Golden Globes: The Artist wins three awards


Ricky Gervais toned down his routine for this year's ceremony

Black and white silent film The Artist took home three prizes from the Golden Globe awards in Los Angeles, hosted by British comedian Ricky Gervais.

The Oscar-tipped movie was named best comedy and won additional prizes for lead actor Jean Dujardin and its score.

The Descendants was named best film drama and won a best actor prize for its star George Clooney.

Other lead actor awards went to Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady and Michelle Williams for My Week with Marilyn.


With its reputation as a more laid-back awards ceremony than the Oscars, the Golden Globes are still a key "awards season" date.

This year there was recognition for the big movie maestros, including Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen and Steven Spielberg.

But what does it mean for the Oscars? The Globes have had a poor track record in recent years for predicting the best picture winner in February.

In 2011 the Globes backed The Social Network, which got trounced by The King's Speech a month later.

Things could be different this year: The Globes wins for the The Artist and The Descendants sets the scene for a two-horse race at the Oscars.

Meryl Streep's actress win for The Iron Lady also bodes well for an Oscar statuette, though no-one should discount Michelle Williams who also picked up an acting Globe for My Week With Marilyn.

Streep, who plays Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, thanked "everyone in England who let me come over there and trample over their history".

Williams, recognised for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe, thanked the Globes for "putting in my hand the same award you put in Marilyn's hand more than 50 years ago".

Martin Scorsese was named best director for Hugo, a family film that marked his first 3D feature, while Steven Spielberg received the animated feature prize for The Adventures of Tintin.

Veteran actor Christopher Plummer won the evening's first award for his supporting role in Beginners.

The female equivalent went to Octavia Spencer for her role as a domestic servant in The Help.

Pop star Madonna was recognised for Masterpiece, a song she wrote for her historical drama W.E.

Iran's A Separation received the award for best foreign language film, while Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris won best screenplay.

It was a good night for British talent in the television categories, which saw ITV1 period drama Downton Abbey named best mini-series.

"How fabulous this is," said series creator Julian Fellowes. "The whole Downton Abbey adventure has been an extraordinary one, like spotting a promising child and waking up to find they won the Olympics."

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You don't need to thank everyone you've ever met or members of your family, who have done nothing. Just the main two - your agent and God." ”

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Britain's Idris Elba collected a best actor prize for BBC One crime drama Luther, while Kate Winslet was recognised for HBO mini-series Mildred Pierce.

Amidst the celebration and back-slapping, though, a poignant note was struck by Peter Dinklage as he picked up a supporting actor prize for Game of Thrones.

The US actor, who has dwarfism, ended his speech by paying tribute to Martin Henderson, a man with restricted growth from Somerset.

The 37-year-old was left with serious back injuries after being picked up and dropped on the ground outside a pub last October.

Gervais, criticised last year with his sharp-tongued presenting style, opened the ceremony with a waspish monologue.

Yet while he was briefly silenced for swearing, his barbs were not as cutting as they were 12 months ago.

The 50-year-old began the night by telling the star-studded audience the Globes were "just like the Oscars... without all that esteem".

The event, he continued, was to the Oscars "what Kim Kardashian is to Kate Middleton - a bit louder, a bit trashier, a bit drunker."

The Office co-creator said he had been given strict instructions by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), organisers of the ceremony.

Meryl Streep Meryl Streep's portrayal of Margaret Thatcher won her Golden Globe glory

"The Hollywood Foreign Press has warned me that if I insult anybody... they'll definitely have me back next year," he joked.

Johnny Depp, Dame Helen Mirren and Colin Firth were a few of the stars who received a gentle ribbing over the course of the evening.

Yet the comedian got as good as he gave later when he introduced Madonna with a reference to her song Like a Virgin.

"If I'm like a virgin, Ricky, why don't you come over here and do something about it," joked the pop star turned director.

The Golden Globes is one of the first major awards ceremonies in the run-up to the Oscars, to be held this year on 26 February.

Both films and TV shows are recognised, with separate categories for dramas, comedies and mini-series or motion pictures made for television.


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    Comment number 62.

    I'd say to all those who say they won't be going to see a monochrome film with no dialogue - expand your mind a bit and take a risk - you may find you'll like it. It's only a couple of hours out of your life, after all, and better than the telly.

    I've seen plenty of colour films I wish I hadn't, and plenty of dialogue not worth hearing, and I look forward to seeing the film.

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    Comment number 61.

    I am amazed how some people use their comments postings as an opportunity to insult other posters. Why is it that these people need to refer to others as: neo Marxist, lefties, the great unwashed or idiots just because they hold a different opinion? Surely it would be better if they made a stronger point or a better argument. I love Gervais and Streep.

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    Comment number 60.

    is all that needs to be said...???

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    Comment number 59.

    In 1966 none less than David Attenborough said of the new colour plans for BBC TV:
    "The shows that BBC2 will be scheduling will be exciting new shows in black and white. They'll be that much more exciting and newer in colour."

    Me and Mrs Odicean will not be conned into paying to watch a film in black and white - PLUS with no talking in it. End of.

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    Comment number 58.

    Did Meryl Strepp get her award for 'Best Portrayal of an evil witch?'

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    Comment number 57.

    Idris Elber....a great actor who is yet to be given the lead role in a major film that he deserves.

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    Comment number 56.

    Ahh, so nice to see all the OK-magazine-buying plebs out in force, all negging good comments. Are all your lives so dull & boring that you have to follow slebs everyday lives, & watch this disgusting back-slapping red-carpet garbage ?
    An industry that loves to prosecute kids for downloading their movies, & push SOPA on the world. I'm happy for the winner, but the spectacle behind it disgusts me.

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    Comment number 55.

    in response to the people stating we dont need to see rich paid actors as we are depressed, I have never heard such rubbish. firstly what you watch is a CHOICE, secondly, the humour provided by Ricky Gervais makes me laugh and forget about my daily misery.
    looking forward to the artist more than any film in a long time!

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    Comment number 54.

    Who cares!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Comment number 53.

    [cont…] More importantly however it contains great performances, characters and an engaging story, which is what I think most people desire from films.

    Your comment on it being backward looking is irrelevant, as technology is not what makes a film great. Something which a lot of films these days show us.

    Never have I walked out of a film and complained that it didn't have enough colour...

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    Comment number 52.

    Although sometimes overly vitriolic and off-topic, many of the very negatively rated comments do have underlying merit. Most industries have awards systems, but they are not televised for the 'benefit' of those outside the industry and it could be argued that it is not necessary so to do. It is sad that Nobel prize ceremonies, arguable celebrating man's greatest achievements, barely get a mention.

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    Comment number 51.

    Ricky Gervais came to notice playing a character who is irritating and embarrassing but thinks he is incredibly funny and clever.

    Proving that life can indeed immitate art.

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    Comment number 50.

    #23.L A Odicean

    Yes, I've seen it, and I think the only way you could be disappointed by the lack of colour and dialogue is if you had walked in to the wrong film.

    It portrays an era of cinema and does so in an interesting and innovative way precisely by using black and white film, and in fact has some very clever use of sound as well as special effects... [tbc]

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    Comment number 49.

    Why do some people have to bring the government in to every single topic of discussion? Personally, I think the The Iron Lady, The Artist and My Week With Marilyn deserved their awards. Also enjoyed Gervais' hosting. But I really do wish that some BBC users would try and leave politics out of their comments where it isn't necessary. Not an article regarding politics, so why involve it? Puzzled.

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    Comment number 48.

    Goodness. It's artistic "industry" back-slapping season. Is it that time already? Seems like we've just got over the last one

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    Comment number 47.

    6. frankiecrisp
    They give themselves awards which I suppose is clever if you think about it. The fools are the ones who really believe it and go out like lemmings to watch something 'cos it won awards, didn't it?'
    Congratulations you were voted by your mates to be the best luvvie today. Here's another few million, my turn next time.

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    Comment number 46.

    Obviously this is entirely subjective, but in my opinion, A Separation was by far , the best film I saw last year. I actually disliked The Artist ( a triumph of style, plus performing dog, over substance ) .

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    Comment number 45.

    Great comics (cartoonists and journalists) have successfully pricked self-righteous pomposity and abuse of power. That's something Ricky Gervais does with great aplomb. Anyway enough about the pricks...

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    Comment number 44.

    Ricky Gervais humour is honest and refreshing. I can safely say that the PC Brigade and looney liberals will disagree, but I welcome more of this matter of fact take on life and reality.

    Well done Ricky Gervais for being single mindedly frank.

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    Comment number 43.

    @Jonnyboy I'm sure what she left of the rest of the UK is quite happy for Thatcher to be associated with England.


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