The night began with a couple of moderate surprises as Natalie Portman and Clive Owen brought home the globes for Supporting roles from the fantastic flick Closer, a psycho-sexual drama directed by Mike Nichols.
The top prizes of the feature film night found their way into the arms of The Aviator (Drama) and Sideways (Musical or Comedy). Sideways seemed to be the favorite as it is the critical darling of the year, and The Aviator was a toss-up as it faced a large list of possible selections, primarily my fav of the year, Million Dollar Baby.
Top acting duties fell into the hands of Jamie Foxx (Ray) and Leonardo DiCaprio (The Avaitor). For both actors this was their first major award win and firmly pits the two in an award battle as the Oscar nominations loom just around the corner.
As far as the ladies go Annette Bening (Being Julia) and Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby) take home the top prizes, and while I haven’t seen Being Julia I can attest to Swank’s performance in Million Dollar Baby as absolutely amazing.
Sideways didn’t stop at Best Musical or Comedy as Payne was recognized for one accomplishment as he and his fellow scribe Jim Taylor were awarded the Globe for best Screenplay.
On the television side things were spread out amongst a loarge list of shows, but one win stood out in my mind as Glenn Close brings home her first Golden Globe after seven nominations for Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television, for her part in Showtime’s “The Lion in Winter.”