The 72nd Golden Globe Awards made their annual television appearance this past Sunday night and it was a competitive race to the famous golden globe statuette.
With a slew of successful films and television series this year, the nominations all had a strong chance of winning. Amy Poehler and Tina Fey once again co-hosted the award show, resulting in plenty of laughter and mockery throughout the night. Their comedic targets ranged from Bill Cosby to The Interview to Jennifer Aniston. However, viewers did take note of the Golden Globes’s more serious tone, and Poehler and Fey had less of a presence after their opening monologue.
Now back to the action. Boyhood won for Best Motion Picture, Drama, beating out other strong contenders such as newly released Selma. However, Selma did earn Best Original Song, Motion Picture for the song “Glory” featured in the film. Director Richard Linklater also won Best Director, Motion Picture for his work on Boyhood.
Not surprisingly, The Grand Budapest Hotel won Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy, which further seals the film as one of Wes Anderson’s best yet.
In a much different category, Best Animated Feature went to How To Train Your Dragon 2 against steep competition, including The Lego Movie and Big Hero 6.
Not to be ignored, The Theory of Everything star Eddie Redmayne won Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama, which he indisputably deserved. Julianne Moore won Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama, for her role in Still Alice, which was already a strong prediction. Birdman’s Michael Keaton won for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical while Amy Adams won Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical for Big Eyes.
Boyhood added to its trophy shelf with Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture going to Patricia Arquette, and Whiplash received Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for J.K. Simmons’ performance, the film’s only win of the night.
As for the small screen, Best TV Series, Drama went to The Affair, despite going up against longtime favorites Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, The Good Wife and House of Cards. Additionally, The Affair won Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama for Ruth Wilson, while House of Cards still emerged victorious with Kevin Spacey winning Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama.
Transparent, another new series to premiere this past year, won Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy and Jeffrey Tambor took home Best Actor in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy for his role in the show.
Yet another new series earned the spotlight with Jane the Virgin’s Gina Rodriguez winning Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy.
Fargo won for Best Mini-Series; the show was originally released as a limited series of 10 episodes, but it has been renewed for a second season. Billy Bob Thornton won Best Actor in a Mini Series for his role in the television show.
However, regardless of the winners of the night, the true star was the support shown for the “Je Suis Charlie” movement. Celebrities walked the red carpet wearing pins and holding signs featuring the now famous phrase, showing their support for free speech and freedom of expression after the Charlie Hebdo shooting.