Golden Globes 2015: Winners' Reactions

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See what they said backstage

Here's what those that took home a trophy Sunday evening had to say backstage about their wins:

Richard Linklater, director, and Ethan Hawke, actor, in best motion picture, musical or comedy, winner Boyhood:
"Think about anything in your life. The more you do it, the more invested you get," said director Richard Linklater backstage about his 12-year journey with Boyhood. "For all of us, this is just this wonderful life project." Added Linklater: "It was highly constructed and plotted out and planned, yet it was open for collaboration. Most films you control everything, but with this we couldn't — we didn't know what was coming." Ethan Hawke said he jumped at the chance to star in the film. "I think I can speak for [myself and Patricia Arquette] that our answer was an immediate and resounding yes," he said. "I knew it was a once in a lifetime opportunity."

Michael Keaton, best actor in a motion picture, musical or comedy, for Birdman:
"It was kind of a combo," Keaton said of his acceptance speech, a mix of prepared and off-the-cuff remarks. "We've been running through this at a couple of award shows. You don't have the time to get to everybody — so I thought if I got this chance, it would be the time to do it. You always look out for your best friend. … Look, I'll take this. It's great. But the question of who's best or better — it's not distasteful, but it's a tricky thing. There's not a person in that room tonight would couldn't have won something."

Julianne Moore, best actress in a motion picture, drama, for Still Alice:
"It's such a lovely honor. This is a movie that we didn't even finish a year ago. We shot it last March," said Moore backstage. When asked what interested her in the character in Still Alice, she said: I think her presence. I think one of the things that people are so moved by in this story is that this is a woman who chooses to inhabit her life, no matter what her life is." As for her plans to celebrate, Moore was eyeing a salty snack: "I'm going to eat a lot of potato chips. I'm all set. I actually have a couple bags in my hotel room because I haven't eaten since 3:00 p.m."

Eddie Redmayne, best actor in a motion picture, drama, for The Theory of Everything:
"When I read the script, I fought incredibly hard for this part," said Redmayne backstage. "But you do it blindly. So when I did get cast … I had a moment of elation and then several months of great trepidation and fear. … It was many sleepless nights." Redmayne said he met Stephen Hawking before filming and was "looking for his approval." "When he was generous enough to offer us his voice, it was really special," he said. Redmayne said that he started off in London theater, and when he first transitioned to L.A. he stayed close to his fellow British actors, including Benedict Cumberbatch. "I remember when we first came over here the Brits would stick together because L.A. is such a confusing city when you first arrive."

Maggie Gyllenhaal, best actress in a TV movie or miniseries for The Honourable Woman:
"When you make a piece of art about Isreal and Palestine, you know it's a hotbed of conflict," said the actress. "The fact that in the States and in the U.K. it came out right in the middle of the last flare-up was both horrifying and scary, but also a chance for people who wish they knew what was going on over there to watch a show that would let you think about it and learn about it when it was happening in the world." She thanked writer-director Hugo Blick, who couldn't be there, for giving the show empathy and compassion. "It wasn't one-sided, close-minded [and it didn't] have a political agenda," she added. "The only agenda it had was to ask people to think and feel about what was actually happening in the world."

Richard Linklater, best director, motion picture, for Boyhood:
"I was just trying to make a film about growing up and parenting," said Linklater. "I had to find the form to tell what I was trying to express. To tell this story properly just took 12 years." Linklater especially praised the producers for putting faith in him to make a film over such a long period of time. "It's the greatest leap of faith I think ever taken for a filmmaker," he said. "I feel so blessed. Every year we were shooting and we had just enough money to shoot the film, to shoot on film … I'm forever grateful."

J.K. Simmons, best supporting actor in a motion picture for Whiplash:
"There are thousands of people I would like to say thank you to," said Simmons, the first winner of the night, when he spoke to press backstage. The actor, who plays an abusive music teacher in Whiplash, said he thrives under a "kinder, gentler approach" when being mentored. "The best advice I would give to a young artist… is to keep doing it and to work hard at developing a strong foundation," he said. "I had a brilliant choir director when I was in college, and he said at one point, 'We have to get this perfect. We have to get this note perfect, this rhythm perfect and then we can make music," he said. When asked about how fans greet him on the street, the actor revealed: "You can tell if [they're fans of] Oz or Whiplash that they approach me very tentatively."

