Golden Globes Winners List: A Night For The Underdogs
by Gil Kaufman
LOS ANGELES (RushPRnews) 01/12/09-Itâ€™s fitting that a pair of dark rags-to-riches stories in which the underdog endures great pain to rise up triumphed Sunday night at the Golden Globes. The biggest winner of the evening, â€œSlumdog Millionaire,â€ overcame odds just to get made and has built the kind of word-of-mouth buzz most filmmakers only dream of, especially for a small picture filmed in the slums of Mumbai.
And especially on a night when it was up against some major Hollywood heavy hitters like â€œThe Curious Case of Benjamin Button,â€ â€œDoubtâ€ and â€œFrost/Nixon,â€ all of which were shut out of the major categories.
While â€œSlumdogâ€ swept up the awards for best drama, director, screenplay and music score, another up-from-the-ashes tale, Darren Aronofskyâ€™s gritty, grappling redemption yarn, â€œThe Wrestler,â€ put a golden crown on the classic Hollywood comeback story of actor/brawler Mickey Rourke. He snagged the Best Actor in a Drama prize for his sweat-and-blood-soaked take on washed-up wrestler Randy â€œThe Ramâ€ Robinson.
Some wins were expected. Who didnâ€™t think, despite stiff competition, Heath Ledger would win a well-deserved posthumous Best Supporting Actor prize for his harrowing take on the Joker in â€œThe Dark Knightâ€? But the win by little-known English actress Sally Hawkins of â€œHappy-Go-Luckyâ€ for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy over such boldface names as Frances McDormand and Meryl Streep was a pleasant surprise. And Hawkinsâ€™ emotional, rambling and slightly tipsy speech was one of those moments the liquor-lubricated Globes show lives for. Similarly, the surprising Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy win for Woody Allenâ€™s â€œVicky Cristina Barcelonaâ€ elicited an endearingly flustered thank-you from producer Letty Aronson.
Kate Winsletâ€™s double win for Best Actress in a Drama for â€œRevolutionary Roadâ€ and Best Supporting Actress for â€œThe Readerâ€ was not totally unexpected, though it was a very rare dramatic twofer coup with long odds. But if you had money on Colin Farrell scooping the Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical for his little-seen stint as a hit man on the run in â€œIn Bruges,â€ you knew something the rest of us didnâ€™t.
The Globes are often a predictor for the Oscars â€” whose nominations will be announced on January 22 â€” so you can probably expect to see many of the same boldface names in the running again, including last nightâ€™s losers, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Anne Hathaway, Frank Langella, Sean Penn and Meryl Streep.
Hereâ€™s a full list of the nightâ€™s winners:
Best Supporting Actress: Kate Winslet, â€œThe Readerâ€
Best Original Song: Bruce Springsteen, â€œThe Wrestlerâ€
Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Movie: Tom Wilkinson, â€œJohn Adamsâ€
Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Movie: Laura Dern, â€œRecountâ€
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Drama: Gabriel Byrne, â€œIn Treatmentâ€
Best Actress in a TV Series, Drama: Anna Paquin, â€œTrue Bloodâ€
Outstanding Animated Feature: â€œWALL-Eâ€
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy: Sally Hawkins, â€œHappy-Go-Luckyâ€
Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: â€œJohn Adamsâ€
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture: Heath Ledger, â€œThe Dark Knightâ€
Best Foreign Language Film: â€œWaltz With Bashirâ€
Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Laura Linney, â€œJohn Adamsâ€
Best Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy, â€œSlumdog Millionaireâ€
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy: Alec Baldwin, â€œ30 Rockâ€
Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Paul Giamatti, â€œJohn Adamsâ€
Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy: â€œ30 Rockâ€
Best Original Score, A.R. Rahman: â€œSlumdog Millionaireâ€
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy: Tina Fey, â€œ30 Rockâ€
Cecil B. DeMille Award: Steven Spielberg
Best Director – Motion Picture: Danny Boyle â€œSlumdog Millionaireâ€
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy: Colin Farrell, â€œIn Brugesâ€
Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy: â€œVicky Cristina Barcelonaâ€
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture -Drama: Kate Winslet, â€œRevolutionary Roadâ€
Best Television Series – Drama: â€œMad Menâ€
Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama: Mickey Rourke, â€œThe Wrestlerâ€
Best Motion Picture – Drama: â€œSlumdog Millionaireâ€
Source: The MovieBlog