Birdman, which had been in strong contention for Best Film, took home the award for Best Drama. It is the first time that the winner for Best Film did not also win for one of the top two genre awards, usually Best Drama. (The Grand Budapest Hotel won the other top genre award for Best Comedy.) Boyhood did not receive nominations for any of the genre awards.
Full List of Winners
- Lifetime Achievement Halls of Fame
- Best Overall of 2014
- Best Performances of 2014
- Best by Genre of 2014
- Worst of 2014
The top acting honors mostly mirrored the Academy Awards, with Eddie Redmayne as Best Actor for The Theory of Everything, Julianne Moore as Best Actress for Still Alice, and Patricia Arquette as Best Supporting Actress for Boyhood. But in an upset, Edward Norton won Best Supporting Actor for Birdman over J. K. Simmons in Whiplash, who won the Oscar.
Sunset Boulevard was inducted into the Best Films of All Time Hall of Fame.
Robin Williams, a sentimental favorite, was inducted into the Best Actors of All Time Lifetime Achievement Hall of Fame. He is the first person to be inducted into the Best Acting and Best Comedic Acting Halls of Fame. Sally Field was inducted into the Best Actresses Hall of Fame, while Carol Burnett and Jerry Lewis were inducted into their respective Best Comedic Acting Halls of Fame.
No records setVoters knew from the outset that it would likely not be a year for breaking records. It wasn't possible to set a record for the most wins: the top-nominated film, Birdman, had 12 nominations, fewer than the record 21 wins that The Return of the King took in 2003. No actors won more than one individual award this year, and only Edward Norton won both individual and ensemble acting awards. He shares in The Grand Budapest Hotel's Best Ensemble win.
Boyhood's five award wins were the most for any film this year, followed by Birdman with four awards, and Guardians of the Galaxy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, and The Grand Budapest Hotel with three wins each.