Eddie Redmayne may be in line for an Oscar after taking the Golden Globe yesterday for his portrayal of physicist Professor Stephen Hawking in the film “The Theory of Everything”. The British star won the best actor in a drama award on an evening when fellow Brits Joanne Froggatt and Ruth Wilson were also rewarded for their endeavours.

The top honour for best film drama went to “Boyhood”, whose director Richard Linklater also scooped that award on the night, with one of the film’s actresses Patricia Arquette receiving the best supporting actress prize. It was a labour of love to make the film, as it was twelve years in the making and reflected a central theme of the coming-of-age.

No awards’ ceremony in recent years seems to have passed without an acknowledgement to the issues of the outside world and this was no different, as the Lifetime Achievement Award winner George Clooney paid homage to the recent atrocities in France, voicing his own support and sporting a symbolic “Je Suis Charlie” badge. The mood was mirrored by many other stars at the ceremony including Dame Helen Mirren, who wanted to demonstrate their backing of free speech across the globe.

Kathy Bates may have received a Golden Globe and Oscar in the past for her part in Stephen King’s “Misery”, but she suffered double pain of her own on the night, not only failing to win an award but also suffering genuine pain that caused her to cry out and almost collapse according to onlookers, as it is believed someone trod rather heavily on her foot. Clearly she was in the right place for a further piece of drama.

The 72nd edition of the awards’ ceremony would not have been complete without the shimmering glitz and glamour side to the event, which is as much a part of the evening as the awards themselves. As ever there were winners and losers in the glamour stakes, with Dakota Johnson receiving the thumbs up for her metallic gown on a glitter ball theme, Kate Hudson gaining plaudits for the Versace outfit and its plunging neckline, and Michael Keaton winning both an award on the night and praise for his snazzy tuxedo. The fashion gurus were less complimentary about Arquette’s ensemble, Rosamund Pike’s slightly daring number and Kelly Osbourne also failed to gain their approval.

The Golden Globes are awarded in recognition of excellence in film and television and have been in existence since they were first presented in 1944, forming part of the annual awards’ season in America that inexorably leads towards the world-renowned Academy Awards (popularly known as the ‘Oscars’).

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