Out of a list of hard-hitting nominees, Amy Adams has won the 2014 Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical. Adams was long predicted to be a front-runner for the award, and she was a humble, wonderful winner. After four nominations, she has finally got that tiny globe, and we couldn't be happier. She thanked her writer for writing "great roles for women," how cute is that. Meryl Streep was also a favorite for the award, but her performance in August: Osage County fell just short.
The comedy performances represented at the Globes this year have been more offbeat than in past years. August: Osage County and American Hustle both have actresses nominated for both Best Actress in a Comedy and Best Supporting Actress, and their Best Actress nominees have played darker characters than previous female comedy nominees. Adams' cunning and ruthless Sydney Prosser makes American Hustle funny, but also dark and interesting. Similarly, Streep's vicious portrayal of the addict mother in August: Osage County makes the film even darker.
These are not the traditional female comedy roles, and the battle between Adams and Streep for best actress has shown the ever-expanding horizons for women in comedy. Let's get excited for another year of powerful women pushing comedy boundaries next year. And thank goodness Amy finally won something.