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J.K. Simmons wins Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in a Film

"I love you and thank you for all of the things that are truly most important, including our adorable, above-average children," Simmons told his wife Michelle in his acceptance speech. "And thank you, Mom and Dad."

By Karen Butler
J.K. Simmons wins Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in a Film
Actor J.K. Simmons attends the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival awards gala at Palm Springs Convention Center in Palm Springs, California on January 3, 2015. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Whiplash star J.K. Simmons was the first winner announced at the Golden Globe Awards ceremony in Los Angeles Sunday night.

He scored the prize for Best Supporting Actor in a Film.

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"Damien Chazelle, the boy wonder, yes, thank you for the opportunity to be this guy and for just being brilliant in general," Simmons said of his director. "The other boy wonder -- Miles Teller -- a young actor of such maturity and brilliance that he inspired me every day to want to scream at him and hit him in the face."

Simmons also expressed his gratitude to his "wonderful wife" Michelle.

"I love you and thank you for all of the things that are truly most important, including our adorable, above-average children," he said. "And thank you, Mom and Dad."

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