72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards Results and Commentary

  • Date of Ceremony: Sunday, January 11, 2015
  • For films released in: 2014
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Welcome to DigitalHit.com’s coverage of the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards, which were handed out on January 11th, 2015.

8:00 PM

And we’re underway. Our hosts, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, take to the stage.

“We are so happy to be hosting the 72nd and final Golden Globe Awards,” says Poehler.

“North Korea referred to The Interview as ‘absolutely intolerable’ and a ‘wanton act of terror.’ Even more amazing, not the worst review the movie got,” said Fey, with Poehler’s North Korean quip being “The biggest story in Hollywood this year was when North Korea threatened an attack if Sony Pictures released The Interview, forcing us all to pretend we wanted to see it.”

Fey: “George Clooney married Amal Alamuddin this year. Amal is a human rights lawyer who worked on the Enron case, was an adviser to Kofi Annan regarding Syria, and was selected for a three-person U.N. commission investigating rules of war violations in the Gaza Strip. So tonight, her husband is getting a lifetime achievement award.”

And not fearful of Bill Cosby material, Poehler adds, “In Into the Woods, Cinderella runs from her prince, Rapunzel is thrown from a tower for her prince, and Sleeping Beauty just thought she was getting coffee with Bill Cosby.”

8:11 PM

Jennifer Aniston and Benedict Cumberbatch are presenting tonight’s first award, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture. And the Golden Globe goes to J.K. Simmons for his excellent performance in Whiplash. He refers to his director, Damien Chazelle, as a boy wonder, a compliment he also pays to his co-star Miles Teller.

“Damien Chazelle, the boy wonder. Thank you for the opportunity to be this guy and for just being brilliant in general. The other boy wonder Miles Teller, a young actor of such maturity and brilliance that he inspired me every day to want to scream at him and hit him in the face. Thank you to Jason Reitman for bringing this to my attention and just for being Jason Reitman in general and for giving lots of great ideas for speeches that didn’t just involve long lists of thanking people, which I ignored.” – J.K. Simmons

8:14 PM

Fifty Shades of Grey’s Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan keep the pace up by presenting Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television. And the Golden Globe goes to Downton Abbey’s Joanne Froggatt. “This is the most shocking moment of my life,” she exclaims.

“I’d like to thank Julian Fellowes, our brilliant writer, for giving me the responsibility of this storyline. After this storyline aired, I received a small number of letters from survivors of rape, and one woman summed up the thoughts of many by saying she wasn’t sure why she had written, but she just felt, in some way, she wanted to be heard. And I’d just like to say I heard you, and I hope saying this so publicly means, in some way, you feel the world hears you.” – Joanne Froggatt

8:21 PM

Jennifer Lopez and Jeremy Renner stroll out hand in hand to hand out the hardware for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television. And the Golden Globe goes to Fargo. Producer Noah Hawley accepted.

“I’m going to start with my wife because she is the one who lead me to the heart of what this show is, which is that you can change the world, not through grand acts of heroism but just by being decent to people. You sit on the front porch. You say hello to your neighbors. You walk your kids to school. It’s respect. As Marge Gunderson so eloquently put it, there’s more to life than a little money, you know, and here you are in this beautiful day.” – Noah Hawley

Jen and Jeremy now present Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television. Renner suggest Jen open the envelope. “I’ve got the nails.” she says, while Renner interjects “…and the globes”, a reference to Lopez’s plunging neckline. And the Golden Globe goes to Billy Bob Thornton. His speech is short and sweet.

“These days, you get in a lot of trouble no matter what you say. Do you know what I mean? You can say anything in the world and get in trouble. I know this for a fact. So I’m just going to say thank you.” – Billy Bob Thornton

8:26 PM

Naomi Watts presents a clip for the Globe-nominated film Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).

8:32 PM

Tina and Amy are back. They introduce the HFPA’s newest member, a “general from North Korea” (Margaret Cho) before introducing the HFPA’s prez, Theo Kingma. He jokes this is the moment where spouses turn to each other and say “Who’s that?” He gets a standing ovation when he mentions the importance of free speech from North Korea to Paris.

8:35 PM

Colin Firth is here next to present a clip from The Imitation Game.

