Golden Globes 2015: 'Boyhood,' 'Grand Budapest Hotel' win top film awards

It was a coming-of-age Sunday night for Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards.

The film, shot over 12 years as it chronicles the life of a young boy and his family, dominated the ceremony. It took home three trophies -- including best dramatic film, director and supporting actress for Patricia Arquette. Other movies that performed well: "Birdman" and "The Theory of Everything," which nabbed two Golden Globes apiece.

But the biggest shocker of the night? Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel," which lost in every category it was nominated in except the one that mattered: best comedy or musical film.

On the TV side, three newcomers -- "Transparent," "The Affair," and "Fargo" -- came out on top, winning two awards apiece.

Arguably the biggest winner of them all, however, was someone who wasn't even nominated. Not only did George Clooney take home the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement, he also gushed over finally finding the love of his life, his new wife, Amal.

Here's how the night unfolded:

Backstage with Michael Keaton

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Michael Keaton was flying high with his Golden Globe in hand for his starring role in “Birdman.”

“The thing of who’s best or who’s better, its a tricky thing,” he said of his fellow nominees. “I’m proud to have it, but there’s not a person in the room who couldn’t have won something.”

First thing he’ll do to celebrate will be to get rid of the headache he’s had since an hour into the show.

“I guess there was a little more tension in the room than I thought,” he laughed. It was his second nomination but first win. Keaton was previously nominated in 2003 for his role in “Live from Baghdad.”

Keaton gave a shout-out to Ava Duvernay, director of "Selma," though he admitted he didn’t know how to pronounce her name. He said the growing number of female directors made for a more interesting mix of films.

“You may get a really interesting sensibility that you wouldn't get with a guy,” Keaton said.

--Tre'vell Anderson

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'Boyhood': An actor's opportunity of a lifetime

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It's not every day a film actor gets asked to portray a character over the course of 12 years. So when they are asked, they say yes.

Or you do if you're Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette. The actors, who were backstage with "Boyhood" director Richard Linklater following the film's big win, said it was basically a no-brainer.

"I think I can speak for the both of us in that our answer was an immediate and resounding 'yes,'" Hawke told reporters. "I don't think any actor has been approached with this offer before: to create a character ... that will change the way we all change. Inevitably, slowly, mysteriously. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

Arquette chimed in: "I felt the same way," adding that the chance to work with Hawke was an additional draw. "Watching children grow is beautiful. Watching parents make mistakes is beautiful," she said.

--Yvonne Villarreal

Backstage with the co-creator of 'The Affair'

Sarah Treem, in pink, is surrounded by her "The Affair" colleagues. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)

Sarah Treem told reporters that women calling the shots behind the camera was "significant."

“Women are storytellers too," said the co-creator of “The Affair,” which won for best TV series, drama.

The honor was the second for the Showtime series about a troubled marriage. Ruth Wilson, "The Affair's" leading lady, won lead actress in a TV drama series.

Treem said that finding Wilson was last minute and worth the wait.

“If you see a two-minute reel and feel this woman is irreplaceable, you have to get on your knees and beg her to do your show,” she said with a laugh.

--Tre'vell Anderson

Backstage with George Clooney

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George Clooney is having the time of his life. But don't ask him to pick a favorite among his films.

"They’re all times in your life," he said of the montage of some of his most memorable roles. "It was like watching the director’s cut of ‘Boyhood,’ though."

Clooney had just accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.'s lifetime achievement award. It's an honor that previously went to some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg.

So where does Clooney go from here?

"Nothing but down, apparently," he joked. "If you look at the names on that list, I’m in good company."

The night before the Golden Globes, Clooney watched football as his wife, Amal, continued her hunt for the perfect dress.

"Guys have it just so much easier. I’m wearing my wedding tux."

Despite his achievements, Clooney found himself the butt of a few jokes by hosts Amy Poehler and Tina Fey.

"I didn’t even think that was a joke," the newlywed said about the hosts’ jab that Amal, an accomplished human rights attorney, had done more to deserve a lifetime achievement award than he has.

