ that won him Best Picture and Best Director at the Oscars but not at the Golden Globes. So, HFPA compensate it for him this year. However, in my personal opinion, I would prefer Ridley Scott or George Miller to take it this year. Anyway, I still have to say that Alejandro G. Inarritu is an awesome director. He knew things well on how his movie should go.

Best performance by an actor in a motion picture, musical or comedy

Christian Bale, “The Big Short”

Steve Carell, “The Big Short”

Matt Damon, “The Martian”

Al Pacino, “Danny Collins”

Mark Ruffalo, “Infinitely Polar Bear”

Opinion: It’s like the most predictable result of the whole show. This is simply allocated for Matt Damon since he would stand no chance at ‘drama’ category like I said earlier.

Best screenplay, motion picture

Emma Donoghue, “Room”

Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, “Spotlight”

Charles Randolph and Adam McKay, “The Big Short”

Aaron Sorkin, “Steve Jobs”

Quentin Tarantino, “The Hateful Eight”

Opinion: Another expected result. A script by Aaron Sorkin is always magnificent, especially when he wrote on subjects related to technology. His previous work in ‘The Social Network’ also won him a lot of accolades.

Best original score, motion picture

Carter Burwell, “Carol”

Alexander Desplat, “The Danish Girl”

Ennio Morricone, “The Hateful Eight”

Daniel Pemberton, “Steve Jobs”

Ryuchi Sakamoto, “The Revanant”

Opinion: Didn’t watch ‘The Hateful Eight’ and so I couldn’t judge. But in my opinion, I prefer ‘The Danish Girl’ to win this actually. However, ‘The Danish Girl’ is not receiving award buzz already due to lower-than-expected ratings.

Best motion picture, animated

“Anomalisa”

“The Good Dinosaur”

“Inside Out”

“The Peanuts Movie”

“Shaun the Sheep Movie”

Opinion: Very happy for ‘Inside Out’ to win. Certainly the best animated movie last year with no doubt. There is actually a split second that I’m worried that ‘Anomalisa’ may take this home as a dark horse since many are praising that movie too (but I don’t enjoy it). Glad that ‘Inside Out’ still prevails in the end.

Best original song, motion picture

“Love Me Like You Do,” “Fifty Shades of Grey”

“One Kind of Love,” “Love & Mercy”

“See You Again,” “Furious 7”

“Simple Song #3,” “Youth”

“Writing’s on the Wall,” “Spectre”

Opinion: My top 2 favourites are ‘Writing’s on the Wall’ and ‘See You Again’. Any one of them winning is fine for me. Since ‘Writing’s on the Wall’ win the Golden Globes already, I think the following awards should instead recognize ‘See You Again’.

Best motion picture, foreign language

“The Brand New Testament”

“The Club”

“The Fencer”

“Mustang”

“Son of Saul”

Opinion: Didn’t watch any of the five nominated foreign-language films above and so no comment.

Extra note: I’m also surprised that Lady Gaga is winning an award in one of the television categories. Didn’t know that she can act as well aside from her superb singing. This is her first ever nomination in a film award, and she won it straight away. Hmm…

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

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