Within moments of Ricky Gervais' rather toned-down and relatively tame opening monologue, the contenders for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama were announced. Up against Viggo Mortensen in David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method, the Golden Globe was awarded to Christopher Plummer for his role in Beginners. Plummer will next be seen in the made-for-TV performance of Barrymore, taped before an audience last year in Toronto. By time the awards wrapped three hours later, Plummer was the only Canadian to win.
Seth Rogen was a presenter
and couldn't resist using his potty mouth to create a little embarrassment and a lot of laughter. He helped introduce the winner of the Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical category. The award went to Michelle Williams for her starring role in My Week with Marilyn. Williams costars with Rogen in Sarah Polley's Take This Waltz, which opens in late June.
More than an hour later the awards finally got to the Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical
category. Ryan Gosling was nominated for his work in Crazy Stupid Love, but the award when to Jean Dujardin for this role in the new "silent movie" The Artist, which a few minutes later took the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical. Gosling was also shut out in the second category for which he was nominated, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama. Nominated for his work in the Ides of March, a film that costarred and was directed by George Clooney. Clooney won the Golden Globe for his role in The Descendants, which capped the night by also being named Best Motion Picture - Drama.
It had been previously announced that
American actor Morgan Freeman would be given the highly coveted Cecil B. DeMille Award.
Founded in 1943 as the Hollywood Foreign Correspondents Association, members of what would become The Hollywood Foreign Press Association handed out their first awards for distinguished achievements in the film industry at an informal ceremony at 20th Century Fox. Jennifer Jones was awarded Best Actress honors for The Song of Bernadette, which also won for Best Film. Awards were presented in the form of scrolls. The following year, the association held a contest to find a design for a statuette. Marina Cisternas, president of the group in 1945-46, presented the idea for a golden globe encircled with a strip of motion picture film, and mounted on a pedestal.
In conjunction with the Golden Globes presentation, the Hollywood Foreign Correspondents Association held its first gala social event in 1945 with a formal banquet at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Going My Way won for Best Picture, while Ingrid Bergman was named Best Actress for her performance in The Bells of St. Mary and Alexander Knox was Best Actor for his title role in President Wilson.
Often thought to be a harbinger of things to come at the Academy Awards®, Canadians have learned from experience that a win at the Globes does not guarantee a win, or even a nomination by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. We'll have to wait and see this year. The nominations for an Oscar® will be announced in nine days, the awards themselves will be handed out on February 26.