“Boyhood” emerges victorious at the Globes

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Last night, perhaps the second biggest event of the awards season went down, as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association bestowed their Golden Globes on some lucky films and performances. The Globe Awards don’t have any true significance in terms of the Academy Awards (due in part to a completely different membership, save for one member), but they do work as a sort of test run for Oscar. As such, all eyes are on the choices that the HFPA made, and go figure…their film choices were far more unique than usual. While they mostly went for frontrunners, they did so by selecting small independent titles as opposed to the bigger movies they tend to favor.

The big news of course was Boyhood leading the way with three Globe wins, including the big one of Best Picture (Drama). Richard Linklater also took home Best Director, while Patricia Arquette was victorious in Best Supporting Actress. The film came up short in one expected category, as Ethan Hawke fell to J.K. Simmons (for Whiplash) in Best Supporting Actor, as well as in one hotly contested place…Best Screenplay. There they went Birdman, which also saw Michael Keaton take home Best Actor (Musical or Comedy), though that film was upset in Best Picture (Musical or Comedy) by Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. I doubt that means anything of note for Alejandro González Iñárritu’s film, but perception obviously puts Boyhood and The Grand Budapest Hotel in front, at least in terms of momentum.

Elsewhere, Best Actor in a Drama went to Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything, Best Actress in a Drama went to Julianne Moore for Still Alice, and Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy went to Amy Adams for Big Eyes, an upset that yours truly actually called. In slightly surprises, Best Animated Feature Film went to How to Train Your Dragon 2 over The Lego Movie, while Leviathan took home Best Foreign Language Film over Ida. Less surprisingly, the tune Glory from Selma was the winner in Best Original Song, along with The Theory of Everything taking home Best Original Score.

As you can see, it was mostly a night of going small, with the bigger budget contenders shut out. Nothing for Gone Girl. Nothing for Interstellar. Nothing for Into the Woods. The HFPA normally goes for big stars whenever possible, so their votes seemingly based this year on quality were a bit novel, hence the extra notice. Ballots for Oscar have already been turned in, so no minds were changed, but it was fascinating nonetheless.

Here now are the full list of Golden Globe results, including the television winners:


Best Motion Picture — drama

“Boyhood” (WINNER)
“The Imitation Game”
“The Theory of Everything”

Best Motion Picture — musical or comedy

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” (WINNER)
“Into the Woods”
“St. Vincent”

Best Actress in a motion picture — drama

Jennifer Aniston, “Cake”
Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”
Julianne Moore, “Still Alice” (WINNER)
Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”
Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”

Best Actor in a motion picture — drama

Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”
David Oyelowo, “Selma”
Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything” (WINNER)
Jake Gyllenhaal, “Nightcrawler”

Best Actor in a motion picture — musical or comedy

Ralph Fiennes, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Michael Keaton, “Birdman” (WINNER)
Bill Murray, “St. Vincent”
Joaquin Phoenix, “Inherent Vice”
Christoph Waltz, “Big Eyes”

Best Actress in a motion picture — musical or comedy

Amy Adams, “Big Eyes” (WINNER)
Emily Blunt, “Into the Woods”
Helen Mirren, “The Hundred-Foot Journey”
Julianne Moore, “Maps to the Stars”
Quvenzhane Wallis, “Annie”

Best Supporting Actor in a motion picture

Robert Duvall, “The Judge”
Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”
Edward Norton, “Birdman”
Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”
J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash” (WINNER)

Best Supporting Actress in a motion picture

Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood” (WINNER)
Jessica Chastain, “A Most Violent Year”
Emma Stone, “Birdman”
Meryl Streep, “Into the Woods”
Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”

Best Animated Feature Film

“Big Hero 6”
“The Book of Life”
“The Boxtrolls”
“How to Train Your Dragon 2” (WINNER)
“The Lego Movie”

Best Director

Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Ava DuVernay, “Selma”
David Fincher, “Gone Girl”
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, “Birdman”
Richard Linklater, “Boyhood” (WINNER)

Best Screenplay

Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Gillian Flynn, “Gone Girl”
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, “Birdman” (WINNER)
Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
Graham Moore, “The Imitation Game”

Best Original Score

Alexandre Desplat, “The Imitation Game”
Johann Johannsson, “The Theory of Everything” (WINNER)
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, “Gone Girl”
Antonio Sanchez, “Birdman”
Hans Zimmer, “Interstellar”

Best Original Song

“Big Eyes,” from “Big Eyes”
“Glory,” from “Selma” (WINNER)
“Mercy Is,” from “Noah”
“Opportunity,” from “Annie”
“Yellow Flicker Beat,” from “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part I”

Best Foreign Language Film

“Force Majeure Turist” (Sweden)
“Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem Gett” (Israel)
“Ida” (Poland/Denmark)
“Leviathan” (Russia) (WINNER)
“Tangerines Mandariinid” (Estonia)


Best TV series — drama

“The Affair” (WINNER)
“Downton Abbey”
“Game of Thrones”
“The Good Wife”
“House of Cards”

Best Actor in a TV series — drama

Clive Owen, “The Knick”
Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards” (WINNER)
James Spader, “The Blacklist”
Dominic West, “The Affair”

Best Actress in a TV series — drama

Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Viola Davis, “How to Get Away With Murder”
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
Ruth Wilson, “The Affair” (WINNER)
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

Best TV series — comedy

“Jane the Virgin”
“Orange is the New Black”
“Silicon Valley”
“Transparent” (WINNER)

Best Actor in a TV series — comedy

Louis C.K., “Louie”
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
Ricky Gervais, “Derek”
William H. Macy, “Shameless”
Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent” (WINNER)

Best Actress in a TV series — comedy

Lena Dunham, “Girls”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Gina Rodriguez, “Jane the Virgin” (WINNER)
Taylor Schilling, “Orange is the New Black”

Best TV movie or miniseries

“Fargo” (WINNER)
“The Missing”
“The Normal Heart”
“Olive Kitteridge”
“True Detective”

Best Actor in a miniseries or TV movie

Martin Freeman, “Fargo”
Woody Harrelson, “True Detective”
Matthew McConaughey, “True Detective”
Mark Ruffalo, “The Normal Heart”
Billy Bob Thornton, “Fargo” (WINNER)

Best Actress in a miniseries or TV movie

Maggie Gyllenhaal, “The Honorable Woman” (WINNER)
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Freak Show”
Frances McDormand, “Olive Kitteridge”
Frances O’Connor, “The Missing”
Allison Tolman, “Fargo”

Best Supporting Actor in a series, miniseries or TV movie

Matt Bomer, “The Normal Heart” (WINNER)
Alan Cumming, “The Good Wife”
Colin Hanks, “Fargo”
Bill Murray, “Olive Kitteridge”
Jon Voight, “Ray Donovan”

Best Supporting Actress in a series, miniseries or TV movie

Uzo Aduba, “Orange is the New Black”
Kathy Bates, “American Horror Story: Freak Show”
Allison Janney, “Mom”
Michelle Monaghan, “True Detective”
Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey” (WINNER)

Stay tuned to see which winners are nominated by the Academy on Thursday morning!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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