Sunday, January 15, 2012
Although the awards were spread around quite evenly, the expected favourite The Artist came out on top. It had led with six nominations and won the most prizes on the night with three -- Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy), Best Actor (Musical or Comedy) for Jean Dujardin and Best Original Score.
The Descendants was the only other multiple winner. George Clooney had been favoured to win Best Actor (Drama) which he did. But they also won for Best Motion Picture (Drama) which was a bit of an upset over perceived front-runners such as The Help.
The evening began with revered Canadian acting legend Christopher Plummer winning for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Beginners. He gave one of the best acceptance speeches of the night, perhaps because the night was still young. The champagne flowed very freely, and the speeches became increasingly giddy as time went on.
The film actress winners were Michelle Williams who won Best Actress (Musical or Comedy) for My Week With Marilyn; Meryl Streep who won Best Actress (Drama) for The Iron Lady; and Octavia Spencer who took Best Supporting Actress for The Help, a movie which I don't care for at all.
Many complained of Meryl Streep being a boring and obvious choice but while this is her eighth Golden Globe (for both film and television), she has only two Academy Awards and has not won an Oscar in three decades(!) Her acceptance speech, however, seemed wild, incoherent and alcohol-influenced. She graciously acknowledged other actresses including Adepero Oduye (Pariah) but had a stretch of a few seconds that had to be bleeped out by the censors.
Martin Scorsese was the winner for Best Director in a close race where each of the nominees were equally worthy. Steven Spielberg accepted the award for Best Animated Film which went to The Adventures of Tintin. It marks the first time in since the category has been introduced that a Pixar movie did not win.
Woody Allen won Best Screenplay for his writing on Midnight in Paris. He did not attend the ceremony, however, and presenter Nicole Kidman accepted on his behalf.
Asghar Farhadi was the very deserving winner of Best Foreign Film for A Separation. His speech was a sobering reminder of events in the real world.
The worst choice of the night was Best Song, which went to "Masterpiece" by Madonna from the movie W.E. It was a weak field, but they went with an awful choice likely based on her name recognition.
The honourary Cecil B. DeMille Award was presented to Morgan Freeman by Dame Helen Mirren and Sidney Poitier. Poitier is himself a past recipient of the award and Freeman said that in his household the trophy would also be known as the Sidney Poitier Award.
The most enjoyable presenters of the night were husband-and-wife team William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman who sang their witty introduction in harmony.
The only television show to win more than one award was Homeland. It picked up Best Television Series (Drama) and its star Claire Danes won Best Actress in a TV Series (Drama).
Complete list of winners for the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards
(in order of presentation)
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
BEST MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Laura Dern, Enlightened
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Kelsey Grammer, Boss
BEST TELEVISION SERIES - DRAMA
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE
The Artist, Ludovic Bource
BEST ORIGINAL SONG – MOTION PICTURE
"Masterpiece," W.E., Music & Lyrics by: Madonna, Julie Frost, Jimmy Harry
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Idris Elba, Luther
BEST ACTRESS, COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
The Adventures of Tintin
BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE
Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Claire Danes, Homeland
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Octavia Spencer, The Help
CECIL B. DeMILLE AWARD
BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE
Martin Scorsese, Hugo
BEST TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Modern Family, ABC
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
BEST MOTION PICTURE, MUSICAL OR COMEDY
BEST ACTOR, DRAMA
George Clooney, The Descendants
BEST MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA