The Golden Globes recognizes the best in film and television, and is followed by lavish afterparties that are packed to the brim. But for many in attendance, it’s the little moments—the ones caught offscreen—that shape the event. That’s where we come in. For details on what EW saw and heard off camera, both at the awards ceremony and backstage in the press room, read on:
Let’s start with Eddie Redmayne. The actor claimed the Golden Globe for Best Actor, Drama for his transformative role as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. After his win, he returned to his table to get a long hug from his wife (sorry, Marius fans!) and a standing ovation from his table. Upon making his way backstage to the press room, Redmayne expressed the fears he had of portraying such a significant figure on screen going into the film. “When you’re putting someone’s life onscreen, or several people’s lives, there’s a responsibility,” he said. The general consensus: He did Hawking justice.
There were also a handful of small and endearing celebratory moments surrounding Showtime’s The Affair. The show won the award for Best TV Drama, and its leading lady, Ruth Wilson, claimed the Best Actress, TV Drama prize. “Let’s go out and smoke,” Maura Tierney said of the drama win. She plays Helen on the show. “I know I quit, but it’s celebratory.”
Jake Gyllenhaal matched, if not surpassed, Tierney’s excitement when Wilson went up to accept her award. The pair are currently working together on Broadway’s Constellations. “My girl did it,” he exclaimed. (Imagine the praise he gave his sister, Maggie Gyllenhaal, when she accepted her award for Best Actress in a TV Movie or Mini-Series for The Honourable Woman.)
Backstage, The Affair‘s creator, Sarah Treem, said she was happy to see women in the spotlight, though it came as little surprise. “Women have been waiting in the wings for a long time,” Treem said. “They were ready for center storyteller stage.” As for Wilson, Treem knew she had to have her to bring The Affair‘s marriage study to life. “If you see a two-minute reel and you think this woman is irreplaceable, you have to get on your knees and beg her to do the show,” she said.
In between the celebrations, there were a number of standout interactions. Reese Witherspoon chatted up Robert Duvall, and later interrupted Robert Downey Jr., who was talking to Jennifer Aniston, to introduce the Cake star to Cheryl Strayed. Strayed, of course, is the real-life figure whom Witherspoon plays onscreen in Wild. After sporting eyewear onstage, Lupita Nyong’o was approached by talent agent Hylda Queally. “You make all of us who have to wear glasses look super sexy,” she said. Nyong’o can do no wrong. Oh, and U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron apparently wants to talk to Selma‘s David Oyelowo; a spokesman for the politician came up to the actor and asked if she could put the two of them in touch. Could it be about a future project?
The show came to an end, but those in the press room remained until the final winners of the night—the cast of Boyhood, which was recognized as the Best Picture, Drama—dropped by. The film claimed two other prizes: Richard Linklater for Best Director and Patricia Arquette for Best Supporting Actress. Their enthusiasm could be felt, even at the end of the night. (Though, Arquette did step offstage at one point, mouthing “My feet hurt” as she sat down with the press.) Hawke talked of how signing on for the film was a no-brainer, despite its lengthy commitment. Arquette was excited at the prospect of seeing children grow up on screen. But Linklater’s words stood out most of all: “It represented a life project for all of us.”
Nicole Sperling contributed to this report.