12 Years a Slave and American Hustle dominate Golden Globes nominations

With such an eclectic and crowded year, the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association were spoiled for choice when they picked their honorees. No one had been able to predict this year’s nominations, yet no one was surprised when they were announced this morning. Each one of these nominations was justly merited.

Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave and David O. Russell’s American Hustle led the pack with 7 nods each, including best picture, best director and other acting categories for Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong’o, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper.

These nominations will undoubtedly help catapult these films to solid front-runners on the road to the coveted Oscars, considering that the Globes are closely watched by Academy voters.

12 Years A Slave will run against Captain Phillips, Gravity, Philomena and Rush in the best dramatic film category, while American Hustle will compete against Her, Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska and The Wolf of Wall Street for best musical and comedy category.

In the best director category, McQueen and O. Russell will compete with Alfonso Cuaron for Gravity, Paul Greengrass for Captain Phillips and Alexander Payne for Nebraska.

The Golden Globes offer two categories for best lead actor and actress: one for drama and another for musical comedy.

Joining Ejiofor in the best actor in drama category are Idris Elba for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Tom Hanks for Captain Phillips, Matthew McConnaughey for Dallas Buyers Club and Robert Redford for All Is Lost. While in the best actor in a comedy or musical, Bale will vie with Bruce Dern for Nebraska, Oscar Isaac for Inside Llewyn Davis, Joaquin Phoenix for Her and Leonardo DiCaprio for The Wolf of Wall Street.

The nominees for best actress in a drama are Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine, Sandra Bullock for Gravity, Emma Thompson for Saving Mr. Banks, Judi Dench for Philomena and Kate Winslet for Labour Day. And the category for best actress in a comedy or a musical included Amy Adams for American Hustle, Julie Delpy for Before Midnight, Greta Gerwig for Frances Ha, Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Enough Said and Meryl Streep for August: Osage County.

In the best supporting actor category, Fassbender and Cooper will compete with Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club, Daniel Bruhl for Rush and newcommer Barkhad Abdi for Captain Phillips. And in the best supporting actress category, Lawrence and Nyong’o will run against Julia Roberts for August: Osage County, June Squibb for Nebraska and Sally Hawkins for Blue Jasmine.

Perceptibly absent from the nominations were Lee Daniel’s The Butler and its famous star Oprah Winfrey. Also the heart-rending low budget drama Fruitvale Station, which had been recognised by other award competitions, was missing.

The Hollywood Foreign Press also honours TV, and this year they have for first time recognised internet TV shows such as Netflix’s House of Cards, which collected 3 nods for Best TV Drama, Best Actor and Actress  in a TV series drama for Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright respectively.

House of Cards will run against Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Masters of Sex and The Good Wife in the TV series: Drama.

The Golden Globes Awards will be announced on 12th January next year at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles and broadcast live on NBC.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to return as Golden Globes host

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler

Two-time Globes-winning comedy actress, Tina Fey, and a Globes nominee, Amy Poehler, will return to host the annual Golden Globes for the second time in a row.

The announcement was made by Globes organizers: the Hollywood Foreign Press, NBC and Dick Clark’s productions, who were thrilled for the return of the two comedians, who have committed to host the show for two more years: 2014-2015.

Thanks to the duo’s  critically-acclaimed performance last year, the awards ceremony drew 19.7 million viewers, up 17% from the year before to become the most watched Globes ever.

“Tina and Amy are two of the most talented comedic writer/performers in our business and they were a major reason the Golden Globes was the most entertaining awards show of last season,” said NBC’s alternative programming president Paul Telegdy. “We’re elated they wanted to host together again and that they committed for the next two years.”

Fey is executive producer, head writer and star of NBC comedy hit show 30 Rock, which was nominated for a record 22 Emmy awards and won 3. In addition to collecting 2 Globes, Fey’s performance in the show has earned her an Emmy and 3 SAG awards. She has also won an Emmy and two Writers Guild awards for her writing on Saturday Night Live, which she had worked on for 9 seasons before she created 30 Rock.

Poehler produces and stars in the NBC comedy series Parks and Recreation, for which she gained a Golden Globes nomination last year and 3 Emmy nominations for acting and one for writing. She has previously co starred with Fey in Saturday Night Live and in the films Mean Girls and Baby Mama.

