The Artist has won top honors at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards winning three awards including Best Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical and Best Performance by an Actor – Comedy or Musical to Jean Dujardin. The Golden Globe® Awards are presented by The Hollywood Foreign Press Association® as they gather each year for The Golden Globe® Awards to honor the best in film and television. Tonight’s broadcast was telecasted around the world from the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
The Descendants was the next big winner collecting two trophies over the night, winning for Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Performance by an Actor- Drama for George Clooney. Things will really get interesting when the two top films come head to head to battle for the Oscar, as The Academy Awards does not divide the film awards into categories of Drama and Comedy.
The Help, that was an early favorite for award season, only had one win for Best Supporting Actress, awarded to Octavia Spencer.
Many of the awards tonight were a surprise, including the Best Actress for a Drama award going to Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady, even she seemed shocked. And a happy surprise was the award to Martin Scorsese for Best Director for his tribute to Silent Filmmaker Georges Méliès, Hugo.
The Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais was splendidly wicked, but a bit easier on the crowd than he was at last year’s show. And his funniest line “all your thanks should be given to your agent and God” – became a running joke throughout the night, and not surprisingly Harvey Weinstein was finally dubbed “God.”
Here is a list of tonight’s winners:
- Best Motion Picture – Drama: The Descendants
- Best Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical: The Artist
- Best Actor – Drama: George Clooney for The Descendants
- Best Actor – Comedy/Musical: Jean Dujardin for The Artist
- Best Actress – Drama: Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady
- Best Actress – Comedy/Musical – Michelle Williams for My Week With Marilyn
- Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer for Beginners
- Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer for The Help
- Best Director: Martin Scorsese for Hugo
- Best Screenplay: Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris
- Best Animated Feature: The Adventures of Tintin
- Best Foreign Language Film: A Separation
- Best Song: “Masterpiece,” W.E.
- Best Score: The Artist
Actor Morgan Freeman received the coveted Cecil B. DeMille Award, presented to him by Sidney Poitier.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association also presents Golden Globes to the best in television, a full list of winners see their Website at: http://www.goldenglobes.org/
Check to the left of this article for some really nice red carpet pictures courtesy of Getty Images.
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Whatever your movie choice this week, please remember your movie theater etiquette: silence your cell phones & no texting, please don’t talk during the film and remove your children if they become a distraction to other audience members. Don’t forget that laughing, crying and cheering are always approved behavior and even encouraged. And please do not come to the movie ill and please return when you are well.
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-Kay Shackleton is a film historian with special focus on Silent Films, see her work on SilentHollywood.com