Article by: Joseph Hadaway
On January 12th, 2015, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association held the 72nd Golden Globe Awards, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. The Golden Globe Awards, which celebrates the best in film and television in 2014. The Golden Globes are typically considered the “pre-Oscars”, giving insight into the Academy Awards, as many members of the Hollywood Foreign Press are also members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The ceremony, despite taking place entirely during school hours, was followed by many students, refreshing various live blogs and news articles to find out the winners of major awards.
The big film winners included Richard Linklater’s Boyhood and Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel for drama and comedy respectively, upsetting Oscar favourite Birdman directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. ISM Senior Enrico Po claimed that this could potentially signal a similar upset at the Oscars, similar to what happened last year with the movie Argo. Boyhood led the win count, racking up Best Supporting Actress for Patricia Arquette and Best Director for Linklater, closely followed by Birdman, which won Best Actor for Michael Keaton and Best Screenplay.
On the television side, massive upsets took place as new shows dominated, with Showtime’s 2014 debut The Affair beat long-running favourites Downtown Abbey, Game of Thrones, The Good Wife and House of Cards for best drama. For Comedies, new shows dominated the nominations, with Amazon Instant’s relatively unknown Transparent besting Jane the Virgin, Girls, Orange is the New Black and Silicon Valley. ISM Junior John Hadaway responded to the new show domination in the television category by saying that while he has not had the chance to watch all of these new shows due to his intense focus on his studies, John mentioned liking the shows that he did see that were nominated such as Silicon Valley.
When senior film student Enzo Mapua was asked about how he felt about the results of the awards ceremony, he said that “he didn’t know” because he hadn’t seen any of the movies or television shows nominated. He further mentioned that, living in the Philippines, it is really hard to watch these movies through legal means. This can be seen that of the ten films and ten television shows nominated for best picture only five shows are viewable via legal means in the Philippines and two of the ten movies have been released in theatres, with four more planning to be released within the next month prior to the Oscars.