"Tina and Amy kill me. I think that they are the best hosts of this show."

Clooney, known internationally for his activism and philanthropy, as well as for his acting, said the attacks in France left him deeply concerned.

"This is a really important moment in time," he said. "We have to stand up together or we fall apart."

He felt very similarly about the hacking of Sony’s email, clarifying statements he made last year about the media’s role. He said that journalists were more interested in spreading the content of the emails, than covering important aspects of the story.

"I thought that was irresponsible," he said. "I felt like everyone needed to join together."

--Trev'ell Anderson

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"Boyhood" won best dramatic film Sunday night at the Golden Globe Awards, making it the one to beat in the race for Oscar gold.

Director Richard Linklater's film is astonishing just for its ambition. There have been many coming-of-age stories over the years, but not one like "Boyhood."

Linklater shot the film over a 12-year period, capturing the life of a boy from a broken home from the time he is 6 until he heads off for college.

"Boyhood" took home the most awards of any film Sunday night, winning three trophies including best supporting actress for Patricia Arquette and best director for Linklater.

The film has been a critics' darling this awards season, winning multiple honors. But its performance Sunday night -- at the highest-profile awards ceremony so far this season -- solidifies its front-runner status.

--Susan King and Rene Lynch

Kevin Spacey backstage

Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything'

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George Clooney wasn't the only newlywed at the Golden Globes on Sunday night.

Eddie Redmayne, who won best actor in a drama film for his performance in "The Theory of Everything," confessed that he had to cut his honeymoon short to come to Los Angeles.

Something tells us his wife, Hannah, was understanding.

The British Redmayne won the Golden Globe for his performance portraying the theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, who has suffered from ALS over five decades.

The film also won a Golden Globe Sunday night for best original score.

--Susan King and Rene Lynch

Julianne Moore

Sony Pictures Classics

Julianne Moore wins best actress in a motion picture, drama for her role in "Alice."

A shocker

Cast of "The Grand Budapest Hotel" on the red carpet before the film's big win. (Paul Buck / EPA)

Shocker: Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" just won for best comedy or musical.

Why is that such a shocker?

Because it lost every honor it was nominated for Sunday night at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards -- but managed to take home the biggie.

The fanciful comedy had been overlooked by pundits heading into the awards season because it had been released in the spring and was seemingly lost in the flood of end-of-the-year releases.

But Anderson's story about an eccentric concierge continues to defy the odds. Expect to see it perform well when Oscar nominations are announced Thursday.

--Susan King and Rene Lynch

'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

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“The Grand Budapest Hotel” wins best motion picture, musical or comedy.

Clooney backstage

George Clooney has hearts in his eyes

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George Clooney isn't just married.

He's gobsmacked, head-over-heels in love.

Clooney glowed as he talked about his new wife, Amal, while accepting his Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards.

Gazing out at the human rights attorney who managed to tame Hollywood's most eligible bachelor, Clooney said:

"It's a humbling thing when you find someone to love, even better when you've kinda been waiting your whole life.... Amal, whatever alchemy it is that brought us together, I couldn't be more proud to be your husband."

Cue the Awwwwws! And if you want more Clooneys, here's a look at their Venetian wedding last year.

--Susan King and Rene Lynch

Michael Keaton, 'Birdman'

If you are keeping score at home: It's a tie so far between "Birdman" and "Boyhood," much as it has been this unpredictable awards season.

Michael Keaton took home the Golden Globe for best actor in a comedy or musical motion picture for "Birdman," in which he plays a washed up super hero who attempts a comeback by mounting a Broadway play.

It marked the second award of the night for the quirky dark comedy that went into the Golden Globes ceremony Sunday night with seven nominations, more than any other film. Earlier in the evening, the film which Keaton described as an unapologetic, gutsy look at human nature took home the prize for best screenplay.

"Boyhood" also has two awards, director for Richard Linklater and supporting actress for Patricia Arquette.