8:37 PM

Kerry Washington and Bryan Cranston are presenting two awards. The first is Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy. And the Golden Globe goes to Jane the Virgin’s Gina Rodriguez. “Thank you God for making me an artist,” says the actress, who is breathless from excitement and her run to the stage.

“Thank you to my mom and my dad for telling me to dream big and to never stop dream. To my siblings, to my sister, Evalise and Rebecca, for being the biggest role models in my life. This award is so much more than myself. It represents a culture that wants to see themselves as heroes. My father used to tell me to say every morning, ‘Today is going to be a great day. I can and I will.’ Well, Dad, today is a great day. I can and I did.” – Gina Rodriguez

Kerry and Bryan are now presenting Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy. And the Golden Globe goes to Amazon’s Transparent. The show’s creator, Jill Soloway, accepts.

“I want to thank the trans community. They are our family. They make this possible. This award is dedicated to the memory of Leelah Alcorn and to many trans people who died too young. And it’s dedicated to you, my transparent, my Moppa. You are watching at home right now, and I just want to thank you for coming out because, in doing so, you made a break for freedom. You told your truth. You taught me how to tell my truth and make this show, and maybe we are going to be able to teach the world something about authenticity and truth and love. To love.” – Jill Soloway

8:46 PM

Melissa McCarthy introduces the clip for the comedy St. Vincent.

8:48 PM

A height-mismatched Sienna Miller and Vince Vaughn present the Golden Globe for Original Score. And the Golden Globe goes to The Theory of Everything’s Johann Johannsson.

“When you’re given material like The Theory of Everything to work with, it feels like my job is very easy ‑‑ great script, wonderful performances and all expertly directed by James Marsh, who I want to thank especially for inviting me to be a part of his team.” – Johann Johannsson

8:50 PM

Prince gets a loud cheer as he walks out to present Original Song. And the Golden Globe goes to “Glory” from the film Selma. The song’s writers, Common and John Legend, take to the stage.

“The first day I stepped on the set of Selma, I began to feel like this was bigger than a movie. As I got to know the people of the Civil Rights movement, I realize I am the hopeful black woman who was denied her right to vote. I am the caring white supporter killed on the front lines of freedom. I am the unarmed black kid who maybe needed a hand but instead was given a bullet. I am the two fallen police officers murdered in the line of duty. Selma has awakened my humanity, and I thank you, Ava. Ava, you are a superhero. You used the art to elevate us all and bring us together.” – Common

“ I want to thank this man. He called me up, and he said, ‘John, I want you to help me write a song for this film.’ And I’m so honored ‑‑ I was brought on at the last minute but I’m so honored to be a part to of this amazing film that honors such amazing people that did great work and is so connected to what’s happening right now. We still are in solidarity with those who are out there fighting for justice right now, and we’re so grateful to write this song, hopefully, as an inspiration to them.” – John Legend

8:58 PM

Katie Holmes and Seth Meyers are here now and joke that nominees who don’t win get a free breakfast buffet at the Beverly Hilton. They’re presenting Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television. And the Golden Globe goes to The Normal Heart’s Matt Bomer, his first Globe win.

“Wow. Thank you so much, Hollywood Foreign Press for acknowledging this film and including me along with these incredible actors in this category, all of whom I admire so much. Ryan Murphy, thank you for believing in me and trusting me with this role, walking me through it every day. Larry Kramer, thank you for your anger and your passion and writing this story that changed so many lives. Mark Ruffalo, I don’t know where you are, but you are the best actor anybody could ever hope to have as a scene partner, and I thank you on behalf of the whole cast for providing the heart and soul of this movie. To my husband, Simon Halls, and our three kids, Kit, walker, Henry, I love you putting up with me when I was 130 pounds and really grumpy when you ate pizza in front of me.” – Matt Bomer

9:02 PM

Clive Owen introduces the clip for the Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything.

9:03 PM

Ricky Gervais is here now, with drink in hand. “If we’ve learned one thing, it’s that famous people are above the law…Streep.” He presents Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy. And the Golden Globe goes to Amy Adams for her role in Big Eyes.

