Silent movie 'The Artist' makes big noise at Golden Globes
LOS ANGELES -- The black-and-white silent film "The Artist" came away with the most prizes with three wins at the Golden Globes, but the show spread the love around among a broad range of films and TV shows.
Wins for "The Artist" included best musical or comedy and best actor in a musical or comedy for Jean Dujardin, while the family drama "The Descendants" claimed two awards, as best drama and dramatic actor for George Clooney.
Other acting winners were Meryl Streep, Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, and Octavia Spencer, while Martin Scorsese earned the directing honor.
Streep won for dramatic actress as Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady," her eight win at the Globes.
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. Dujardin won for musical or comedy actor for the silent film "The Artist."
The supporting-acting Globes went to Plummer as an elderly widower who comes out as gay in the father-son drama "Beginners" and Spencer as a brassy housekeeper joining other black maids to share stories about life with their white employers in the 1960s Deep South tale "The Help."
Scorsese won for the Paris adventure "Hugo." It was 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.
He won over a field of contenders that included Michel Hazanavicius, who had been considered by many in Hollywood as a favorite for his black-and-white silent film "The Artist."
Williams offered thanks for giving her the same award Monroe once won and joked that her young daughter put up with bedtime stories for six months spoken in Monroe's voice.
Dujardin became the first star in a silent film to earn a major Hollywood prize since the early days of film. He won as a silent-era star whose career unravels amid the rise of talking pictures in the late 1920s.
Woody Allen won the screenplay honor for his romantic fantasy "Midnight in Paris," the filmmaker's biggest hit in decades. Never a fan of movie awards, Allen was a no-show at the Globes, where he previously won the screenplay honor for 1985's "The Purple Rose of Cairo.
The prize for best animated film went to Steven Spielberg's action tale "The Adventures of Tintin," a Paramount-Sony co-production that dealt the first Globes loss to Disney unit Pixar Animation. Pixar films such as "Ratatouille," "WALL-E" and "Toy Story 3" had won all five previous times since the Globes added the category.
The Iranian drama "A Separation" was chosen as best foreign-language film. Writer-director Asghar Farhadi uses a divorcing couple's domestic troubles with a young child and an aging parent as the means to examine gender, religious and class distinctions in contemporary Iran.
Madonna, Julie Frost and Jimmy Harry won the Globe for best song for "Masterpiece" from the King Edward-Wallis Simpson drama "W.E.", which Madonna also directed.
Among television winners were Kate Winslet as best actress in a miniseries or movie in "Mildred Pierce," Idris Elba as best actor in a miniseries or movie in "Luther," Laura Dern as comedy or musical actress in "Enlightened," Kelsey Grammer as dramatic actor in "Boss," "Homeland" for drama series and "Downton Abbey" for miniseries or movie.
With the Oscars choosing up to 10 best-picture contenders, "The Artist" could have some other comic company there. Globe musical or comedy nominees "Midnight in Paris" and "Bridesmaids" also have solid Oscar nomination prospects.