With all of the anticipation of an unwieldy, provocative and scandalous ceremony at the hands of Ricky Gervais, last night's 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards carried on fairly smoothly and uneventfully. In fact, I'd say I enjoyed this year's Globes far more than last year's Oscars. When you are the Kim Kardashian to the Oscar's Kate Middleton, as Gervais put it last night, that's quite the compliment.
The common understanding is that the Golden Globes have little to no bearing on the outcome of the Oscars, but there were still a lot of interesting things to note that could have some sort of effect on the rest of this awards season.
So before I make a joke about Jodie Foster's beaver, let's review some of the most noteworthy moments from last night's Golden Globes and then offer a hearty Condragulations to all of the winners...
- Like Christian Bale, Christoph Waltz and Heath Ledger before him, Christopher Plummer is pretty much unstoppable. If there was any doubt before, it's now fairly obvious that he is your frontrunner (and probable winner) of the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
- The past three years have seen two actresses nominated in Best Supporting Actress from the same film (Doubt, Up in the Air, The Fighter)... and this year it will be Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer from The Help. Chastain was in about 50 films this past year, so an award looked likely, but Spencer has been gaining momentum as of late and her lovely acceptance speech last night probably pushes her into the lead.
- Anyone surprised by the wins in the TV categories should remember that this is the HFPA. Wins for Homeland, Claire Danes, Kelsey Grammer and Laura Dern were pretty much a lock going in. Matt LeBlanc was a bit of a surprise, but not overwhelming considering he was on Friends.
- After being snubbed by the DGA and having  War Horse ignored by the guilds, Steven Spielberg must've been relieved to get the win for Tintin.
- It may look like a Viola Davis-Meryl Streep showdown for Best Lead Actress, but Michelle Williams touching speech to her daughter Matilda is certainly going to make things interesting. I believe we now have a three woman race.
- Speaking of Meryl Streep, that was quite the acceptance speech. To me, it seemed she was trying to send a message to Academy voters: vote for Viola Davis. Oh, and one more thing. YOU DON'T BLEEP MERYL STREEP OR PLAY HER OFF THE STAGE. EVER. DO YOU HEAR ME, HFPA?!
- I loved Brad Pitt and George Clooney's obvious admiration for each other. I may think Pitt deserves the award more, but Clooney complimenting Michael Fassbender's full frontal nudity in Shame during his acceptance speech made it all worth it.
- The Descendants and The Artist are the two frontrunners at this point, but it's pretty common for the Golden Globes winner to be defeated come Oscar time. Just ask The Social Network, Avatar, Atonement, Brokeback Mountain...
Also worth calling out: Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy's adorable duet when they were presenting Best Actress in a Television Series, Drama, and Tina Fey photobombing Amy Poehler...
And now... onto the victors! Condragulations, folks!
* = correct prediction
Cecil B. DeMille Award: Morgan FreemanTELEVISION:
Best Motion Picture, Drama: The Descendants *
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama: Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama: George Clooney, The Descendants
Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical: The Artist *
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical: Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn *
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical: Jean Dujardin, The Artist *
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Octavia Spencer, The Help
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture: Christopher Plummer, Beginners *
Best Animated Feature Film: The Adventures of Tintin *
Best Foreign Language Film: A Separation (Iran) *
Best Director - Motion Picture: Martin Scorsese, Hugo *
Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Best Original Score - Motion Picture: Ludovic Bource, The Artist
Best Original Song - Motion Picture: "Masterpiece," W.E.
Best Television Series, Drama: Homeland *What did you think of last night's Golden Globes? Was Ricky Gervais too tame? Did your favorites win? And who do you think are the frontrunners going into the Oscars?
Best Actress in a Television Series, Drama: Claire Danes, Homeland *
Best Actor in a Television Series, Drama: Kelsey Grammer, Boss *
Best Television Series, Comedy or Musical: Modern Family *
Best Actress in a Television Series, Comedy or Musical: Laura Dern, Enlightened *
Best Actor in a Television Series, Comedy or Musical: Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Downton Abbey *
Best Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce *
Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Idris Elba, Luther
Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones *
[Image Source: Paul Buck/EPA via LA Times]