Best and Worst of the 2013 Golden Globes

I love the Golden Globes. It focuses on both television and film; it features nearly all of my favorite celebrities; and it features nearly all of my favorite celebrities drinking copious amounts of alcohol. If that isn’t a recipe for success, I don’t know what is.

I was generally happy with the way these awards turned out. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association didn’t give me everything I wanted (cue my angry “Amy Poehler was robbed!” cries), but all in all I was pleased with the winners, especially in the film categories.

There were plenty of memorable moments from the 70th Annual Golden Globes, so, without further ado, let’s discuss the best and the worst of the night.

Best Hosts to Ever Host: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. I knew these two would be amazing, but I had no idea how hard they would make me laugh within the first few minutes of the show. From zingers directed at James Cameron and James Franco to a joke about Meryl Streep that’s still making me laugh today, their opening monologue was everything a fan of these two could have hoped for and then some. And the jokes just kept on coming, from cuddling with Clooney to advice for Taylor Swift and a perfect closing line about going home with Jodie Foster, these two women kept the show moving and did it with a style that is completely their own and completely perfect. Can they take Seth MacFarlane’s place at the Oscars? Pretty please?

Worst Attempt at Humor: Sacha Baron Cohen. I know some people love him, but I am so tired of his various characters and their offensive brand of comedy. His joke about Russell Crowe was a low blow, his line about massages and Helena Bonham Carter was just strange, and his mention of Anne Hathaway’s “upskirt shot” was inappropriate. I don’t know if he was actually drunk or just in-character for whatever it is he’s doing now, but I didn’t find his shtick funny at all.

Best Surprise Appearance: Hillary Clinton’s husband. To paraphrase the wordsmith Ke$ha: The party don’t start ‘til Bill walks in. How do you make an already great award show even greater? Invite the always charismatic Bill Clinton, who delivered an introduction for Lincoln that was so stirring I almost left my couch, got in my car, and drove to the nearest movie theater to see it right then…almost. The only thing better than seeing Bill Clinton onstage was seeing Amy Poehler’s Leslie-Knope-esque reaction to his appearance.

Worst Always-a-Bridesmaid Moment: It came down to Leonardo DiCaprio and Amy Poehler, and in a twist typical of DiCaprio’s luck, I chose Poehler instead. I know I’m biased because I adore Parks and Rec and relate almost too strongly to Leslie Knope, but it makes me so angry to see every award show pass by without acknowledging just how amazing Poehler is in that role. It didn’t help that the only person I was actively rooting against took home the award. I know the HFPA likes to pretend they’re cool and edgy sometimes, but there’s no way that Lena Dunham is more deserving than Amy Poehler.

Best Winning Moment: I can’t pick just one. I really can’t. In a year filled with great performances by actresses, I was so happy to see my two favorites—Anne Hathaway and Jennifer Lawrence—take home awards for their incredible work. I was also thrilled to see Hugh Jackman get recognized for the sheer talent and commitment needed to anchor Les Mis in the way he did. But I think I was most excited for Ben Affleck. His direction in Argo was a cut above everything else I saw this year, and I’m so happy he has this award to hopefully take some of the sting out of being (wrongfully) snubbed for an Oscar. Also, how adorable was his speech, thanking his kids (who wrote their names on his hand for good luck) and his beautiful wife (and one of the loves of my life) Jennifer Garner.

Worst Seating Arrangement: Why would you ever have the Homeland table in the back? It was bad enough seeing Eddie Redmayne, Amanda Seyfried, and the Les Mis leftovers in the back, but at least the people who actually won individual awards got to sit close to the stage. Poor Claire Danes and Damian Lewis had to make their way through (or around, in Danes’s case) a mass of stairs and chairs in order to reach the stage.

Best Way to Kill Me: During E!’s red carpet coverage, there was a minute or so where they showed Hugh Jackman on the carpet, followed by John Krasinski, followed by Bradley Cooper. In that minute, I was pretty sure I had died and gone to heaven. If you’ll allow me one shallow moment, there was an embarrassment of riches in terms of handsome men at the Golden Globes this year. From those three aforementioned studs to Affleck, Clooney, DiCaprio, Robert Downey Jr., and my newest celebrity obsession Eddie Redmayne, there was so much tuxedo-clad perfection at this award show that I didn’t know where to look first. (Though when in doubt, I now always look for Redmayne and his freckles.)

Worst Dressed: Quentin Tarantino. Though there were plenty of handsome gents making their ways down the red carpet yesterday, Tarantino stood out in a bad way as being particularly disheveled. I know the loosened tie is his “look,” but it dislike it so much I’m not even putting a picture of it on here. You can find that fashion travesty yourself if you really want to.

And as for the women, I was not loving Lena Dunham’s dress at all. It didn’t fit her properly, and the style was just all wrong for her age and her body.

Source: Glamour

Best Dressed: Leonardo DiCaprio. Classic, classy, and clean-cut. This is my favorite kind of look for Leo because he can pull off the masculine glamour of a tuxedo like very few men in Hollywood can. He might not have won a Globe, but he’s a winner in my book.

Source: Yahoo!

There were a lot of looks in the running for the women of the Globes (Amy Poehler’s stunning suit almost won out), but Claire Danes looked effortlessly breathtaking on the red carpet. The dress was simple and elegant while still being sexy in an understated kind of way. And the combination of a classic red dress with long, blonde hair will always be beautiful. The cut was right, the color was perfect, and her body looked amazing for only having a baby a month ago.

Source: InStyle

And there you have it—my picks for the highs and lows of the Golden Globes. What did you think of the ceremony, the winners, and the fashion?

 

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