Richard Linklater was named best director and Patricia Arquette won for supporting actress for Boyhood, which was named best drama, while on the small screen The Affair upset more established shows with two wins at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards.
Linklater’s Boyhood was a project over 12 years in the making, shooting a week or so every year with the same cast. Ellar Coltrane, who plays the boy, began the project at seven years old. The film also stars Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette, who won for best supporting actress.
“The bottom line is we’re all flawed in this world. No one’s perfect,” said Linklater. “I want to dedicate this to my parents and to parents that are evolving everywhere, families that are just passing through this world and doing their best.”
Eddie Redmayne, for The Theory of Everything, and Julianne Moore in Still Alice took top honours for best actor and actress in a drama.
Redmayne plays the real-life role of brilliant physicist Stephen Hawking, who was diagnosed with motor neuron disease at the age of 21. The actor has been praised for his skillful depiction of Hawking’s gradual physical decline, eventually using only his eyes and a crooked smile to express what’s inside Hawking’s mind.
Redmayne beat out Steve Carell (Foxcatcher), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler) and David Oyelowo (Selma).
In the most acclaimed performance by an actress this awards season, Moore gives a heart-rending portrayal of a vibrant and ambitious Columbia University professor diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s.
Perhaps the chief Oscar rival to Boyhood, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s backstage romp Birdman, also fared well. It won best actor in a comedy or musical for its lead, Michael Keaton, who plays a former superhero star tinged with his own history, and best screenplay.
Birdman was passed over in its Golden Globe category for The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Directed by Wes Anderson, the film is a visually sumptuous concoction starring Ralph Fiennes — displaying admirable comic chops — as the pompous concierge of an Eastern European resort between the two world wars.
The other nominees in the category were Into the Woods, Pride and St. Vincent.
The first award of the night went to J.K. Simmons for best supporting actor for his performance as a domineering jazz teacher in the acclaimed indie Whiplash. He thanked his confident co-star, Miles Teller, whom he called: “A young actor of such maturity and brilliance that he inspired me every day to want to scream at him and hit him in the face.”
As the only major awards show to honour both movies and TV, the Globes have also benefited from television’s rise. Fey and Poehler alluded to that by leading the crowd in a call-and-response cheer, chanting “Movies … Awesome! TV … Better!”
The Golden Globes took a stand for underdogs in its television awards by honouring streaming services with two major acting awards and for making the best comedy, as well as rookie actress Gina Rodriguez of the CW’s Jane the Virgin.
Amazon’s Transparent won best comedy and Jeffrey Tambor, who plays a transgender man who hasn’t told his adult children about his journey, earned the Globe for best comic actor. Visibly moved, Tambor thanked the Globes for putting the series on the map and dedicated his award to the transgender community.
Rodriguez beat out stars like Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Lena Dunham as best comedy actress. She is the second Latina actress to win the award in this category, after America Ferrara of Ugly Betty in 2007.
“This award is so much more than myself,” said Rodriguez, who thanked her parents for allowing her to follow her dreams. “It represents a culture that wants to see themselves as heroes.”
The Showtime series The Affair, also in its first year, was honoured as best television drama. Ruth Wilson, who plays the waitress who becomes involved with a married writer, was named best actress in a drama.
The show won out over Downtown Abby, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, and The Good Wife, while Wilson was cited over more well-known nominees Claire Danes, Viola Davis, Julianna Margulies, and Robin Wright.
It was Spacey’s first win after eight nominations.
Maggie Gyllenhaal won as best actress in a miniseries for playing businesswoman Nessa Stein in The Honorable Woman, a political thriller that was shown on Sundance TV and in Canada on CBC. She said Hollywood is providing a greater variety of roles for women.
FX’s adaptation of the Coen brothers’ acclaimed 1996 film, Fargo, came in the leading TV contender with five nominations and promptly won best miniseries or movie, as well as best actor, miniseries or movie, for Billy Bob Thornton.
“You can say anything in the world and get in trouble. I know this for a fact,” said Thornton. “So I’m just going to say thank you.”
Actor Matt Bomer won a Globe as best supporting actor in a TV movie for playing a New York Times reporter with the AIDS virus in HBO’s The Normal Heart. He thanked his husband and three children from the stage.
Kicking off the proceedings, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler wasted no time in skewering Hollywood’s most tender subjects: the hacking of Sony Pictures over The Interview, the sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby and television rise as a cultural rival to movies.
The Hollywood Foreign Press, a group of mostly freelance journalists, has lately cleaned up its reputation for idiosyncratic choices and awards swayed by celebrity. Last year, the HFPA chose the eventual Academy Awards best-picture winner, 12 Years a Slave, as best drama and American Hustle as best comedy.
The three-time hosts also made sure to relish their favourite target: George Clooney. Of the night’s Cecil B. DeMille honouree, Fey suggested the lifetime achievement award might have been better off going to his new wife, Amal Clooney, who spent 2014 working for the United Nations.
The recent terrorist attack in Paris at the offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo hung heavily over the show, televised live from the Beverly Hill Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. Attendees such as Clooney sported “Je Suis Charlie” pins and others like Helen Mirren held up signs that read the same on the red carpet.
Accepting the Globe for best original song for Glory in the civil rights drama Selma, the rapper Common raised the status of the group behind the Globes even higher: “I want to thank God and the Hollywood Foreign Press.”
Here is a list of the main winners: