The 2012 Golden Globe Awards Are Handed Out

'The Artist' & 'The Descendants' Win the Big Film Awards, 'Homeland' the Big TV Award

Madonna wasn’t the only Golden Globe Award winner last night … a whole host of other folks were honored with awards in both film and television. The show itself, I gotta say, wasn’t nearly as entertaining as last year’s show. By all accounts, host Ricky Gervais did not perform as successfully this year as he did last year … and I think that fact had a huge impact on the show overall. A lot of my fave actors won this year (Jessica Lange, Meryl Streep, Madonna) as did some of my fave TV shows (Homeland, FTW!) … but I think the French silent film The Artist was the biggest winner of the night. Click below to see some photos from the red carpet arrivals, read some deets about the show itself and see some happy folks holding their shiny new Globes in the press room last night.


Silent-era film “The Artist” and family drama “The Descendants” were the top film picks at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday 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 honor of best dramatic movie and another for Clooney as best dramatic actor. Onstage he thanked writer/director Alexander Payne and backstage told reporters, “he knows how to tell stories. He knows how to make something funny and how to turn it around.” Clooney called the movie “a coming-of-age film for a 50-year-old and a lot of us have dealt with people like that.” “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 almost every scene of his in the movie, little dog Uggie detracted from an emotional speech by the film’s director, Michel Hazanavicius, when the dog begged for a treat. Other key 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.” Streep, who is typically reliable with a funny acceptance speech had a difficult time reading hers this year when she forgot her glasses. 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.” Veteran Christopher Plummer, 82, won 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. 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” … Unlike the Oscar voters, HFPA members also vote on their favorite TV shows and performances and in that arena “Homeland,” about a modern-day CIA agent tracking returning war soldiers who may be terrorists, took home two Golden Globes for best drama series and best actress in a drama for Claire Danes. Best actor in a drama TV series went to Kelsey Grammer for his role as a stern corporate manager in “Boss.” “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. Best actress in a TV comedy went to Laura Dern for “Enlightened” and the comedic actor trophy was won by Matt LeBlanc for “Episodes.” Coming into the show, all eyes were on host Gervais, who ruffled the feathers of many a Hollywood celebrities last year at the Golden Globes. While he didn’t tone down his jokes for the 2012 audience — making fun of Johnny Depp, Jodie Foster, Kim Kardashian and the HFPA itself — it seemed the stars were in the mood for his biting wit this time around. “I thought he did a great job,” Clooney told reporters backstage. “I think he handled tonight like a proper good host again … people were expecting a lot of trash talk, and he did a little bit of that, and he made me laugh, he was very funny.” In fact, it seemed Gervais’ humor was rather tame at some points compared to others who made penis jokes onstage and used foul language. At one point, Gervais came onstage drinking a beer, but somehow that seemed fitting for an awards show that bills itself as one big Hollywood party.


Many folks believe that Ricky Gervais was less controversial this year because of pressure from the Hollywood Foreign Press. My guess is that he just wasn’t as good as he was last year … plain and simple. I was MOST disappointed that Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross did not win the Golden Globe award for Best Original Score for their work on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (the award went to The Artist – blah!). I was very happy that the new Showtime TV series Homeland did so well last night. I’ve been meaning to see The Artist for weeks now … I guess I’ll have to see it since it is now the front-runner for the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Regarding the show, I thought it started out kinda boring … and only got a bit entertaining in parts. Unlike last year, this year’s GGs felt slow and bloated … like most other awards shows. Still, congrats goes out to all the winners. This is the first big awards show of the season so we’re off and running toward the Oscars! What did y’all think of the show last night? Were you impressed or, at the very least, entertained?

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  1. bleeding ears

    I felt Ricky Gervais was handcuffed with not enough onscreen time. We saw him for like what, 9 minutes in a three hour show? And when he was onscreen…he didn’t deliver. I felt he chickened out after last year’s fallout. The show was a bore.

    • Katie

      I agree. He is the main reason I watched the show. I don’t know if it was that he chickened out. He just was not allowed a lot of room to do what he does best.

    • I felt like they cut Ricky’s onstage time in order to contain him. It was also a really lackluster year in film, with the exception of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I don’t care a fig for The Artist.

