It was a typical night at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association awards (i.e. the Golden Globes) with plenty of booze being served up and around to celebrities and the suck-ups. Richard Linklater’s 12-years-in-the-making coming-of-age drama Boyhood was the night’s big winner, with three awards. It took home awards for Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Director for Linklater and Best Supporting Actress for Patricia Arquette’s beautiful performance. In a slight upset, Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel swiped the Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical prize from Fox Searchlight stable mate Birdman, which was awarded for Best Screenplay as well as Best Actor – Comedy or Musical award for Michael Keaton’s stellar turn as has-been movie star trying to launch a comeback by putting up a play.
Other acting winners included screen legend Julianne Moore as Best Actress – Drama for her performance in Still Alice as a linguistics professor suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s disease, J.K. Simmons as Best Supporting Actor for his turn as a sadistic music instructor in the thrilling musical drama Whiplash, Amy Adams as Best Actress – Comedy or Musical for her work as Margaret Keane in Tim Burton’s Big Eyes. This was Adams’ second straight Globe in in this category. She won this award last year for her performance in American Hustle. Eddie Redmayne was the Best Actor – Drama winner for his performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. That film, which I did not like, was also awarded for its sentimental score.
Other film winners included Common and John Legend for their beautiful composition “Glory” for Selma, How to Train Your Dragon 2 for Best Animated Feature and Cannes-winner Leviathan, a Russian retelling of the Book of Job, as Best Foreign Language Film.
The Globes don’t really mean much when it comes to predicting the Oscars since their membership doesn’t overlap with the Academy. But they’re a fun show and that’s what matters—or does it? George Clooney was this year’s recipient of the organization’s Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award (is he really that old to receive the award?) while Amy Poehler and Tina Fey hosted the year for the third year running.
Full List of Winners below:
Best Motion Picture – Drama: Boyhood
Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama: Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything
Best Actress in a Motion Picture- Drama: Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Best Actor in a Motion Picture- Comedy or Musical: Michael Keaton – Birdman
Best Actress in a Motion Picture- Comedy or Musical: Amy Adams – Big Eyes
Best Director: Richard Linklater – Boyhood
Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons – Whiplash
Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Best Screenplay: Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo – Birdman
Best Animated Feature: How to Train Your Dragon 2
Best Foreign Film: Leviathan, Russia
Best Original Song: Glory – Selma (John Legend, Common)
Best Original Score: Johann Johannsson – The Theory of Everything