Avatar takes top Golden Globes

source: goldenglobes.org

Box office sensations proved to be the overwhelming victors at the 67th Golden Globe Awards. James Cameron‘s billion dollar grossing Avatar was the big winner, taking home Best Film: Drama and Best Director. The Hangover was named Best Film: Comedy or Musical.

British comedian Ricky Gervais hosted the ceremony in Los Angeles. The Office writer/director was one of the most highly anticipated awards show host in recent history, but his performance was met with a chilly reception. His dry, brutal barbs were aimed squarely at his famous audience, including Paul McCartney (for his divorce), Mel Gibson (for his alcoholism) and actors Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler (who he introduced as “Rachel from Friends and the guy from 300).

There were few surprises in the first half of the evening. Christoph Waltz and Mo’Nique won for their supporting roles in Inglourious Basterds and Precious. Up won Best Animated Picture, while composer Michael Giacchino won Best Score for his work on the Pixar film. Meryl Streep beat herself to win Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy for her performance in Julie & Julia.

Also as many had predicted, Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner won Best Screenplay for Up In The Air while Austrian drama and Cannes Palme d’Or winner The White Ribbon took home Best Foreign Language Film.

It wasn’t until later in the evening that the tide turned, as some unexpected prizes were delivered to some unprepared recipients. Robert Downey Jr. was named Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for his work in Sherlock Holmes. Dual nominee Sandra Bullock, despite losing Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy to Streep, took home Best Actress in a Drama for the inspirational sports flick The Blind Side.

The evening was capped by the victories of The Hangover and Avatar.

Over in the TV section, Dexter star Michael C. Hall was named Best Actor in a Drama, while Julianna Margulies was awarded with Best Actress in a Drama for The Good Wife.

Aussie Toni Collette picked up Best Actress in a Comedy for United States of Tara and Alec Baldwin won Best Actor in a Comedy for 30 Rock.

The Best TV Series: Drama award went to Mad Men, while Glee pipped favourites 30 Rock and The Office to win Best TV Series: Comedy or Musical (most likely for being both).

Check out the full list of winners here.

Discuss: What did you think of this year’s winners?

4 Responses to “Avatar takes top Golden Globes”

  1. Seriously? A film where some guy kicks open an air-locked door while holding his breath won Best Film?

  2. Seriously? Sherlock Holmes was a Musical/Comedy?? I must have missed the scene where Holmes and Watson engaged in toilet humour while singing "'Twas on the Good Ship Venus"!

  3. I was a bit devastated by the snubbing of (500) Days of Summer. For once I thought a movie that touched me utterly and completely had a shot. I clearly should have known better!

  4. Seriously, a film set in a high-tech future where they can transfer your consciousness to a synthetic body but a disabled man still has to push his own wheelchair won Best Film.

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