Richard Linklater won the Golden Globe for motion picture director on Sunday night for his work on the 12-years-in-the-making coming-of-age story "Boyhood."
In a year with no clear front-runner through award season, it has certainly come to seem that "Boyhood" is fast moving from surprise contender to presumptive leader. Having opened over the summer, the film has been an unexpected hit at the box office, driven largely by word of mouth, and has also topped many critics' awards.
"This is a very personal film for me," said Linklater in accepting the prize, "couldn't be more personal, but it became very personal to everyone who worked on it and it means so much to us that people have seen it and responded to it in that personal way."
Also up for the award in the category were Ava DuVernay for her civil rights drama "Selma" and Wes Anderson for "The Grand Budapest Hotel," both nominated for the first time. Alejandro G. Inarritu was nominated for the second time in the category for "Birdman." David Fincher, nominated for "Gone Girl," won in the category for "The Social Network" and was also nominated for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."