Meanwhile, in a night full of upset winners for both film and TV, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” only won one of its four nominations, but it was the big one: Best Musical/Comedy Picture, defeating the frontrunner, “Birdman.”
“Selma” won Best Original Song for “Glory,” written by Grammy-winning artists John Legend and Common, who delivered a speech expressing solidarity with those fighting for justice as well as police officers killed in the line of duty.
On the TV side, “Fargo,” which arrived at the Globes with the most TV nominations (five), took two: Best TV Movie/Limited Series and Best TV Movie/Limited Series Actor for Billy Bob Thornton, who defeated frontrunner Matthew McConaughey from “True Detective,” which was shut out of its four nominations.
Rounding out the longform categories, Best TV Movie/Limited Series Actress went to underdog Maggie Gyllenhaal (“The Honorable Woman“), who overtook the strong favorite in the race, Frances McDormand in “Olive Kitteridge,” which was shut out of its three nominations.
“Transparent” surprised by defeating “Orange is the New Black” for Best Musical/Comedy Series. Its star, TV veteran Jeffrey Tambor, won Best TV Musical/Comedy Actor on his first ever nomination. “Orange” was another high-profile program that went away empty handed.
“The Affair” also won big, taking Best Drama Series and Best TV Drama Actress (Ruth Wilson). Netflix’s “House of Cards” lost the top prize, but it nevertheless took Best TV Drama Actor for Kevin Spacey winning his first ever Globe on his eighth nomination.