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Boyhood, Grand Budapest Hotel take top Golden Globes

Reuters | posted Monday, Jan 12th, 2015

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Coming of age tale Boyhood won the coveted Golden Globe for best drama on Sunday, while the quirky period caper The Grand Budapest Hotel was the surprise winner for best comedy or musical, in a big upset to awards season front-runner Birdman.

The first major awards for the Hollywood film industry this year were scattered widely among many films, potentially setting up a complex race towards the industry’s top honors, the Oscars on Feb. 22.

Boyhood took three Globes, including the night’s top honor, a reward for the unprecedented cinematic venture of making a film over 12 years with the same actors. The man behind the low-budget experiment, Richard Linklater, won best director and Patricia Arquette won best supporting actress as the compassionate mother of the boy in the film.

Birdman, a satire of show business that led all nominees with seven nods, picked up best screenplay, by the film’s director, Alejandro Inarritu, and best actor in a comedy or musical for Michael Keaton, embodying a comeback in film and real life.

In the first award of the night, JK Simmons won best supporting actor as an intense music teacher in the indie film Whiplash.

Amy Adams was awarded the award for best actress in a comedy, for the role of artist Margaret Keane in Big Eyes.

Other top actor awards went to performers who portrayed the pain of illness.

Julianne Moore won best actress in a drama as an early-onset Alzheimer’s patient in Still Alice, while Eddie Redmayne took best actor in a drama for his portrayal of physicist Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.

But The Grand Budapest Hotel from director Wes Anderson was the big surprise of the night as best comedy or musical, although it only took home that one award.

Civil rights drama Selma won one award, for best song, while The Imitation Game walked away empty-handed.

The outcome of the 72nd Globes will not influence the Academy Awards slate, since voting for next week’s nominees announcement is closed. But it can give crucial momentum to the Oscar race.

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