“Boyhood” continued its award season streak by winning three awards, including best drama, at the 72nd Golden Globes on Sunday. Director Richard Linklater and supporting actress Patricia Arquette were the widely-lauded film’s other winners.
The musical/comedy category offered a surprise, with “The Grand Budapest Hotel” edging out “Birdman” for best film. Director Wes Anderson thanked Hollywood Foreign Press members “Dagmar, Munawar, Helmut, Anka…” continuing with the list of exotic-sounding names.
Eddie Redmayne won best actor, drama for “The Theory of Everything,” while Julianne Moore won best actress, for the indie “Still Alice.” Backstage, the actress said she was going to celebrate by “eating a lot of potato chips. I haven’t eaten since 3:30 p.m.”
Michael Keaton won best actor in a musical/comedy for “Birdman.” He talked about growing up in on a Pennsylvania farmhouse, as the seventh child of a large family. “I couldn’t remember a time when my father wasn’t working two jobs,” Keaton said. He teared up when speaking about his love for his son Sean. “Two things I said I wasn’t going to do, cry and give air quotes,” he said. “Damn.”
The Golden Globes are usually known for more lighthearted hijinks, but this year’s telecast took on a more somber tone, as many of the winners reflected on serious news events, from Ferguson and Charlie Hebdo to LGBT rights. Hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, back for the third (and last) time, kicked off the evening with a racy monologue that poked fun of North Korea’s opposition to “The Interview” and the unprecedented hack that brought Sony Pictures to its knees. They also did an impersonation of Bill Cosby, who has been in the news for a series of rape allegations.
Jeffrey Tambor won best actor in a comedy series for playing a transgender woman in Amazon’s “Transparent.” He thanked the Hollywood Foreign Press for “putting us on the map and making people aware of our story,” Tambor said. “I would like to dedicate my performance and this award to the transgender community,” he said, raising up his trophy. “Thank you for your courage, thank you for your inspiration, thank you for your patience and thank you for letting us be part of the change.”
In honoring “Transparent,” the first Amazon series to win a Golden Globe, for best comedy, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association shined a light on LBGT rights. Producer creator Jill Soloway dedicated the award to Leelah Alcorn, the transgender teen from Ohio who committed suicide last week because she didn’t feel accepted.
Matt Bomer won best supporting actor for his portrayal in HBO’s adaptation of “The Normal Heart,” and he acknowledged the victims of HIV/AIDs. “To the generation we lost and the people we continue to lose to this disease I just want to say we love you, we remember you,” Bomer said.
John Legend and Common took the stage to accept best original song for “Glory” for “Selma,” the only win for the Paramount Pictures drama. In a heartfelt speech that referenced current events, including the murder of two New York City police officers, Common explained what drew him to the project about he 1965 civil rights marches. “I felt this was bigger than a movie,” Common said. “I am the unarmed black kid who maybe needed a hand, but instead was given a bullet. I am the two fallen police officers fallen in the line of duty. ‘Selma’ has awoken my humanity.” He added, “Now is the time to change the world. ‘Selma’ is now.”
In a night of uncharacteristically few celebrity winners, George Clooney added a much-needed boost of star power to the Globes when he accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award.
“Ive had a pretty good year myself, and I’m not just referring to the fabulous reviews of ‘The Monuments Men,'” Clooney joked. “It’s a humbling thing when you find someone to love,” he said as his wife Amal Alamuddin looked on. “Amal, I couldn’t be more proud to be your husband.”
He made light of the Sony hack. “It’s a good chance for us to meet face to face and apologize for the snarky things we said to each other,” he said, before ending his speech by talking about the worldwide marches in solidarity of the 12 people killed in the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack. “They didn’t march in protest,” Clooney said. “They marched in support of the idea we don’t march in fear.”
