The Artist took home three accolades at last night’s (15.01.12) 69th annual Golden Globe Awards. The silent black-and-white movie scooped Best Motion Picture in the Comedy or Musical category, while Best Score went to composer Ludovic Bource and lead star Jean Dujardin was awarded Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical.
Meanwhile, Michelle Williams took home Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe – who won the same award in 1960 – in ‘My Week With Marilyn’.
Paying tribute to her six-year-old daughter with late actor Heath Ledger, Matilda, she said: “Gosh, you know I consider myself a mother first and an actress second and the first person I want to thank is my daughter. My little girl.
“Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for putting in my hand the same award that Marilyn Monroe herself won over 50 years ago.”
Elsewhere, Meryl Streep picked up Best Actress in a Drama for her role as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in ‘The Iron Lady’, thanking the UK for allowing her to “trample over their history”.
She said: “Thank you to everyone in England who let me come over there and trample over their history.”
George Clooney picked up Best Dramatic Actor for his role in ‘The Descendants’ – which also bagged the ‘Best Dramatic Picture’ gong – while Madonna was perhaps one of the more stunned winners of the evening after winning Best Original Song for ‘Masterpiece’ from her directorial debut ‘W.E’.
Meanwhile, veteran Martin Scorcese received a standing ovation from his peers after winning Best Director for ‘Hugo’, and he admitted his 12-year-old daughter Francesca originally read the book and inspired him to produce the movie.
Ricky Gervais hosted the star-studded ceremony – held at Los Angeles’ Beverly Hilton Hotel – for the second year running, and his jokes proved as controversial as ever.
Opening the show, he said: “It’s so good having a job where you can get drunk and say what you want. And they still pay me.
“Tonight, you get Britain’s biggest comedian hosting the world’s second biggest award show on America’s third biggest network. Oh, sorry, fourth. It’s fourth. They’re like the Oscars but without all that esteem.”
“The Golden Globes are to the Oscars what Kim Kardashian is to Kate Middleton. A bit louder, a bit trashier, a bit drunker and more easily bought. Allegedly. Nothing’s been proven.”
GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS 2012 FULL LIST OF WINNERS:
Best Animated Film
‘The Adventures of TinTin’
Best Actor in a Drama
George Clooney, ‘The Descendants’
Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical
Jean Dujardin, ‘The Artist’
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Christopher Plummer, ‘Beginners’
Best Actress in a Drama
Meryl Streep, ‘The Iron Lady’
Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy
Michelle Williams, ‘My Week with Marilyn’
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Octavia Spencer, ‘The Help’
‘Martin Scorsese’, Hugo
‘Midnight in Paris’, Woody Allen
Best Score – Motion Picture
‘The Artist’ – Ludovic Bource
Best Original Song – Motion Picture
‘Masterpiece’ – Madonna
Best Foreign Language Film
‘A Separation, Iran’
Cecil B. Demille Award