Dreaming Big! The Golden Globe Winners Who Inspire Us

by Raphael Chestang 6:14 PM PST, January 12, 2015
Playing Dreaming Big! The Golden Globe Winners Who Inspire Us

Yes, the Golden Globe Awards are one big party, but it's much more than just cocktails and socializing. ET is looking at what comes with beating the odds to become an award winner as we celebrate the stars who dared to dream big.

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Gina Rodriguez: The 30-year-old Jane the Virgin star won her first Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical on Sunday. She gave a shoutout to her dad during her acceptance speech, which brought many to tears. "My father used to tell me, 'Today's going to be a great day. I can and I will.' Well, Dad, today's a great day. I can and I did," she said. Backstage, the actress told ET's Nancy O'Dell that she was sharing the moment with the people that believed in her and all those girls out there who are striving after their dreams. "You guys, if I can do it, you can do it 10 times better, so go after it, because it's worth it," she said. "It is and you can! And you will!"

Jeffrey Tambor: At 70 years old, the Transparent star has been nominated for six Emmys and three SAG Awards in his 38-year-long career, but Sunday marked his first major award win. Jeffrey took home the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical for his role in the revolutionary Amazon Prime's original series, which was a transformative one for Jeffrey. On the show he plays a father of three adult children who begins a new life as a woman, tackling issues of prejudice that Jeffrey felt needed to be addressed. "Something has just shifted in terms of acceptance and light, and lives are at stake here and this is important," Jeffrey told Nancy backstage.

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Michael Keaton: Before Birdman, Michael Keaton had long been one of America's most beloved actors. On Sunday, the 63-year-old father reminded us why he's adored while accepting the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy. "My best friend is kind, intelligent, funny, talented, considerate and thoughtful ... he also happens to be my son, Sean," Michael said while cradling his award on stage. "I love you with all my heart, buddy." Backstage Michael explained their bond to Nancy, saying, "He and I've been together since he literally came out of the womb." Sean, 31, is a songwriter and producer, who has put his fingerprint on a number of hits, including "Heart Attack" by Demi Lovato, "Ghosttown" by Madonna, and Jason Derulo's "Wiggle" and "Talk Dirty." Sean is also an actor, having starred in the 2009 short After Life. In it, he plays a young musician who falls in love with a girl at a coffee shop.

Watch the video to see what Gina's mom had to say about her daughter's win when she called her from backstage with Nancy's phone.