The event had been presented without host until 4 years ago, when British Comedian Ricky Gervais took to the stage and unleashed his uncompromising comedy, rattling Hollywood and offending its stars. In spite of his controversial delivery, Gervais was rehired to host the Globes for additional two years.

The Golden Globe Awards, which span both television and motion picture achievements, are voted for by The Hollywood Foreign Press 81 members and will air on January 13, reaching more than 192 countries.

Brits Shine at the Golden Globe Awards Nominations

Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt earn Golden Globes nominations for their roles in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

British pictures and talent dominated the 70th Golden Globe Award nominations, which were announced this morning at The Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles. Comedies The Best Exotic Hotel and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and Tom Hooper’s musical Les Miserables each gained a nomination in Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. They will be competing against Silver Linings Playbook and Moonrise Kingdom in the same category.

Salmon Fishing in The Yemen, also earned two nominations in the Best Performance by An Actor and Actress in Comedy or Musical for British actors Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt respectively. Two dames, Judi Dench and Maggie Smith from The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, joined Blunt in the same category, which also included Meryl Streep (Hope Springs) and Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook).

Ewan McGregor will be competing against Jack Black (Bernie), Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook), Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables) and Bill Murray (Hyde Park On Hudson).

British actors were also featured in the Drama section of the Golden Globes nominations. Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln) led the nominations in the Best Performance by An Actor, which also included Richard Gere (Arbitrage), John Hawkes (The Sessions), Joaquin Phoenix (The Master) and Denzel Washington (Flight), while a third dame, Helen Mirren (Hitchcock), and Rachel Weisz (The Deep Blue Sea) were joined by Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), Marion Cotillard (Rust and Bone) and Naomi Watts (The Impossible) in the Best Performance By An Actress in A Motion Picture.

There were no surprises in the Best Motion Picture in the drama section, which included Spielberg’s Lincoln, Ang Lee’s  Life of Pi, Tarantino’s Django Unchained, Ben Affleck’s Argo, and Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty. Each one of the above pictures also garnered a nomination for Best Director and Best Screenplay, except Life of Pi, which lost to the script of Silver Linings Playbook.

Django Unchained also took two nominations in the Best Performance By An Actor in A supporting Role for Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio. They were joined by Alan Arkin from Argo, Philip Seymour Hoffman from the Master and Tommy Lee Jones from Lincoln.

The nominations in The Best Performance by Actress in A Supporting Role category were bestowed on Nicole Kidman (Paperboy), Amy Adams (The Master), Sally Field (Lincoln), Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables) and Helen Hunt (The Sessions).

British pop star Adele lead the nomination in the Best Original Song for Skyfall in the recent Bond movie. She was joined by Keith Urban (For You – Act of Valour), Jon Bon Jovi (Not Running Anymore – Stand Up Guys), Claude-Michel Schonberg (Suddenly – Les Miserables) and Taylor Swift (Safe & Sound – The Hunger Games).

Counting nominations per movie this year reveals that Lincoln is the frontrunner with 7 nods, followed by Argo and Django Unchained, both of which have 5 nods.

The Golden Globes also honours TV in similar categories, namely it splits the awards into Drama and Comedy/musical. Like in Films, the TV nominations were dominated by British talent.

British series, Downton Abbey, which won the Golden Globes last year, gained 3 nominations including in the Best Television Series – Drama alongside Boardwalk Empire, Homeland, The Newsroom and Breaking Bad; and in The Best Performance by an Actress in Television Series – Drama for Michelle Dockery, who will be competing against Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife), Claire Danes (Homeland), Glenn Close (Damages) and Connie Britton (Nashville); and in The Best Performance By An Actress In a Supporting Role for Dame Maggie Smith, who was joined by fellow Brit Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife), Sarah Paulson (Game Change), Hayden Panettiere (Nashville) and Sofia Vergara (Modern Family).

BBC drama The Hour was honoured with a nomination in the Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television alongside Game Change, The Girl, Hatfields and McCoys and Political Animals.

