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Golden Globes 2014: The Wit and Wisdom of the First Major Awards Show

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By Chris Kavan - 01/12/14 at 10:41 PM CT

Usually the Golden Globes are considered a good precursor to the Academy Awards. Also, usually, one movie tends to stand out of the pack. This year, however, the Globes were really all over the place (and I'm not talking about the incredibly long walk people had to make to get up on stage). All I can say is the Academy Awards are still anyone's game at this point. But here are some of the things I learned (and observed) tonight:

Slight Edge Award: American Hustle - With Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence winning Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress and the film walking away with Best Movie (Musical or Comedy), David O. Russell's latest came away with the most awards of the night, though it is not enough for me to consider it the front runner for the top Oscar awards.

Dramas Here, There, Everywhere: If American Hustle walked away with the front-runner in the comedy section - dramas were much harder to pin down. The movie with the most buzz coming into the night was 12 Years a Slave. While Steve McQueen's drama walked away with Best Picture, it was shut out of everything else. Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto won acting awards for Dallas Buyers Club while Alfonso Cuarón took the directing award for Gravity. Spike Jonze was awarded Best Screenplay for Her as well. What this means is that there was no clear dramatic winner... which is one of the reasons the Academy Awards are going to be good.

Best Presenter of the Night: Robert Downey, Jr. - who managed to be his own dry-humored self while announcing the Best Actress (Musical or Comedy) Award. Guess he'll be getting a free suit by morning.

Best Speech of the Night: While I'm tempted to give it to Jacqueline Bisset for her rambling, somewhat incoherent and her staunch ability to ignore the "get off the stage" music - I'm actually going to go with Andy Samberg because I couldn't tell if he was being sarcastic or was truly serious but bravo to you, good sir.

Best Line of the NIght: Alfonso Cuarón who said (not the exact quote but close enough) "Thanks to Sandra Bullock for not quitting when she hear 'I'll give you Herpes' When what I actually said was 'I'll give you an ear piece.... true story." Despite the comedic talents of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler - that was easiest the biggest laugh I had all night.

Most Dropped Name of the Night: "Matt Damon" which I swear was uttered at least 32 times (citation needed).

Best Dressed: I'm not fashion guru, but I have to say there were no real turkeys out there (usually you can pinpoint at least one terrible choice). The best of the best - Margot Robbie (Wolf of Wall Street) who was knock-out gorgeous (even if her presentation with Jonah Hill didn't go exactly as planned). Runner Up - Olivia Wilde - baby bump and all - that was an impressive dress.

Sad Trombone Award: I really wanted Nebraska to walk away with at least one award. Sadly, that did not happen.

What did you think of the awards? Who won - who should have won - and pretty much anything else you want to discuss. Comment here or on the forum and one can only hope it means one of the more interesting Academy Awards shows are on the way.

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