“I have so many wonderful female role models here tonight looking out in the audience. I’m really ill‑prepared. But I also ‑‑ it just so wonderful that women today have such a strong voice. And I have a four‑and‑a‑half year old, and I’m so grateful to have all the women in this room. You speak to her so loudly. She watches everything, and she sees everything, and I’m just so, so grateful for all of you women in this room for such a lovely, beautiful voice.” – Amy Adams

9:12 PM

Salma Hayek and Kevin Hart come out. He mentions that it’s his first Golden Globe appearance and won’t promote his upcoming film The Wedding Ringer…which opens Friday. They introduce Miss Golden Globe, Awkward’s Greer Grammer, then get down to the business of presenting the award for Best Animated Feature. And the Golden Globe goes to How to Train Your Dragon 2. Director Dean DeBlois accepts.

“We’re so excited. On behalf of over 400 people who worked on this film, from the bottom of our hearts, we thank the Hollywood Foreign Press. We’d love to thank the leadership at Dreamworks: Jeffrey Katzenberg, Ann Daly, and Bill Damaschke.” – Dean DeBlois

9:16 PM

The lovely Kate Hudson, whose dress is basically just a plunging neckline with a hint of material, presents the clip for Into the Woods.

9:18 PM

Jared Leto mentions the attack in France before presenting Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture. And the Golden Globe goes to Boyhood’s Patricia Arquette.

“Many thanks to our visionary director, Richard Linklater, for allowing me to be part of something so human, so simple and groundbreaking and significant in the history of cinema. You placed in my hands the part of Olivia, an underappreciated single mother. Thank you for shining a light on this woman and the millions of women like her and for allowing me to honor my own mother with this beautiful character. To my parents, Luis and Marty, who are no longer with us, you were very inspirational to me on this whole project, and Ethan reminded me so much of my own father. My siblings ‑‑ Rosanna, Richmond, Alexis, and David ‑‑ and my friends who watched my kids while I was trying to build a carrier as a 20‑year‑old, single mother. “ – Patricia Arquette

9:25 PM

Tina and Amy are back with their North Korean general. She complains that this isn’t a spectacle like in North Korea…and that Orange is the New Black should be in the drama category. “I mean it’s funny, but not ‘ha ha’ funny.”

Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig then walk out to present Best Screenplay. They talk about famous movie quotes, while making the lines up. And the Golden Globe goes to Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)’s Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr. and Armando Bo. Iñárritu accepts.

“ So if it sounds familiar, you know, the idea behind the script was that you ‘cinemize’ a mirror that we all can be reflected in a way we wanted that none of us can be reflected there because we all are inside that mirror, and that was very fun. But I have to say that whatever we have wrote there, you know, words don’t have any meaning if there’s no actors like that. So Mr. Michael Keaton, wow. Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Andrea Riseborough, and Amy Ryan did the job by themselves. “ – Alejandro González Iñárritu

9:32 PM

Jack Black introduces the clip for Boyhood.

9:34 PM

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin joke about their Netflix show, before presenting Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy. Tomlin adds, “Finally we can put to bed that myth that men just aren’t funny.” And the Golden Globe goes to Jeffrey Tambor for Transparent.

“To my wife, Kasia Tambor. If it weren’t for you, honey, I wouldn’t be standing up here tonight. Check that. I would not be standing. And finally, if I may, I would like to dedicate my performance and this award to the transgender community. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your courage. Thank you for your inspiration. Thank you for your patience. And thank you for letting us be a part of the change. Thanks. “ – Jeffrey Tambor

9:43 PM

Colin Farrell and Lupita Nyong’o are presenting Best Foreign Language Film. And the Golden Globe goes to Russia’s Leviathan.

“The more we think about the fortunate fate of our movie, the more we believe that it doesn’t matter whether you are Korean, American, Russian, or French. A tragic story of an ordinary man who comes face‑to‑face with an indifferent system is absolutely universal.” – producer Alexander Rodnyansky

9:45 PM

Kate Beckinsale and Adrien Brody work together to present Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television. And the Golden Globe goes to The Honorable Woman’s Maggie Gyllenhaal.

“I think I’ve noticed a lot of people talking about the wealth of roles for powerful women in television lately. When I look around the room at the women who are in here I think about the performances that I’ve watched this year, what I see actually are women who are sometimes powerful and sometimes not, sometimes sexy, sometimes not, sometimes honorable, sometimes not. What I think is new is the wealth of roles for actual woman in television and in film. That’s what I think is revolutionary and evolutionary, and it’s what’s turning me on.” – Maggie Gyllenhaal

9:53 PM

Paul Rudd and Adam Levine are presenting Best Television Series – Drama. And the Golden Globe goes to The Affair.

