What the heck? Reactions to a strange Golden Globes

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By Josh Axelrod, Anamika Roy and David Oliver 

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is either a collective genius or idiot when it comes to selecting television winners. There’s so much to discuss. But first, the Cumberbomb:

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JOSH: I know this is a TV site, but first and foremost: “Birdman” and “The LEGO Movie” losing to “Grand Budapest Hotel” and “How to Train Your Dragon 2” respectively are travesties of justice. Just had to get that off my chest.

Now to TV. Who watches “The Affair”? Clearly the HFPA does, because it won the award for Best TV Series, Drama, beating incredible seasons of “Game of Thrones” and “The Good Wife.” Ruth Wilson then beat Julianna Margulies, Claire Danes, Viola Davis, and Robin Wright for Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama. Admittedly, I’ve never watched an episode of “The Affair.” But then again, I can’t name one person I know who has. So if a TV show is great but no one has seen it, is it really worth rewarding? This should make me eager to check out “The Affair,” but it’s so far off my radar that I still have zero interest.

On the flip side, the comedy winners intrigued me. The lack of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” in these categories was disappointing, so I expected to be mad at any direction these categories went that didn’t involve “Orange is the New Black” or “Silicon Valley.” But I was pleasantly surprised with all the love that went to “Transparent” and “Jane the Virgin.” I don’t watch either, but these were big wins for a.) Diversity, specifically Latina and transgender representation on TV, and b.) fringe networks (The CW) and a newcomer to the TV game (Amazon). Jeffrey Tambor gave such a moving acceptance speech that I really, really want to check out “Transparent” now.

I’ll leave you guys with this vine of Jeremy Renner making an inappropriate joke about Jennifer Lopez’s boobs.

DAVID: Confession, I only watched the first two hours, but if my Twitter feed is any indication, I was heavily invested in them. I’ll embed some of my tweets below to let you all know how I felt during this time.

SUPER annoyed about “The Good Wife” – it really is so strong this season and I don’t understand how people can keep ignoring that. But then again, award shows are never really perfect. The “Transparent” wins are honestly so well-deserved and it makes me so happy, for a lot of reasons. It’s a huge win for the transgender community as well as Amazon.

A bigger deal I’d like to address is what BuzzFeed pointed out: all the TV recipients were Golden Globe-winner babies. “Jane the Virgin” = Golden Globe virgin, if you will.

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