Golden Globes 2012: ‘The Artist’, ‘The Descendants’ and George Clooney Among Big Winners

Silent-era film The Artist and family drama The Descendants were the top film picks at the Golden Globe Awards in a loose-lipped awards show that even had host Ricky Gervais walking onto the stage with a drink in his hand.

The Descendants, starring George Clooney as a man steering his family through a tragic time when his wife is in a coma, won two Golden Globe trophies, including the top honour of best dramatic movie and another for Clooney as best dramatic actor. Photo: HFPA

George Clooney was certainly the big winner at Sunday night’s Golden Globes.  He won best actor, motion picture drama, for his role as a man dealing with his wife’s coma in “The Descendants,” which was also named best drama of the year.

In his acceptance speech, Clooney gave props to Brad Pitt for his charity work, to Michael Fassbender for his giant penis, to the HFPA for the award and Alexander Payne for being a filmmaker and friend.

“The Artist,” the throwback black and white silent film, nabbed the best musical or comedy award. The early part of the 69th annual Globes was overshadowed by the ceremony’s crude-cracking host, Ricky Gervais.

The British comedian made good on his promise to aggressively mock the A-list, taking on names like Eddie Murphy and Jodie Foster. “Nervous?” he said upon taking the stage.

Meryl Streep won a record eighth Golden Globe, for portraying Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady,” a low budget movie she said we “made for 25 cents in five minutes.” Streep dropped an expletive when she realized she had forgotten her glasses to read her speech.

For BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM, the Golden Globe is awarded to “The Adventures Of Tintin”, produced by Paramount Pictures/Columbia Pictures/ Hemisphere Capital/Amblin Entertainment/Wingnut Films Production/ Kennedy/Marshall Production A Steven Spielberg Film; Paramount Pictures and Columbia Pictures. Accepting the award is Steven Spielberg backstage in the press room at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards. Photo: HFPA

The Artist, a romantic tale about a failing actor who finds love at a time when movies were changing from silents to talkies, picked up three awards including best musical or comedy and best actor in a musical or comedy for its star, French actor Jean Dujardin, according to NZ’s Stuff.

Michelle Williams took the trophy for best actress in a comedy or musical with her role as Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn.

“I consider myself a mother first and an actress second. The person I most want to thank (is) my daughter, my little girl,” Williams said referring to her child with the late actor Heath Ledger. “I want to say thank you for sending me off to this job everyday with a hug and a kiss.”

According to The New York Times, in one of the evening’s more telling moments, Martin Scorsese was given a standing ovation when he took the stage to collect his Globe for directing “Hugo,” a fable of 1930s Paris.

That reaction — from a room stuffed with Oscar voters — bodes well for “Hugo” as Hollywood’s award season climaxes in the weeks ahead.

Woody Allen was given a Golden Globe for his screenplay for Midnight in Paris and Steven Spielberg won best animated film with his rollicking The Adventures of Tintin.

Winning the category of BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION for her role in “Mildred Pierce” (HBO), actress Kate Winslet poses backstage in the press room with her Golden Globe Award at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards. Photo: HFPA

“Homeland” won best TV drama, and its star, Claire Danes, grabbed best actress. “Homeland” was one of four rookie shows contending for the drama prize. None were from the major broadcast networks.

Modern Family, a take on extended families in current-day America, took the prize for best comedy and its stars enjoyed one of the more memorable moments of the night when star Sofia Vergara gave their acceptance speech in Spanish, with English translation from creator Steve Levitan.

Iranian film A Separation was named best foreign language film, and its director, Ashgar Farhadi, used the opportunity to tell world audiences that “my people. I think they are a truly peace-loving people.”

Veteran Christopher Plummer, still beloved for “The Sound of Music” 47 years ago, was named best supporting actor for playing a late-in-life-out-of-the-closet man in “Beginners.”

The Golden Globe Awards are given out by the roughly 90 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association at what annually is among the key events during Hollywood’s awards season because of the media exposure it brings.

The movie awards receive most of the attention because of their proximity to the Oscars, which will be presented on Feb. 26.

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