“Hagai [Levi] and I walked into Showtime three years ago with a show about an affair, and we said that we wanted to use it to talk about marriage. And David Nevins did not blink an eye. He just bought it in the room. So thank you for the faith.” – producer Sarah Treem

9:57 PM

Catherine Zeta-Jones presents the clip for Pride.

9:58 PM

After her joke hits the floor with a resound thud, Katherine Heigl and David Duchovny present Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama. And the Golden Globe goes to Kevin Spacey for House of Cards.

“I want to tell you just a little story that will explain to you how I feel about this tonight. The last time that I saw Stanley Kramer, one of the great filmmakers of all time, was at the Motion Picture and Television home. I was sitting with him, and he was in a wheelchair. He was ill at this time. And as I was about to leave, I realized that I had never told him what I thought about his work, how much his work had meant to me. So I said to him, ‘The films you made, the subjects you tackled, the performances you got out of some of the greatest actors that have ever walked the face of the earth, the Oscars you won, your films will stand the test of time and will influence filmmakers for all time.’ And I didn’t know whether he had really retained what I said or not. Sometimes he did. Sometimes he didn’t. But, as I stood up to leave, he grabbed my hand. I looked at his wife, who was across the room, and I sat back down. And he said as clear to me as anything he had ever said, ‘Thank you so much for saying that. That means so much to me. I just wish my films could have been better.’ So as I stand here tonight as someone who has enjoyed such an extraordinary career and in large measure because of the people in this room, I just want it to be better. I just want to be better, but this is very encouraging.” – Kevin Spacey

10:06 PM

Julianna Margulies and Don Cheadle argue over who was a better friend to George Clooney as they prepare to present him with the Cecil B. DeMille Award. “Have you ever toured a disaster area with him,” asks Julianna. “Yeah, I visited the set of Monuments Men,” quips Don.

George Clooney takes to the stage, getting a standing ovation as he does.

“So after coming here for several years and having lost a great ‑‑ much more than I’ve won, you start so see a pattern that happens on nights like this. All right. So you’re on your way in. You’re at the red carpet, and you’re a nominee. Everybody’s congratulating you. You’re on top of the world, literally everybody. And then within a couple of hours, four out of the five of you don’t win. Literally, 80 percent of the people in this room don’t win, and then you are a loser. And I’m telling you, you go to the after parties. Nobody will look you in the eyes. You go to work the next day, and a guy in the crew comes over and like, ‘I’m sorry, pal. You’ll get them next time.’ For the record, if you are in this room, you’ve caught the brass ring. You get to do what you’ve always dreamed to do and be celebrated for it, and that just ‑‑ it ain’t losing. I don’t remember what awards Lauren Bacall won. I just remember her saying, ‘You know how to whistle. Just put your lips together and blow.’ And I have no idea what kind of hardware Robin Williams took home, but I sure remember, ‘Carpe diem and seize the day, boys.’ ‘Make your lives extraordinary.’ I’ll never forget that. So congratulations to all of you for having a very good year.” – George Clooney

10:22 PM

Owen Wilson presents the clip for The Grand Budapest Hotel.

10:23 PM

Harrison Ford is presenting Best Director. And the Golden Globe goes to Richard Linklater for Boyhood.

“I mean, I’m the guy up here holding this, but I really feel like I’m representing a cast and crew of 450 people who worked on this thing, gave everything of themselves all these years during this production. You know, this was a very personal film for me. Couldn’t be more personal. But it became very personal to everyone who worked on it. It means so much to us that people have seen it and responded to it in that personal way. There’s nothing that feels better than that, to feel like we made that connection. And bottom line is we’re all flawed in this world. No one’s perfect. I just want to dedicate this to my parents and ‑‑ who gave so much love and support. I want to dedicate this to parents that are evolving everywhere and families that are just passing through this world and doing their best. Thank you very much.” – Richard Linklater

10:25 PM

Chris Pratt and Anna Faris joke they have a mixed marriage. “I’m CBS and he’s NBC.” They then present Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama. And the Golden Globe goes to The Affair’s Ruth Wilson.