The Golden Globes, which honors both television and film, plays an important role in shaping the Oscar race. Arquette won best supporting actress for “Boyhood,” cementing her status as the frontrunner in the category. “Sorry, I’m the only nerd with a piece of paper,” said Arquette, who thanked her “onscreen family” cast of Ethan Hawke and Ellar Coltrane, as well as director Linklater.
J.K. Simmons won best supporting actor for “Whiplash,” for his portrait of a demanding music instructor. He said that his co-star Miles Teller inspired him every day to “scream at his face.”
In a surprise that speaks to the Weinstein Co.’s strength in awards-season campaigning, Amy Adams beat out favorite Emily Blunt (“Into the Woods”) by taking home the award for best actress in a musical/comedy for playing artist Margaret Keane in Tim Burton’s “Big Eyes.” Adams was recognized in the same category last year for “American Hustle,” and she had predicted on the red carpet that she wouldn’t be winning again. “To say I’m underprepared for this moment is a huge understatement,” Adams said. “Huge! I didn’t even apply lip gloss.”
On the TV side, the Golden Globes lived up to its reputation as the hippest award show, often giving prizes to freshman shows over veterans. Showtime’s “The Affair” won best TV drama and its star Ruth Wilson won best actress. Newcomer Gina Rodriguez won best actress in a TV comedy for CW’s “Jane the Virgin.” A shaken Rodriguez thanked everyone from her fellow cast to CBS chief Leslie Moonves.
Netflix had a good night. Kevin Spacey landed his first-ever Golden Globe for “House of Cards.” “This is the eighth time I’ve been nominated,” he said. “I cannot f–ing believe I won.” Maggie Gyllenhaal won best actress in a TV mini-series for the streaming service’s “The Honorable Woman.” She talked about the wealth of roles for different women on TV. “When I look around the room at the women who are around here, what I see actually are women who are sometimes powerful and sometimes not. Sometimes sexy and sometimes not. Sometimes honorable and sometimes not,” she said.
Joanne Froggatt won best supporting actress for “Downton Abbey.” She thanked the show’s creator Julian Fellowes and made note of the difficult material involving her character. “After the storyline aired, I received a number of letters from survivors of rape,” she said.
FX’s “Fargo” picked up the award for best miniseries or TV movie, edging the likes of HBO’s “True Detective.” Its star, Billy Bob Thornton, also won the award for best actor in the miniseries category. “These days you get into a lot of trouble for anything you say,” he noted. “So I’m just going to say thank you.” He was one of the few winners of the night who didn’t take a political stance.
Full List of Winners:
Best Motion Picture – Drama
Lead Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Winner: Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything
Lead Actress in a Motion Picture- Drama
Winner: Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Winner: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Lead Actor in a Motion Picture- Comedy or Musical
Winner: Michael Keaton – Birdman
Lead Actress – TV Drama
Winner: Ruth Wilson – The Affair
Winner: Richard Linklater – Boyhood
Lead Actor – TV Drama
Winner: Kevin Spacey – House of Cards
Best TV Drama
Winner: The Affair
Actress – TV Miniseries or Movie
Winner: Maggie Gyllenhaal – The Honorable Woman
Winner: Leviathan, Russia
Lead Actor – TV Comedy
Winner: Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent
Winner: Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo – Birdman
Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Winner: Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Winner: How to Train Your Dragon 2
Lead Actress in a Motion Picture- Comedy or Musical
Winner: Amy Adams – Big Eyes
Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries, or TV movie
Winner: Matt Bomer – The Normal Heart
Original Song – Motion Picture
Winner: Glory – Selma (John Legend, Common)
Original Score – Motion Picture
Winner: Johann Johannsson – The Theory of Everything
Best TV Comedy or Musical
Lead Actress – TV Comedy or Musical
Winner: Gina Rodriguez – Jane the Virgin
Actor – TV Miniseries or Movie
Winner: Billy Bob Thornton – Fargo
TV Miniseries or Movie
Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries, or TV movie
Winner: Joanne Froggatt – Downton Abbey
Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Winner: J.K. Simmons – Whiplash