69th Annual Golden Globe Awards Film Winners

The Guardian said it was ‘not quite the Oscar sucker punch many anticipated’ when it screened at the London Film Festival but if the Golden Globes are any indication then messrs Clooney and co. would do well to start clearing a little more space on the sideboard now. The Descendants picked up the Best Drama Picture at last night’s 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards, while its star, George Clooney, was named Best Actor in a Drama. However, director Alexander Payne missed out in his category, with the top honours going to Martin Scorsese for Hugo.  

Meanwhile, there’s strong competition from the French, with the charming silent comedy The Artist winning Best Picture (Musical or Comedy) plus a Best Actor triumph in this category for its star, Jean Dujardin.  The smart money is going to be on these two movies come 26th February.

The winners of the Best Actress categories both turned in portrayals of two very different but very iconic women.  The closest whiff of a golden statue for us Brits came in the shape of the very American Meryl Streep, who won Best Actress in a Drama for playing the very British ex-Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, in The Iron Lady. In the Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical, it’s good to see Michelle Williams back, on form and winning for her role as the ultimate Hollywood legend, Marilyn Monroe, in My week with Marilyn. There must be something in the air for controversial female icons; Madonna’s directorial debut for W.E. may not win any plaudits but the story of Wallis Simpson, the woman for whom the king of England gave up his throne, did secure her a win for Best Song with ‘Masterpiece’.  The Artist took Best Original Score.

The renaissance of veteran actor Christopher Plummer continues with a well-deserved win in the Best Supporting Actor category, for his moving role in the indie flick Beginners, as a 75 year old man who, following the death of wife, finally comes out of the closet and finds himself a handsome young lover. Over in the Best Supporting Actress category, another well deserved win for Octavia Spencer, for the civil rights drama The Help.

Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tin Tin was named Best Animated Feature.  Best Foreign Language Film went to Iran for A Separation, a tense tale of family conflict told with stylised realism and the winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival.

Finally, the return to form of another master in the shape of Woody Allen winning Best Screenplay for Midnight in Paris.

And although the the film awards sent the British home empty-handed, there was cause for celebration in the awards for TV, with Downtown Abbey named Best Mini-Series and also claimed the Best Actor award for Hugh Bonneville. Meanwhile, Kate Winslet may have missed out on Best Actress for the film Carnage, but won for her role in the mini-series Mildred Pierce. Still, with changes afoot for the British film industry, as announced only last week by the Prime Minister, David Cameron, the return of the glory day of The King’s Speech may not be too far away!

Winners of the 2012 Golden Globes for Film (in red) 

BEST PICTURE, DRAMA
The Descendants
The Help
Hugo
The Ides of March
Moneyball
War Horse

BEST PICTURE, MUSICAL OR COMEDY
50/50
The Artist
Bridesmaids
Midnight in Paris
My Week with Marilyn

BEST DIRECTOR
Woody Allen, Midnight In Paris
George Clooney, The Ides of March
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Martin Scorsese, Hugo

BEST ACTOR, DRAMA
George Clooney, The Descendants
Leonardo DiCaprio, J Edgar
Michael Fassbender, Shame
Ryan Gosling, The Ides of March
Brad Pitt, Moneyball

BEST ACTRESS, DRAMA
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis, The Help
Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin

BEST ACTOR, COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Brendan Gleeson, The Guard
Joseph Gordon Levitt, 50/50
Ryan Gosling, Crazy Stupid Love
Owen Wilson, Midnight in Paris

BEST ACTRESS, COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Jodie Foster, Carnage
Charlize Theron, Young Adult
Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
Kate Winslet, Carnage

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn
Albert Brooks, Drive
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method
Christopher Plummer, Beginners

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Berenice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain , The Help
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer, The Help
Shailene Woodley, The Descendants

BEST SCREENPLAY
Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen
The Ides of March, George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon
The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius
The Descendants, Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash
Moneyball, Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
The Adventures of Tintin
Arthur Christmas
Cars 2
Puss in Boots
Rango

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
The Flowers of War
In The Land of Blood and Honey
The Kid WIth The Bike
A Separation
The Skin I Live In

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
The Artist, Ludovic Bource
W.E., Abel Korzeniowski
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
Hugo, Howard Shore
War Horse, John Williams

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
“Lay Your Head Down,” Albert Nobbs
“Hello Hello,” Gnomeo and Juliet
“The Living Proof,” The Help
“The Keeper,” Machine Gun Preacher

”Masterpiece,” W.E.

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