Sunday was a big night for movies like “Boyhood,” “Birdman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” all of which took home top honors at this year’s Golden Globe Awards. The annual event, which was broadcast from the Beverly Hilton in California, kicked off the 2015 awards season with a mostly predictable lineup of winners and losers.
Unfortunately, it was not exactly a big night for family-oriented fare. Film and TV aimed at family audiences barely registered at the awards show, despite a few nominations in key categories.
Going in, by far the biggest contender with anything less than a PG-13 rating was Disney’s live-action musical “Into the Woods,” which had three nominations, including Best Motion Picture, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress in a comedy or musical.
Although a mistake, as reported by Variety.com, that appeared on the Golden Globes website the day before the awards show seemed to reveal “Into the Woods” as the winner for Best Motion Picture Comedy or Musical, that turned out not to be the case. The award actually ended up going to Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”
Meanwhile, “Into the Woods”‘ stars Meryl Streep and Emily Blunt also walked away empty-handed. Streep, nominated for her role as the Witch, lost to Patricia Arquette for “Boyhood,” while Amy Adams’ lead performance as the ‘50s art sensation Margaret Keane in “Big Eyes” beat out Blunt’s Baker’s Wife -- as well as “Annie”‘s Quvenzhané Wallis, the other big nominee from a PG-rated musical.
However, as usual, there was one award category of real interest to family audiences -- Best Animated Feature -- and it actually resulted in what some might consider a minor upset.
(Not nominated at all, to the chagrin of many, was Studio Ghibli’s “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.”)
Pre-awards show predictions had strongly favored “The Lego Movie.” As Indiewire‘s Peter Knegt wrote, “This (category) is definitely ‘The Lego Movie’’s to lose and there’s not a whole lot more to say than that.”
Just going by critical reception, “The Lego Movie” also seemed like a shoe-in for the award with a ridiculously high 96 percent “fresh” rating on RottenTomatoes.com and an 83 on Metacritic (compared to “How to Train Your Dragon 2”‘s 92 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and 76 on Metacritic).
This marks the first time other than “Toy Story 3” that a sequel has won in this category. Incidentally, “Toy Story 3” was the movie that beat out the original “How to Train Your Dragon” at the 2010 Golden Globes.
For a complete list of Sunday night’s winners, visit the awards show’s website, goldenglobes.com.
(Jeff Peterson contributes to the film discussion website FilmInquiry.com.)