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Golden Globes growing up

Published:Tuesday | January 13, 2015 | 12:00 AM

BEVERLY HILLS, California (AP):

Sunday's Golden Globes gave awards not just to A-List celebrities, but also to the edgier productions that unequivocally deserved recognition. These included Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Birdman.

Adding to the spirit of subversion was the recurring theme of free speech, which dominated the remarks of everyone from George Clooney to Jared Leto. Even hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler tackled a myriad of timely, and taboo, topics, including the Sony hack, North Korea, and Bill Cosby.

Perhaps this isn't a new mode for the Globes going forward, but on Sunday, the most readily mocked show of awards season transcended its party reputation to become something more, even if everything got started with the Entourage cast using the red carpet to film a scene for their upcoming movie.

As for what it all means for the Academy Awards, whose nominations will be announced on Thursday, many fields seem more open than ever.

Richard Linklater's Boyhood dominated the Globes, winning the night's top honour, Best Drama, as well as Best Director for Linklater and Best Supporting Actress for Patricia Arquette.

The indie film, which was 12 years in the making, effectively captivated audiences, critics, and the industry to become one of the year's major awards contenders - a streak that could be solidified or destroyed when Oscar nominations are announced.

"Bottom line is we're all flawed in this world. No one's perfect," said Linklater. "I want to dedicate this to parents that are evolving everywhere and families that are just passing through this world and doing their best."

Tied with two wins each were the grim showbiz film Birdman, by Mexican director Alejandro González Inarritu, and the Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything. Eddie Redmayne emerged victorious in one of the evening's most hotly contested categories, Best Actor in a Drama.

For his portrayal of famed theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, Redmayne beat out fellow British actors Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) and David Oyelowo (Selma), as well as Steve Carell (Foxcatcher) and Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler).

While Michael Keaton took the best actor prize for Birdman, the film flailed in the Best Comedy or Musical category, losing out to Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel. Beloved by critics and audiences, Anderson's whimsical fable was considered a bit of an underdog in the category and awards season on the whole.

'BIG EYES', SURPRISE WINNER

Awards favourite Julianne Moore won Best Actress in a Drama for her startling performance as an academic with early onset Alzheimer's in Still Alice. Amy Adams surprised in taking Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical for portraying Margaret Keane in Big Eyes.

Looking forward to Oscar nominations, the big question has become whether The Imitation Game, Selma, or Foxcatcher can regain their footing in the race. Another is if Angelina Jolie's Unbroken, shut out at the Globes, could possibly emerge as a serious contender. All of the films have come under recent scrutiny for their fact-bending depiction of historical events.

But the tenor of the Globes consistently catapulted back to current events.

In an opening blistering with zingers, hosts Fey and Poehler welcomed Hollywood's "despicable, spoiled, minimally talented brats" to the Globes to celebrate "all the movies that North Korea was OK with". On several occasions during the show, the duo visited with a North Korea government character, played by Margaret Cho, who expressed her displeasure with all aspects of the show.