      I agree, Trent, I was REALLY disappointed that Trent and Atticus lost. That soundtrack is awesome! However, the awards shows are giving no love to Dragon Tattoo.

    • Lacey

      I agree with the not enough time. That was a ploy to try and tame him down I beleive. However, I thought Ricky was hilarious when he was on screen. And Madonna’s quip…not funny at all. I think it was a tie between Seth Rogen and George Clooney for the funniest of the night.

    • ChristineLA

      I agree with you on the Seth Rogan front. I love it when the comedians get the “serious” actresses in a fit of completely unrecoverable giggles. Priceless, and my biggest laugh of the night.

  2. Joanna

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the HFPA had something to do with his less than stellar performance. I bet they had a little talk with him and put boundaries on what he could and could not say. IMO I feel he got too much preshow press about how raunchy he was going to be so people had high expectations and he just couldn’t top last year. I’m sure the ratings on the show were amazing and that’s all the network really cares about.

  3. I thought all the winners were accurate. I really liked Michelle’s speech about her daughter!! That was super cute. Madonna’s arms were out of control. Girl needs to slow her roll!! Anywho, I liked them over all. I can’t wait for the big time known as the OSCARS!

  4. Ama

    I didn’t watch it, I was going to but then forgot but I have a question for anyone that watched- Was Yoshiki anywhere in the program, did he do anything? I know he wrote/made the theme song for the golden globes this year but I’m just curious if he did anything or was a part of anything else for it.

  5. Amélie

    I’m over excited for Jean Dujardin !!! He was a great funny movies actor, and now he shows everyone he can play whatever he wants ! He is huge here in France and i hope he will gain America’s love too ! He really deserves it.

  6. John

    I thought Ricky was good but could have been so much more harsh and severe- definitely tamed. And im so annoyed The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Harry Potter 7 pt2 got no love they were by far the best films of the year! Rooney Mara was just mesmerising in DT :(

  7. DJ

    I was surprisingly happy with every winner last night (at least in the movie categories). Meryl TOTALLY deserved to win over Viola. Hands down, best performance of the year. SO happy that Bridesmaids won nothing as it is so not worthy of even being nominated. And Descendants was pretty much my favorite movie of the year – next to Harry Potter which ruled this year!

    I’m a HUGE Madonna fan but I have to say.. Masterpiece aint the greatest song in the world, but none of the others caught my eye (or ear) either. And yeah, her arms are kinda icky looking. W.E. is not a good movie at all, but it’s kinda not deserving of all the negative press its received. If anyone else directed that movie, people would say “eh” and move on but cuz it’s Madonna, they feel the need to rip it to shreds. Personally, I wish she’d just stick to music and putting Gags in her place. :-)

    Sorry, Trent, I know you love the Reznor, as do I, but The Artist score was SO much better a match with that film that Reznor’s score for Dragon Tattoo. Don’t get me wrong, loved the score for Dragon Tattoo, in my top 5 scores for the year. But The Artist had a better marriage of film and score to me. Though if I had my choice, I would’ve given it to Harry Potter (I’m sensing a theme here). :-)

    And i think the best acceptance speech of the night was from Modern Family. Brilliance beyond brilliant!

  8. George Clooney’s speech was just so effortless..Just like his good looks..He can do no wrong..And Modern Family’s speech was great..Ricky Gervais was ok..I feel like he might have been a little muzzled, too..Meh..Whatever..At the end of the day, it’s just rich people patting themselves on the back..It just gets so old..

  9. AmandaNikita

    I agree with Trent that Ricky just didn’t deliver, I don’t think it had anything to do with the fact that he was censored or limited in any way, he just didn’t bring it.

    Since I haven’t seen “The Artist” or “Homeland”, she show was pretty dull. I was stoked that Peter Dinklage took it home for “Game Of Thrones”, he is fantastic in that show. I really hope Rooney takes the Oscar for best actress, I adore Maryl and her class but she needs to give someone else a turn lol.

    Loved George Clooney, Maryl Streep, Claire Danes and Seth Rogan – they all kept it sincere, funny and classy. I hate the forceful jokes and awkwardness of people at award shows, so it was nice to see.

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