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Golden Globe Winners announced

GoldenGlobe.jpgThe winners of the Golden Globes have been announced, and while some are causing a lot of debate out there, I think it's a pretty clear cut list, there's nothing really too controversial. Mind you, I could see many could disagree, particularly the bandwagon Avatar haters.

The complete list of winners, and nominees, for the 67th Golden Globes are here. It's difficult to say it's the 2010 Golden Globes, because although they are held in 2010, they're for 2009. Anyway, regardless, here are the winners. How well did Avatar really do?

From the Golden Globes, through the BBC, here are the complete list of winners with a little commentary where appropriate. I've also included the other nominees to show you the competition the winners were up against.

Best Drama
Avatar (Filmstalker review)

Other Nominees:
The Hurt Locker (Filmstalker review)
Up In The Air
Inglourious Basterds (Filmstalker review)

Okay, I must admit to believing that The Hurt Locker would win this category, and while I'm not one of those instant, out of the bag, Avatar haters, I thought it was going to win for the relevant story it had for today, the way it told it, the performance and the way it was filmed.

Then I read that again and thought that describes Avatar too, but since Hurt Locker was live action and Avatar is a much more fantastical film, viewed less as a drama by others, it's maybe a reason why it's not getting so much backing as the winner. Perhaps those behind the Golden Globes realised this and dispassionately weighed the two against each other and Avatar own for the sheer feat of being made. I think I've just talked myself around on this one.

Best Musical or Comedy
The Hangover

Other Nominees:
(500) Days of Summer
It's Complicated
Julie & Julia

Best Director
James Cameron (Avatar)

Other Nominees:
Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker)
Clint Eastwood (Invictus)
Jason Reitman (Up In The Air)
Quentin Tarantino (Inglorious Basterds)

Again, this mirrors what I said about the Best Film, and as concerns director there were only two real runners in this category. Both directors went to extremes to get the films made that they wanted, but it was James Cameron that completed the biggest, longest and most amazing job. He even created technologies specially for the film.

Best Actor in a Drama
Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart)

Other Nominees:
George Clooney (Up In The Air)
Colin Firth (A Single Man)
Morgan Freeman (Invictus)
Tobey Maguire (Brothers)

Well I am surprised by this. Although I've not seen Crazy Heart, I had thought that George Clooney was set to take the award, or that it would be fought for with Morgan Freeman for his role as Nelson Mandella. Good to see Tobey Maguire getting some recognition for his change of direction too, Spider-Man won't feel like such a loss.

Best Actress in a Drama)
Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side)

Other Nominees:
Emily Blunt (The Young Victoria)
Helen Mirren (The Last Station)
Carey Mulligan (An Education)
Gabourey Sidibe (Precious)

Well done Sandra Bullock. Again I haven't seen the film, but I had thought that Helen Mirren was the one that might get the award this year. To be fair it was a very close category to call.

Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy
Robert Downey Jr (Sherlock Holmes)

Other Nominees:
Matt Damon (The Informant!)
Daniel Day-Lewis (Nine)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt (500 Days of Summer)
Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man)

Some are having a pop at Sherlock Holmes as they think it's not a comedy, well you could debate that till the cows come home, the fact is the Golden Globes have put it in their comedy section and have picked out that theme as one of the major themes of the film. Is it more drama? Again this is a tough category to call.

Best Actress Musical or Comedy
Meryl Streep (Julie & Julia)

Other Nominees:
Sandra Bullock (The Proposal)
Marion Cotillard (Nine)
Julia Roberts (Duplicity)
Meryl Streep (It's Complicated)

The chances were strong for Meryl Streep, but then the other nominees weren't. Nice to see Julia Roberts being nominated for Duplicity, which was a much overlooked film, and I do wonder how well Julie & Julia translated outside of America - a lot of us have no idea of the woman she was playing and how well she played her.