Amy Adams, best actor in a motion picture, comedy or musical, for Big Eyes:
"I was not prepared to win this award. If I could have made the whole speech about Tim [Burton] I would have. He's just a beautiful man and he has such a unique idea about art and the way he expresses his vision. He's someone I hope to work with again," said Adams. When asked what advice she'd give other aspiring actresses, Adams said: "Don't be afraid to be smart, don't be afraid to be outspoken, Really be an advocate for yourself. Focus on the art, not on the celebrity." As for her plans in the coming year, Adams said she's looking forward to spending time with her family: "I look forward to some mommy time. My daughter is going to be starting kindergarten, and I hope to go on a vacation."

Ruth Wilson, best actress in a TV series, drama, for The Affair:
Praised by her showrunner and co-stars on the red carpet earlier in the evening, Wilson addressed her preparation for the role when she met with reporters. "For this particular part, I was really intent on serving the grief of this character. I wanted to make sure that wasn't just flippant or a device, that she was in the middle of this grief the whole time," she said. "I loved the fact that I could play different versions of this character. I got a rest by playing Noah's version. It was quite exhausting, but in the same way incredibly satisfying."

Kevin Spacey, best actor in a TV series, drama, for House of Cards:
"Yes, I'm very pleased that I have not ended up as the Susan Lucci of the Golden Globes," said Spacey of his first win after eight nominations. He also gave a shout-out to executive producer and director David Fincher. "I have an incredible job. David Fincher, whom I forgot to thank onstage, has been my guru on this experience. He's such an extraordinary, encouraging, decisive editor — not just the editor of a film, but the editor of your performance. I always feel like I'm working with someone with an X-ACTO blade and he's cutting out all of the fat."

Jill Soloway, creator of best comedy series winner Transparent:
"My own parent came out as trans three years ago," said Soloway. "It was a lot. My first thought was, 'I love you and I'm proud of you and thank you for being you.' My second thought, a few moments later, was, 'I think I have a TV show.' I could just feel it. I've been writing TV for 15 years and wondering when I was going to win one of these. This show just made itself. It just evolved."

Jeffrey Tambor, best actor in a TV series, comedy, for Transparent:
"As I said onstage, Jill transformed my life," said Tambor before getting a little sentimental about his role as transgender woman Maura Pfefferman. "Acting has a responsibility, and Maura has a responsibility. Bottom line: Not to be glib and not to be slogan-y: This is about changing people's lives and I get to be part of that. I'm 70 years old. This changes people's lives. I'm just honored."

Gina Rodriguez, best actress in a TV series, comedy, for Jane the Virgin:
"We have to remember, in a time with Eric Garner and Michael Brown, we're dealing with a society that is so diverse and so beautiful and so human," said Rodriguez. "We have to remember that we have the same stories. And that is awesome." Rodriguez — who carb-lovers should know had a bagel for breakfast — also spoke at length about the young Latina women who have been on her mind since her ride started a year ago. "It was a win for me, because it allows Latinos to be seen in a different light. … It means everything," she said. "When I look into that screen, [I see] we can change the way we think about ourselves. Art has created such a ripple effect. I think it will change the way young girls look at themselves."

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, best screenplay, motion picture, winner for Birdman:
"I feel very happy and very proud of having to share with these great writers and friends this profound experience," said Gonzalez Inarritu. "The idea from the start was to make this film in one sequence. It's like a stream of conscious, and that was very constrictive and challenging thing. When we were writing we really knew we couldn't go out of that space or that labyrinth."

Sarah Treem, creator of best TV series, drama, The Affair:
"It's significant that four out of the five nominated comedies were run by women," said former House of Cards writer Treem. "That's not by accident. Women are storytellers, too. What's particularly exciting is that when it started to change, it changed very quickly, which I think indicates that women have been waiting in the wings for a long time and were ready to take storyteller center stage." Treem, who got married last June, said she think it's very sad when marriages don't work out. "It's a true tragedy, and I think it's tragic before it actually happens for people, but we should treat all relationships with respect because nobody knows what happens inside somebody else's marriage." She added: "If the audience gets a little bit less judgmental from the experience of watching this show, … I think that would be helpful."

