Banner has strong night, from 'Artist' to 'W.E.'

It was fitting that in the year that Harvey Weinstein landed his very first personal Golden Globe nomination — he was in the mix for producing comedy/drama nominee “My Week With Marilyn” — the Weinstein Company dominated the evening, led by a best musical/comedy pic win for “The Artist.” Dujardin credited TWC with the film’s success at the Globes. “The film is here today because of them. They did a great job,” said the French thesp.

“We never expected something like this,” added helmer Michel Hazanavicius. “We thought it was a small festival movie that critics could enjoy — and then came Harvey Weinstein.”

Indeed, “Artist” producer Thomas Langmann and “The Iron Lady” star Meryl Streep both invoked Harvey’s new nickname “The Punisher” during the telecast, with the latter saying in her acceptance speech, “I’d like to thank God: Harvey Weinstein.”

He was certainly no mere mortal on this evening, proving his keen eye for acquisitions with multiple awards that Weinstein is surely hoping will translate to additional box office and no doubt a handful of Oscar nominations next week.

The Weinstein Company won more awards than any of the major studios combined: best musical/comedy (“The Artist”), musical/comedy actor (Dujardin, “The Artist”), song (Madonna, “W.E.”), score (Bource, “The Artist”) and two actress awards — drama for Streep in “The Iron Lady” and musical/comedy for Michelle Williams in “My Week With Marilyn.”

While TWC nabbed best pic win for “The King’s Speech” at the Oscars last year, the pic only won an actor nod for Colin Firth at the Golden Globes; Sony’s “The Social Network” had largely run away with the evening. Sony had two major contenders in this year’s Globes race — “The Ides of March” and “Moneyball,” as well as an actress nomination for “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” star Rooney Mara; Sony Pictures Classics won best screenplay for ‘Midnight in Paris.”

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