HOUSTON (January 13, 2014) - Houston was a big winner at this year's Golden Globes, setting the stage for what could be an extraordinary awards season for the Bayou City.
Houston-born filmmakers Richard Linklater and Wes Anderson both took home top prizes for their respective films while another Houston native, actor Matt Bomer, won the best supporting actor award for one of the year's most moving performances.
Linklater, a visionary director who has long pushed the cinematic envelope, won the award for best director of a dramatic film for Boyhood, which also won the best motion picture award. Shot partially in Houston, Boyhood was filmed over 12 years, following the same actors. The critically acclaimed film starring Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette and Ellar Coltrane is widely considered Linklater's best work to date.
Anderson nabbed the award for best picture comedy or musical for The Grand Budapest Hotel, a whacky picture that follows a legendary hotel concierge framed for murder. The cast includes Ralph Fiennes, Jeff Goldblum, Tilda Swinton and Bill Murray.
Bomer, who grew up in Spring and got his start in acting at Alley Theatre, won the best supporting actor award for his portrayal of Felix Turner, a closeted reporter in The Normal Heart . The HBO film, based on Larry Kramer's landmark play by the same name, follows a group of gay men struggling with the AIDS crisis in the 1980s.
"Houston has a lot to be proud of this awards season," says Rick Ferguson, executive director of the Houston Film Commission. "Two directors with local ties created fantastic films this year, as evidenced by their Golden Globe wins. Meanwhile, other films shot in the Houston area are making 'best of 2014' lists." Ferguson points to Kat Candler's Hellion and Roberto Minervini's The Pounding Heart , which was included in the Cannes Film Festival, as examples of projects scoring big on the independent circuit.
The Golden Globes marks the beginning of the awards season, which continues with the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the People's Choice Awards among others, and culminates with the Academy Awards on February 22. Linklater, Anderson and their respective films are likely contenders for Oscar nominations. Those nominations will be released on Thursday.
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