“I was nominated for a Golden Globe a number of years ago. It was the year that the writers had a strike. I sat in the Four Seasons Hotel bar watching the results. I lost. It was more than a little disappointing. So thank you to the HFPA for getting me back here and putting me on this podium. It’s amazing. I have to thank everyone at Showtime for giving me a job. Thank you. To the writers for writing one of the most complex and, shall we say, depressed characters I’ve ever played.” – Ruth Wilson

10:33 PM

Amy Adams is now presenting Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy. And the Golden Globe goes to Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)’s Michael Keaton.

“Thanks for letting me be a part of this unbelievably gutsy unapologetic look at human nature. Thanks. It’s been a ride. This cast is tremendous. The crew was tremendous. Everybody was great. In the household in which I was raised, the themes were pretty simple ‑‑ work hard, don’t quit, be appreciative, be thankful, be grateful, be respectful, also to never whine ever, never complain, and always, for crying out loud, keep a sense of humor.” – Michael Keaton

10:37 PM

Tina Fey says, “Our next presenter is known by only one name: Winfrey!” Oprah then presents the clip for Selma.

10:43 PM

Channing Tatum presents the clip for Foxcatcher.

10:44 PM

Robert Downey Jr. announces the nominees for Best Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy. And the Golden Globe goes to The Grand Budapest Hotel. Director Wes Anderson accepts.

“I’m not going to spend many of my few seconds up here thanking people like Steven Rails and Scott Rudin and Jim Gianopulos and Nancy Utley and Steve Gilula, Tremon and Owen, Ralph and Hugo, Jeremy, and Bill Roman and Jason, Randy and Edward and Adrian and Jeff and Tilda, Jim and Rich, and especially James L. Brooks and Polly Platt. Instead of I’m going to focus on the membership of the Hollywood Foreign Press: Yorum and Dagmar and Yukiko and Mounawar, Lorenzo, Armando, Houssan, Jean Paul, Hans, Helmut. These are the people I want to thank tonight and many others with names nothing like theirs, but equally captivating: Heerpi, Ehrpi, Anka, and so on. I thank you for this Golden Globe.” – Wes Anderson

10:51 PM

Introducing the famously rambling actor, Fey says, “When your producers tell you you’re running long, there’s only one thing to do: McConaughey.” Matthew McConaughey presents Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama. And the Golden Globe goes to Julianne Moore for Still Alice.

“When Lisa Genova wrote this book, she told me that no one wanted to make it into a movie because she said no one wanted to see a movie about a middle‑aged woman. So I want to thank the people who actually made the movie: James Brown, Lex Lutzus, Sony Classics, and my good, good friends at Killer Films and this amazing cast; and mostly our filmmakers who, in the middle of their own crisis with a degenerative disease, ALS, decided that they wanted to make movies because they wanted to celebrate who we are and what we value and who we love.” – Julianne Moore

10:54 PM

Gwyneth Paltrow is now presenting Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama. And the Golden Globe goes to The Theory of Everything’s Eddie Redmayne.

“It’s a great privilege for me to be in this room. I’ve had to spend most of the evening trying to prevent myself from falling over a legend of actors I’ve long admired. I apologize because I haven’t been highly successful, but being here in amongst this group of actors particularly in this category is an extraordinary thing. This was a huge privilege Stephen, Jane, Jonathan and the Hawking family allowed us into their lives and entrusted us with their story. Getting to spend time with Steve Hawking who, despite all of the obstacles put in his way, has lived passionately and fully and with great humor was one of the great, great honors of my life.” – Eddie Redmayne

11:01 PM

Meryl Streep is handing out the night’s last trophy, Best Motion Picture – Drama. And the Golden Globe goes to Boyhood.

“To work with somebody like Richard, it’s a once‑in‑a‑lifetime opportunity. I’ve had that opportunity three times. When he came to us 12 years ago with this project, 14 years ago, we said yes because the man has such humanity. He’s so humble. He put so much of his own life into this movie. This is all Richard.” – producer Jonathan Searing

11:02 PM

Margaret Cho’s Korean general bids us a good night. Thanks for joining us.