In the same category, Brit Sienna Miller received a nod for Best Performance By an Actress for her role as Tippi Hedren in The Girl. She was joined by Nicole Kidman (Hemingway & Gellhorn), Jessica Lange (American Horror Story: Asylum), Julianne Moore (Game Change) and Sigourney Weaver (Political Animals). In the meantime, Miller’s co-star Toby Jones earned a nomination for Best Performance by an Actor, as Alfred Hitchcock. He will be competing against fellow Brits Clive Owen (Hemingways & Gellhorn)  and Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock), and  Woody Harrelson (Game Change) and Kevin Costner (Hatfield & McCoys).

British Actor Damian Lewis (Homeland) led the nominations in the Best Performance By an Actor in Television – Drama, which also included Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Jon Hamm (Mad Men) and Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom).

Musical Smash and Comedies The Big Bang Theory, Episodes, Girls and Modern Family each won a nomination in the Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical.

Tina Fey (30 Rock) and Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), who will be hosting the Golden Globe awards show next month, were among the nominees in the Best Performance by An Actress in a Television series, which also included Lena Dunham (Girls), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep) and Zooey Deschanel (New Girl).

The Golden Globe Awards are the most important awards in the film industry after the Oscars. They are voted for by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which is composed of 90 Hollywood-based journalists, who represent international media outlets. The awards will be announced at the Golden Globe Awards show, which will be broadcast live in the US on NBC on 13 January, 2013.

Jodie Foster to receive Cecil B. De Mille Award

Jodie Foster

Actor, director and producer Jodie Foster will receive the Cecil B. De Mille Award for lifetime achievement at the 70th Golden Globe Awards on January 13th from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA).

Selected by the HFPA board, the 49-year-old is the youngest recipient of the honour since Charlton Heston in 1967. During her long career, Foster has been recognised several times by the HFPA, winning a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for The Accused in 1989 and again for The Silence of the Lambs in 1992; and receiving 5 Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress in a Comedy for Freaky Friday in 1977,  and for the top Drama award in 1995 for Nell, in 1998 for Contact, for The Brave One in 2008 and in the comedy category for last year’s Carnage.

Foster began her acting career at 3 in commercials, but her breakthrough role in film came at 13 in Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver, which garnered her critical acclaim and multiple accolades, including an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Since then, Foster has appeared in more than 40 films, winning a multitude of awards, including two Oscars.

In 1991, the Hollywood star veered into directing, making her debut with the highly acclaimed Little Man Tate, followed soon afterwards by Home for the Holidays. But it took her another 15 years to make her third feature, The Beaver, which starred Mel Gibson and was released in 2011.

The Cecil B. De Mille Award will be presented to Foster at the 70th Annual Golden Globe® Awards on Sunday, January 13, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The Cecil B. De Mille Award, which was announced this morning at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills by actors Kristen Stewart and Simon Baker, is given annually by the HFPA to individuals who have made an impact on the world of entertainment. Last year the award was bestowed on Morgan Freeman. Previous honorees include Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Martin Scorsese, Frank Sinatra, Steven Spielberg, Sophia Loren and Harrison Ford.

 

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to host the Golden Globes

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler

Two-time Globes-winning comedy actress, Tina Fey, and a Globes nominee, Amy Poehler, will host the 70th annual Golden Globes, airing live on NBC Jan 13th from Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

The announcement was made by Globes organizers: the Hollywood Foreign Press, NBC and Dick Clark’s productions, who were thrilled to have the two comedians on board.

“Having both Tina Fey and Amy Poehler on board to host this year’s festivities is a major coup,” said NBC’s Paul Telegdy.  “Tina and Amy have a proven chemistry and comedic timing from their many years together on SNL to their successful co-starring roles in ‘Baby Mama.’”

Fey is executive producer, head writer and star of NBC comedy hit show 30 Rock, which was nominated for a record 22 Emmy awards and won 3. In addition to collecting 2 Globes, Fey’s performance in the show has earned her an Emmy and 3 SAG awards. She has also won an Emmy and two Writers Guild awards for her writing on Saturday Night Live, which she had worked on for 9 seasons before she created 30 Rock.

