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Golden Globes 2012: The Artist wins three top awards

The Artist

Story by Jack Foley

THE Artist has emerged as the biggest winner at the Golden Globes, taking home three of the night’s top prizes.

The black and white silent movie homage was named best comedy and also scored additional prizes for lead actor Jean Dujardin and its score.

Other top film awards on the night went to The Descendants, which took best dramatic film and best actor for George Clooney.

Its producer, Jim Burke, praised Clooney by referring to the actor as “our quarterback… a generous actor who helped everyone do their very best”.

And he said that if the movie becomes a timeless film, it will be because of the talent of writer/director Alexander Payne.

Clooney himself acknowledged his fellow nominees, including Brad Pitt (for both his films and his humanitarian efforts) and Michael Fassbender (for going full-frontal on screen). The award was his third Globe.

In the female categories, Meryl Streep was named best actress in a dramatic role for The Iron Lady and Michelle Williams took the comedy or musical equivalent for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in My Week With Marilyn.

Picking up her prize, Streep thanked “everyone in England who let me come over there and trample over their history”, while Williams 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 his family movie Hugo, which marked his first 3D film, while Steven Spielberg picked up the best animated movie award for his The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn.

In doing so, he acknowledged the work of one of his performers, Andy Serkis, who he described as “the man of a thousand digital faces”.

Veteran actor Christopher Plummer was named best supporting actor for his portrayal of a gay man who comes out during his elderly years in Beginners, while Octavia Spencer took the best supporting actress award for her performance in The Help.

Plummer also referenced a Brit, “that wiley Scot” Ewan McGregor (his on-screen son), while Spencer referenced the words of Martin Luther King, saying: “With regard to domestics in this country, now and then, I think Dr. King said it best. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignifty and importance.”

Woody Allen took home an award for best screenplay for his Midnight in Paris (accepted on the night by Nicole Kidman), Madonna was recognised for a song she wrote for her new film, W.E. in the form of Masterpiece and Iranian film A Separation took the best foreign language trophy.

Morgan Freeman, meanwhile, was the recipient of this year’s HFPA Cecille B. DeMille Award, which he received from Sidney Poitier.

The awards were once again hosted by British comedian Ricky Gervais, who returned in spite of the controversy surrounding some of his jokes last year.

The 50-year-old referenced that early on when he joked: “The Hollywood Foreign Press has warned me that if I insult anybody… they’ll definitely have me back next year!”

And duly obliged with some potshots at celebrities such as Madonna and Johnny Depp.

But with Hollywood now prepared to take his brand of humour, some gave back as good as they got, with Madonna challenging Gervais’ reference to her song Like A Virgin with the comeback: ““If I’m like a virgin, Ricky, why don’t you come over here and do something about it.”

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