Coming-of-age drama “Boyhood” emerged triumphant Sunday at the Golden Globes, Hollywood’s first major awards show, where celebrities vowed solidarity with France after the Paris attacks.
The film won three Globes including the coveted best drama prize and best director honors for Richard Linklater at the star-studded ceremony at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles.
The pioneering movie — made over 12 years with the same cast of actors portraying a child’s growth to adulthood — also won a best supporting actress trophy for Patricia Arquette.
“This was a very personal film for me ... and it means so much to us that people have seen it and responded to it in that personal way,” Linklater said.
Dark comedy “Birdman” — which had started the evening with the most nominations at seven — and “The Theory of Everything,” about world-famous scientist Stephen Hawking, each took home two awards.
“Birdman,” about a washed-up film actor trying to revive his career on stage, took best musical/comedy actor prize for Michael Keaton, and best screenplay for director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.
“The Theory of Everything,” the moving story of Hawking’s descent into disability, won best drama actor honors for Britain’s Eddie Redmayne, as well as best original score.
The prize for best comedy/musical film went to “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” a stylish caper starring Ralph Fiennes, while Amy Adams won best actress in a musical/comedy for art fraud film “Big Eyes.”
Leave it to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to turn some of Hollywood’s sorest subjects into punch lines. The comedians turned serious stories such as the hacking of Sony Pictures and sexual abuse allegations against Bill Cosby into jokes. The hostesses used their affable style and breezy comedic timing to address the topics in the opening moments of an awards show known for its boozy outbursts.
“Tonight we celebrate all the great television shows that we know and love as well as all the movies that North Korea was OK with,” Fey quipped in reference to the Sony hack that US authorities have attributed to North Korea.
Fey also jabbed the film, which North Korea said it considered an act of war, by saying that was “not the worst review the film got” either.
Fey and Poehler kept up the jabs at the reclusive nation later on during the festivities, introducing a stern-looking woman dressed in military regalia who they said was the newest member of the group that awards the Globes, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The woman clutched a copy of a magazine bearing an image of North Korea leader Kim Jong Un and snapped a photo with Meryl Streep. She reappeared later in the show to “criticize” the ceremony before marching off stage in high-step.
“We got a lot of weird e-mails that can’t get out,” the women jokingly told Streep to get her to pose for the photo.
Poehler turned the traditional introduction of notable films that is standard in many awards shows as an opportunity to jab Bill Cosby, who is accused of drugging and raping more than 15 women. Cosby has denied many of the claims, but has also joked about the allegations during a recent show in Canada.
“In ‘Into the Woods,’ Cinderella runs from her prince, Rapunzel is thrown from her tower for her prince and Sleeping Beauty just thought that she was getting coffee with Bill Cosby,” Poehler said during the Globes’ introduction.
IN SOLIDARITY WITH FRANCE
The evening took a more serious turn when the head of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association — which hands out the Globes — brought the audience to its feet with a pledge to support freedom of expression in the wake of both the Sony hack and the French attacks.
“Together we will stand united against anyone who will repress free speech, anywhere, from North Korea to Paris,” said HFPA chief Theo Kingma.
A short time later, Oscar-winning actor Jared Leto also paid a moving tribute, even speaking French: “On vous aime. Je suis Charlie.” (“We love you. I am Charlie“)
And George Clooney, upon accepting the Cecil B. DeMille award — an honorary Golden Globe for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment — also voiced his support, saying: “Je suis Charlie.”
On the red carpet, several stars including Clooney and his wife Amal, Helen Mirren and Kathy Bates displayed the “Je Suis Charlie” slogan, which has become a rallying cry in the wake of the deadly gun attack on French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.
GLITTERING GOWNS AND METALLIC MAGIC
Amid a wave of nominees and stars wearing red and white, all eyes were on the new Mrs. George Clooney as she made her red carpet debut in a striking black Christian Dior gown at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday.
Amal Clooney offset her one-shouldered flowing gown with her own white opera gloves as she accompanied her husband, who will receive a lifetime achievement award on Sunday.
Since getting engaged, Amal Clooney has earned praise for her high fashion picks, opting for French, Italian and British designers and becoming a staple on best dressed lists. Her gloves on Sunday set off their own viral Twitter trend, #GoldenGloves.
“Amal is the big ‘get’ in the fashion world right now,” said Eric Wilson, fashion news director at InStyle fashion magazine.
“Wearing gloves on a red carpet, as simple as it sounds, is a very dramatic move,” he added.
White was the chosen hue for the chilly night. Nominee Emily Blunt spun a Grecian twist on the classic white dress in a draped Michael Kors gown, while Kate Hudson opted for a flesh-baring Versace fitted dress with cutouts.
Sienna Miller in Miu Miu and a pregnant Keira Knightley in Chanel opted for white with floral prints.
Red, often regarded as a risky choice for stars for fear of blending into the carpet, was featured in all silhouettes, from Helen Mirren in a fitted Dolce and Gabbana embellished gown to “Girls” stars Lena Dunham in a backless satin Zac Posen and Allison Williams in a strapless sequined Armani Prive number.
But welcome pops of color amid the red and white came from nominees such as Amy Adams, who opted for a periwinkle Versace one-shouldered gown, and Naomi Watts in a yellow Gucci column accessorized with a Bulgari snake necklace.
Jessica Chastain led the metallic trend in a bronze Versace plunging number, while Reese Witherspoon went for all out glamor in silver sequined fitted Calvin Klein.