Billy Bob Thornton, best actor in a TV miniseries or movie for Fargo:
"I loved doing the show," the actor said. "It was very, very cold. From the producers down to the people who got you the coffee, it was a first-class bunch." As for his plans to celebrate, Thornton had this to say: "I'm not much of a drinker, so I'm going to eat seven pounds of pork. I'm just going to hang out and see some old friends."

Matt Bomer, best supporting actor in a TV miniseries or movie for The Normal Heart:
Bomer says he was initially in shock when he heard his name was called. "I didn't expect to win," he said. "Then [I felt] just joy, and tried to make sure I didn't get too emotional onstage." Bomer revealed that when he was preparing for the role, he rented out a theater space to practice the play version. "I read this play the first time when I was 15 years old in high school in suburban Texas," he said. "It opened my eyes to a lot of things." As for future projects. Bomer said he's open to both film and more TV work. "I feel like we live in a really golden age in television where a lot of writing I see, especially in the cable format, is on par with or better than the writing you read in a lot of film scripts," he said.

Patricia Arquette, best supporting actress in a motion picture, drama, for Boyhood:
"I do feel like I'm emitting some sort of panic sweat," joked Arquette backstage after accepting her award. "I felt pretty calm all day and OK. I felt like I should prepare a speech just to be responsible. When they started reading [my name], then I got really scared, I have to say. And then I got scared when I had to go up." Arquette, celebrating her anniversary with her boyfriend, said she planned to spend the evening celebrating with her man and her castmates and director. "We worked so collaboratively together in a way you really don't work on movies," she said. It's blurred lines as to who starts where and who ends where."

George Clooney, Cecil B. DeMille Award:
"It was a little like watching the director's cut of Boyhood," joked Clooney backstage of watching a cut of all his films. "It's a great honor. If you look at the list of names [who have won the Cecil B. DeMille Award], I'm in good company." Clooney, who was the butt of a joke during the opening monologue, said he loved the humor the hosts have brought to the stage the past three years. "Tina and Amy kill me. I think they're the best hosts of this show. They're really, truly funny." When Clooney was asked about his comments on the Paris attack, he said he hoped there wouldn't be overreactions but that "this is a very important moment in time, and we have to stand up together or we end up falling apart." As for his warm comments to his wife during his speech, Clooney, wearing his wedding tux, said he'd come prepared: "I'm a new husband," he said. "I think you do think about what you're going to say to 300 million people to your wife ahead of time or you're really stupid." The newlywed, who married in late September, added: "I'm having an exceptional year and an exceptional time in my life."

Joanne Froggatt, best supporting actress in a TV series for Downton Abbey:
"I didn't expect to be in here today," said the Downton Abbey actress, twice nominated for an Emmy but never up for a Globe before. Backstage, she elaborated on the pressures of her character being raped in the most recent season. "Yes, it's a fictional character. But at the same time there may be people that have gone through the same thing. My worst fear as an actor is for someone to watch something I do and feel it wasn't honest or that I didn't work my hardest."

Jóhann Jóhannsson, composer of best original score in a motion picture for The Theory of Everything:
"I think the first thing that struck me about the film when I saw it in a rough form was the performances, and the transformation that Eddie Redmayne makes, and that was my oxygen, the thing that really inspired the music. It's strong material to work with and it's the role of the music to underline the relationships. It's a story about an astrophysicist but it's mainly a love story."

Dean DeBlois, director, and Bonnie Arnold, producer, of best animated film How to Train Your Dragon 2:
"There are as many things in there for the adults as there are for the kids," said DeBlois backstage. "We try for the broadest reach." The director of the animated sequel spoke about the Paris attack and how closely it affected the animation community. "It deeply touches each and every one of us." Producer Bonnie Arnold spoke about starting her new job as co-president of feature animation at DreamWorks Animation on Monday. "There are so many amazing filmmakers at DreamWorks and I think my new job [is to] help them get their visions for movies to the screen, and that's what I do best and I'm especially excited for it."

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