Highlights from the Golden Globes ceremony in Los Angeles, which saw French silent film The Artist winning the big prize in the musical or comedy category Link to this video
The monochrome, silent The Artist came away with the most prizes at the Golden Globe awards in Los Angeles last night, the first time that such a film has won a slew of Hollywood awards since the advent of talkies.
The Artist took three awards, including best picture for a musical or comedy, and best actor in a musical or comedy for Jean Dujardin. Alexander Payne’s family drama The Descendants claimed two – for best drama and dramatic actor for George Clooney.
Meryl Streep won for dramatic actress as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, her eighth win at the Globes – and surpised the audience with a string of expletives in her acceptance speech when she fumbled for her spectacles.
Michelle Williams won for actress in a musical or comedy as Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn, 52 years after Monroe’s win for the same prize at the Globes; while Christopher Plummer won best supporting actor for his portrayal an elderly widower who comes out as gay in the Mike Mills’s Beginners.
Martin Scorsese took the best director gong for Hugo, the third directing Globe in the last 10 years for Scorsese, who previously won for Gangs of New York and The Departed and received the show’s Cecil B DeMille Award for lifetime achievement two years ago.
The show was hosted by Ricky Gervais – who not quite the same version of himself that hosted last year’s event, when he attracted criticism for an extended absence from stage and for striking an ungenerous tone.
There was nothing as jolting as his pointed jabs at Johnny Depp and Robert Downey Jr last year. Many felt he spent more of his time making jokes about how controversial he was going to be than he did actually being controversial, although a riff on Jodie Foster’s film The Beaver did raise eyebrows.
It fell to the actors and their acceptance speeches to showstop: Octavia Spencer delivered a humble and moving speech when she collected her supporting actress award for The Help. Claire Danes had a great moment when she picked up best actress in a television drama for her work in Homeland; she was finally able to thank her parents, whom she had regretted leaving out of her speech when she won the same award in 1994 for My So-Called Life.
The awards themselves were, with one or two exceptions, largely predictable. although Scorsese’s award for his work on Hugo was something of a surprise.
Jessica Lange emerged as a bit of an upset when she won best supporting television actress for her work in the popular but polarising American Horror Story. Aside from that there wasn’t much to upset the bidding pools, with The Descendants and The Artist emerging as the big winners on the film side, while Modern Family and Homeland secured the major prizes on the television side.