Though Keaton confessed he didn't want to cry, he did during his acceptance speech, as he reflected upon his large Catholic family, and his close relationship with his son, who is also his best friend. "I love you with all my heart, buddy."

He was competing in the category against Ralph Fiennes in "The Grand Budapest Hotel," Bill Murray in "St. Vincent," Joaquin Phoenix in "Inherent Vice" and Christoph Waltz in "Big Eyes."

--Susan King and Rene Lynch

Ruth Wilson

Ruth Wilson wins best actress in a TV series, drama for her role in "The Affair."

Richard Linklater, 'Boyhood'

This was was a win for families and parents who are "just doing their best."

That's what Richard Linklater said as he accepted the Golden Globe for best director for "Boyhood," a unique coming of age story shot over a 12 year period.

The win solidifies Linklater's status as a front-runner for Oscar gold this awards season as the film continues to gain momentum. "This was a very personal film for me," Linklater said, adding that he believes audiences have recognized that. "I feel like we've made that connection," he said.

It's the film's second win for the night. Earlier in the evening, Patricia Arquette won the Golden Globe for best supporting actress for her role in the film as the boy's mother.

"We're all flawed in this world, no one is perfect," Linklater said.

Linklater beat out Wes Anderson for "The Grand Budapest Hotel," Ava DuVernay for "Selma,"

David Fincher for "Gone Girl" and Alejandro G. Iñárritu for "Birdman."

--Rene Lynch and Susan King

Are you going to finish that?

I always look at what comes back on the plate, but I'm not offended if there's food left. These people have million-dollar dresses and diamonds on. The last thing they want is to get red wine sauce on themselves.
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It's a humbling thing when you find someone to love, even better when you've kinda been waiting your whole life.
George Clooney, thanking his new bride

Deep thoughts in the line to the restroom

"I think it's going over well," was Mark Ruffalo's review of the show so far while waiting in line for the bathroom with his wife.

"North Korea -- it's all fair game. I was glad they mentioned 'Je suis Charlie.' I did love that."

Ruffalo added: "It's good we know that there's stuff going on outside of this room."

--Amy Kaufman

Scenes from the room

"It's that time," said Bill Hader, reaching for a bottle of wine at his table, where he was seated next to Kristin Wiig. "White wine time. Get ready."

Flanked by Reese Witherspoon, Cheryl Strayed was brought over to Jennifer Aniston's table for an introduction. Aniston gamely embraced the author as the three posed for a photograph.

As Anna Faris rushed back to her seat, she stopped to awkwardly tap Ralph Fiennes on the shoulder. "I'm such a big fan," she gushed.

--Amy Kaufman

Backstage with Common and John Legend

Chrissy Teigen takes a photo of her husband, John Legend, and Common (Jordan Strauss / Invision/AP)

"It opened me up to a lot of things," Common told reporters of his work on "Selma," which earned him and John Legend won the Golden Globe for their original song in the movie, "Glory."

Co-writing the track for the historical drama provided some insight into modern times, he explained.

"I didn't know there was that many multicultural parts to the [civil rights] movement," said Common, whose given name is Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr.

The hip-hop star said knowing the civil rights movement included people of different religions as well as sexual orientations, made him more aware of recent calls for action.

"What that opened my mind to is seeing what's happening right now. We see people from different backgrounds coming together. They just want justice and humanity. They care for the individual--whether it's a young back kid or a Latino ... it's all love."

--Yvonne Villareal

This is just the beginning of my revenge.
Kevin Spacey, after his win

Kevin Spacey in 'House of Cards'

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"This is just the beginning of my revenge," purred Francis Underwood, er, Kevin Spacey.

Spacey won his first ever Golden Globe -- after eight nominations, he noted, with some salty language that got him bleeped. He plays the Machiavellian Underwood on the Netflix political thriller "House of Cards."

By the way, Hollywood awards season winners, that is the way to deliver an acceptance speech for best actor in a TV drama.

