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Actors like Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years a Slave,” ”Dancing on the Edge”) and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Enough Said,” ”Veep”) were nominated for both film and TV. Louis-Dreyfus parodied the dichotomy by appearing first at the table for “Enough Said” in glamorous sunglasses and smoking an electric cigarette, then sitting (or so the hosts said) in the “TV section” eating a hot dog.
U2 and Danger Mouse won the award for best original song for “Ordinary Love,” recorded for the Nelson Mandela biopic “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.” Bono said working on the film completed a decades-long journey with Mandela, having played an anti-apartheid concert some 35 years ago.
“This man turned our life upside down, right-side up,” said Bono of the South African leader who died in December. “A man who refused to hate not because he didn’t have rage or anger or those things, but that he thought love would do a better job.”
Cate Blanchett won best actress in a drama for her Blanche DuBois-like performance in Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine.” Allen was honored, too, with the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award. Always an awards no-show, Allen left Diane Keaton to accept on his behalf.
Many of the night’s surprise winners were literally caught speechless. Andy Samberg (best actor in a comedy TV series, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), Elisabeth Moss (winner of best actress, miniseries or movie, for “Top of the Lake”), Robin Wright (best actress in a TV series, drama for “House of Cards”) and even Poehler, herself (best actress in a TV comedy for “Parks and Recreation”), appeared particularly shocked to win and each stumbled through their thank you’s. (Poehler celebrated by enveloping and kissing a surprised Bono.)
Spike Jonze was also blindsided by his best screenplay win for his futuristic romance “Her.”
“I’m a terrible public speaker,” said Jonze. “And I’m bad at English. And it’s the only language I know.”
“This is Hollywood,” explained Fey. “If something kind of works, they’ll just keep doing it until everyone hates it.”
The Tracy Letts play adaptation “August: Osage County,” starring Meryl Streep, Fey said, proved “that there are great parts in Hollywood for Meryl Streeps over 60.” In one memorable bit that parodied the Hollywood legacies who serve as stage guides, Poehler played Fey’s surly son. They left it open as to whether Harvey Weinstein was the father.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a group of about 85 mostly freelance foreign journalists (Fey and Poehler mocked their publications), make an unlikely body to hold the second-largest awards in Hollywood’s Oscar season. But their boozy, laid-back broadcast, bereft of the academy’s self-regard or tradition of musical dance numbers, has emerged as perhaps the best awards show on television.
It’s at least, as Fey said, “a beautiful mess.”
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