The 72nd Annual Golden Globes have just finished, leaving us with plenty to talk about after the evening’s events as The Hollywood Foreign Press threw us plenty of curveballs, including a couple of major upsets that took plenty of people by surprise.
Starting with the smaller categories, it was very shocking to find them awarding How to Train Your Dragon 2 with Best Animated Film over The LEGO Movie, which has dominated awards season thus far. This isn’t quite enough to make me change my prediction for the Oscars, but it is a rather interesting change. Another small shocker came in the Best Actress for a Comedy/Musical where Amy Adams took an unexpected victory for her performance in Big Eyes over favorite Emily Blunt in Into the Woods. It was rather hard to tell where they were going to be going in this category though as these nominees haven’t really shown up anywhere else.
The night’s biggest surprise came in the Best Motion Picture (Comedy/Musical) category, where The Grand Budapest Hotel pulled a major upset over the highly-favored Birdman. I suppose the Hollywood Foreign Press simply didn’t want the film to go home empty-handed, but I wish it hadn’t been at the expense of robbing the best film of the year of its top Golden Globe. The Grand Budapest Hotel is an ok movie, but it certainly represents one of Wes Anderson’s weaker efforts, offering up a great performance from Ralph Fiennes and some incredible production design, but little else. I guess it shouldn’t be all that surprising as the HFPA has something of a history of messing up this category, including last year when Her got robbed by another merely ok film (American Hustle).
At the very least, Birdman was awarded Best Actor (Comedy/Musical) for Michael Keaton, a clear leader for the Best Actor Oscar, and Best Screenplay, cementing its lead for the Best Original Screenplay Oscar (Golden Globe winners for Best Screenplay have been winning a lot of Oscars in the last several years).
Of course, no one was surprised at all to see that Boyhood took the three awards that it was expected to take (Best Drama, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actress), further solidifying its position as the film to beat for top honors at the Oscars. Will its success carry over to the PGA, DGA, and SAG? We’ll just have to wait and see as awards season continues.
You can check out a full list of winners below:
Best Motion Picture – Drama: Boyhood
Best Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Director: Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Best Actor – Drama: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
Best Actress – Drama: Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Best Actor – Comedy/Musical: Michael Keaton, Birdman
Best Actress – Comedy/Musical: Amy Adams, Big Eyes
Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Best Screenplay: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, and Armando Bo, Birdman
Best Animated Film: How to Train Your Dragon 2
Best Foreign Language Film: Leviathan
Best Original Score: Johann Johannsson, The Theory of Everything
Best Original Song: “Glory,” Selma
Best TV Series – Drama: The Affair
Best TV Series – Comedy: Transparent
Best TV Movie or Miniseries: Fargo
Best Actor in a TV Series – Drama: Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Best Actress in a TV Series – Drama: Ruth Wilson, The Affair
Best Actor in a TV Series – Comedy: Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
Best Actress in a TV Series – Comedy: Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin
Best Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries: Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo
Best Actress in a TV Movie or Miniseries: Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Honorable Woman
Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series, TV Movie, or Miniseries: Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart
Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series, TV Movie, or Miniseries: Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey