Golden Globes

Posted: January 17, 2012 in Industry News

The Golden Globes is known to many as “The Road to the Oscars”.  Indeed, many winners of Golden Globe Awards in film often experience Oscar glory.  This year’s Golden Globe winners.  Here’s a brief recap of some of the winners and insights about the films (with a few pictures scattered in just for fun):

Best Motion Picture – Drama –
The Descendants (A land baron tries to re-connect with his two daughters after his wife suffers a boating accident.)
Contending with this film was sleeper hit The Help, and Spielberg’s (overly drawn-out) epic, War Horse.

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy –
The Artist – (Hollywood, 1927: As silent movie star George Valentin wonders if the arrival of talking pictures will cause him to fade into oblivion, he sparks with Peppy Miller, a young dancer set for a big break.)
Despite being silent and black and white, this film was a hit with both critics and audiences.  Sometimes, a nod to past styles and trends in film history can be refreshing (having an adorable and dog as a supporting actor doesn’t hurt either!)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
George Clooney (The Descendents)
Other contenders for the award: Leonardo DiCaprio (J. Edgar), Ryan Gosling (The Ides of March), Michael Fassbender (Shame), and Brad Pitt (Moneyball)
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Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Meryl Streep (Iron Lady)
Her biggest contender was said to be Viola Davis (The Help), but Streep pulled though for her performance as former British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher.
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Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Jean Dujardin (The Artist)
Leave it to the French Dujardin to portray a troubled foreign actor in Hollywood classical movies.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn)
Contending with Williams for the awards: Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids), Kate Winslet (Carnage), Charlize Theron (Young Adult), and Jodie Foster (Carnage)

Skipping winners of supporting actors/actresses in a motion picture (for full list see http://www.imdb.com/oscars/nominations/golden-globes)
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Best Animated Film
The Adventures of Tintin
Advanced graphics and animation really made this film stand out and set the bar high for future animated films.
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Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris)
A romantic comedy about a family traveling to the French capital for business. The party includes a young engaged couple forced to confront the illusion that a life different from their own is better. Owen Wilson’s character manages to visit the his literary heroes of the past… in the past. A must-see, though Rachel McAdams doesn’t play a very convincing unsupportive/cynical fiance.

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Best Director – Motion Picture
Martin Scorsese
Apparently, if you are to see any film in 3D in theaters, this is the top recommendation.  Hugo is set in 1930s Paris, about an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.  Sounds very different than your conventional animated film, but this movie is exceptional.
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Those are some of the motion picture winners of the 2012 Golden Globe Awards, and we think this ceremony is rightly called “The Road to the Oscars”.  We look forward to and will report back with the 2012 Academy Award nominations!  Again, for more info about these films and other winners of Golden Globes (past and present), visit imdb.com
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