And just like that, the first major awards show of the season has come and gone.
The Golden Globes are setting the bar high, at least hosts-wise. Spoiler alert: we predict many of you will be watching Seth Macfarlane come Oscar night and wishing Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were hosting. If we were Macfarlane and we just watched Fey and Poehler, we’d be pretty nervous.
For a full list of the nominees and winners, go to IMDb. Here’s a rundown of what we thought of the night. Thanks for joining us on Twitter!

On the hosts: tina-amy-globes2

– Whenever any host does really well, you wish they’d be on more. I don’t think this has ever been more true that this year, with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler emceeing the three-hour event. I just wanted them to have more screen time. Of course, it’s possible that them being used so little is what made this so special. They were classy and funny and comfortable and they should host everything all the time.  (Chris Hanna)

– This was the best Golden Globes telecast in years! Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were true class acts, and the only thing the writers of the show did wrong was that they didn’t put them on stage more often. They dressed in funny costumes, made a jab at Taylor Swift, and sat in George Clooney’s lap. It could have only gone up from there. It just goes to show that you don’t need to be a snarky asshole to host the Globes. (Radina Papukchieva)

-I have to agree with Chris and Radina, the only problem was that there wasn’t enough of Tina & Amy! I always love any award show hosted by Billy Crystal or Steve Martin, simply because they approach comedy in a way that is witty and insightful, yet kind. If we learned anything from Sacha Baron Cohen’s two minute rant, it’s that being insulting and brash can easily fall flat – causing the audience to make those all-too-embarassing “WTF” faces. These ladies did it right. Poehler was sharp, in your face, and unapologetic. While Fey was the cherry on top, adding her usual sweet, self-deprecating, and witty quips to the mix. In short, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association should get serious props for locking down what is, in my humble opinion, one of the greatest ying and yang duos in comedy right now. (Sophia Loffreda)

On the winners:

 don_cheadle_golden_globe_awards_2013_E1– The only huge surprise was Don Cheadle’s win for best actor in a comedy series for his work on House of Lies, beating out Alec Baldwin, Louis C.K. and Matt LeBlanc, whose Episodes is really, really funny.
Another surprise was Ben Affleck beating out Quentin Tarantino (who won best screenplay) and Steven Spielberg and Kathryn Bigelow. Affleck, of course, is not nominated for the Oscar in this category, and I suspect Lincoln and Spielberg will take home more hardware on Feb. 24.
There were also a few winners I disagreed with: Pixar’s Brave was not the best animated movie of the year. Wreck-It Ralph was at once funny and touching, charming and clever.
I was slightly surprised that Lena Dunham would win for her acting on Girls. Either of the hosts (Fey who was nominated for her constantly amazing work on 30 Rock and Poehler for her work on Parks and Recreation) or Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who won an Emmy for her work on Veep, would have been more fitting winners, in my opinion. Dunham also beat out Zooey Deschanel in New Girl.
Big night for Homeland, the best television drama according to the HFPA whose lead actors also took home awards; Game Change deservedly took home three of the five awards it was up for. (CH)
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– There were a few nice surprises last night, Ben Affleck and Argo being among them. Affleck doesn’t get the credit he
deserves for directing and I honestly thought he was going to get snubbed again (well, the Academy took care of that, of course). But he won the Critics’ Choice Award, and now the Globe, so congratulations! Jennifer Lawrence was in the best ensemble-cast movie of the year, The Silver Linings Playbook, so I was very happy for her win, and of course, Anne Hathaway had to win for her turn as Fantine in Les Misérables. It would have been a sin not to recognize her performance. Quentin Tarantino’s win for writing the script to Django Unchained took even him by surprise, besides with a track record of constant original material, I believe he was due for a screenplay award sometime soon. (RP)

-I like to think of the Golden Globes as the Oscars’ younger, more relevant, and more entertaining sibling. Every year, they acknowledge the obvious brilliance, as well as the deserving talent that the Oscars incomprehensibly snub (Ben Affleck, Kathryn Bigelow, and Leonardo DiCaprio, to name a few). Affleck’s win for Best Director for Argo was my favourite of the night, followed by Chastain’s win for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for Zero Dark Thirty. The nominees for both categories were some of the strongest in the Globes’ recent history. Seeing two very worthy, humble stars take it home was  a true delight. Now, we need to talk about Girls taking the prize for Best Television Series, Musical, or Comedy. Let’s be honest, this category is ridiculous. In the words, of Chuck Klosterman, “that’s like comparing apples with baby wolverines”. It just doesn’t make sense! I think Modern Family should’ve won, based on the strength and originality of its fourth and strongest season. Screen Shot 2013-01-14 at 2.09.05 PMBut then again I can’t sit through a musical without wanting throw numerous beverages at the screen in despair. Full disclosure, I did watch Girls. All of it. Every single episode. It wasn’t my favourite television comedy of the year. Far from it, actually. After finishing the first season (partly out of curiosity, partly because I wanted to believe the buzz, and partly because it was conveniently saved on my PVR), I still wasn’t sure if I liked the series or not. This is sometimes the case with newcomers to the TV scene. Girls is interesting (although a little too narrow-minded in terms of casting and diversity), but Lena Dunham hasn’t fully found her footing yet. She’s embraced nudity and HBO-worthy topics like abortion, sex, drugs, partying, social-isolation, and self-discovery. She has also proven herself as a writer/actor (her successful feature film, Tiny Furniture is done in a similar style to Girls, with much of the same cast). But I can’t help but question the claims of Dunham being the voice of a generation. She is definitely talented and I have to give her huge props for her guts, persistence, and accomplishments so far. But frankly,  I can’t help but think that Dunham was given the hardware too soon. (SL)

