|Michelle Williams Backstage at 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards|
The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards went down earlier this evening at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles and there were few surprises to be found with Oscars Frontrunner The Artist winning Best Motion Picture Comedy or Musical and its closest competitor The Descendants winning Best Motion Picture Drama.
The Artist also won for Best Original Motion Picture Score (Ludovic Bource) and Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy/Musical (Jean Dujardin), while The Descendants won Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture Drama (George Clooney). Clooney upon accepting his award told fellow Nominee Michael Fassbender, "Thanks for taking over the frontal nudity clause" - referring to that one's daring performance in Shame. "If you want to go play Golf with your hands behind your back, go right ahead!".
Michelle Williams won Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy/Musical for her outstanding portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn, while current Oscar favourite for Best Actress, the formidable Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady, won Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture Drama - her eighth Golden Globe. A humble Streep made note of some additional performances she felt were of note this year among her Peers, including Adepero Oduye's work in Pariah and Mia Wasikowska as Jane Eyre. "In any other year they would be awarded", she told the audience.
Modern Family won Best Television Comedy or Musical for a third consecutive year, while Showtime's Homeland won two awards for Best Television Drama and Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Drama (Clare Danes).
Kate Winslet won her third Golden Globe for HBO's Mildred Pierce for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Mini-series/Movie, while Idris Elba won for Luther in the male counterpart of that category. Elba of course is currently filming Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim in Toronto.
Legends Martin Scorecese and Woody Allen also were honoured this evening; the former for Best Director with Hugo 3-D and the latter, Best Screenplay for Midnight in Paris. Morgan Freeman was presented the Cecil B. DeMille Award by Helen Mirren and Sidney Poitier.
Earlier in the evening Elton John was heard saying to the Camera before it was edited, "She hasn't got a f***ing chance of winning", on Madonna's likelihood of winning Best Original Song in a Motion Picture for Masterpiece from upcoming directorial debut, W.E. Madonna of course won in that category - her second Golden Globe - refuting back "Elton John is great and I'm sure he'll win something soon.". Ouch.
For a complete list of Winners, click here.
See more Photos from the Red Carpet at Zimbio. Pay special note to Kate Winslet in J. Mendel, Viola Davis in Michael Kors, Angelina Jolie in Versace, Sofia Vergara in Vera Wang and Rooney Mara in Nina Ricci - hands down the Red Carpet Winners tonight, in my books.
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