Michael Keaton edged closer to his first Oscar when he climbed the stage at the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills on Sunday.
After winning best actor in a comedy for his performance in “Birdman,” Keaton will now be considered a favorite to claim a statue at the Academy Awards next month. Matthew McConaughey completed a similar Globes-Oscars sweep last year when he twice won for his role in “Dallas Buyers Club.”
Still, Keaton will have competition in the form of Eddie Redmayne, who took home the best actor statue in the drama category for this performance as physicist Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything.” (The Academy Awards don’t have the some division between drama and comedy for best acting honors.) Among female performers in film, Julianne Moore and Amy Adams split the honors, winning for "Still Alice" and "Big Eyes," respectively.
Other Oscar frontrunners include Richard Linklater, who won a best director Golden Globe for “Boyhood.” The slow-cooked film—shot over a dozen years with the same performers—also won for Best Motion Picture, Drama. Meanwhile, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” received the same award in the comedy category. “Selma,” the Civil Rights-era drama, went one-for-four in its nominated categories — winning only for Best Original Song - Motion Picture.
Meanwhile, Keaton’s victory—and his emotional acceptance speech where he touched on his hardscrabble upbringing in rural Pennsylvania—were among the milestones of a night that saw Amazon Studios gain critical recognition for its series “Transparent” and Gina Rodriguez win for her performance on CW’s “Jane the Virgin.”
“Transparent” creator Jill Soloway dedicated the win for best TV series to Leelah Alcorn, the transgender teen who recently committed suicide in Ohio. Jeffrey Tambor, who won best actor in a TV comedy for playing Maura in the series, thanked the “transgender community.”
“This is much bigger than me,” Tambor said.
It capped a big night for Amazon Studios, which has seen “Transgender” turn into a breakout hit. Rival streaming service Netflix could only boast one win Sunday, with Kevin Spacey taking home the award for Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama for his role as Frank Underwood on “House of Cards.”
Rodriguez’s win for Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy for “Jane the Virgin” was perhaps the upset of the night. She beat out Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Edie Falco, Lena Dunham, and Taylor Schilling for the honor.
“This award is so much more than myself; it represents a culture that wants to see themselves as heroes,” Rodriguez said in her acceptance speech.
Meanwhile, FX’s “Fargo” took home a Globe for Best TV Movie or Mini-Series, while series lead Billy Bob Thorton was recognized as the Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie. Showtime’s “The Affair” achieved a similar double winning for Best TV Series, Drama while series lead Ruth Wilson won for Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama.
Here’s the full list of winners:
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Best TV Movie or Mini-Series
Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie
Billy Bob Thorton, Fargo
Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy
Gina Rodriguez, Jane The Virgin
Best TV Series, Musical or Comedy
Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Jóhann Jóhannsson, The Theory Of Everything
Best Original Song - Motion Picture
Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie
Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart
Best Actress In A Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Amy Adams, Big Eyes
Best Animated Feature Film
How To Train Your Dragon 2
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo, Birdman
Best Actor in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
Best Foreign Language Film
Best Actress in a Mini-Series or TV Movie
Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Honorable Woman
Best TV Series, Drama
Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Cecil B. DeMille Award
Best Director - Motion Picture
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama
Ruth Wilson, The Affair
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
Best Motion Picture, Drama
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