Who Won at the 2015 Golden Globes?

Ah, the Golden Globes. Thanks to their open bar, the drunken antics of Hollywood’s finest make the Globes far and away the most entertaining awards show celebrating film, even eclipsing the MTV Movie Awards. The 72nd and final (at least according to co-shots Tina Fey and Amy Poehler) came with all of the glad-handing and name dropping that comes with the Golden Globes.

The Golden Globes may not necessarily be the best predictor of Oscar glory to come, but winning at the Globes never hurt anybody’s chances at winning future awards. That bodes well for Boyhood, which won three awards, including Best Picture – Drama, Richard Linklater for Best Director and Patricia Arquette for Best Actress. But without further adieu, the winners!

Golden Globe

Best Motion Picture, Drama

The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

Boyhood may be the film to beat for Best Picture at the Oscars. Shot over 12 years, the film may prove too ground-breaking and original for films tailor-made to win awards, like The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything.

Best Actor, Drama

Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
David Oyelowo, Selma
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

You can’t exactly go wrong with any of these performances, and singling one out over the others had to have been difficult for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA).

Eddie Redmayne

Best Actress, Drama

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

Not much of a shock here. Moore’s performance of a woman with early on-set Alzheimer’s just seems to be one step above the other performances.

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Into the Woods
The Grand Budapest Hotel
St. Vincent

Shortly after release, Birdman felt like the film to beat come Oscar season. With The Grand Budapest Hotel, a March release, upsetting it in this category, the discussion will probably shift away from Birdman vs. Boyhood and more towards the notion that Boyhood is truly the film to beat.

Best Actress, Musical or 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

Not having seen Big Eyes, I can’t really comment on Adams’ performance. Though it’s probably safe to say none of these performances will be recognized by the Academy Awards.

Golden Globes

Best Actor, Musical or Comedy

Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Michael Keaton, Birdman  
Bill Murray, St. Vincent
Joaquin Phoenix, Inherent Vice
Christoph Waltz, Big Eyes

Last year may have been a little down in terms of quality films, but there was absolutely no shortage of fantastic performances. Switch out Steve Carell in the Best Actor – Drama category with Michael Keaton and you probably have the five Best Actor nominees for the Oscars.

Best Animated Motion Picture

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

With no Pixar movie in 2014 (thanks, Good Dinosaur), How to Train Your Dragon 2 seems like as good an animated film as any to win Best Animated Motion Picture.

Best Foreign Language Film

Force Majeure
Tangerines Mandarinid

Leviathan is a Russian film, so: Я не видел ни одного из этих зарубежных фильмов , так что я просто скажу, так и в иностранном языке.

Best Supporting Actress

Patricia Arquette, Boyhood 
Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

Arquette takes home the Golden Globe, but it still remains to be seen if she’ll win the Oscar. Jessica Chastain was magnificent in A Most Violent Year, but nobody has seen it.

Patricia Arquette

Best Supporting Actor

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


Best Director

Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ava DuVernay, Selma
David Fincher, Gone Girl
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood 

Linklater wins the Globe over Iñárritu, but this battle is far from over. Whether the technical achievement of Birdman or the fact that Linklater pulled off a 12 year film with the same cast deserves Best Director will be talked about right up until Oscar night.

Richard Linklater

Best Screenplay

Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo, Birdman
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Graham Moore, The Imitation Game

The Globes combine both original and adapted screenplays for this category, with Birdman topping the best both categories have to offer. Come Oscar time, The Grand Budapest Hotel feels like it may upset Birdman to win Best Original Screenplay, honoring Wes Anderson for his fantastic film. Birdman‘s honor may come in the form of a Best Actor win for Michael Keaton.

Best Original Score, Motion Picture

Johann Johannsson, The Theory of Everything
Alexandre Desplat, The Imitation Game
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, Gone Girl
Antonio Sanchez, Birdman
Hans Zimmer, Interstellar

Best Song

“Big Eyes,” by Lana Del Ray—Big Eyes
“Glory,” by John Legend & Common—Selma 
“Mercy Is,” by Patti Smith & Lenny Kaye—Noah
“Opportunity,” by Greg Kurstin, Sia Furler, Will Gluck—Annie
“Yellow Flicker Beat,” by Lorde—Mockingjay

Best TV Drama

The Affair 
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
House of Cards

Not sure if The Affair is better than some of these other shows, but the HFPA has been known to make wonky decisions.

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

Another upset win for The Affair! Somewhere, Dominic West is happy to finally be part of a show that’s won some awards, unlike The Wire.

Ruth Wilson

Best Actor, TV Drama

Clive Owen, The Knick
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards 
James Spader, The Blacklist
Dominic West, The Affair

Spacey is at his best as the menacing Frank Underwood, and deserves whatever award comes his way.

Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy

Girls (HBO)
Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
Transparent (Amazon) 
Silicon Valley (HBO)
Jane the Virgin (CW)

Not the strongest line-up to beat (sorry, not a fan of Girls), but Amazon’s Transparent winning is a huge boost to the company’s fledgling original content division.

Best Actor in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical

Louis C.K., Louie
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Ricky Gervais, Derek
William H. Macy, Shameless
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent 

Makes sense that Tambor would pull off the upset, just like Transparent.

Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical

Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black

It’s so weird not to see Julia Louis-Dreyfuss win. All that woman does is win awards.

Gina Rodriguez

Best TV Movie or Mini-series

The Normal Heart (HBO)
True Detective (HBO)
Olive Kitteridge (HBO)
Fargo (FX) 
The Missing (Starz)

I’ll say it. I liked Fargo more than True Detective, which didn’t fully stick the landing. Fargo was amazing from start to finish. Can’t wait for Season 2 to premiere.

Best Actress in a TV Movie or Mini-series

Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Honorable Woman 
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Freak Show
Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge
Frances O’Connor, The Missing
Allison Tolman, Fargo

The Honorable Woman has gotten a lot of kudos since its premiere, a good portion of which has been directed at Gyllenhaal, who wins her first Golden Globe after three nominations.

Best Actor in a TV Movie or Mini-series

Martin Freeman, Fargo
Woody Harrelson, True Detective
Matthew McConaughey, True Detective
Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart
Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo — WINNER

Much as I love Benedict Cumberbatch and his photobomb skills, Billy Bob should’ve won this category at the Emmys. Lorne Malvo is one of the most fascinating villains in creation.

Benedict Cumberbatch

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television

Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Freak Show
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey —WINNER
Allison Janney, Mom
Michelle Monaghan, True Detective

Downton Abbey has seen better days, but with no Breaking Bad or Mad Men nominations getting in the way, the path was cleared for Froggatt to win Best Supporting Actress.

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television

Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart — WINNER
Alan Cumming, The Good Wife
Colin Hanks, Fargo
Bill Murray, Olive Kitteridge
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan

Another loser at the Emmys, Bomer comes up with the win at the Golden Globes for Ryan Murphy’s The Normal Heart.

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Ryan Hill used to spend his time writing screenplays into a notebook instead of doing homework. That love of film and all things storytelling led him to spend most of his time writing. He's been a film critic in North Carolina for over five years, and his debut novel, THE BOOK OF BART, is out now. Please buy it. Ryan also feels odd about referring to himself in the third person.