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22 Jan 2012

Golden Globes Recap– ‘The Artist’ and ‘The Descendants’ crowned favorites of Foreign Press

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January 22, 2012 Category: Entertainment Posted by:

By Kam Williams


ABOVE PHOTO: Octavia Spencer.

Photo: Helga Esteb / Shutterstock


The Hollywood Foreign Press Association jumpstarted the 2012 awards season Sunday evening with its annual recognition of the best in film and television. Simultaneously serving as an indicator of Oscar potential, the Golden Globes crowned The Artist and The Descendants as the early favorites by virtue of each one’s enjoying multiple wins, including in the Best Comedy or Musical and the Best Drama categories, respectively.


The former’s Jean Dujardin and the latter’s George Clooney landed acting accolades, with Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady) and Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn) winning as lead actresses. Streep’s victory ostensibly came primarily at the expense of The Help’s Viola Davis whose fellow cast member, Octavia Spencer, did prevail in her bid for Best Supporting Actress.


The only other people of color to take home trophies were Morgan Freeman who got a lifetime achievement award and Idris Elba for the made-for-TV movie Luther. This showing for minorities was a major improvement over 2011, when no blacks, Asians, Latinos or Native Americans won anything.


As for the festivities, host Ricky Gervais toned down his act so severely he had everybody wondering what happened to the naughty bad boy who had been so edgy a year ago. After promising to take no prisoners again in anticipation of this event, he proceeded to do just the opposite, delivering a dull monologue and coming off as equally boring while introducing presenters.


You know it’s a slow night when an appearance by the dog from The Artist, Uggie, is the highlight. Yawn.


Complete list of 2012 Golden Globe winners:


Film Categories

Best Drama

The Descendants

Best Comedy or Musical

The Artist

Best Animated Feature

The Adventures of Tintin

Best Actor in a Drama

George Clooney (The Descendants)

Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical

Jean Dujardin (The Artist)

Best Supporting Actor

Christopher Plummer (Beginners)

Best Actress in a Drama

Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)

Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy

Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn)

Best Supporting Actress

Octavia Spencer (The Help)

Best Director

Martin Scorsese (Hugo)

Best Screenplay

Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris)

Best Score

Ludovic Bource (The Artist)

Best Original Song

Madonna, Julie Frost and Jimmy Harvey (“Masterpiece”)

Best Foreign Language Film

A Separation (Iran)

Cecil B. DeMille Award

Morgan Freeman


Television Categories

Best TV Series – Drama


Best TV Series – Comedy or Musical


Modern Family

Best Mini-Series

Downton Abbey

Best Actor in a TV Drama

Kelsey Grammer (Boss)

Best Actor in a TV Musical or Comedy

Matt LeBlanc (Episodes)

Best Supporting Actor

Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)

Best Actress in a TV Drama

Claire Danes (Homeland)

Best Actress in a TV Musical or Comedy

Laura Dern (Enlightened)

Best Supporting Actress

Jessica Lange (American Horror Story)

Best Actor in a TV Movie

Idris Elba (Luther)

Best Actress in a TV Movie

Kate Winslet (Mildred Pierce)

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