Charlie Hebdo tributes lead Golden Globes as Boyhood named biggest winner

George Clooney referred to the recent rallies in Paris as he accepted his lifetime achievement award, declaring 'Je suis Charlie'

Tim Walker
Monday 12 January 2015 06:26
George and Amal Clooney wear 'Je suis Charlie' badges at the Golden Globes 2015
George and Amal Clooney wear 'Je suis Charlie' badges at the Golden Globes 2015

The terrorist attacks in Paris cast their long shadow over the 72nd Golden Globe awards last night, as Boyhood and The Grand Budapest Hotel took home Best Picture prizes in the drama and comedy categories respectively.

Actor-director George Clooney referred to yesterday’s rallies in Paris and beyond as he accepted the Cecil B DeMille lifetime achievement award, in recognition of his film career, but also of his humanitarian work.

“Today was an extraordinary day, there were millions of people who marched not just in Paris but around the world,” Clooney said, during the Golden Globes ceremony at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles. “They didn’t march in protest. They marched in support of the idea that we will not walk in fear. So, Je suis Charlie.”

Clooney was also one of several celebrities displaying ‘Je Suis Charlie’ badges and signs on the red carpet before the event. Theo Kingma, the President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), which organises the awards, received a standing ovation for his speech, in which he said, “Together we will stand united against anyone who would repress free speech anywhere, from North Korea to Paris.”

There were lighter moments during the ceremony, including a running joke by hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, and an actress portraying a North Korean military official – a reference to the recent cyber-attack on Sony Pictures, thought to have been perpetrated by the Pyongyang regime. “North Korea threatened an attack if Sony Pictures released The Interview, forcing us all to pretend we wanted to see it,” Poehler joked.

The evening’s major film prizes were shared among several movies. The Golden Globe for Best picture (Drama) went to Boyhood, the moving depiction of a Texas adolescence filmed sporadically over 12 years by director Richard Linklater, who also took home the Best Director gong. Patricia Arquette, who plays a single mother in the film, won Best Supporting Actress for her performance.

Wes Anderson’s mid-century caper The Grand Budapest Hotel won Best Picture (Musical or Comedy), while its rival in the category, Birdman, was named Best Screenplay. Birdman star Michael Keaton was named best comedy actor, while Eddie Redmayne beat fellow Brits Benedict Cumberbatch and David Oyelowo to the title of Best Actor in a Drama, for his performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.

In his acceptance speech, Redmayne described making the film as a “huge privilege”, saying: “The Hawking family allowed us into their lives and they trusted us with their story. And getting to spend time with Stephen Hawking, who, despite all of the obstacles put in his way has lived passionately and fully and with great humour, was one of the great honours of my life.”

Helen Mirren holds a Je suis Charlie sign at the Golden Globes

Amy Adams was named Best Actress in a comedy for her role in Tim Burton’s Big Eyes, while Julianne Moore won Best Actress (Drama) for her portrayal of an Alzheimer’s sufferer in Still Alice.

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The Golden Globes also gives awards for television, though many of the winners in this year’s television categories are not on television at all. Amazon’s video streaming service won its first Golden Globes for Transparent, writer-director Jill Soloway’s series starring Jeffrey Tambor as a Los Angeles father preparing for gender reassignment surgery, which won Best TV Series (Comedy).

Tambor was also named Best Actor in a comedy series, and in his speech he thanked the transgender community, saying: “Thank you for your courage, thank-you for your inspiration, thank-you for your patience, and thank-you for letting us be a part of the change.”

Kevin Spacey with his Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television Series

Meanwhile Kevin Spacey, who has been nominated for eight Golden Globes, won his first – Best Actor in a TV drama – for his performance as scheming Washington politician Frank Underwood in the Netflix hit, House of Cards. British actress Ruth Wilson was named Best Actress in a TV drama for The Affair, which also stars Dominic West and was named Best TV Drama.

In a repeat of last year’s Emmy awards, the acclaimed miniseries True Detective was locked out of the major TV categories, with Fargo winning Best Miniseries, and its star Billy Bob Thornton beating True Detective’s Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson to Best Actor in a miniseries.

In the past 10 years, only four Golden Globe winners for Best Picture – in either category – have gone on to triumph at the Oscars.

Golden Globes 2015 winners

Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy


*Winner* The Grand Budapest Hotel

Into the Woods


St. Vincent

Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

*Winner* 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 in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel

*Winner* Michael Keaton, Birdman

Bill Murray, St. Vincent

Joaquin Phoenix, Inherent Vice

Christoph Waltz, Big Eyes

Best Motion Picture - Drama

*Winner* Boyhood


The Imitation Game


The Theory of Everything

Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama

Jennifer Aniston, Cake

Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything

*Winner* Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl

Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

Steve Carell, Foxcatcher

Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game

Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler

David Oyelowo, Selma

*Winner* Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

*Winner* Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year

Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game

Emma Stone, Birdman

Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Robert Duvall, The Judge

Ethan Hawke, Boyhood

Edward Norton, Birdman

Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher

*Winner*J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Animated Feature

The Lego Movie

Big Hero 6

*Winner* How to Train Your Dragon 2

The Boxtrolls

The Book of Life

Best Foreign Language Film

Ida (Portland/Denmark)

*Winner* Leviathan (Russia)

Force Majeure Turist (Sweden)

Gett: The Trail of Viviane Amsalem Gett (Israel)

Tangerines Mandariinid (Estonia)

Best Director - Motion Picture

Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Ava DuVernay, Selma

David Fincher, Gone Girl

Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman

*Winner* Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Best Screenplay - Motion Picture

*Winner* Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo, Birdman

Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl

Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Graham Moore, The Imitation Game

Best Original Score - Motion Picture

Alexandre Desplat, The Imitation Game

*Winner* Jóhann Jóhannsson, The Theory of Everything

Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Gone Girl

Antonio Sanchez, Birdman

Hans Zimmer, Interstellar

Best Original Song

"Big Eyes" - Big Eyes

*Winner* "Glory" - Selma

"Mercy Is" - Noah

"Opportunity" - Annie

"Yellow Flicker Beat" - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

Best TV Series - Drama

*Winner* The Affair

Downton Abbey

Game of Thrones

The Good Wife

House of Cards

Best Actress in a TV Series - Drama

Claire Danes, Homeland

Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder

Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

*Winner* Ruth Wilson, The Affair

Robin Wright, House of Cards

Best Actor in a TV Series - Drama

Clive Owen, The Knick

Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan

*Winner* Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

James Spader, The Blacklist

Dominic West, The Affair

Best TV Series - Musical or Comedy


Jane the Virgin

Orange Is the New Black

Silicon Valley

*Winner* Transparent

Best Actress in a TV Series - Musical or Comedy

Lena Dunham, Girls

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

*Winner* Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin

Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black

Best Actor in a TV Series - Musical or Comedy

Louis C.K., Louie

Don Cheadle, House of Lies

Ricky Gervais, Derek

William H. Macy, Shameless

*Winner* Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Best TV Movie or Miniseries

*Winner* Fargo

The Missing

The Normal Heart

Olive Kitteridge

True Detective

Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie

*Winner* 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 Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie

Martin Freeman, Fargo

Woody Harrelson, True Detective

Matthew McConaughey, True Detective

Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart

*Winner* Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or TV Movie

Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black

Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Freak Show

*Winner* Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey

Allison Janney, Mom

Michelle Monaghan, True Detective

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or TV Movie

*Winner* Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart

Alan Cumming, The Good Wife

Colin Hanks, Fargo

Bill Murray, Olive Kitteridge

Jon Voight, Ray Donovan

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