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2015 Golden Globe Awards: Full Winners List, Backstage Reactions

2015 Golden Globe Awards: Full Winners List, Backstage Reactions

Another year, another Golden Globes. Who were the big winners of the night? “Boyhood” won best Motion Picture – Drama, but of course! Wes Anderson‘s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” took to the stage to accept his film’s surprise Best Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical award, which members of the press were palpably cheering backstage.

This was followed up by another intriguing win: Eddie Redmayne for Best Actor, beating out his thought-to-be competitor Benedict Cumberbatch, who also plays a Brit biopic figure in “The Imitation Game.” Though Oscar ballots are closed, this certainly doesn’t hurt Academy momentum for Redmayne, who says he took the role of ALS-ridden Stephen Hawking after “months of great trepidation” and “many sleepless nights,” but “what an amazing privilege and great responsibility.”

Ethan Hawke, clearly having a good time, crashed the press room to emphatically praise Best Actor – Comedy/Musical winner Michael Keaton, who now will contend neck-and-neck with Redmayne for the Best Actor Oscar. What’s Keaton going to do after the show? “Get rid of this headache, and take a long nap.”

The luminous Julianne Moore, as expected, won Best Actress for playing a linguistics professors with early onset Alzheimer’s in Still Alice.” Backstage, she recalled how in Cannes, she’d said that if Marion Cotillard (who wasn’t nominated for “Two Days, One Night”) doesn’t win this prize, there’s no justice. “Unfortunately, we all crave praise,” said Moore, who seemed tickled but also eager to go back to her hotel room to “eat potato chips. I haven’t eaten since 3:30.”

Best Director Richard Linklater thanked “Boyhood” financier/distributor IFC Films for having faith in his 12-year passion project. “Every year we had just enough money to shoot on film, pay the crew, which is low-budget, but I’m forever grateful to have worked on such a great canvas,” he said. “I was just trying to make a film about growing up and parenting. To tell the story properly took 12 years.”

Regarding the state of 35mm vs. digital film, Linklater said, “I’m as concerned about exhibition as production. I sign every petition. I’m a film guy. But I also believe in technology and progress. It’s inevitable that everything’s going to change, but we hope film never goes away.”

As the evening winds down, not-so-surprising Best Screenplay winners Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo were shuffled out of the press room faster than you could say “Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).” “We set out to make a comedy, and we failed, and that’s why this movie works,” said Giacobone.

Director Andrey Zvyagintsev, Best Foreign Language winner for “Leviathan,” met a mostly mute press corps clearly more interested in chasing stars and designer name-drops than the stuff of substantive cinema. C’est la Globes. “I don’t think it’s difficult for me to tell the truth,” the director said, speaking in Russian with a translator about his powerfully anti-Putin drama , which is shortlisted for the foreign language Oscar. How did he convince Russia to submit it? “The submission committee … consists of thirty film professionals, so the only way was for us to make these people believe that ‘Leviathan’ was an appropriate choice to represent the Russian film industry… although it is a contradictory movie.”

At this point, the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress is Patricia Arquette‘s to lose, as the “Boyhood” star has picked up the Golden Globe. You’d think by now she’d be a little jaded, more polished and smoothly-phrased — but accepting the Globe from Jared Leto, she’s humble as ever. “I don’t even know if I feel awake yet, like this is some kind of amazing dream I’m having. It continues on. It’s a very long dream,” Arquette said of her “Boyhood” journey so far.” On acting: “This is my life right now. I want to work with other actors. I want to work with directors. I want to grow and learn. I feel like at this age you come to a position where you know yourself and you want to explore territory in a deep, rugged, raw way, so I’m excited about this next part of my life.”

A surprised Amy Adams picked up Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical for “Big Eyes,” the first and maybe only Weinstein Company win of the night. She edged out the hysterically good Julianne Moore (a likely Drama winner for “Still Alice”) in “Maps to the Stars,” among others. Backstage, she was asked the requisite “do you have any advice for aspiring actors” bit. “Get off the internet. Listen to your inner voice. Surround yourself with people who are willing to disagree with you…don’t be afraid to be smart, outspoken,” she said. This was just after Adams nervously skirted press queries about how she feels about the Charlie Hebdo massacre. She cites David O. Russell and Paul Thomas Anderson as the two favorite directors she has worked with.

Thought to be an Oscar frontrunner, Johann Johannsson picked up the Best Original Score prize for his music in “The Theory of Everything.” “the first thing that struck me were the performances,” he said about the Stephen Hawking film. “That was my oxygen. and the interplay between Eddie and Felicity and the strength of the script obviously, and the direction and the photography. It’s strong material to work with. It was really the role of the music to underline the relationships and to strengthen the emotions of the story and to help tell the story. It’s a story about an astrophysicist but it’s mainly a love story, so the music had to reflect that. It’s a film that has a big scope.” 

Meanwhile, Common and John Legend deservedly share the Best Original Song award for “Glory,” from Ava DuVernay’s MLK Jr. biopic “Selma.” Watch out for “Selma” as a stealth Best Picture contender tonight. Backstage, Common echoed his inspiring acceptance speech in speaking about the social value of “Selma”: “We all have to do this together. We have to come to an understanding and respect each other. I know it sounds basic but when put into practice it works.”