Yes, we know you Hollywood types have people you need to thank. And Spacey did. But he also delivered (and ended on) a stirring and inspiring speech about the art and craft of movie making -- and improving.

"I just want it to be better," said the two-time Oscar winner. "I just want to be better. But this is encouraging. Thank you very much."

Spacey was up against Clive Owen in "The Knick," Liev Schreiber in "Ray Donovan," James Spader in "The Blacklist" and Dominic West in "The Affair."

--Rene Lynch and Susan King

'The Affair'


You thought "The Affair" was about an affair, and cheaters who may -- or may not -- get their just deserts?

Think again.

Co-creator Sarah Treem accepted the Golden Globe for best TV drama for "The Affair" by describing it as the story of a marriage. "The Affair" was up against "Downton Abbey," "Game of Thrones," "The Good Wife," and "House Of Cards."

Treem said that if the drama series has taught her anything, it's "just how sacred our marriages are."

--Susan King and Rene Lynch

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Backstage with Matt Bomer

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Matt Bomer was “over the moon” about his win for supporting actor in a TV series, mini-series or movie.

“Initially it was shock,” he said. “Then just joy and trying to make sure I didn't get too emotional.”

To prepare for his role as Felix in "The Normal Heart" Bomer rented out space in a theater for two months. The TV movie was adapted from the 1985 play about the rise of the HIV/AIDS crisis in New York City.

“The theatricality of it felt important to have in my bones,” he said, explaining why rehearsing on a stage made sense for him.

As for what’s next, Bomer said he's open to roles on both the big and small screens.

“That day and age has come and gone,” he said, of actors choosing only one medium.

TV, he pointed out, is "on par or better than the writing in film scripts.”

-- Tre'vell Anderson

Maggie Gyllenhaal

Maggie Gyllenhaal wins best actress in a TV miniseries or movie for her role in "The Honorable Woman."


"Leviathan" wins best foreign language film.

Backstage with Gina Rodriguez

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Golden Globe winner Gina Rodriguez admitted to having a restless night.

“I couldn’t sleep to save my life,” she told reporters backstage. It was the excitement, she said, that kept her awake.

Up at 7:30 a.m., Rodriguez said she made a bagel run, bringing back some cinnamon raisin bagels for her dad (his favorite).

Rodriguez said that she considers her nomination and win for her role in the CW series "Jane the Virgin" to be a victory for all Latinos.

“It allowed Latinos to see themselves in a beautiful light,” she said. “The win meant everything, a lot more than just me.”

“Networks are seeing when you step out the door, it’s a very diverse world, some just tan better than others,” she chuckled.

Sexy, she said, is “confidence and strength and independence and class.” She credits her glam squad for conveying that.

Fighting back tears, she dedicated to award to her mother and father. Also getting news today that her show has been picked up for a second season, she said it’s a “Pretty awesome win for me.”

“It’s like eating red velvet and knowing it's fat free,” she said.

To others with dreams, Rodriguez is glad she is now a great example for people.

“It’s so exciting to be able to tell someone, fear only exists between your two ears,” she said.

--Tre'vell Anderson

Jeffrey Tambor in 'Transparent'

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"Oh, this is big, this is much bigger than me."

That was Jeffrey Tambor nabbing the trophy for best actor in a TV comedy series or musical. Tambor has received widespread acclaim for his portrayal of a retired professor who reveals she is transgender woman.

"I would like to dedicate my performance and this award to the transgender community," Tambor said. "Thank you for your courage, thank you for your inspiration, thank your for your patience, and thank you for letting us be a part of the change."

He was competing against Louis C.K. in "Louie," William H. Macy in "Shameless," Don Cheadle in "House of Lies" and Ricky Gervais in "Derek."

--Susan King and Rene Lynch

'Birdman' screenplay

Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo win best screenplay for “Birdman.”

Kevin Hart, dude of the moment

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Man, has Kevin Hart arrived, or what?

