The Golden Globes – The Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Golden Globes, to give them their full title – are always seen as an Oscar predictor. Yet they’re not. Why? Because the American Academy finished casting their votes for the Oscar nominations last week. Yet, somehow, Oscar success often follows a Golden Globe trophy or two. Go figure.
This year’s Golden Globe winners were revealed overnight and, although the awards also cover TV, I’m going to concentrate on the movies.
Boyhood came away with the most trophies – a total of three for Best Motion Picture – Drama (The Globes have separate categories for drama and musical/comedy), Director and Supporting Actress, making it an even better bet come Oscar night. We’ll find out how well it’s done in terms of nominations on Thursday but, if you didn’t see the film first time round, it’s re-released in UK cinemas this Friday and comes out on DVD next week.
In the drama category, the Best Actor award went to Eddie Redmayne for The Theory Of Everything, beating fellow Brits Benedict Cumberbatch and David Oyelowo to the post. Julianne Moore won Best Actress for her performance in Still Alice, which we don’t see in this country until early March.
The comedy/musical category threw up something of a surprise with Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel pipping Birdman for the Best Motion Picture statuette, although Innaritu’s black comedy/satire did net a Best Actor award for Michael Keaton and Best Screenplay. Amy Adams in Big Eyes took Best Actress.
Supporting actors don’t get separate categories, though, so it was Patricia Arquette in Boyhood who won the supporting actress award and J K Simmons added to his rapidly growing collection of Best Supporting Actor trophies for Whiplash. I’ve been tipping him since October to sweep the board this year and it looks like the Oscar is nearly in the bag!
Among the other winners were Leviathan as Best Foreign Language Film and How To Train Your Dragon 2 won Best Animated Film.
The full list of winners is on the Golden Globes website. Check back on Thursday afternoon for the Oscar nominations.