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Indie films Boyhood and Birdman sweep Golden Globes

Richard Linklater scores his first Golden Globe award for best director while Birdman star Michael Keaton gets best actor

Independent film emerged as the big winner of last night's 2015 Golden Globe Awards, with Richard Linklater's coming-of-age tale Boyhood and Birdman, Alejandro González Iñárritu's meta-film on celebrity and famegoing home with the most awards. 

Boyhood won best film and best director for Linklater, and best supporting actress for Patricia Arquette – the most number of trophies for any film at the awards show. Filmed over a period of 12 years for three to four days at a time, Linklater described the movie as a jump into the unknown.

"The whole thing is a big leap of confidence or trust or optimism about the future, that it would play out the way you hope," he told Dazed around the time of the film's release. "Who knows what traumatic events might have prevented it from ending the way I wanted it to?"

Despite having stellar arthouse hits like Before Sunrise and Dazed & Confused (holla) under his belt, Linklater has never won a Golden Globe. During his awards speech, he paid tribute to his own family.

"The bottom line is, we're all flawed in this world," he said. "No one's perfect. And I just want to dedicate this to my parents, who gave so much love and support, and to parents who are evolving everywhere and families who are just passing through this world and doing their best."

Birdman, another independent picture, went home with the second biggest haul of awards, including best screenplay. Michael Keaton, who is already being tipped for a career revival in Matthew 'McConaissance' style, walked away with best actor. 

Wes Anderson also won his first Golden Globe, picking up the award for best comedy or musical for The Grand Budapest Hotel. The gleeful hotel caper also swept the nominations for last week's BAFTA awards.

The Golden Globes traditionally herald the start of the Hollywood awards season, which ends with – duh – the Oscars. So which movie do you think is leading the pack?