There he was, yukking it up with Salma Hayek at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards, and using the opportunity to promote his new movie, "The Wedding Ringer."

Need more proof?

Hayek offered to let him do the honors on his own, saying, "You're the dude of the moment."

Though Hart insisted he was a gentlemen and said Hayek should open the envelope to announce the winner for best animated film, he nonetheless stole the moment by shrieking "How to train a dragon!"

The movie is actually called "How to Train your Dragon 2."

--Rene Lynch and Susan King

Like eating calorie-free cake

I'm too drunk to answer anything real.
Kate Mara

That was Mara's response when asked what she thought about the references throughout the show to cultural events.

"Of course they are talking about that stuff. There's more going on than ever," she said.

Overhearing the conversation, Kevin Spacey, whose hand Mara had been holding throughout the evening, quickly got up. "And that's my cue to leave!"

--Amy Kaufman

Patricia Arquette, nervous but triumphant

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She looked really nervous.

You know how actors and actors claim to be "so surprised!" and "completely unprepared!" when taking the stage during the awards season?

Not Patricia Arquette.

Putting on her reading glasses, she declared "I'm the only nerd with a piece of paper" as she ticked off the names of the people she needed to thank as she accepted the Golden Globe for best supporting actress in a motion picture for her role in "Boyhood." She played the mother of a young boy in the coming-of-age story that was shot over a 12-year period.

Arquette was competing against Keira Knightley in "The Imitation Game," Emma Stone in "Birdman," Meryl Streep in "Into The Woods" and Jessica Chastain in "A Most Violent Year."

--Susan King and Rene Lynch

'How To Train Your Dragon 2'

"How To Train Your Dragon 2" wins best animated feature film.

Amy Adams

Weinstein Co.

Amy Adams wins best actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy for her role in “Big Eyes.”

Backstage with the men of 'Fargo'

Warren Littlefield, left, John Cameron, Noah Hawley and Geyer Kosinski (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

"Fargo's" Billy Bob Thornton had one show on his mind backstage following his win for actor in a miniseries or TV movie -- and it wasn't the acclaimed FX series for which he was nominated. He was thinking about "Columbo."

Yes, "Columbo."

"Do you guys remember the TV series 'Columbo'?" he asked reporters, who mostly nodded in agreement. "Ever notice that the murder weapon was something like that?" he said, pointing to the Golden Globe statuette.

It was as random and creepy as something uttered by Lorne Malvo, the menacing drifter he played in the first season of the anthology series based on the 1996 Oscar-winning Coen brothers film.

The series, developed for the small screen by Noah Hawley, was renewed for a second season. Hawley knows there is pressure following the critical success of the first season, but he thinks the anthology format provides some fuel.

"Telling a story with a beginning, middle and end, you really throw yourself into it," Hawley said. "This has been the most amazing experience of my career. For all of us it's a ride. The success we reached by just investing artistically and reaching higher that's what we're taking back with us: to jeep going and go further."

As the crew and cast -- which will include the likes of Ted Danson, Patrick Wilson and Jean Smart -- prep for the cold winter nights, executive producer Warren Littlefield said the statuette will provide some heat.

"This will keep us warm," Littlefield told reporters.

Of course, Thornton doesn't have to worry about all that now that his arc is done. So he'll just party with some meat in celebration of his win?

"I'm not much of a drinker, so I'm going to eat 7 pounds of pork," he quipped. “I'm just going to do what everyone else does. Hang out, see some old friends."

--Yvonne Villareal

Froggatt backstage

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Matt Bomer in 'The Normal Heart'

"Thank you for putting up with me when I was 130 pounds and really grumpy when you were eating pizza in front of me."

That was Matt Bomer, thanking his husband and their three children as he accepted his first Golden Globe: best supporting actor in a TV series, miniseries or TV movie for playing a New York Times writer stricken with AIDS in the early days of the crisis in New York City in "The Normal Heart."

Bomer was competing against Alan Cumming in "The Good Wife," Colin Hanks in "Fargo," Bill Murray in "Olive Kitteridge" and Jon Voight in "Ray Donovan."

