By Ryan Hiller
Beverly Hills, Calif. – The stars were out Sunday night for the 69thAnnual Golden Globe Awards, which honored the year’s best in TV and film. The annual show kicked off award season which will culminate at the Academy Awards. “The Golden Globes are to the Oscars what Kim Kardashian is to Kate Middleton- a bit louder, a bit trashier, a bit drunker and more easily bought,” said host Ricky Gervais.
The show, held at the Beverly Hilton, was mild compared to last year’s show due to Gervais keeping his jokes relatively tame. The ceremony offered few surprises with The Artist being the night’s big winner, boosting its momentum as a front-runner at the Academy Awards.
The Artist and The Descendants took home the top prize in film for comedy and drama while Martin Scorsese (Hugo) won Best Director.
Meryl Streep added her 8th Golden Globe to her collection for Best Actress in a Drama for The Iron Lady while George Clooney won his 3rd Golden Globe for his dramatic turn in The Descendants. Michelle Williams won Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical for My Week With Marilyn and Jean Dujardin won Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical for his role in the silent film The Artist.
Octavia Spencer (The Help) and Christopher Plummer (Beginners) won in the supporting categories. Morgan Freeman was awarded the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement.
Award show favorite Modern Family won Best TV Series (Comedy) while new show Homeland took home the prize for TV drama.
Expected winners Laura Dern, Claire Danes and Kate Winslet all took home the prize for Best Actress (in a comedy series, drama series and in a miniseries or TV movie respectfully). Jessica Lange’s win for Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series, Miniseries or TV Movie for her role on American Horror Story was one of the evening’s surprises.
Best Actor in a TV Series Drama Kelsey Grammer (Boss), Best Actor in a TV Series Comedy Matt LeBlanc (Episodes) and Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) took home the gold as well.
Other notable winners of the night were Madonna for Best Original Song (“Masterpiece”), Woody Allen for Best Screenplay (Midnight in Paris) and Best Animated Movie (The Adventures of Tintin).
Color and sparkle ruled the evening from gowns to jewels. Even the men joined the color trend- with George Clooney, Matt LeBlanc and Ricky Gervais forgoing the traditional black tux for shades of navy and burgundy.
The Golden Globes are selected and held by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and have recognized outstanding achievement in film and television since 1944.