The highlight of the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards, which took place hours ago at Beverly Hilton Hotel in California, was not the return of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as co-hosts. It was not the fact that 22-year-old actress, Greer Grammer (the daughter of three-time Golden Globe winner Kelsey Grammer) was picked as this year’s Miss Golden Globe. It was not even because this year’s Golden Globes promised an ensemble of all-star awards presenters.
During the red carpet event, George Clooney, Helen Mirren, Jared Leto, and Golden Globe-nominated composer Alexandre Desplat, among others, demonstrated solidarity as France copes with last week’s deadly attack at French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. George Clooney and his wife Amal Alamuddin made strong statements by donning “Je Suis Charlie” badgers while Helen Mirren arrived with a “Je Suis Charlie’ sign that she carried with her on the red carpet.
Joshua Jackson, Diane Kruger, Patricia Arquette, and Kathy Bates, amongst others, also joined in with the message of solidarity:
In fact, upon the announcement of his Golden Globes’ Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement, George Clooney took to the stage to make his acceptance speech.
Amongst the things he said was a very powerful phrase towards the end of his speech:
It’s always fun to come here and catch up with old friends and, now that we’ve seen that everyone’s been hacked, it’s also a good chance for us to meet face-to-face and apologize for all the snarky things we’ve said about each other.
For the record: If you are in this room, you’ve caught the brass ring. You get to do what you’ve always dreamed to do and be celebrated for it, and that just… it ain’t losing. I don’t remember what awards Lauren Bacall won. I just remember her saying, “You know how to whistle, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.” And I have no idea what kind of hardware Robin Williams took home. But I sure remember “carpe diem” and, “Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.” I never forget that.
I’ve had a pretty good year myself.
Listen: It’s a humbling thing when you find someone to love—even better when you’ve been waiting your whole life. And when your whole life is 53 years, Amal, whatever alchemy it is that brought us together, I couldn’t be more proud to be your husband.
And one last thing: to reiterate what we’ve all been talking about, today was an extraordinary day. There were millions of people who marched not just in Paris, but around the world. And they were Christians and Jews and Muslims. They 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.
Here are the winners from this year’s Golden Globes:
Best Motion Picture – Drama
Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Best Actor – Motion Picture, Drama
Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything”
Best Actor – Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
Best Actress – Motion Picture, Drama
Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”
Best Actress – Motion Picture. Musical or Comedy
Amy Adams, “Big Eyes”
Best Supporting Actor
J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”
Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”
Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris & Armando Bo, “Birdman”
Best Original Score
Johann Johannsson, “The Theory of Everything”
Best Original Song
John Legend and Common, “Glory” — Selma”
Best Foreign Language Film
Best Animated Feature Film
“How to Train Your Dragon 2”
Best Drama Series
Best Actor in a Television Series, Drama
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”
Best Actress in a Television Series, Drama
Ruth Wilson, “The Affair”
Best Comedy Series
Best Actor in a Television Series, Comedy
Jeffrey Tambor, “Transparent”
Best Actress in a Television Series, Comedy
Gina Rodriguez, “Jane the Virgin”
Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Billy Bob Thornton, “Fargo”
Best Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Maggie Gyllenhaal, “The Honourable Woman”
Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Matt Bomer, “The Normal Heart”
Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey”
See more pictures from the awards in the gallery below:
*Pictures from ABC.
For more information, visit the official Golden Globe Awards website.
*Featured image from Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty.