Andrey Zvyagintsev (R)George Clooney set the tone as he accepted his lifetime achievement award. “Today was an extraordinary day. There were millions of people that marched not only in Paris but all around the world, and there were Christians and Jews and Muslims. There were leaders of countries all over the world, and 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,” said the actor.
Picking up the event’s most coveted award, Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ was shot intermittently over a 12-year period, and shows a young boy and his older sister growing up into adulthood. The film also took ‘Best Director’ and ‘Best Supporting Actress’ for Patricia Arquette, who plays the mother in the film.
The big surprise of the evening was Wes Anderson’s ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’, a quirky comedy starring Ralf Fiennes, which took home the ‘Golden Globe for Best Comedy or Musical’, beating the frontrunner, ‘Birdman’.
Finally, Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev’s ‘Leviathan’ won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language film — the first time in almost 50 years that a Russian movie picks up the gong.