Best Supporting Actor
Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds)

Other Nominees:
Matt Damon (Invictus)
Woody Harrelson (The Messenger)
Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones)
Christopher Plummer (The Last Station)

Absolutely. Although the competition is really tough here, Christoph Waltz did a spectacular job.

Best Supporting Actress
Mo'Nique (Precious)

Other Nominees
Penelope Cruz (Nine)
Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air)
Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air)
Julianne Moore (A Single Man)

Best Foreign Language Film
The White Ribbon (Germany)

Other Nominees:
Baaria (Italy)
Broken Embraces (Spain)
The Maid (Chile)
A Prophet (France)

Best Animated Feature Film

Other Nominees:
Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs
Coraline (Filmstalker review)
Fantastic Mr Fox
The Princess and the Frog

Best Screenplay
Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner (Up In The Air)

Other Nominees:
Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell (District 9)
Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker)
Nancy Meyers (It's Complicated)
Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds)

I'm not sure if I'm surprised by this or not. I thought it would have been between Up in the Air and The Hurt Locker, so I'm not sure if I agree or not as both were excellent films. Having seen Up in the Air last week, I think I'd tend to agree.

Best Original Song
The Weary Kind (Crazy Heart)

Other Nominees:
Cinema Italiano (Nine)
I Want To Come Home (Everybody's Fine)
I Will See You (Avatar)
Winter (Brothers)

Best Original Score
Michael Giacchino (Up)

Other Nominees:
Marvin Hamlisch (The Informant!)
James Horner (Avatar)
Abel Korzeniowski (A Single Man)
Karen O, Carter Burwell (Where The Wild Things Are)

So those are the film winners. What did you think? Anything controversial in there? Do you think that Avatar and James Cameron deserve to win?

While you ponder that, I've included the television awards too.

Best Drama Series
Mad Men

Other Nominees:
Big Love
True Blood

Best Musical or Comedy Series

Other Nominees:
30 Rock
Modern Family
The Office

Best Mini-series or Film
Grey Gardens

Other Nominees:
Georgia O'Keeffe
Into The Storm
Little Dorrit
Taking Chance

Best Dramatic Actor
Michael C Hall (Dexter)

Other Nominees:
Simon Baker (The Mentalist)
Jon Hamm (Mad Men)
Hugh Laurie (House)
Bill Paxton (Big Love)

Best Actor in a musical or comedy
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)

Other Nominees:
Steve Carell (The Office)
David Duchovny (Californication)
Thomas Jane (Hung)
Matthew Morrison (Glee)

Best Actor in a series, mini-series or film made for TV
Kevin Bacon (Taking Chance)

Other Nominees:
Kenneth Branagh (Wallender)
Chiwetel Ejiofor, (Endgame)
Brendan Gleeson (Into the Storm)
Jeremy Irons (Georgia O'Keeffe)

Best Supporting Actor in a series, mini-series or film made for TV
John Lithgow (Dexter)

Other Nominees:
Michael Emerson (Lost)
Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother)
William Hurt (Damages)
Jeremy Piven (Entourage)

Best Dramatic Actress
Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife)

Other Nominees:
Glenn Close (Damages)
January Jones (Mad Men)
Anna Paquin (True Blood)
Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer)

Best Actress in a musical or comedy
Toni Collette (United States of Tara)

Other Nominees:
Courteney Cox (Cougar Town)
Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)
Tina Fey (30 Rock)
Lea Michele (Glee)

Best Actress in a series, mini-series or film made for TV
Drew Barrymore (Grey Gardens)

Other Nominees:
Joan Allen (Georgia O'Keeffe)
Jessica Lange (Grey Gardens)
Anna Paquin (The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler)
Sigourney Weaver (Prayers for Bobby)

Best Supporting Actress in a series, mini-series or film made for TV
Chloe Sevigny (Big Love)

Other Nominees:
Jane Adams (Hung)
Rose Byrne (Damages)
Jane Lynch (Glee)
Janet McTeer (Into The Storm)

Something that is very clear from the list of television winners, again this year, is just how many film actors and a actresses have turned towards television. Look at that list of names.



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