The Golden Globes.
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They were all Charlie at the Golden Globes on Sunday.
George Clooney was Charlie.
Jared Leto was Charlie. And so on.
The awards show famous for its relaxed atmosphere (liquor is served) made a number of references to the tragic events in Paris last week, as well as to the Sony-North Korea hacking scandal. But there was still plenty of glamour, breathless speeches and surprising upsets.
Once upon a time, the Golden Globes awards, which are voted on by the approximately 90 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, were not taken very seriously. But as the appetite for glitzy award shows has increased, people have begun to devote serious attention to the Golden Globes, which are seen as a predictor of the Oscars and Emmys. It doesn’t hurt that the Globes organizers had the wit to have the winning duo of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler host again this year. Their riskiest joke was a bit where Korean-American comic Margaret Cho, who played Kim Jong-Il and Kim Jong-Un on Fey’s series, 30 Rock, appeared as a North Korean entertainment journalist, and Fey quipped, “Tonight we celebrate all the great television shows that we know and love, as well as all the movies that North Korea was okay with.” The North Korean imposter then posed for a photo with Meryl Streep. Amy and Tina say it’s their last time hosting the show, but let’s hope that they’re just kidding.
The Israeli film, Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz’s Gett: The Trial of Vivian Amsalem, did not take home the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film. That honor went to Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan.
Zvyagintsev’s film is a highly political morality tale and a modern retelling of the Job story set in contemporary Russia.
Leviathan opens in theaters around Israel on January 22.
But the Elkabetz siblings were not the only Israeli nominees this year. Hagai Levi, best known until now as the man behind Be’tipul and the HBO dramatic adaptation of it, In Treatment, created the new series The Affair, which won the Golden Globe for Best Television Series – Drama. This was a highly competitive category, and many had predicted The Good Wife or House of Cards to win. The Affair’s co-creator, Sarah Treem, made the acceptance speech on behalf of the show.
Ruth Wilson, the star of The Affair, won the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama. This was also an extremely competitive category, and many had predicted that the award would go to Julianna Margulies for The Good Wife. One of Wilson’s other competitors was Claire Danes, who was nominated for Homeland, a show that was also produced by Israelis and is an adaptation of an Israeli series.
Danes won Golden Globes for Homeland in 2012 and 2013.
The Affair, a sexy and suspenseful drama about an adulterous couple, has been renewed for a second season already, but these awards make it more likely that it will be back for a third season.
Kevin Spacey won the award for Best Actor in a television drama for his role as a scheming politician in House of Cards.
The winners in the comedy or musical television acting categories were unlikely choices.
Newcomer Gina Rodriguez won for her role on Jane the Virgin, which debuts on YES VOD and YES Drama on January 18. Jeffrey Tambor won for his role as a transsexual dad on Transparent, which is available on HOT Xtra VOD.
The winning movies were less surprising than the television awardees. Richard Linklater’s heavily favored movie Boyhood won the Best Picture in the dramatic category. Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel took the prize for comedy or musical. In the dramatic acting categories, Eddie Redmayne won for his performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, and Julianne Moore won for her turn as a young dementia patient in Still Alice. In the comic or musical acting categories, Amy Adams won for Big Eyes; and J.K. Simmons, a veteran character actor who has never had such a high-profile role, won for his performance as an insanely demanding music teacher in Whiplash.
Were the Globes truly a dress rehearsal for the Oscars? We’ll only know next month, when the Academy Awards are given out.