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Boyhood takes top prizes at Golden Globe Awards

Boyhood

Story by Jack Foley

RICHARD Linklater’s coming of age film Boyhood has taken three of the top honours at the Golden Globe awards (2015).

The experimental movie, which took 12 years to make and which chronicles the life of a young boy over that time period, won best film drama, with Linklater named best director.

Patricia Arquette was also named best supporting actress, while the film itself collected a fourth trophy overall.

Commenting on his own trophy, Linklater said: ““I want to dedicate this to parents that are evolving everywhere and families that are just passing through this world and doing their best. Bottom line is we’re all flawed in this world. No one’s perfect.”

There was some success for the Brits in the movie categories when Eddie Redmayne won best actor in a drama for his role as physicist Professor Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. In doing so, he beat fellow countrymen Benedict Cumberbatch, for The Imitation Game, and David Oyelowo, for Selma.

Redmayne revealed he had cut short his honeymoon to attend the ceremony and thanked the voters for making the decision worthwhile.

“I promised her sunshine – it wasn’t so great today – but thanks for giving us a honeymoon we’ll remember,” he said.

However, British success was limited to Redmayne on the night, with the best actress in a dramatic role going to Julianne Moore for her role as an academic with early onset Alzheimer’s in Still Alice. She beat Rosamund Pike and Keira Knightley, who were also nominated for their parts in Gone Girl and The Imitation Game, as well as hot favourite Felicity Jones for The Theory of Everything.

Comedy drama Birdman, which had led nominations going into the ceremony with seven nods, collected two awards, including one for Michael Keaton as best actor in a comedy or musical and one for best screenplay.

An emotional Keaton said: “You have no idea what this means to me. I want to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press for even having a comedy category.”

And Whiplash star JK Simmons collected the prize for best supporting actor.

He thanked his co-star Miles Teller for being a person he wanted to “slap in the face”, in reference a memorable scene in the film.

Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel won best comedy or musical film, and Amy Adams was named best actress in a comedy or musical for her role in Tim Burton’s Big Eyes.

The ceremony provided constant reminders of the terrorist atrocities in Paris earlier this week, with many of the actors speaking of their support for free speech following the Charlie Hebdo attacks.

Some held “Je suis Charlie” signs on the red carpet in a show of support for the million people in Paris who turnd out in a show of unity against terrorism on Sunday, while others referred to it while on stage.

George Clooney, who collected the Cecil B DeMille lifetime achievement award, ended his acceptance speech by commenting on thos marches, saying: “They didn’t march in protest, they marched in support of ‘we will not walk in fear’.”

TV categories

British actresses Joanne Froggatt was among the most notable British winners in the TV categories when she picked up best supporting actress for her role as the maid Anna Bates in Downton Abbey.

The actress was rewarded for the storyline involving the rape of her character and its aftermath.

Clearly surprised, she said: “This is the most shocking moment of my life. After the storyline aired I received a lot of letters from survivors of rape – thank you to everyone who wrote – I heard you.”

Fellow Brit Ruth Wilson was named best actress in a US TV drama for The Affair, which was also named best TV drama.

Kevin Spacey picked up his first Golden Globe after eight nominations for his role in Netflix drama House of Cards, while Maggie Gyllenhaal won best actress in a TV mini-series for her role in BBC Two drama The Honourable Woman.

Amazon comedy drama Transparent celebrated two award wins for the streaming service after it was named best TV comedy and its star, Jeffrey Tambor, won best actor in a TV comedy for his role as a transgender woman.

And Martin Freeman starring Fargo also collected two prizes, winning best TV mini-series and best actor in a TV mini-series for Billy Bob Thornton.

View the main winners in full