Hollywood’s film and television stars came together for the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony on a night dominated by witty speeches, eye-catching dresses and powerful political tributes.
The big winner on the night saw the epic family drama Boyhood clinch the coveted Best Film (Drama) award ahead of biopic contenders Foxcatcher, The Imitation Game, Selma and The Theory of Everything.
It also landed a Best Director accolade for filmmaker Richard Linklater and a Best Supporting Actress win for Patricia Arquette in her role as the mother of the leading character. Her stern competition included Jessica Chastain (A Most Violent Year), Keira Knightley (Imitation Game) and Meryl Streep (Into the Woods).
A slightly surprising result in Best Film (Comedy/Musical) saw Wes Anderson’s quirky caper The Grand Budapest Hotel take the gong ahead of the much-fancied showbusiness satire Birdman. However the defeated favourite did secure the Best Screenplay award and a much-deserved Best Actor (Comedy/Musical) win for Michael Keaton as the former superhero star trying to rebuild his career on Broadway.
Another double-winning film on the night was the British biopic The Theory of Everything which clinched two awards for Best Original Score and a welcoming Best Actor (Drama) win for Eddie Redmayne with his role as renowned scientist Stephen Hawking. He overcame fellow Brits Benedict Cumberbatch and David Oyelowo plus Steve Carrell and Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler) to land the gong.
Julianne Moore was named Best Actress (Drama) for her portrayal of a middle-aged woman suffering from Alzheimer’s in the family drama Still Alice beating off the likes of Jennifer Aniston (Cake), Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) and Reese Witherspoon (Wild).
For the second year in a row, Amy Adams won the Best Actress (Comedy/Musical) accolade for her role as painter Margaret Keane in the biopic Big Eyes. The triumph came a year after her previous victory in the category for American Hustle.
J.K Simmons eased his way to Best Supporting Actor for his stunning performance in the music-based drama Whiplash and is surely set to win the same category come Oscar-time.
John Legend and Common secured the Best Original Song award for their work on Selma while there was an unexpected win for How to Train Your Dragon 2 in the Best Animated Film shortlist as it overcame The LEGO Movie.
The Imitation Game ended up being the big loser on the night with no wins from its five nominations while other films like Foxcatcher, Gone Girl and Into the Woods went home empty-handed.
Oscar-winning actor/director George Clooney received the Cecil B. DeMille award for his work over the past thirty years and dedicated the achievement to his new wife Amal.
The full list of winners are below:
BEST MOTION PICTURE (DRAMA)
BEST MOTION PICTURE (COMEDY/MUSICAL)
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Richard Linklater – Boyhood
BEST ACTOR (DRAMA)
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything
BEST ACTRESS (DRAMA)
Julianne Moore – Still Alice
BEST ACTOR (COMEDY/MUSICAL)
Michael Keaton – Birdman
BEST ACTRESS (COMEDY/MUSICAL)
Amy Adams – Big Eyes
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
J.K Simmons – Whiplash
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo – Birdman
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Johan Johansson – The Theory of Everything
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
“Glory” – Selma
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
How to Train Your Dragon 2
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
This year’s television awards produced quite a few unexpected surprises in some of the biggest categories.
The romantic drama The Affair beat off the likes of Game of Thrones, The Good Wife and House of Cards to win Best Television Series (Drama) with British star Ruth Wilson clinching Best Actress in a Television Series (Drama) ahead of Claire Danes, Viola Davis and Julianna Marguiles.
Kevin Spacey finally ended his barren run of seven nominations without a win at the Globes as he landed the Best Actor in a Television Series (Drama) for his role as corrupted senator Frank Underwood in House of Cards. His competition included Liev Schreiber and British duo Clive Owen and Dominic West.
In the Comedy/Musical categories, the transgender dramedy Transparent won two awards including the Best Television Series (Comedy/Musical) gong ahead of initial favourite Orange is the New Black. Veteran performer Jeffrey Tambor won the Best Actor accolade for his role as a transsexual while Gina Rodriguez triumphed in Best Actress in a Television Series (Comedy/Musical) for her performance in Jane the Virgin.
The Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television awards saw Fargo beat off the much-fancied True Detective to win the main award. There was also a Best Actor prize for Billy Bob Thornton who edged the victory ahead of his co-star Martin Freeman and True Detective duo Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.
Maggie Gyllenhaal was named Best Actress in a Mini-Series for her performance in the BBC drama The Honourable Woman. Finally, the Supporting categories saw Matt Bomer secure Best Supporting Actor for his role in the AIDs biopic The Normal Heart while British star Joanne Froggatt was surprisingly awarded Best Supporting Actress gong for her performance in ITV’s Downton Abbey.
The full list of winners are below:
BEST TELEVISION SERIES (DRAMA)
BEST PERFORMANCE BY ACTOR IN TELEVISION SERIES (DRAMA)
Kevin Spacey – House of Cards
BEST PERFORMANCE BY ACTRESS IN TELEVISION SERIES (DRAMA)
Ruth Wilson – The Affair
BEST TELEVISION SERIES (COMEDY/MUSICAL)
BEST PERFORMANCE BY ACTOR IN TELEVISION SERIES (COMEDY/MUSICAL)
Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent
BEST PERFORMANCE BY ACTRESS IN TELEVISION SERIES (COMEDY/MUSICAL)
Gina Rodriguez – Jane the Virgin
BEST MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
BEST PERFORMANCE BY ACTOR IN MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Billy Bob Thornton – Fargo
BEST PERFORMANCE BY ACTRESS IN MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Maggie Gyllenhaal – The Honourable Woman
BEST PERFORMANCE BY ACTOR IN SUPPORTING ROLE IN SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Matt Bomer – The Normal Heart
BEST PERFORMANCE BY ACTRESS IN SUPPORTING ROLE IN SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Joanne Froggatt – Downton Abbey