The stage is set for an Oscar showdown after The Artist and The Descendants emerged as the big film and lead actor winners at the 69th annual Golden Globes ceremony, presented by a declawed Ricky Gervais at the Beverly Hilton on Sunday night (15).
France’s black-and-white silent film The Artist, released in the US through The Weinstein Company, was named best comedy or musical and also earned victories for lead comedy or musical actor Jean Dujardin and composer Ludovic Bource.
The Descendants won the best dramatic feature prize as well as dramatic actor recognition for George Clooney – the third Globe of his career.
In an excellent night for Harvey Weinstein that recalled the veteran campaigner’s supremacy of old, three of the four lead actor winners hailed from his stable. Meryl Streep was named best dramatic actress for The Iron Lady and Michelle Williams prevailed in the musical or comedy category for My Week With Marilyn.
There was plenty of recognition for filmmaking masters as Martin Scorsese was named best director for Hugo, Woody Allen scooped screenplay honours for Midnight In Paris and Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures Of Tintin took the animation prize. Spielberg’s fellow producer Peter Jackson was a close collaborator on Tintin.
Asghar Farhadi’s Iranian drama A Separation won the best foreign language prize and would appear to be a shoo-in for the Oscar were it not for the fact that the category has become deliciously unpredictable at the Academy Awards of late – a rare quality in awards season these days.
Madonna took to the stage to collect the prize for best song in honour of Masterpiece from W.E. As previously announced, Morgan Freeman was chosen to receive the Cecil B DeMille Award.
MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA
The Ides Of March
BEST DIRECTOR, MOTION PICTURE
Woody Allen, Midnight In Paris
George Clooney, The Ides Of March
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
**Martin Scorsese, Hugo
The Artist by Michel Hazanavicius
The Descendants by Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash
The Ides Of March by George Clooney, Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon
**Midnight In Paris by Woody Allen
Moneyball by Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian
**George Clooney, The Descendants
Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar
Michael Fassbender, Shame
Brad Pitt, Moneyball
Ryan Gosling, The Ides Of March
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
ACTRESS, COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Jodie Foster, Carnage
Charlize Theron, Young Adult
Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids
**Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
Kate Winslet, Carnage
Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
Albert Brooks, Drive
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
**Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method
Berenice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
**Octavia Spencer, The Help
Shailene Woodley, The Descendants
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
**The Adventures Of Tintin
Puss In Boots
**The Artist, Ludovic Bource
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
Hugo, Howard Shore
War Horse, John Williams
W.E., Abel Korzeniowski
Albert Nobbs, Lay Your Head Down
Gnomeo And Juliet, Hello Hello
The Help, The Living Proof
Machine Gun Preacher, The Keeper