The first major awards for the Hollywood film industry this year were shared by many pictures, potentially setting up a complex race towards the top honors, the Oscars, on Feb. 22.
“The night took on a more somber tone from the beginning when stars like George Clooney and Helen Mirren showed their support for free expression and the victims of a deadly attack on a satirical French newspaper last week,” Reuters reports.
The president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organizer of the show, brought the room to a standing ovation by noting: “Together we will stand united against anyone who would repress free speech anywhere from North Korea to Paris.”
“Boyhood” won three Globes from five nominations, including the top drama film honor, a reward for the unprecedented cinematic venture of making a film over 12 years with the same actors. The man behind the low-budget experiment, Richard Linklater and Patricia Arquette were awardedwith best supporting actor and actress.
If “Boyhood” goes on to win the Academy Award for best picture, it will constitute an extraordinary run for a film from the small studio IFC Films.
“When he came to us with this project 14 years ago, we said yes, the man has such humanity. He’s so humble. He put so much of his own life into this movie,” “Boyhood” producer Jonathan Sehring said of Linklater.
“It means so much that so many people responded to it,” added Linklater while accepting the award for Best Director. “Bottom line is, we’re all flawed in this world. No one’s perfect. I just want to dedicate this to my parents who gave so much love and support … and to families who are just passing through this world and doing their best.”
Top acting awards in the movie drama categories went to Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”) and Julianne Moore (“Still Alice”), while in the musical or comedy categories, Amy Adams (“Big Eyes“) and Michael Keaton (“Birdman“) went home with trophies.
As the Oscar does not have separate categories for comedy and drama all four could be considered serious contenders in their respective categories.
“Transparent”, the Amazon Studios newcomer, won the Golden Globe for Best TV Comedy or Musical, a huge coup for the fledgling television studio that picked up the show last year. Creator and writer Jill Soloway accepted the award, with her cast and crew by her side: “Maybe we’re going to teach the world something about authenticity and truth and love,” she said. “To love.”
Soon after that, Tambor picked up the award for Best Actor in a TV comedy, giving an emotional speech in which he thanked Amazon, “my new best friend.”
“Oh this is big,” Tambor said. “This is much bigger than me. Jill Soloway, you have changed my life. for the better, by the way. Thank you for giving me the gift of Maura Pfefferman from the Pacific Palisades. … I would like to dedicate my performance and this award to the transgender community. Thank you for your courage, your inspiration, your patience, and for letting us be a part of the change.”