Birdman, Fargo, The Affair and Boyhood among the biggest winners at the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards

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Today in Hollywood, the winners of the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards were announced at the Beverly Hilton, in a televised award show with Amy Poehler and Tina Fey hosting for the third and final time. As usual, the pair delivered a hilarious opening monologue that took aim at everything from North Korea (a popular topic of the night) and The Interview to Bill Cosby and George Clooney.

Free speech and #jesuischarlie was also on the tongues of many on the stage on the night. The winner of the Cecil D. DeMille Award, George Clooney, last year’s winner Jared Leto and HFPA President “and tall Dutch drink of water” (Amy Poehler) Theo Kingma, all took a moment to address the marches in Paris and the importance of this moment in history.

Kingma received a standing ovation when he took his time on the stage to say, “As international journalists we understand the freedom of artistic expression. It is not only an integral part of the American fabric, but a beacon that is reflected across the globe. Together we will stand united against anyone that will repress free speech. Anywhere, from North Korea to Paris.”

But ultimately, while this was bound to get political (and full of photobombs), it’s a show about awarding the HFPA’s favourite films, performances and TV shows of the year. And the winners for the 72nd annual awards ensured to spread across a large array of incredible films and TV shows.

TELEVISION

In Television, Fargo took home two awards for Best Miniseries and Best Actor in a Miniseries, Billy Bob Thornton – his first Globe win from five nominations. To avoid “getting into any trouble”, the actor who first rose to fame through his Oscar winning performance in Sling Blade said little more than “Thank You”. Another first time Globe winner was Kevin Spacey, who after eight nominations let the f-bomb slip, saying “I cannot fucking believe I won”. He also promised, in the voice of his character in House of Cards – for which he won the award – that “this is just the beginning of my revenge”.

Showtime drama series The Affair took home Best Drama Series and Best Actress for Ruth Wilson, while Amazon series Transparent joined House of Cards as a celebrated online series, winning best Comedy series as well as collecting the first ever award for the great Jeffrey Tambor. The full list of winners are below:

Best TV Series (Drama): The Affair
Best TV Series (Comedy or Musical): Transparent
Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TV: Fargo
Best Actress in a TV Series (Drama): Ruth Wilson, The Affair
Best Actress in a TV Series (Comedy): Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin
Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie: Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Honourable Woman
Best Actor in a TV Series (Drama): Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Best Actor in a TV Series (Comedy): Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie: Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo
Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series, Miniseries or TV Movie: Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart
Best Supporting Actress in a TV series, Miniseries or TV Movie: Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey

FILM

Meanwhile, in cinema, Boyhood – the story filmed and told over the 12 years of a boy’s life – was the big winner of the night, winning Best Director, Best Film (Drama) and Best Supporting Actress, Patricia Arquette. Depictions of illness proved a big winner, with Eddie Redmayne winning for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything (which also won Best Original Score) and Julianne Moore taking home the trophy for her portrayal of an Alzheimer sufferer in Still Alice.

Birdman, which was favourite to win Best Picture (Comedy or Musical), saw Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel take home the big award instead. Birdman did, however, win a Best Actor gong for Michael Keaton and a best Screenplay trophy. Meanwhile, JK Simmons won his first ever Globe for his role in Whiplash, and Amy Adams won the Best Actress trophy for the second year in a row – the first to do so in 29 years. The full list of winners are here:

Best Motion Picture (Drama): Boyhood
Best Director: Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama): Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama): Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Best Motion Picture (Musical/Comedy): The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical/Comedy): Michael Keaton, Birdman
Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Musical/Comedy): Amy Adams, Big Eyes
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture: JK Simmons, Whiplash
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Best Animated Film: How to Train Your Dragon 2
Best Screenplay: Birdman
Best Original Song: John Legend, Glory from the film Selma
Best Original Score: Johann Johannsson, The Theory of Everything

The Golden Globe Awards screened live in Australia on FOX8 and will be repeated later tonight.