Poehler produces and stars in the NBC comedy series Parks and Recreation, for which she gained a Golden Globes nomination last year and 3 Emmy nominations for acting and one for writing. She has previously co starred with Fey in Saturday Night Live and in the films Mean Girls and Baby Mama.

The event had been presented without host until 3 years ago, when British Comedian Ricky Gervais took to the stage and unleashed his uncompromising comedy, rattling Hollywood and offending its stars. In spite of his controversial delivery, Gervais was rehired to host the Globes for additional two years.

The Golden Globe Awards, which span both television and motion picture achievements, are voted for by The Hollywood Foreign Press 81 members and will air on January 13, reaching more than 192 countries. Last year, the show drew 17 million viewers and earned an Emmy nomination.

The 85th annual Academy Awards, which will be hosted by Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, is to be held on February 24, but unlike previous years, when its nominations were revealed one week after the Globes, this year they will be announced on Jan 10th, three days before the Globes ceremony.

George Clooney rules at The Golden Globe nominations

George Clooney rules at The Golden Globe nominations

George Clooney rules at The Golden Globe nominations

Writer-director-actor, George Clooney, who has been nominated 8 times and won twice in previous years, scores 4 Golden Globe nominations today in Best Dramatic Actor for playing a beleaguered father in the Descendants,  Best director, Best screenwriting and Best picture for his political drama The Ides of March.

But the biggest winner in this years Globes nomination is the silent movie, The Artist, gaining 6 nominations in the categories of Best Drama, Best Director  and Best Screenplay for Michel Hazanavicius, Best Lead Actor for  Jean Dujardin and Best Supporting Actress for Berenice Bejo.

Hot on the heels of The Artist comes The Help and The Descendants each with 5 nominations including Best Drama for both, alongside Hugo, The Ides of March, Moneyball and War Horse.

Moneyball, The Ides of March, Midnight in Paris, My Week With Marilyn and Bridemaids are up for 3 prizes apiece.

Leonardo DiCaprio (J. Edgar), Brad Pitt (Moneyball), Michael Fassbender (Shame) and Ryan Gosling (The Ides of March) join George Clooney in the Best Lead actor in drama, while Brendan Gleeson (The Guard), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (50/50), Ryan Gosling (Crazy, Stupid, Love) and Owen Wilson (Midnight in Paris) are up against Jean Dujardin in the Best Lead actor in a comedy.

Golden Globe awards also recognize TV shows.  This year two British TV shows receive nods: The Hour with 3 nominations and Downton Abbey, which scores 4 nominations in the Best mini-series, Best actress for Elizabeth McGovern, Best Actor for Hugh Bonneville and Best Supporting actress for Maggie Smith.

 Other Brits featured in this years golden Globe nominations are Kate Winslet with two nods, one for Carnage and another for Mildred Peirce, Kenneth Branagh for My Week With Marilyn, Tilda Swindon for We Need To Talk about Kevin, Elton John for Gnomeo & Juliet, Jeremy Irons for The Borgias, Damian Lewis for Homeland, Romola Garai  and Dominic West for the Hour, Emily Watson for Appropriate Adult, Idris Elba for Luther, Bill Nighy for Page Eight and Kelly McDonald for Boardwalk Empire.

Glaringly absent in this year’s Globe nominations is Tailor, Tinker, Soldier, Spy and its star Gary Oldman, and Cannes’ Winner, The Tree of Life. Other pics such as the comedy Win Win, which was released back in February, and the Lebannes movie Where We go Now, which has won Toront Film Festival, were also missing in the Best Comedy category and Best Foreign movie category respectively.

 The Golden Globe awards are voted for by the 83 members of the LA-based Hollywood Foreign Press association. The final winners will be announced at the Annual Golden Globe ceremony on 15 January.

 The Golden Globe award show is the second most important event in Hollywoods Calendar. It will be hosted by British comedian Ricki Gervais, who hosted it previously in 2010 and 2011.

