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'Boyhood' Leads Subdued Golden Globes as Amazon Gets Wins

Monday, 12 Jan 2015 06:43 AM

“Boyhood” and Amazon.com Inc. were big winners at a Golden Globe Awards ceremony that shared the spotlight with world events, from the hacking of Sony Pictures to the attack by extremists on the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

“Boyhood,” filmed over 12 years with the same cast, received three Golden Globes, from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, including best director and best drama, while “The Grand Budapest Hotel” was honored as the top comedy or musical. Amazon won two, including best TV comedy, for its groundbreaking series “Transparent,” about a man who tells his family that he identifies as a woman.

The cyber-attack on Sony Pictures and the violence in France, both seen as attempts to stifle free expression, drew references from serious to comical. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who hosted the NBC telecast, poked fun at Hollywood and North Korea, which has been tied to the Sony hack. George Clooney, receiving the Cecil B. DeMille award for career achievement, used it to praise Christians, Jews and Muslims who had marched earlier in Paris and elsewhere.

“Today was an extraordinary day. There were millions of people that marched, not just in Paris but around the world,” Clooney said from the stage. “They didn’t march in protest. They marched in support of the idea that we will not walk in fear. We won’t do it. So je suis Charlie. Thank you.”

The term is French for “I am Charlie.”

Studios spend millions of dollars competing for the Golden Globes and next month’s Academy Awards, often timing the release of their most artistic projects for awards season. Nominations for the Oscars, the industry’s most prestigious awards, will be announced Jan. 15.

Financial Gain

“The Globes are a great barometer for which films to look out for during this Thursday’s Oscar nominations,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst with Rentrak Corp., before the event.

Unlike the Oscars, the Golden Globes anoint two best- picture winners, one in drama and one for comedy or musical. The Oscar best-picture winner in each of the past three years -- “12 Years a Slave,” “Argo” and “The Artist” -- won earlier at the Golden Globes.

The night’s marquee winners may see some financial gains. “Boyhood” was released in July by AMC Networks Inc.’s IFC Films. “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” distributed by Fox Searchlight, came out in March.

“Neither one will see a big theatrical bump since they are available on home-viewing platforms,” said Phil Contrino, chief analyst at researcher BoxOffice.com.

Oscar Odds

“How to Train Your Dragon 2,” from DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc., won the award for best animated film. The series will stop at three, said writer-director Dean Deblois.

“I think I have convinced them that a third part of the trilogy is enough to complete the story,” DeBlois said.

Going into the Golden Globes, “Boyhood” had the highest chance of any film to win an Oscar, according to the website GoldDerby.com.

Director-writer Richard Linklater transformed the coming- of-age genre by shooting the same cast over 12 years to render a unique tale of young boy’s path to adulthood. Patricia Arquette, who played his struggling, single mother, won the award for best supporting actress.

“Thank you for shining a light on this woman and the millions of women like her, and for allowing me to honor my own mother with this beautiful character,” Arquette said from the stage.

The film has generated $43.5 million in worldwide box office sales, according to Box Office Mojo, including $24.3 million in the U.S. and Canada.

“Still Alice,” for which Julianne Moore won the best- actress award in a drama, may benefit given it is just starting its theatrical run, and “Birdman,” which picked up awards for writing and for lead actor Michael Keaton, “will probably get a solid uptick,” Contrino said.

‘Transparent,’ ‘Cards’

The victories for “Transparent” mark the first Golden Globe awards for Amazon, the online service that competes against traditional cable and television networks. The series follows a father who tells his family he identifies as a woman.

“Transparent” has been lauded for publicizing the plight of people who identify as transgender. Star Jeffrey Tambor, who received the award for best actor in a TV comedy, described the role as “transformative.”

“This is big,” Tambor said from the stage, dedicating his award to the transgender community. “This is much bigger than me.”

Kevin Spacey, who won for best actor in a TV drama for his role on Netflix Inc.’s “House of Cards,” lauded the role of online players including Amazon and Hulu in making new shows.

“We will see a lot more stepping forward,” Spacey said backstage. “We will see companies that are portals for entertainment become producers.”

Presenters and winners brought a host of other topics to the stage. Maggie Gyllenhaal, picking up the award for her performance in the mini-series “The Honourable Woman,” praised the industry for creating roles for “actual” women.

The rapper Common, receiving the best original song award for “Glory,” from the Martin Luther King biopic “Selma,” referenced racial tension in U.S. cities and violence against police in New York.

“Selma is now,” Common said.


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