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Charlie Hebdo, North Korea on Golden Globes' mind this year

The 72nd annual Golden Globes Awards are spreading the love around to everyone except North Korea and Bill Cosby. Kicking off the show, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler welcomed Hollywood's 'despicable, spoiled, minimally talented brats' to the Globes to celebrate all the movies that North Korea was 'okay' with.

hollywood Updated: Jan 12, 2015 15:13 IST
Golden Globes

The 72nd annual Golden Globes Awards are spreading the love around to everyone except North Korea and Bill Cosby. Midway through the show, no film had won more than one award, with all the favorites, including Boyhood and Birdman, coming away with Globes. Boyhood co-star Patricia Arquette took best supporting actress; Birdman director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu shared in the award for best screenplay; and Amy Adams surprised in taking best actress in a comedy or musical for her performance in Big Eyes.

"I didn't even reapply lip gloss," said an unprepared Adams.

Kicking off the show, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler wasted no time in mocking Hollywood's most tender subjects: the hacking of Sony Pictures over The Interview and the sexual assault allegations against Cosby.

The hosts welcomed Hollywood's despicable, spoiled, minimally talented brats to the Globes to celebrate all the movies that North Korea was OK with. A North Korea government character, played by Margaret Cho, voiced her displeasure.

The hosts also relished their favorite target: Clooney. Of the night's Cecil B. DeMille honoree, Fey suggested the lifetime achievement award might have been better off going to his new wife, human rights lawyer Amal Clooney.

The recent terrorist attack in Paris at the offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo hung heavily over the show. Attendees such as George Clooney sported Je Suis Charlie pins and others like Helen Mirren held up signs that read the same on the red carpet.

Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Theo Kingma drew a standing ovation for a speech pledging support of free speech from North Korea to Paris.

The night had an orchestrated but carefree spirit, filled with the usual high dose of glamour, celebrity cameos (Prince!) and even the drink-swilling return of an old Globes villain, the former host Ricky Gervais.

The DreamWorks sequel How to Train Your Dragon 2 took best animated film over the favorite, The Lego Movie. The Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything won best score for Johann Johannsson. The Russian entry Leviathan took best foreign language film.

As the only major awards show to honor both movies and TV, the Globes have also benefited from television's rise. Fey and Poehler alluded to that by leading the crowd in a call-and-response cheer, chanting Movies ... Awesome! TV ... Better!

Amazon, crashing the party like Netflix did before it, celebrated its first Golden Globes for the sexual identity comedy Transparent, winning best TV series, musical or comedy. The show's star, Jeffery Tambor, landed best actor in the category, dedicating his award to the transgender community.

AMC's adaptation of the Coen brothers' acclaimed 1996 film, Fargo, came in the leading TV contender with five nominations and promptly won best miniseries or movie, as well as best actor, miniseries or movie, for Billy Bob Thornton.

The Globes have been on a terrific upswing in recent years. Last year's awards drew 20.9 million viewers, the most since 2004. Accepting the Globe for best original song for Glory in the civil rights drama Selma, the rapper Common raised the status of the group behind the Globes even higher: I want to thank God and the Hollywood Foreign Press.

The Hollywood Foreign Press, a group of mostly freelance journalists, has lately cleaned up its reputation for idiosyncratic choices and awards swayed by celebrity. Last year, the HFPA chose the eventual Academy Awards best-picture winner, 12 Years a Slave, as best drama and American Hustle as best comedy.

First Published: Jan 12, 2015 09:16 IST