It’s a good send-off for “Breaking Bad.”
The acclaimed drama about a high school teacher turned ruthless meth maker won back-to-back honors at the 71st Golden Globe Awards. The series, which ended its run last fall, won its first ever Golden Globe for best TV drama. And the show’s star, Bryan Cranston, finally won a Golden Globe for playing Walter White.
“It’s such a lovely way to say goodbye to the show,” said Cranston, who had been nominated three other times.
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Earlier in the evening, golden girl Jennifer Lawrence won the trophy for best supporting actress in a film for the Abscam FBI sting comedy, “American Hustle.” (She won a best actress trophy just last year for “Silver Linings Playbook.”)
“I don’t know why I’m so nervous!” a shaking and breathless Lawrence said as she picked up the award, presented by Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock.
The second award of the night went to an equally emotional Jacqueline Bisset, who won for best supporting actress for the TV miniseries “Dancing on the Edge.” The veteran Bisset was speechless, at first, and then a bit rambling: “I love my friends. I love my family.”
In other awards given out so far, “Behind the Candelabra,” HBO’s drama about flamboyant pianist Liberace and his young boyfriend, won best miniseries or TV movie. Elisabeth Moss won her first ever Golden Globe for best performance by an actress in a TV miniseries or movie for the thriller “Top of the Lake.” Alex Ebert won for best original score for “All Is Lost.” Best song honors went to “Ordinary Love,” U2’s song for “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” with U2’s Bono and the Edge among those on stage to pick up the trophy.
The show got underway Sunday evening with the irreverent Tina Fey and Amy Poehler returning as hosts of the three-hour live event on NBC.
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About the only thing that’s certain tonight? Woody Allen won’t be in attendance to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award. (Diane Keaton, who earned a Golden Globe and an Oscar for lead actress for Allen’s 1977 classic “Annie Hall,” will sub for the notoriously award-shy auteur.)
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The Globes, presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., divide the film categories into drama and musical or comedy. Leading the pack in nominations in the drama category is “12 Years a Slave,” Steve McQueen’s harrowing depiction of slavery in America, which goes into tonight’s ceremony with seven nominations. Also with seven nominations, in the musical or comedy category, is David O. Russell’s comedy, “American Hustle.”
Competing with “12 Years a Slave” are “Captain Phillips,” “Gravity,” “Philomena” and “Rush,” while “American Hustle” is vying for the musical or comedy best picture honors against “Her,” “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Nebraska” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
Nominated for best director are McQueen for “Slave,” Russell for “American Hustle,” Alexander Payne for “Nebraska,” Alfonso Cuaron for “Gravity” and Paul Greengrass for “Captain Phillips.”
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Best actor in a drama contenders are Hanks for “Captain Phillips,” Chiwetel Ejiofor for “12 Years a Slave,” Idris Elba for “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” Matthew McConaughey for “Dallas Buyers Club” and Robert Redford for “All Is Lost.” Musical or comedy actor nominees are Christian Bale for “American Hustle,” Bruce Dern for “Nebraska,” Leonardo DiCaprio for “The Wolf of Wall Street,” Oscar Isaac for “Inside Llewyn Davis” and Joaquin Phoenix for “Her.”
Cate Blanchett, who has received the lion’s share of critical honors for “Blue Jasmine,” is nominated for best dramatic actress for the Woody Allen film along with Bullock for “Gravity,” Judi Dench for “Philomena,” Emma Thompson for “Saving Mr. Banks” and Kate Winslet for “Labor Day.” Musical or comedy actress nominees are Amy Adams for “American Hustle,” Julie Delpy for “Before Midnight,” Julia Louis-Dreyfus for “Enough Said” and Meryl Streep for “August: Osage County.”
The Golden Globes are seen as an indicator of Oscar gold.
For the last two years, the Golden Globe best film winners — “Argo” and “The Artist” — went on to win the Academy Award for best film. But the HFPA and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have been known to disagree. Three years ago, “The Social Network” won the Globe for dramatic motion picture, while the Oscar went to “The King’s Speech.” Four years ago, “Avatar” won the top Globe honor only to see the academy choose “The Hurt Locker” as the best of the year.
Golden Globes are also given in several television categories. Among the top nominees this year are “Breaking Bad,” “Downton Abbey,” “House of Cards,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “Behind the Candelabra.”
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