“I thought about gospel music,” said John Legend, backstage, of his influences. “As soon as I heard the word ‘glory,'” which Common gave him, “it inspired me to write this song… So many wonderful gospel singers, known and unknown, were part of the inspiration for the [civil rights] movement… Understanding the connection between the spiritual and the secular and putting that into music is an important part of what we do.”

For the first film award of the evening, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jennifer Aniston presented Best Supporting Actor to JK Simmons for “Whiplash,” who’s backstage holding court for the press corps: “Honestly there are thousands of people I would like to say thank-you to. If I took the time to say thank you to everyone I would honestly think Richard Linklater would have to make the movie and it would be 12 years in the making.”

When asked if one day stands out in all his life, Simmons said, “Two nights ago was awesome because it was my 60th birthday and we were in New York where I spent a third of my life — I just did the math recently, not exactly impressive, it’s not ‘The Imitation Game,’ but I did the math.”

“I don’t read anything outside the sports page,” Simmons told one journalist who’d asked if whether or not he’d been worried about his identity being compromised in the Sony leak, since “Whiplash” is a Sony Pictures Classics release.

“I don’t respond well to being screamed at or physically abused,” Simmons said when asked about the nature of his role in “Whiplash” and if he had any advice for budding artists. “The best advice I’d give to a young artist would be to just keep doing it and work hard at developing a strong foundation, whether it’s working your scales as a musician or getting to class. Work hard on the fundamentals. I had a brilliant choir director in college, we were working on Schoenberg and it was really, really hard. He said at one point, ‘Look we have to get this perfect, note-perfect, rhythm-perfect,’ and then we can start to make music. It’s really important to get the fundamentals.”

Here’s the full list of tonight’s nominees with winners, including TV, in bold.

Film Nominees:

Best Motion Picture – Drama
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

Best Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical
*The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods
St. Vincent

Best Director
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ava DuVernay, Selma
David Fincher, Gone Girl
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman
*Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Best Actress – Drama
Jennifer Aniston, Cake
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
*Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Best Actor – Drama
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal, Nighcrawler
David Oyelowo, Selma
*Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Best Actress – Comedy
*Amy Adams, Big Eyes
Emily Blunt, Into the Woods
Helen Mirren, The Hundred Foot Journey
Julianne Moore, Maps to the Stars
Quvenzhané Wallis, Annie

Best Actor – Comedy/Musical
Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel
*Michael Keaton, Birdman
Bill Murray, St. Vincent
Joaquin Phoenix, Inherent Vice
Christoph Waltz, Big Eyes

Best Supporting Actress
*Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year
Kiera Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

Best Supporting Actor
Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
*J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Screenplay
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Gone Girl
The Imitation Game

Best Foreign Film
Force Majeure
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
Tangerine Manderin

Best Animated Feature
Big Hero 6
Book of Life
*How to Train Your Dragon 2
The Boxtrolls
The Lego Movie

Best Original Score 
The Imitation Game
*The Theory of Everything
Gone Girl

Best Original Song
“Big Eyes” – Big Eyes (Lana Del Ray)
*”Glory” – Selma (John Legend, Common)
“Mercy Is” – Noah (Patty Smith, Lenny Kaye)
“Opportunity” – Annie
“Yellow Flicker Beat” – The Hunger Games, Mockingjy Pt 1 (Lorde)

Television Nominees:

Best TV Drama
*The Affair
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
House of Cards

Best TV Comedy

*Jane the Virgin
Orange is the New Black
Silicon Valley

Best TV Miniseries or Movie

The Missing
True Detective
*The Normal Heart
Olive Kitteridge

Best Actress – TV Comedy or Musical

Lena Dunham – Girls
Edie Falco – Nurse Jackie
*Gina Rodriguez – Jane the Virgin
Julia Louis Dreyfuss – Veep
Taylor Schilling – Orange is the New Black

Best Actor – TV Comedy
Don Cheadle – House of Lies
Ricky Gervais – Derek
*Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent
Louis C.K. – Louie
William H. Macy – Shameless

Best Actress – TV Drama
Claire Danes – Homeland
Viola Davis – How to Get Away with Murder
Julianna Margulies – The Good Wife
*Ruth Wilson – The Affair
Robin Wright – House of Cards

Best Actor – TV Drama
Clive Owen – The Knick
Liev Schreiber – Ray Donovan
*Kevin Spacey – House of Cards
James Spader – The Black List
Dominic West – The Affair

Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie
*Maggie Gyllenhaal – The Honorable Woman
Jessica Lange – American Horror Story: Freak Show
Frances McDormand – Olive Kitteridge
Frances O’Connor – The Missing
Allison Tolman – Fargo

Best Performance by an 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

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or TV Movie

Uzo Aduba – Orange is the New Black
Kathy Bates – AHS: Freak Show
*Joanne Froggatt – Downton Abbey
Allison Janney – Mom
Michelle Monaghan – True Detective

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries, or TV Movie
*Matt Bomer – The Normal Heart
Colin Hanks – Fargo
Alan Cumming – The Good Wife
Bill Murray – Olive Kitteridge
Jon Voight – Ray Donovan

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