 

Full list of nominees:

  1. BEST MOTION PICTURE DRAMA
    1. THE DESCENDANTS
    2. THE HELP
    3. HUGO
    4. MONEYBALL
    5. WAR HORSE
  2. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE DRAMA
    1. GLENN CLOSE ALBERT NOBBS
    2. VIOLA DAVIS THE HELP
    3. ROONEY MARA THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
    4. MERYL STREEP THE IRON LADY
    5. TILDA SWINTON WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN
  3. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE DRAMA
    1. GEORGE CLOONEY THE DESCENDANTS
    2. LEONARDO DICAPRIO J. EDGAR
    3. MICHAEL FASSBENDER SHAME
    4. RYAN GOSLING THE IDES OF MARCH
    5. BRAD PITT MONEYBALL
  4. BEST MOTION PICTURE COMEDY OR MUSICAL
    1. 50/50
    2. THE ARTIST
    3. BRIDESMAIDS
    4. MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
    5. MY WEEK WITH MARILYN
  5. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE COMEDY OR MUSICAL
    1. JODIE FOSTER CARNAGE
    2. CHARLIZE THERON YOUNG ADULT
    3. KRISTEN WIIG BRIDESMAIDS
    4. MICHELLE WILLIAMS MY WEEK WITH MARILYN
    5. KATE WINSLET CARNAGE
  6. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE COMEDY OR MUSICAL
    1. JEAN DUJARDIN THE ARTIST
    2. BRENDAN GLEESON THE GUARD
    3. JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT 50/50
    4. RYAN GOSLING CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE.
    5. OWEN WILSON MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
  7. BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
    1. THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN
    2. ARTHUR CHRISTMAS
    3. CARS 2
    4. PUSS IN BOOTS
    5. RANGO
  8. BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
    1. THE FLOWERS OF WAR (CHINA)

       

    2. IN THE LAND OF BLOOD AND HONEY (USA)

       

    3. THE KID WITH A BIKE (BELGIUM)

       

    4. A SEPARATION (IRAN)

       

