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Golden Globes 2007 - The Queen, Babel & Dreamgirls reign supreme

Dame Helen Mirren in The Queen

Story by Jack Foley

DAME Helen Mirren reigned supreme at this year’s Golden Globes (2007), winning two acting prizes for her portrayal of British monarchs.

The star won best actress for her performance as Elizabeth II in Stephen Frears’ The Queen and best actress in a TV min-series for her role as Elizabeth I in the show of the same name.

The two major film awards went to Babel in the best dramatic film category and Dreamgirls in the best musical or comedy.

There were also key prizes for Martin Scorsese (best director), Forest Whitaker (best dramatic actor), Sacha Baron Cohen (best actor, musical or comedy), Meryl Streep (best actress, musical or comedy) and Eddie Murphy (best supporting actor).

Forest Whitaker won his Golden Globe for playing Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland and is now seen as a firm favourite to triumph at next month’s Oscars.

His triumph came at the expense of Leonardo DiCaprio who had been nominated twice in the same category for performances in The Departed and Blood Diamond.

The Departed did, however, earn a prize for its creator, Martin Scorsese, who beat Clint Eastwood to the best director prize.

Eastwood was another star who had received dual nominations in the same category (best director) for his films Flags Of Our Fathers and Letters From Iwo Jima – both depictions of the key World War Two battle for the Japanese island of Iwo Jima.

But the latter film – released in the UK in February – was named best foreign language film.

Sacha Baron Cohen, meanwhile, made a mockery of the controversy surrounding his film, Borat, by winning the best actor prize in the musical or comedy category.

He described the film as “a life-changing experience” and once again thanked every American who had not sued him yet – as he had done days earlier at the Critics’ Choice Awards.

Meryl Streep, meanwhile, won her best actress Golden Globe for fashion comedy The Devil Wears Prada and said the award made her “want to cry with gratitude”.

Another of the night’s big winners was Dreamgirls which, in addition to being named best musical or comedy film, earned Eddie Murphy an award for best supporting movie actor.

Accepting his awards, the comedian acknowledged that people don;t usually offer him supporting roles but added: “I’ve always been open to it – it just never came to me.”

He went on to describe Bill Condon’s musical as “a wonderful movie”.

His co-star, Jennifer Hudson, a former American Idol contestant, was named best supporting actress and admitted that she had “never ever dreamed this big”.

“This goes far beyond anything I could have ever imagined,” she said.

Although Babel – starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett – won best drama, it failed to pick up any other Golden Globes despite being nominated seven times in all.

2007 also marked a first for the Globes with a new animation category, won by Pixar’s Cars.

TV awards

British actors became the toast of the Golden Globes in several of the key television awards.

Aside from Dame Helen Mirren’s triumph in mini-series Elizabeth I, there were also awards for Jeremy Irons (for the same show) and House star Hugh Laurie.

Emily Blunt was named best supporting TV actress for Stephen Poliakoff’s drama Gideon’s Daughter, while her co-star Bill Nighy was named best actor for a mini-series or film made for TV.

Commenting on her success as Elizabeth I, Dame Helen said felt “incredibly honoured”, before joking that the monarch she played would have had “an amazing speech at this point”.

“But I have nothing to say except thank you very much,” she continued. “I had an incredible role and the role always is the lead.”

Her co-star, Jeremy Irons, who played the 16th Century ruler’s lover, described his award as “wonderful”, adding: “Why is it that the jobs that are the most fun are the ones that give you the awards? It’s like you don’t deserve them.”

Top-rated medical drama Grey’s Anatomy was named best TV drama series, while Ugly Betty received best TV comedy series. Its star, America Ferrera, was named top comedy actress on TV.

Alec Baldwin was presented with the prize for best TV comedy actor, for 30 Rock, and Kyra Sedgwick was named best actress in a TV drama for The Closer.

See our list of the winners in full…