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.
The night took on a more somber tone from the beginning when stars like George Clooney and Helen Mirren showed their support for free expression and the victims of a deadly attack on a satirical French newspaper last week.
The president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which organizes the Globes, brought the room to a standing ovation by saying: “Together we will stand united against anyone who would repress free speech anywhere from North Korea to Paris.”
“Boyhood” took three Globes from five nominations, including the night’s top drama film 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.
If “Boyhood” goes on to win the Academy Award for best picture, it will constitute an extraordinary run for a film from the small studio IFC Films.