The 71st annual Golden Globe awards marked another instance where indie and alternative music artists rose to the top. Front man, Alex Ebert, of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, an American indie-folk band that has put out three well-received albums, won a Golden Globe award for Best Original Score for the film "All is Lost."
Ebert was triumphant over intimidating opponents such as Hans Zimmer who has written scores for films such as The Lion King, and The Dark Knight; also John Williams who has written scores for films like E.T and Harry Potter. Ebert is not alone as a successful indie Golden Globe winner, as he will join Karen O and Trent Reznor for their scores in Where the Wild Things Are and The Social Network, respectively.
When Ebert was joined at the microphone by P. Diddy a lot of people were seeing flashbacks of the Kanye West/Taylor Swift incident from the 2009 VMA Awards, but Diddy kept it short, just letting people know he and Ebert partied together on a yacht.
U2, highly established Irish rock band, also won an award at the 2013 Golden Globes for "Ordinary Love" which won Best Original Song. "Ordinary Love" was written specifically for the biopic of Nelson Mandela titled "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" released 20 days after the passing of his life. U2 is well-known for their acts in social justice and activism, so the award for "Ordinary Love" was appropriately given.