Unfortunately, Ricky Gervais wasn't the high point in this year's Golden Globe Awards. His return to the show saw the Brit comedian's quips neutered, despite his best attempts to really rip the Hollywood establishment apart. Sure, there was his F-bomb, and there was his pretty good take on Natalie Portman's pregnancy causing a nomination drought, but it was the establishment -- Madonna and Colin Firth, specifically -- who properly ripped into Ricky.
Not that I'm a heartless guy. I really wanted Ricky to succeed, especially after how he hosted last year's Golden Globes.
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The show was a mostly predictable affair, win-wise. On the television front, it was Showtime's new drama Homeland
that emerged as the biggest winner, with two trophies: one for Best Drama Series, and another for Claire Danes for Best Actress in a Drama Series. Modern Family
won their second Best Comedy Series nod, while Downton Abbey
was named Best Miniseries.
The film side of things saw French silent film The Artist
take home three awards, including Best Drama and Best Actor for Jean Dujardin. The Descendants
took home two, with George Clooney getting his third Golden Globe.
There were a few pleasant surprises: Kelsey Grammer, Jessica Lange and Idris Elba won for their television work, while Christopher Plummer begins his Oscar race with a Golden Globe for his powerful performance on Beginners.
The other set of pleasant surprises: Tina Fey photobombing Amy Poehler when she was being presented as a nominee for Parks and Recreation
. (See Twitter abuzz with this GIF
.) Same with Jesse Tyler Ferguson, holding a "whatever..." sign when Eric Stonestreet was being presented as a nominee for Modern Family
The full list of winners:
Best TV Series - Drama: Homeland
Best TV Series - Comedy/Musical: Modern Family
Best Miniseries or TV Movie: Downton Abbey
Best Actor in a TV Series - Drama: Kelsey Grammer, Boss
Best Actress in a TV Series - Drama: Claire Danes, Homeland
Best Actor in a TV Series - Comedy/Musical: Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Best Actress in a TV Series - Comedy/Musical: Laura Dern, Enlightened
Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie: Idris Elba, Luther
Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie: Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce
Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series, Movie or Miniseries: Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series, Movie or Miniseries: Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Best Motion Picture - Drama: The Descendants
Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical: The Artist
Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: George Clooney, The Descendants
Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical: Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical: Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture: Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Octavia Spencer, The Help
Best Director: Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Best Screenplay: Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Best Animated Film: The Adventures of Tintin
Best Foreign Language Film: A Separation
Best Original Song: "Masterpiece" by Madonna, W.E.
Best Original Score: Ludovic Bource, The Artist
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