• Best Director winner Richard Linklater. Photo credit: AP/NBC, Paul Drinkwater)
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - "Boyhood" won three awards, including the top prize for best drama at the 72nd Golden Globes Sunday. Director Richard Linklater and supporting actress Patricia Arquette were the widely-lauded film's other winners.

12 Jan 2015 - 3:07 PM  UPDATED 12 Jan 2015 - 4:33 PM

"The Grand Budapest Hotel" won the best comedy or musical Golden Globe at Sunday's ceremony. Director Wes Anderson thanked Hollywood Foreign Press members "Dagmar, Anke..." continuing with the list of exotic-sounding names.

Eddie Redmayne won best actor, drama for "The Theory of Everything," while Julianne Moore won best actress, drama for "Still Alice," thanking the filmmakers.

Michael Keaton won best actor in a musical/comedy at the Golden Globes for "Birdman." He talked about growing up in on a farmhouse, as the seventh child of a large family. "I couldn't remember a time when my father wasn't working two jobs," Keaton said. He teared up when speaking about his love for his son Sean. "Two things I said I wasn't going to do, cry and give air quotes," he said. "Damn."

The Golden Globes are usually known for more lighthearted hijinks, but Sunday's telecast of the 72nd ceremony took on a more somber tone, as many of the winners reflected on serious news events, from Ferguson and Charlie Hebdo to LGBT rights.

"To our brothers, sisters, friends and family in France, our hearts are with you tonight," said presenter Jared Leto, who then offered similar remarks in French.

Jeffrey Tambor won best actor in a comedy series for playing a transgender woman in Amazon's "Transparent." He thanked the Hollywood Foreign Press for "putting us on the map and making people aware of our story," Tambor said. "I would like to dedicate my performance and this award to the transgender community," he said, raising up his trophy. "Thank you for your courage, thank you for your inspiration, thank you for your patience and thank you for letting us be part of the change."

In honoring "Transparent," the first Amazon series to win a Golden Globe, for best comedy and best actor (Tambor), the Hollywood Foreign Press Association shined a light on LBGT rights. Producer creator Jill Soloway dedicated the award to Leelah Alcorn, the transgender teen from Ohio who committed suicide last week because he didn't feel accepted.

Matt Bomer won best supporting actor for his portrayal in HBO's adaptation of "The Normal Heart," and he acknowledged the victims of HIV/AIDs. "To the generation we lost and the people we continue to lose to this disease I just want to say we love you, we remember you," Bomer said.

John Legend and Common won best original song for writing the song "Glory" for "Selma." In a heartfelt speech that referenced current events, including the murder of two New York City police officers, Common explained what drew him to the project about he 1965 civil rights marches. "I felt this was bigger than a movie," Common said. "I am the unarmed black kid who maybe needed a hand, but instead was given a bullet. I am the two fallen police officers fallen in the line of duty. 'Selma' has awoken my humanity." He added, "Now is the time to change the world. 'Selma' is now."

In a night of uncharacteristically few celebrity winners, George Clooney added a much-needed boost of star power to the Golden Globes, when he accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award.

"I've had a pretty good year myself, and I'm not just referring to the fabulous reviews of 'The Monuments Men,'" Clooney joked. "It's a humbling thing when you find someone to love," he said as his wife Amal Alamuddin looked on with tears in her eyes. "Amal, I couldn't be more proud to be your husband."

He referenced the Sony hack, which shook holiday just before the holidays. "It's always fun to come here and catch up with old friends," Clooney said. "Now that we've seen everybody has been hacked, it's a good chance for us to meet face to face and apologise for the snarky things we said to each other." He ended his speech by talking about the worldwide marches in solidarity of the 12 people killed in the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack in Paris. "They didn't march in protest," Clooney said. "They marched in support of the idea we don't march in fear."

The Golden Globes, which honors both television and film, plays an important role in shaping the Oscar race, as the trophies are handed out on the weekend before Academy Award nominations, with most of the Academy's viewers tuning in.

Arquette won best supporting actress for "Boyhood," cementing her status as the frontrunner in the category. "Sorry, I'm the only nerd with a piece of paper," said Arquette, who thanked her "onscreen family" cast of Ethan Hawke and Ellar Coltrane, as well as director Linklater. She called "Boyhood," which she worked on for 12 years, a "simple and groundbreaking" film.

J.K. Simmons won best supporting actor for "Whiplash," for his portrait of a demanding music instructor. He said that his co-star Miles Teller inspired him every day to "scream at his face."

Richard Linklater won the best director award for "Boyhood." "This was a very personal film to me," Linklater said. "I just want to dedicate this to my parents, who gave so much love and support."

In a surprise that speaks to the Weinstein Co.'s strength in awards-season campaigning, Amy Adams beat out favorite Emily Blunt ("Into the Woods") by taking home the award for best actress in a musical/comedy for playing artist Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's "Big Eyes." Adams was recognised in the same category last year for "American Hustle," and she had predicted on the red carpet that she wouldn't be winning again. "To say I'm underprepared for this moment is a huge understatement," Adams said. "Huge! I didn't even apply lip gloss."

On the TV side, the Golden Globes lived up to its reputation as the hippest award show, often giving prizes to freshman shows over veterans. Showtime's "The Affair" won best TV drama. Newcomer Gina Rodriguez won best actress in a TV comedy for CW's "Jane the Virgin." A shaken Rodriguez thanked everyone from her fellow cast to CBS chief Leslie Moonves.

Kevin Spacey landed his first-ever Golden Globe for the third season of Netflix's "House of Cards," where he plays a corrupt politician. "This is the eighth time I've been nominated," he said. "I cannot f-ing believe I won."

Maggie Gyllenhaal won best actress in a TV mini-series for Netflix's "The Honorable Woman." She talked about the wealth of roles for different women on TV. "When I look around the room at the women who are around here, what I see actually are women who are sometimes powerful and sometimes not. Sometimes sexy and sometimes not. Sometimes honorable and sometimes not," she said.

Joanne Froggatt won best supporting actress for "Downton Abbey." She thanked the show's creator Julian Fellowes and made note of the difficult material involving her charter. "After the story line aired, I received a number of letters from survivors of rape," she said.

FX's "Fargo" picked up the award for best miniseries or TV movie, edging the likes of HBO's "True Detective." Its star, Billy Bob Thornton, also won the award for best actor in the miniseries category. "These days you get into a lot of trouble for anything you say," he noted. "So I"m just going to say thank you." He was one of the few winners of the night who didn't make a political statement.

The opening monologue, the third, and final time Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are hosting the Golden Globes, was tepid by the hosts' previous standards. Although they roasted "The Theory of Everything," "Selma" and many of the other nominees--from Emma Stone to Joaquin Phoenix--it at times felt like the two comedians were phoning it in, a la "SNL's" Weekend Update. The raciest moment from the show's intro came at the expense of Bill Cosby, when the women started to impersonate the TV icon who has been in the news for a series of rape accusations.


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