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The Aviator leads award-winners at Golden Globes

Story by: Jack Foley

(View the nominations for 2006)

MARTIN Scorsese's lavish Howard Hughes biopic, The Aviator, flew highest at this year's Golden Globes, landing the best film accolade, as well as the best actor award for star, Leonardo DiCaprio.

The film also won the best original score prize at the Beverley Hills ceremony on Sunday, January 16, 2005, making it a strong contender for Oscar success.

Accepting his award, a delighted DiCaprio immediately paid tribute to director, Scorsese, hailing him as 'one of the greatest contributors to the world of cinema of all time'.

Scorsese, however, missed out on the best director prize, which went to Clint Eastwood, for his powerful boxing drama, Million Dollar Baby.

Its star, Hilary Swank, was named best actress, at the expense of Britain's Imelda Staunton, for Vera Drake.

Swank also paid tribute to her director and co-star, Eastwood, saying: "You guided us so brilliantly, while you also, in my humble opinion, gave the performance of your career."

Quirky comedy, Sideways, which headed the nominations field with seven nods, was named best screenplay and best comedy.

While Jamie Foxx, who also made history by being the first actor to land three nominations in the same year, won best actor in a the musical/comedy category for his masterful depiction of Ray Charles in Ray.

In the other two categories he was nominated for, Foxx was beaten to the best supporting actor title by Clive Owen, for Closer, and the best actor in a TV movie prize, by Geoffrey Rush in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers.

Owen's Closer co-star, Natalie Portman, also won a best supporting award.

And Annette Bening won best actress in a musical/comedy for Being Julia, while emotive Spanish movie, The Sea Inside, was named best foreign language film.

Of the other British successes on the night, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, a BBC co-production starring Geoffrey Rush as the legendary comedian, was named best TV movie.

While Mick Jagger and Dave Stewart won the best original song award for Old Habits Die Hard from movie re-make Alfie.

Former Lovejoy star, Ian McShane, was named best actor in a TV drama for his lead role in western, Deadwood.

Hotly-tipped UK hopes Kate Winslet and Imelda Staunton went home empty-handed, however, despite lead actress nominations for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Vera Drake respectively.

Unlike the Oscars, the Golden Globes also honour the best in television, with Channel 4's new suburban series, Desperate Housewives, named best TV comedy show.

Actress Teri Hatcher beat fellow Desperate Housewives stars Marcia Cross and Felicity Huffman to the best comedy actress prize.

While another of Channel 4's import success, cosmetic surgery series Nip/Tuck, pipped The Sopranos and Deadwood to the best television drama title.

Arrested Development star, Jason Bateman, was named best TV actor in a musical or comedy series.

The Golden Globes are awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, comprising film reporters based in Los Angeles and working for overseas outlets.

Of the other notable prizes on the night, Robin Williams, a five-time Globe winner for such films as The Fisher King and Good Morning, Vietnam, received the Cecil B DeMille award for career achievement.

He dedicated his prize to Superman actor, Christopher Reeve, who died last year.

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