--Susan King and Rene Lynch

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Backstage with Joanne Froggatt

When Joanne Froggatt accepted her award for best supporting actress in a TV series for her portrayal of "Downton Abbey’s” Anna, she spoke of the responsibility she carries in her role portraying a woman of the 1920s who survived a rape.

“There may be people at home that have been through this experience,” she said, gripping her Golden Globe. “I want people to feel my portrayal was honest.”

Perhaps her greatest joy since playing the role has been the letters she's received from survivors of rape. One woman’s letter stands out in her mind.

“She felt she connected with my character’s journey,” the actress said. “They are probably the most special letters i have received in my life.”

Downton Abbey started its fifth season last week. Froggatt said the season picks up a year from Anna’s attack, but it is a constant memory for her, like other rape survivors.

“It is an ongoing journey,” she said when asked if her character will see happiness anytime soon.

--Tre'vell Anderson

'Glory' from 'Selma'

"Glory" from "Selma" wins best original song in a motion picture.

Jóhann Jóhannsson scores for 'Theory' score

Another first timer!

Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson won the Golden Globe for original score for "The Theory Of Everything."

Jóhannsson was competing against Alexandre Desplat for "The Imitation Game," Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for "Gone Girl," Antonio Sanchez for "Birdman" and Hans Zimmer for "Interstellar."

--Susan King and Rene Lynch

Backstage with J.K. Simmons

“No two words in the English language are more harmful than ‘good job.’”

So goes J.K. Simmons’ most remembered line in “Whiplash,” in which he plays Fletcher, a relentless, verbally abusive music teacher who pushes a young drummer (Miles Teller) to the breaking point.

Tonight, however, backstage at the Golden Globes after his win for best supporting actor, there’s no escaping it: Simmons has earned that pat on the back sentiment: ‘good job.’

When asked about his character’s tough love approach, Simmons – who is also a musician -- said he prefers a softer teaching style.

“What works best with me is a kinder, gentler approach,” he said. “I don’t respond well to being screamed at or verbally abused.”

His advice for young actors?

“The advice I’d give a young actor is to keep doing it and work hard to develop a strong foundation,” he said. “I had a brilliant choir director when I was in college – and it was really hard and he said ‘look, we have to get this perfect, this rhythm and balance. And then we can start to make music.”

As candid as Simmons was about his background as a student, he seemed to skirt questioning about the recent Sony hack.

“This is gonna sound like a total lie, but I honestly have no idea because I don’t read anything outside the sports page,” he said.

--Deborah Vankin

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I was nervous when I woke up -- but a gin and tonic helps with that!
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'Transparent' wins best TV series, musical/comedy

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First timers are pulling ahead.

The Golden Globe for best TV series, musical or comedy went to the new series "Transparent," about a Los Angeles family who discovers that their father is transgender.

"I want to thanks the trans community," creator Jill Soloway said.

"Transparent" was competing against "Girls," "Jane the Virgin," "Orange Is the New Black" and "Silicon Valley."

The win came moments after newcomer Gina Rodriguez took home the Golden Globe for best actress in a TV series, comedy or musical for the CW's brand-new show, "Jane the Virgin."

--Rene Lynch and Susan King

'Thank you God'

She'll always remember her first time.

Newcomer Gina Rodriguez took home the Golden Globe for best actress in a TV series, comedy or musical for the CW's brand-new show, "Jane the Virgin."

"Thank you God," a breathless Rodriguez exclaimed as she took the stage. She beat out Lena Dunham for "Girls," Edie Falco for "Nurse Jackie," Julia Louis-Dreyfus for "Veep" and Taylor Schilling for "Orange Is the New Black."

Verging on tears (and hyperventillation) Rodriguez said the show -- about a Latina who becomes pregnant even through she is a virgin -- "represents a culture that wants to see themselves as heros."

She thanked her family for helping her to dream big.

