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2015-01-12 06:40

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Boyhood won the Golden Globe award for best drama film last night.

Directed by Richard Linklater, Boyhood tells the simple tale of a boy growing up. It was a bold endeavour, however, because it was shot over 12 years with the same actors.

The Golden Globe Awards, put on by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, is the first major event in the Hollywood awards season.

The Globes took a stand for underdogs by honouring a streaming service instead of a network for making the best TV comedy, and rookie actress Gina Rodriguez of Jane the Virgin for her acting.

Transparent, which stars veteran actor Jeffrey Tambor as a transgender, won best comedy. Transparent is distributed by Amazon, and beat out two series from HBO, one from the CW and another streaming service, Netflix.

“Maybe we’re going to be able to teach the world something about authenticity and truth and love, to love,” said Jill Soloway, Transparent creator.

It was a red-letter day for Rodriguez, who plays the title role in Jane the Virgin, about a girl artificially inseminated by mistake. Not only did she beat much-honoured stars like Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Lena Dunham as best comedy actress, the CW network announced earlier that the series had been picked up for its second season.

Rodriguez is the second Latina actress to win the award in this category, after America Ferrara of Ugly Betty in 2007.

“This award is so much more than myself,” said Rodriguez, who thanked her parents for allowing her to follow her dreams.

“It represents a culture that wants to see themselves as heroes.”

Actor Matt Bomer won a Globe as best supporting actor in a TV movie for playing a New York Times reporter with Aids in HBO’s The Normal Heart. He thanked his husband and three children from the stage.

FX’s movie adaptation of Fargo won the Globe for best television movie or miniseries, beating out three high-profile HBO series in the category.

Billy Bob Thornton, who plays Lorne Malvo in the series set in rural Minnesota, won for best actor in a miniseries or movie and kept his acceptance speech safe and short.

“You can say anything in the world and get in trouble,” Thornton said.

“I know this for a fact. So I’m just going to say thank you.”

Joanna Froggatt won best supporting actress for her role of Anna Bates in Downton Abbey. Her character was raped in the show last season, and Froggatt said in accepting her award that she had heard from several real-world victims of rapes in the aftermath of the episodes.

She said she hoped the award would let them know that their voices had been heard.

Kicking off the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler wasted no time in mocking some of Hollywood’s most tender subjects: the hacking of Sony Pictures over The Interview and the sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby.

The hosts welcomed Hollywood’s “despicable, spoiled, minimally talented brats” to the Globes to celebrate “all the movies that North Korea was okay with.”

The three-time hosts also made sure to relish their favourite target: George Clooney. Of the night’s Cecil B DeMille honouree, Fey suggested the lifetime achievement award might have been better off going to his new wife, human rights lawyer Amal Clooney.

The recent terrorist attack in Paris at the offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo hung heavily over the show. Attendees such as Clooney sported “Je Suis Charlie” pins and others like Helen Mirren held up signs that read the same on the red carpet.

Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Theor Kingma drew a standing ovation for a speech pledging support of free speech “from North Korea to Paris”.

The first award of the night went to JK Simmons for best supporting actor for his performance as a domineering jazz teacher in the acclaimed indie Whiplash. He thanked his confident co-star, Miles Teller, whom he called: “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.”

Some winners were caught by surprise. Accepting the award for best actress in a comedy or musical for her performance in Big Eyes, an unprepared Amy Adams said: “I didn’t even reapply lip gloss.”

As the only major awards show to honour both movies and TV, the Globes have benefited from television’s rise. Fey and Poehler alluded to that by leading the crowd in a call-and-response cheer, chanting “Movies ... Awesome! TV ... Better!”

AMC’s adaptation of the Coen brothers’ acclaimed 1996 film, Fargo, came in the leading TV contender with five nominations and promptly won best miniseries or movie, as well as best actor, miniseries or movie, for Thornton.

Amazon, crashing the party like Netflix did before it, celebrated its first Golden Globe for the sexual identity comedy Transparent, winning best TV series, musical or comedy.

Led by Fey and Poehler, the Globes have been on a terrific upswing in recent years. Last year’s awards drew 20.9 million viewers, the most since 2004.

Accepting the Globe for best original song for Glory in the civil rights drama Selma, the rapper Common raised the status of the group behind the Globes even higher: “I want to thank God and the Hollywood Foreign Press.”

All the winners:

Film best drama: Boyhood

Best comedy or musical: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Best actor, drama: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Best actress, drama: Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Best actor, comedy or musical: Michael Keaton, Birdman

Best actress, comedy or musical: Amy Adams, Big Eyes

Best supporting actor: JK Simmons, Whiplash

Best supporting actress: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Best director: Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Best foreign language film: Leviathan, Russia

Best animated film: How to Train Your Dragon 2

Best screenplay: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo, Birdman

Best original score: Johann Johannsson, The Theory of Everything

Best original song: Glory, for Selma – John Legend, Common

Television best drama series: The Affair

Best comedy series: Transparent

Best mini-series or TV movie: Fargo

Best actor, drama series: Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Best actress, drama series: Ruth Wilson, The Affair

Best actor, comedy or musical: Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

Best actress, comedy or musical: Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin

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