Monday, January 16, 2012

The Artist and Homeland Win Golden Globes

While I got 7 of 11 predictions right with the TV categories, I bombed with the films getting only 6 of 14 predictions right including only 2 of the 6 acting categories! The award ceremony itself moved fairly well. Host Ricky Gervais did his schtick which ended up being not as controversial as was marketed. The big winners of the night ended up cable/premium TV shows and Harvey Weinstein as you will see from the winners below...

Best Motion Picture, Drama:
The Descendants
Best Motion Picture, Comedy: The Artist
Best Director: Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Best Actress, Drama: Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Best Actress, Comedy: Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn
Best Actor, Drama: George Clooney, The Descendants
Best Actor, Comedy: Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, The Help
Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Best Animated Film: The Adventures of Tintin
Best Foreign Language Film: A Separation
Best Screenplay: Midnight in Paris
Best Score: The Artist
Best Song: "Masterpiece," W.E.

Weinstein's The Artist was the top film of the night netting three wins for Picture, Actor, and Score. It definitely looks like this is the film to beat for the rest of the awards season culminating at the Oscars. Good news for it is that there isn't a clear-cut challenger from amongst the other films with the field divvying up the other awards. While The Descendants also won Best Picture, it didn't get Director nor Screenplay, which were arguably won by superstars in their field, Martin Scorsese and Woody Allen respectively. Weinstein also steered Meryl Streep and Michelle Williams to their Golden Globes win (Streep's 8th, Williams' 1st) giving presumed frontrunner Viola Davis real competition for Oscars. Davis was the only BFCA winner to not win tonight as George Clooney, Octavia Spencer, and Christopher Plummer solidifying their chances by winning here. Jean Dujardin also won and showed off just how charming he is. Finally, Madonna won Best Song and made sure to thank Harvey Weinstein for believing in her film.

Best TV Series, Drama: Homeland
Best TV Series, Comedy: Modern Family
Best Actress, Drama: Claire Danes, Homeland
Best Actress, Comedy: Laura Dern, Enlightened
Best Actor, Drama: Kelsey Grammer, Boss
Best Actor, Comedy: Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Best Mini-Series or TV Movie: Downton Abbey
Best Actress, Miniseries/TV Movie: Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce
Best Actor, Miniseries/TV Movie: Idris Elba, Luther
Best Supporting Actress: Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Best Supporting Actor: Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones

On the TV side, Modern Family was the only broadcast show to win an award taking home Best Comedy Series. Homeland was the only multiple winner here taking home Best Drama Series and Best Actress for Claire Danes. It marked Showtime's first Best Series win at the Golden Globes. I predicted Kelsey Grammer's win, but totally didn't expect Laura Dern and Matt LeBlanc to win even though in retrospect, both wins totally make sense. The latter was also helped by a particularly thin category. I was pretty damn happy to see Downton Abbey win its category as well as seeing Kate Winslet get her third Globe win. Deserved wins also went to Idris Elba, Jessica Lange, and Peter Dinklage though Lange thanked Ryan Murphy for his great writing. Hilarious. Dinklage in the meantime urged people to Google Martin Henderson.

There's not much else I could say about the ceremony. There were an unusually numerous mentions of poop and penis. The former most due to the Bridesmaids presence and the latter courtesy of Seth Rogen claiming he had an erection and Clooney extended tribute to Michael Fassbender's member. My favorite speech of the night probably went to Michelle Williams. She was noticeably happy, but still reserved and even paid tribute to Marilyn Monroe. I also loved Sidney Poitier and Helen Mirren honoring Morgan Freeman with the Cecil B. Demille Award. Of course Uggie goofing off on stage after The Artist took home the last award was probably the one moment everyone will remember from tonight's ceremonies. It's a dog eat dog world after all.

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