The winners of the HFPA’s 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards, the precursor to the Academy Awards, have been announced at a ceremony held at The Beverly Hilton hotel, hosted by the incredibly talented Tina Fey & Amy Poehler, back for three years in a row as some of the best hosts they’ve had.
N Richard Linklater coming of age film ‘Boyhood’ has taken top honours at the Golden Globe awards. The movie, which took 12 years to make, won best film drama, with Linklater named best director and Patricia Arquette best supporting actress.
Boyhood, a 2014 American coming-of-age drama film written and directed by Linklater and starring Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater, and Ethan Hawke was shot intermittently over a 12-year period from May 2002 to October 2013, showing the growth of a young boy and his older sister to adulthood.
The film premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and was released theatrically on July 11, 2014. The film also competed in the main competition section of the 64th Berlin International Film Festival, where Linklater won the Silver Bear for Best Director. It was declared a landmark film by many notable critics, who praised its direction, acting, and scope.
British actor Eddie Redmayne won best actor in a drama for his role as physicist Professor Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. British actresses Joanne Froggatt and Ruth Wilson also collected prizes.
The awards, which honour both film and TV, saw Froggatt win best supporting actress in a TV series for her role in Downton Abbey.
Wilson was named best actress in a TV drama for The Affair.
Collecting the best director award, Linklater said: “I want to dedicate this to parents that are evolving everywhere and families that are just passing through this world and doing their best.
“Bottom line is we’re all flawed in this world. No one’s perfect,” he said.
Redmayne beat competition from fellow Brits Benedict Cumberbatch and David Oyelowo to the best actor award.
The star revealed he cut short his honeymoon to attend the ceremony in Beverly Hills: “I promised her sunshine – it wasn’t so great today – but thanks for giving us a honeymoon we’ll remember.”
The actor was the only Briton to win an award in the film categories despite a strong showing in the nominations.
His co-star, Felicity Jones, missed out on the best drama actress award to Julianne Moore for her role in Still Alive.
Rosamund Pike and Keira Knightley were also nominated for their parts in Gone Girl and The Imitation Game but were both disappointed.
Comedy drama Birdman had led nominations going into the ceremony with seven nods. However, the film only collected two awards – one for Michael Keaton as best actor in a comedy or musical and one for best screenplay.
The Theory of Everything also collected two of the four awards it was nominated for. Besides Redmayne’s prize, it was also awarded best original score by Johann Johannsson.
Despite being nominated for five awards, Alan Turing drama The Imitation Game came away empty- handed.