"I can, and I did," she said, holding her honor, and then gave in to the emotions of the moment.

--Rene Lynch and Susan King

Photobomber Cumberbatch strikes again

Did anyone catch that? Was that veteran photobomber Benedict Cumberbatch?

I think I missed my category. But I really don't give a ... I'm having fun.
"True Detective's" Cary Fukunaga

Witherspoon's +2

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Reese Witherspoon was apparently able to score more than just the requisite plus one to the Golden Globes: In addition to her husband, Jim Toth, she invited "Wild" author Cheryl Strayed and the writer's husband.

Dressed in a red Badgley Mischka gown she purchased herself -- though she had help picking it out from her Portland-based stylist -- Strayed said she would wear it again.

"I'm a writer who spends days in her PJs," she joked.

--Amy Kaufman

'Fargo,' Billy Bob Thornton win

Weird wins out.

FX's quirky miniseries, based on the equally eccentric 1996 Coen Bros. movie, just nabbed back-to-back Golden Globes. One, for best TV movie or miniseries, and one for best actor in a miniseries or TV movie for Billy Bob Thornton who plays a soulless contract killer.

In accepting the award, Thornton acknowledged that we live in a world where everyone gets criticized for everything. So, he said, "I'm just going to say 'Thank you.'

Thornton was competing against Martin Freeman in "Fargo," Woody Harrelson in "True Detective," Matthew McConaughey in "True Detective" and Mark Ruffalo in "The Normal Heart."

The show's creator and main writer, Noah Hawley, reflected on true meaning of "Fargo," as pointed out by his wife: "You can change the world just by being descent to people... It's respect."

"Fargo" was competing in the best TV movie or miniseries category against "The Missing," "Olive Kitteridge," "The Normal Heart" and "True Detective."

--Rene Lynch and Susan King

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A 'no accountability' opening

Did Tina Fey and Amy Poehler just outdo Ricky Gervais?

The dynamic duo returned to the 72nd Golden Globes awards for their third -- and supposedly final -- turn as hosts, and, as a result, promised a "no accountability" performance. And they got right to it:

Good evening, Fey began, "You bunch of despicable spoiled, minimally talented brats," reminding some of Gervais' acerbic delivery when he hosted way back when.

Does anyone really believe these two won't be back?

They made fun of everything from "The Interview" to Bill Cosby -- and the lack of respect Hollywood moviedom has for TV.

The biggest laugh of the night?

The pair noted that George Clooney finally married this year, and noted that his wife, Amal, has a long list of accomplishments as an attorney and for her human rights work.

And yet tonight, the pair mused to applause, it is her husband getting a lifetime achievement award.

That's "Hollywood!"

--Rene Lynch and Susan King

Joanne Froggatt

Joanne Froggatt won the Golden Globe for best supporting actress in a series, miniseries or TV movie for her work on "Downton Abbey" -- and for giving voice to rape victims around the world.

"This is the most shocking moment of my life," Froggatt said as she accepted the honor for a role that include a powerful performance as a woman who is beaten and sexually assaulted.

In accepting the honor, Froggatt said she received letters from rape survivors who were moved by her performance. One woman in particular, she recalled, said she reached out to Froggatt because she wanted to be heard.

"I heard you," Froggatt said, clutching her honor.

She was competing against fellow nominees Uzo Aduba in "Orange Is the New Black," Kathy Bates in "American Horror Story: Freak Show," Allison Janney in "Mom" and Michelle Monaghan in "True Detective."

--Susan King and Rene Lynch

J.K. Simmons: Happy to be 'this guy'

J.K. Simmons for "Whiplash" took home the first trophy of the night, for best supporting actor in a motion picture.

"Thank you for the opportunity to be this guy," he said as he accepted the honor for playing a ruthless, manipulative music teacher. He's won the lion's share of critics awards for the drama this season.

He's considered one of the front runners for Oscar gold. The Academy Award nominations will be announced Thursday morning.