    5. THE SKIN I LIVE IN (SPAIN)
  9. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
    1. BERENICE BEJ THE ARTIST
    2. JESSICA CHASTAIN THE HELP
    3. JANET MCTEER ALBERT NOBBS
    4. OCTAVIA SPENCER THE HELP
    5. SHAILENE WOODLEY THE DESCENDANTS
  10. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
    1. KENNETH BRANAGH MY WEEK WITH MARILYN
    2. ALBERT BROOKS DRIVE
    3. JONAH HILL MONEYBALL
    4. VIGGO MORTENSEN A DANGEROUS METHOD
    5. CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER BEGINNERS
  11. BEST DIRECTOR MOTION PICTURE
    1. WOODY ALLEN MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
    2. GEORGE CLOONEY THE IDES OF MARCH
    3. MICHEL HAZANAVICIUS THE ARTIST
    4. ALEXANDER PAYNE THE DESCENDANTS
    5. MARTIN SCORSESE HUGO
  12. BEST SCREENPLAY MOTION PICTURE
    1. WOODY ALLEN MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
    2. GEORGE CLOONEY, HESLOV, BEAU WILLIMON THE IDES OF MARCH
    3. MICHEL HAZANAVICIUS THE ARTIST
    4. ALEXANDER PAYNE, NAT FAXON, JIM RASH THE DESCENDANTS
    5. STEVEN ZAILLIAN, AARON SORKIN MONEYBALL
  13. BEST ORIGINAL SCORE MOTION PICTURE
    1. LUDOVIC BOURCE THE ARTIST
    2. ABEL KORZENIOWSKI W.E.
    3. TRENT REZNOR, ATTICUS ROSS THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
    4. HOWARD SHORE HUGO
    5. JOHN WILLIAMS WAR HORSE
  14. BEST ORIGINAL SONG MOTION PICTURE
    1. HELLO HELLO GNOMEO & JULIET
      Music by: Elton John; Lyrics by: Bernie Taupin
    2. THE KEEPER MACHINE GUN PREACHER
      Music & Lyrics by: Chris Cornell
    3. LAY YOUR HEAD DOWN ALBERT NOBBS
      Music by: Brian Byrne; Lyrics by: Glenn Close
    4. THE LIVING PROOF THE HELP
      Music by: Mary J. Blige, Thomas Newman, Harvey Mason, Jr.; Lyrics by: Mary J. Blige, Harvey Mason, Jr., Damon Thomas
    5. MASTERPIECE W.E.
      Music & Lyrics by: Madonna, Julie Frost, Jimmy Harry
  15. BEST TELEVISION SERIES DRAMA
    1. AMERICAN HORROR STORY (FX)
    2. BOARDWALK EMPIRE (HBO)
    3. BOSS (STARZ)
      GAME OF THRONES (HBO)
      HOMELAND (SHOWTIME)
  16. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES DRAMA
    1. CLAIRE DANES HOMELAND
    2. MIREILLE ENOS THE KILLING
    3. JULIANNA MARGULIES THE GOOD WIFE
    4. MADELEINE STOWE REVENGE
    5. CALLIE THORNE NECESSARY ROUGHNESS
  17. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES DRAMA
    1. STEVE BUSCEMI BOARDWALK EMPIRE
    2. BRYAN CRANSTON BREAKING BAD
    3. KELSEY GRAMMER BOSS
    4. JEREMY IRONS THE BORGIAS
    5. DAMIAN LEWIS HOMELAND
  18. BEST TELEVISION SERIES COMEDY OR MUSICAL
    1. ENLIGHTENED (HBO)
    2. EPISODES (SHOWTIME)
    3. GLEE (FOX)
    4. MODERN FAMILY (ABC)
    5. NEW GIRL FOX
  19. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES COMEDY OR MUSICAL
    1. LAURA DERN ENLIGHTENED
    2. ZOOEY DESCHANEL NEW GIRL
    3. TINA FEY 30 ROCK
    4. LAURA LINNEY THE BIG C
    5. AMY POEHLER PARKS AND RECREATION
  20. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES COMEDY OR MUSICAL
    1. ALEC BALDWIN 30 ROCK
    2. DAVID DUCHOVNY CALIFORNICATION
    3. JOHNNY GALECKI THE BIG BANG THEORY
    4. THOMAS JANE HUNG
    5. MATT LEBLANC EPISODES
  21. BEST MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
    1. CINEMA VERITE (HBO)
    2. DOWNTON ABBEY (MASTERPIECE) (PBS)
    3. THE HOUR (BBC AMERICA)
    4. MILDRED PIERCE (HBO)
    5. TOO BIG TO FAIL (HBO)
  22. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
    1. ROMOLA GARAI THE HOUR
    2. DIANE LANE CINEMA VERITE
    3. ELIZABETH MCGOVERN DOWNTON ABBEY (MASTERPIECE)
    4. EMILY WATSON APPROPRIATE ADULT
    5. KATE WINSLET MILDRED PIERCE
  23. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
    1. HUGH BONNEVILLE DOWNTON ABBEY (MASTERPIECE)
    2. IDRIS ELBA LUTHER
    3. WILLIAM HURT TOO BIG TO FAIL
    4. BILL NIGHY PAGE EIGHT (MASTERPIECE)
    5. DOMINIC WEST THE HOUR
  24. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
    1. JESSICA LANGE AMERICAN HORROR STORY
    2. KELLY MACDONALD BOARDWALK EMPIRE
    3. MAGGIE SMITH DOWNTON ABBEY (MASTERPIECE)
    4. SOFIA VERGARA MODERN FAMILY
    5. EVAN RACHEL WOOD MILDRED PIERCE
  25. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
    1. PETER DINKLAGE GAME OF THRONES
    2. PAUL GIAMATTI TOO BIG TO FAIL
    3. GUY PEARCE MILDRED PIERCE
    4. TIM ROBBINS CINEMA VERITE
    5. ERIC STONESTREET MODERN FAMILY

 

Glee and Social Networking at The Golden Globes

Glee and Social Networking at The Golden Globes

Glee and Social Networking at The Golden Globes

There was plenty of Glee in Hollywood where the TV show about a song-filled high school walked away with all the TV comedy awards at the Golden Globes – the first major awards ceremony of the year.

