In one of the biggest surprises of the night,
In a typically wry acceptance speech, Anderson thanked a number of members of the
Coming into the evening, "Birdman" -- which led the movie field with seven nominations -- had been widely considered the favorite in the category. But in a ceremony that showed the HPFA spreading its awards love around, "Grand Budapest" -- a stylish, quirky fable about a concierge of a European hotel (
Though the HFPA has often favored musicals in the hodgepodge category (past winners include "Sweeney Todd," "Dreamgirls" and
The win breathes fresh life into the Oscar campaign for Anderson's sleeper hit, which has stayed in the awards hunt longer than nearly any other film but has rarely been considered an out-and-out frontrunner. The film was met with largely rapturous reviews upon its release last March and has earned more than $59 million at the box office -- a career best for Anderson.
Though Anderson's offbeat movies, such as "Royal Tenenbaums" and "Moonrise Kingdom," have received three Oscar nominations for screenwriting, Anderson has never before been recognized in the best director or best picture races. But between the Globes win and a Screen Actors Guild nod for best ensemble, "Grand Budapest" -- which boasts a deep roster of talent, including Fiennes, Jeff Goldblum, Adrien Brody,
"I think that movie is pretty deserving," Wilson, a regular in Anderson's movies going back to his feature debut,