Simmons was up against Robert Duvall in "The Judge," Ethan Hawke in "Boyhood," Edward Norton in "Birdman" and Mark Ruffalo in "Foxcatcher."

--Rene Lynch and Susan King

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Opulence at the Globes

Sony hack jokes: And we're off!

A big party where the stars get drunk

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Unlike the Oscars or the Emmys, which are both held in theaters, the Golden Globes take place in a hotel (specifically, Beverly Hilton's International Ballroom) and feature a sit-down meal. As a result, the show has a more intimate, glamorous old-time Hollywood vibe — stars can whisper into each other's ear or get drunk together; there are elaborate floral designs and table settings. It's kind of the dream dinner party.

"Any one of these people would be the biggest guest at anybody's dinner party, and yet there's over 200 of them sitting cheek by jowl," said Barry Adelman, the show's executive producer. "We try to just let the party happen, and I think that's why it's popular with the celebrities — because they know they can go and have a good time and there's not going to be a lot of restrictions on them."

Though that may be more fun for the attendees, there's a lot more for organizers to fret over when nominees aren't planted in a bland auditorium seat. Seating charts. Gluten-free meal options. Stocking the bar.

Oh, and it will be well-stocked: There will be 600 bottles of wine on site, plus 400 Champagne magnums 1,500 mini-bottles of Champagne. Plus all of the hard liquor.

--Amy Kaufman

Breaking down the dramatic acting categories

Three of the four acting Oscar races — lead actress (Julianne Moore, "Still Alice"), supporting actor (J.K. Simmons, "Whiplash") and supporting actress (Patricia Arquette, "Boyhood") — already seem decided.

Like Matthew McConaughey, Cate Blanchett and Jared Leto last year, this trio had better hire a writing team to come up with acceptance-speech variations on gratitude and humility. (And no, simply doing a "good job" won't cut it. Right, J.K.?)

That leaves lead actor as the year's lone area of intrigue. And, fortunately, it's such a deep, competitive category that it could save awards season all by itself. Here, Eddie Redmayne, so marvelous in rising to the demanding challenge of playing Stephen Hawking, rates as the favorite over Benedict Cumberbatch ("The Imitation Game") and David Oyelowo ("Selma"). Like most British actors, young Redmayne is quite the charmer, and a winning acceptance speech could cement his leader-of-the-pack status ...

--Glenn Whipp

Battle of the speeches for Oscar gold

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Academy voters remember speeches, and Michael Keaton, nominated for "Birdman," has already delivered crowd-pleasers this season.

His podium charm could edge out Oscar favorite Eddie Redmayne, who rose to the demanding challenge of playing Stephen Hawking in "Theory of Everything."

--Glenn Whipp

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Meaningless fun -- except for these 5 races

Oscar balloting ended Thursday. The nominations are locked. And final voting for the Academy Awards won't begin until Feb. 6, by which point the only people remembering the Globes will be the winners themselves.

But five categories might in some way have a bearing on the hardware handouts to come.

So watch for hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (and the Sony hack jokes) and mention of Ben Affleck's privates in "Gone Girl." But note winners in best film drama, film drama actor, comedy/musical actor, and film director. And then think about your Oscar ballot.

--Glenn Whipp

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After the red carpet

How will the Paris terror attacks factor in?


Although acknowledging last week’s deadly attacks in Paris would seem like a no-brainer for people with the huge television platform of the Golden Globes, doing so can be tricky. For a celebrity to comment on serious current events among the revelry of an awards show can seem narcissistic, self-important or worse, which is why many often stay away (or are advised by handlers to stay away).

It might make more sense for a nominee whose film traffics in difficult historical subjects — the nominees for films such as “Selma” or “Ida,” for example.

But there may also be a way to tie the tragedies into the upbeat festivities, bridging the gap between the loss of life across the Atlantic and the celebration taking place inside the room. “The antidote for” the attacks, Meryl Streep said last week, “is to live joyously, tolerantly and with attention."

--Steven Zeitchik

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Very behind the scenes

Here come the statuettes