Before the Golden Globe festivities began, Boyhood producer John Sloss surveyed the ballroom at the Beverly Hilton, looking rather concerned. “I don’t have a good feeling about this,” he said, worried that Richard Linklater’s indie epic wasn’t going to walk away with the top prize. Sloss wasn’t fretting over what the night would bring his film so much as what it would mean for the Oscars, a month down the road. “As I told Rick, a win tonight means a 45 sec. close-captioned conversation with 6500 Academy members,” he said.
And that’s really what the Globes are all about. Yes, it’s an honor to win a prize, especially in a room as star-studded as the Golden Globes—but since none of the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association overlap with the Academy, the results never offer a direct correlation. And this year, the Oscar nomination ballots were submitted prior to Sunday night’s festivities, so none of the acceptance speeches could have a direct bearing on how Academy members initially voted. Yet when it comes to the momentum game, they still matter—and those speeches do make an impact when final votes are cast.
That said, there were some clear winners Sunday night: READ FULL STORY