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In a split decision, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. went with the favorites in Sunday’s Golden Globes ceremony, crowning “The Aviator,” “Sideways” and “Million Dollar Baby” with major awards.
Howard Hughes biopic “The Aviator” was named best drama motion picture and its star, Leonardo DiCaprio, took home the drama actor trophy, calling the experience of working with Martin Scorsese again “the pinnacle” of his career.
Howard Shore brought the pic’s total to three by taking home the score award.
Clint Eastwood’s boxing pic “Million Dollar Baby” nabbed Eastwood the directing trophy, and Hilary Swank, who plays a 32-year-old woman entering the ring as the last hope of making something of her life, gloved the drama actress nod.
“Sideways,” which has dominated critics’ groups’ top 10 lists, won for musical or comedy in addition to picking up a screenplay award for Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor. It is the duo’s second Globe victory, having won before for “About Schmidt.”
It follows last year’s pattern in which “Lost in Translation” picked up the musical or comedy pic and screenplay awards.
“Closer,” which nabbed the two supporting actor awards, was the only other multiple pic winner at the 62nd annual Golden Globes ceremony at the Beverly Hilton. Film awards were given to eight pics in the 13 categories.
The “Million Dollar Baby” winners may have something to definitely look forward to at next month’s Oscar ceremony: Both have won Oscars after taking home the Globe.
Eastwood’s first Globe win came 12 years ago for “Unforgiven”; Swank won both actress statuettes for 2000’s “Boys Don’t Cry.”
In addition, “Aviator” composer Shore won last year for his “The Lord of the Ring: The Return of the King” music. But in a twist, Shore’s score will not be eligible for an Oscar, as the Academy has ruled that he used mostly source material.
Both actor awards went to portrayals of real people. Jamie Foxx, greeted with a standing ovation as was Eastwood, won the actor, comedy or musical, for “Ray”; DiCaprio played Howard Hughes in “The Aviator.” It was Foxx’s one win, having been nominated in three acting categories. DiCaprio was a first-time winner, having been nominated three times before this year.
The Mike Nichols-directed “Closer,” a London-set drama concerning two couples whose lives intersect sexually over several years, ran a perfecta in the supporting actor categories, grabbing wins for first-time nominees Clive Owen and Natalie Portman. Two years ago, “Adaptation” swept the supporting categories.
Portman won over Globes fave Meryl Streep, who, in good fun, delivered a droll congratulations to the actress before intro-ing the TV movie category.
Annette Bening won actress in a comedy or musical film, her first win after four noms.
“The Sea Inside” took the foreign-language film award.
This is the second year that the Globes have been handed out after all the Oscar ballots have been turned in. While still an Oscar barometer, the kudofest sits in a transitional spot between the critics’ awards and the peer-to-peer prizes.
1995 was the last time there was no overlap between the winners of the Golden Globes for bets picture and the top Oscar. The Academy went with “Braveheart” that year; HFPA rewarded “Babe” and “Sense and Sensibility.”
Introductions were succinct and acceptance speeches long on names, save for the comments of two rock stars. Prince, introducing “Ray,” praised Jamie Foxx for “becoming Ray Charles.” And Mick Jagger chimed in with a thank you to “everyone who works at Paramount and everyone who used to work at Paramount.”
Jagger and Dave Stewart won for their “Old Habits Die Hard” tune from “Alfie,” the first music they had composed specifically for a film. Jagger said the award was “like a push-up bra, putting obscure song back in the limelight.”
Former President Clinton appeared via satellite to thank the entertainment industry and the HFPA for being among first groups to make a financial presentation to the tsunami relief effort.
Robin Williams received the Cecil B. DeMille Award and delivered a five-minute routine that touched on the Foreign Press, comedy, family, ego and, ultimately, the late Christopher Reeve, to whom he dedicated the award.
And the winners are…
MOTION PICTURE — DRAMA
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE — DRAMA
Hilary Swank — “Million Dollar Baby”
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
Leonardo DiCaprio –“The Aviator”
MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Annette Bening — “Being Julia”
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE -MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Jamie Foxx — “Ray”
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
“The Sea Inside” (Spain)
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Natalie Portman — “Closer”
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
Clive Owen — “Closer”
DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE
Clint Eastwood — “Million Dollar Baby”
SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE
Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor — “Sideways”
ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE
Howard Shore — “The Aviator”
ORIGINAL SONG – MOTION PICTURE
“Old Habits Die Hard” — “Alfie”
Music & Lyrics by: Mick Jagger & David A. Stewart
TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Mariska Hargitay — “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
Ian McShane — “Deadwood”
TELEVISION SERIES – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
“Desperate Housewives” (ABC)
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Teri Hatcher — “Desperate Housewives”
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Jason Bateman — “Arrested Development”
MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
“The Life and Death of Peter Sellers” (HBO)
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Glenn Close — “The Lion in Winter”
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Geoffrey Rush — “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers”
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Anjelica Huston — “Iron Jawed Angels”
PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
William Shatner — “Boston Legal”