Producer Ryan Murphy accepts the Golden Globe for BEST TELEVISION SERIES â COMEDY OR MUSICAL for ‘Glee’ (Fox). The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards were held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA on Sunday, January 16, 2011The British comedian and creator of The Office, Ricky Gervais, hosted an evening of glitz and glamour for a second successive year, opening with a nod to the increasing number of 3D films, and suggesting that the only film of the past year without 3D characters was The Tourist. This raised the question of how the film got three nominations – was it because the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association just wanted to spend the evening with Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp? It certainly couldn’t be the fabled bribes, he suggested, because who would see tickets to a Cher concert as a bribe? “It’s not 1975,” he quipped.

After Gervais had started digging his comedic claws into more of Hollywood’s favorites, the evening launched with Christian Bale taking the Best Supporting Actor trophy for playing the drug-addicted brother of boxing champion Micky Ward in The Fighter. The film also picked up the prize for best supporting actress; Melissa Leo played the mother of the pair.

The top acting prizes went to Colin Firth for playing King George VI in the drama The King’s Speech, Natalie Portman for the ballet drama Black Swan, Paul Giamatti for the comedy Barney’s Version and Annette Bening for the lesbian comedy The Kids Are All Right, which also took the prize for best comedy. Best Drama went to The Social Network, which also took the prizes for best director, for David Fincher. Aaron Sorkin’s screenplay for the same film also won him a Golden Globe. And the film picked up the best score, for Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

The HFPA’s annual awards ceremony also honors the best achievement in television, where, as in the film categories, the main prizes are handed separately to dramas and comedies. Katey Segal’s performance in Sons of Anarchy earned her the best actress award for drama. Steve Buscemi took the best acting award for Boardwalk Empire, which also won best TV drama. Glee took the prize for Best Comedy series, as well as best supporting actor in a comedy, for Chris Colfer, and Jane Lynch was the best supporting actress for the same show.

The best actress in a comedy series was Laura Linney, the star of The Big C. And Jim Parsons, from Big Bang Theory, was awarded the Golden Globe for best actor in a TV comedy.

Bridging the gap between television and films are categories for mini series and TV movies. Olivier Assayas’ biopic of the terrorist Carlos the Jackal, Carlos, won the main prize in this category, with Al Pacino taking the Golden Globe for best actor in a miniseries or TV movie for playing another real-life character, the euthanasia doctor Jack Kevorkian, in the TV movie You Don’t Know Jack. The best actress in this category went to Claire Danes for her portrayal of another real person, the Autistic Author-scientist Temple Grandin.

Other awards included Toy Story 3 for Best Animated Feature, the Danish film In A Better World took Best Foreign Language Film, Cher’s song You Haven’t Seen The Last of Me was Best Song, for Burlesque.

The highest point of the ceremony, however, was when Robert De Niro got up on the stage to receive his Cecil B. Demille award from Matt Damon, who said that he hadn’t heard of De Niro before he was recruited to work with him on The Good Shepherd.

The audience was treated to a three-minute montage of his best work. Subsequently, De Niro joked that this montage made him look as if he had made nothing but hits.

In their speeches, tonight’s winners expressed their gratitude to their collaborators and to The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) for recognizing their work and their talent.

The Golden Globe Awards, which are considered by many in the industry as significant indicators for next month’s Oscars, are voted for by the 85 HFPA members, who also organise the ceremony and co-produce the show with Dick Clark Productions. More than 19 million tuned in to watch the show last year on NBC, and many expect the number to be even higher this year.

The Golden Globe Awards ceremony is the biggest and most glamorous event in the Hollywood calendar. Earlier, more than 200 stars from Hollywood and beyond marched along the red carpet, dressed in their finest gowns and dripping with diamond and other jewellery, as they were showered by camera flashes and their names were shouted by screaming fans.

Surrounded by so many of their peers, the stars seemed to be at ease, loitering around the ballroom or sipping drinks in the outdoor bar and chatting with colleagues and friends. In fact, the Golden Globes ceremony is one of those rare events where one bumps into stars more than into mortals. You become so used to it that I didn’t raise an eyebrow when I saw Robert De Niro in the mirror waiting behind me to wash his hands in the restroom.

Right after the ceremony, six parties, held by different studios, kick off in different venues inside the Beverly Hilton hotel, honoring their nominees and tonight’s winners.

The ceremony is over but the party has just begun. The Golden Globes event is undoubtedly the best party in town.