On the speeches: 

– Highlights for me were Ben Affleck, the comeback kid who’s so appreciative and humble, whose work as a director so far has been stellar (Gone Baby Gone, The Town and Argo, for which he won best director tonight) and Jessica Chastain who was relatively unknown before she blew up last year (with turns in The Help, Take Shelter, The Tree of Life, etc.) Chastain exemplifies class and professionalism. It’s always nice to see (and really believe) that this was someone’s dream finally coming true. (CH)

chastain– Jennifer Lawrence, Ben Affleck, Jessica Chastain, and Jodie Foster. Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain have both had an incredible two years in Hollywood, consistently doing good work and fighting against being typecasted. Lawrence joked about beating Meryl Streep, but she also thanked her older brothers for being mean to her which made her work even harder to be where she is today. Similarly, Chastain is an embodiment of class and professionalism, as Chris said, and it is hard to believe that until two years ago no one had heard of her. Affleck is probably the most humble director out there, who looked as if he couldn’t even believe he would ever win a Best Director award. He continuously takes on brave projects and helms them with excellence, so I’m excited to see where he goes next. And about Jodie Foster, what can I say, except respect. This is someone who has been a star for nearly 50 years now, managing to keep a low profile, and to excel and do interesting and exciting work even when it wasn’t that good (I’m still unconvinced about The Beaver), and who, most importantly, has remained true to herself through all those years. (RP)

Other highlights included:george

– Paul Rudd and Salma Hayek’s awkward moment on stage when they were supposed to read the nominees in the Best Drama Series category.
– Bill Clinton’s appearance to present Lincoln, and Amy Poehler’s follow-up response: “That was Hillary Clinton’s husband!”
– Amy Poehler sitting in George Clooney’s lap.
– Amy Poehler as Darcy St. Fudge, a psychic who solves her own murder in Dog President.
– Tina Fey as Damian Francisco, a professional volleyball player battling restless-leg syndrome.
– Tina Fey’s jab at Taylor Swift to keep her paws off of Michael J.Fox’s cute son.
– Tina Fey saying Quentin Tarantino is the star of her sexual nightmares.
– Torontonian Mychael Danna’s original score for Life of Pi, shot in Montreal, won a Globe.
-Jennifer Garner lovingly finishing her husband’s acceptance speech before presenting the next award (the swoon-worthy Affleck forgot to mention a few important people).
– Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig coming up with new plots for the films for which the best actresses in a comedy were nominated. “You get out of heeeeere!”
– The abundance of memes and gifs capturing Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s glory.

And some lowlights…

– The banter between Jimmy Fallon (one of the better late night hosts) and Jay Leno (the worst)
– Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger arguing about whose English is the most “foreign.”
-Catherine Zeta-Jones’ attempt at a 30 second musical number, while introducing Les Misérables.
-The unfortunate realization that fake & bake tanning is still happening… yes, we’re talking to you, Lea Michele.
-That awkward moment when Lucy Liu and Debra Messing walked on stage and everyone wondered which one of Hollywood’s stylist had lost their minds.
– The red carpet events on both E! and NBC. The hosts tired questions made for a boring and cliche hour.
– Most of the speeches. People need to stop thanking their newborns.
– Speeches by Kevin Costner and Michael Haneke … and Ed Harris and Maggie Smith who weren’t there to accept their awards.
– And if you weren’t following our livetweets tonight, I’m going to say this one more time: John Legend’s “Who Did That To You,” off the Django Unchained soundtrack, was the song played when Django was being presented and when Christoph Waltz and Tarantino walked on stage to accept their awards. That song was not nominated for best original song. It would have eventually lost to Adele’s “Skyfall” from the latest Bond film, but it was still one of the best songs from the movies this year.

By Chris Hanna, Radina Papukchieva, and Sophia Loffreda

Twitter @Chris_Hanna, @Papukchieva, and @sloffreda

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