2012 Golden Globe Award Winners: ‘The Artist’ and ‘The Descendants’ Top the Night’s Festivities

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2012 Golden Globe Award Winners

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) handed out the 2012 Golden Globe Awards tonight, which saw The Artist take home the most awards including Best Picture (Musical or Comedy), Actor (Musical or Comedy) for Jean Dujardin and Original Score for composer Ludovic Bource. Close behind was The Descendants, which took home two awards including Best Picture (Drama) and Best Actor (Drama) for George Clooney.

The biggest story heading into the night, however, wasn’t the actual awards, but host Ricky Gervais, whom I felt dialed it way back compared to last year and most of his jokes appeared as if they had been turned in ahead of time allowing the presenters time to write their own “witty” comebacks.

In fact, it turned the night into a bit of a bore as I slowly began to feel as if our live blog was becoming a list of names and winners rather than anything interesting.

Beyond the winners mentioned above, others that were all anticipated include a Supporting Actress win for Octavia Spencer (The Help), a Supporting Actor win for Christopher Plummer (Beginners), a Best Actress (Musical or Comedy) win for Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn) and Foreign Language Film going to Iran’s A Separation.

There were, however, a few surprises, and we’ll begin with what may be the biggest surprise as far as I am concerned, which is a Best Director win for Martin Scorsese for Hugo. Granted, when I say “surprise” that is simply to say I didn’t predict him to win. My bet was on Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist and my second pick would have been Alexander Payne for The Descendants, but I guess when you consider the star power of those two, Scorsese just might be the better prediction.

Speaking of star power, my prediction that Meryl Streep would win over Viola Davis (The Help) was on the money, though I now expect Davis to win with the Screen Actors Guild and then at the Oscars in February.

I did expect Rango to take home Best Animated Feature, but that ended up going to The Adventures of Tintin, which afforded the opportunity to have Steven Spielberg take the stage and then Woody Allen won for his Midnight in Paris screenplay, a prediction I was happy to be wrong on.

Now what does this all mean when it comes to predicting the Oscars? Well, I’ll get to that tomorrow with my annual Golden Globes vs. Oscars piece, but here’s a hint, don’t expect to have learned much. After all, The Artist and The Descendants are still neck-and-neck when it comes to being favorites for Best Picture (edge goes to The Artist at the moment) and the ladies from The Help are still likely front-runners for Actress and Supporting Actress and so on…

But, like I said, more on that tomorrow. For now, here are the winners with the television awards on Page 2. If you didn’t follow our live blog of the event you can catch up on that right here and you can explore the history of the Golden Globe Award winners right here.

I have also updated the “Oscar Overture” with tonight’s wins for The Artist and The Descendants as we look forward to next Sunday and the Screen Actors Guild Awards as the race toward the Oscars continues.

MOTION PICTURE WINNERS AND NOMINEES
winners are listed in bold and red

BEST PICTURE (DRAMA)
  • The Descendants
  • The Help
  • Hugo
  • The Ides of March
  • Moneyball
  • War Horse
BEST PICTURE (COMEDY/MUSICAL)
  • 50/50
  • The Artist
  • Bridesmaids
  • Midnight in Paris
  • My Week with Marilyn
BEST ACTOR (DRAMA)
  • George Clooney, The Descendants
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar
  • Michael Fassbender, Shame
  • Ryan Gosling, The Ides of March
  • Brad Pitt, Moneyball
BEST ACTRESS (DRAMA)
  • Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
  • Viola Davis, The Help
  • Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
  • Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk about Kevin
BEST ACTOR (COMEDY/MUSICAL)
  • Jean Dujardin, The Artist
  • Brendan Gleeson, The Guard
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 50/50
  • Ryan Gosling, Cazy Stupid Love
  • Owen Wilson, Midnight in Paris
BEST ACTRESS (COMEDY/MUSICAL)
  • Jodie Foster, Carnage
  • Charlize Theron, Young Adult
  • Kristin Wiig, Bridesmaids
  • Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn
  • Kate Winslet, Carnage
SUPPORTING ACTOR
  • Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn
  • Albert Brooks, Drive
  • Jonah Hill, Moneyball
  • Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method
  • Christopher Plummer, Beginners
SUPPORTING ACTRESS
  • Berenice Bejo, The Artist
  • Jessica Chastain, The Help
  • Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
  • Octavia Spencer, The Help
  • Shailene Woodley, The Descendants
DIRECTOR
  • Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
  • George Clooney, The Ides of March
  • Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
  • Alexander Payne, The Descendants
  • Martin Scorsese, Hugo
ANIMATED FILM
  • The Adventures of Tintin
  • Arthur Christmas
  • Cars 2
  • Puss in Boots
  • Rango
SCREENPLAY
  • Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
  • George Cloney and Grant Heslov, The Ides of March
  • Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
  • Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, The Descendants
  • Steve Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, Moneyball
FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM
  • The Flowers of War
  • In the Land of Blood and Honey
  • The Kid with a Bike
  • A Separation
  • The Skin I Live In
ORIGINAL SCORE
  • Ludovic Bource, The Artist
  • Abel Korzeniowski, W.E.
  • Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Howard Shore, Hugo
  • John Williams, War Horse
ORIGINAL SONG
  • “Hello Hello” from Gnomeo and Juliet
  • “The Keeper” from Machine Gun Preacher
  • “Lay Your Head Down” from Albert Nobbs
  • “The Living Proof” from The Help
  • “Masterpiece” from W.E.
Cecil B. deMille Award
  • Morgan Freeman

The television winners are on the next page…

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