First-time Golden Globes nominee Matt Bomer has won the award for the Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Television Film Sunday for his role in The Normal Heart.
At the 72nd annual Golden Globes, 37-year-old Bomer beat out some serious competition, namely Alan Cumming of The Good Wife, Bill Murray in Olive Kitteridge, Colin Hanks of Fargo and Jon Voight in Ray Donovan.
On hearing the announcement, Bomer embraced director Ryan Murphy before heading up on stage to accept the prestigious prize.
Matt Bomer’s full speech can be heard in the video above, but as reported on Perez Hilton, he thanked the Hollywood Foreign Press for acknowledging the film and for including him among all those “incredible actors,” all of which he admires so much, in that category.
The International Business Times quotes Bomer as thanking director Ryan Murphy for believing in him and trusting him in the role, speaking of how Murphy walked him through the role every day. He thanked screenwriter Larry Kramer for his anger and passion in writing a story that changed many lives.
Looking around the audience, he then spoke directly to Mark Ruffalo, saying that he didn’t know where he was but that he was the best actor anyone could hope to have as a scene partner. He then thanked Ruffalo on behalf of the entire cast.
On a more personal note, Matt then thanked his husband, Simon Halls, and their three children, Kit, Walker and Henry, telling them how much he loves them. He thanked them for putting up with him when he weighed 130 pounds and was especially grumpy when they ate pizza in front of him.
The final note of his speech was to thank everyone at HBO for making films of this kind of story, stories that need to be heard.
Naturally the Twittersphere was alive and well and tweeting about handsome hunks:
— People magazine (@peoplemag) January 12, 2015
Matt himself sent a tweet, thanking fans and followers:
No words can properly express my gratitude for this night. I’ll simply say thank you for a moment I’ll never forget. @goldenglobes
— Matt Bomer (@MattBomer) January 12, 2015
On the television movie itself, Bomer’s role was that of an HIV infected man and New York Times reporter Felix Turner, who he portrayed both emotionally and realistically.
The story was set during the initial rise of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City between 1981 and 1984. The script followed events seen through the eyes of a writer/activist Ned Weeks, played by Ruffalo, founder of a prominent HIV advocacy group and also Matt’s character’s partner.
— W magazine (@wmag) January 12, 2015
Bomer also had to lose quite a bit of weight for the role, hence thanking the family for their patience when he was grumpy.
In other Golden Globes news besides the win by Matt Bomer, the Inquisitr reports Tina Rey and Amy Poehler took shots from the stage at Bill Cosby and the allegations of rape against him. While other jokes drew roars of laughter from the audience, those related to Cosby got a lesser and mixed reaction.
[Image: Screengrab from People’s Choice Awards 2015 YouTube video]