“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.
Onstage, Dujardin did the most appropriate thing – gave his speech, thanked his colleagues, then signed off by not saying a word. And true to stealing the show in the movie, the little dog Uggie, detracted from an emotional speech by the film’s director, Michel Hazanavicius. Uggie wanted a treat.
“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 best dramatic movie and for Clooney as best dramatic actor.
Other major winners included Meryl Streep for best actress in a film drama with her portrayal of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady”. Michelle William
s 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.”
Veteran Christopher Plummer, 82, for supporting actor with his portrayal of an elderly man who comes out as gay to his family in “Beginners,” bringing both poignancy and a touch of humor to their lives.
Octavia Spencer, playing a beleaguered housemaid in the U.S. South during the civil rights era in “The Help” was best supporting actress, and
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”.
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.”
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.