2012 Golden Globe Winners!

Yes, the Golden Globes are over, and the winners are partying into the night, but if you missed them, we have a quick recap of who walked away with statues from the Hollywood Foreign Press tonight at the event hosted a second year in a row by Ricky Gervais.  Here they are:

Madonna won Best Original Song with her co-writers for the song “Masterpiece” from the film she wrote and directed W.E.  Downtown Abbey walked away with Best Mini-Series.  Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Comedy was awarded to Laura Dern for Enlightened on HBO.  Best Actress in a  Made for Television movie went to Kate Winslet for Mildred Pierce, and that doesn’t surprise anyone, although I have yet to see the film.  Best Supporting Actor went to Christopher Plummer for Beginners, which is good to see, he definitely deserved it.  Kelsey Grammer surprised me by taking the award for Best Actor for the TV series Boss.
Peter Dinklage won out the Best Supporting Actor in a Series category for his fantastic portrayal of Tyrion Lannister on HBO’s Game of Thrones.  Jessica Lange won the Best Supporting Actress in a Series award for her role on American Horror Story, a show I need to watch immediately.  The Wire veteran Idris Elba (also seen in this year’s Thor) won Best Actor in a Mini-Series for the British detective show Luther.  Matt LeBlanc, oddly enough, won Best Actor in a Series – Comedy for Episodes, so I guess I need to watch that, since it will probably continue.  Octavia Spencer won the much deserved award for Best Actress for her role as Minnie in The Help.

The Best Foreign Language Film award went to The Separation, the Iranian hit that has been on the minds of critics a lot lately.  Michelle Williams walked away with the award for Best Actress – Comedy for My Week With Marilyn (review here), and Meryl Streep added to her vast awards collection with the award for Best Actress – Drama for the film The Iron Lady.  Woody Allen got the award for Best Screenplay for Midnight in Paris, while Martin Scorsese walked away with Best Director for Hugo.  Modern Family won Best Series – Comedy, continuing its streak of critical acclaim.  Steven Speilberg’s latest opus, The Adventures of Tintin, won Best Animated Film.

The Showtime drama Homeland scored two big wins when Claire Danes won Best Actress in a Series – Drama for her role on the show, and surprisingly, the show won for Best Series – Drama against a few well-loved shows.  The Artist was the night’s biggest winner, with 3 awards; Ludovic Bource won Best Original Score, Jean Dujardin walked away with Best Actor – Comedy, and the film won Best Film – Comedy, in a turn that was expected by both.

Finally, in what is considered the best indication for the Oscars before the SAG awards, The Descendants was the big winner, with George Clooney scoring Best Actor – Drama for his turn as a man trying to reconnect with his family during a time of crisis.  Alexander Payne’s latest film also took home the big prize of the night for the drama category, winning Best Motion Picture – Drama.

A few surprises a lot of expected wins, with names like Scorsese, Streep, Allen, Speilberg, Clooney, and Winslet.  At the same time, there’s the welcome addition of names like Elba, Dinklage, Danes, and Williams, who have done good work in the past, but never gotten the recognition until now.    At the same time, Golden Globe success doesn’t necessarily mean anything when it comes to the Oscars, as the Academy often has much different opinions than the Hollywood Foreign Press.  Either way, some big names won, and although it wasn’t the best year for films, it at least provided a few interesting categories, and at least they let Ricky Gervais back this year.

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