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Michel Hazanavicius & Bérénice Bejo + Jean Dujardin: Golden Globes History Made Despite Kim Novak

Michel Hazanavicius and wife Bérénice Bejo Making Golden Globes historyMichel Hazanavicius and wife Bérénice Bejo: Making Golden Globes history.

Michel Hazanavicius and wife Bérénice Bejo: 'The Artist' achieves unique Golden Globes feat

Michel Hazanavicius and wife Bérénice Bejo accept the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical for the comedy-drama The Artist – a Franco-Belgian co-production (La Petite Reine / Studio 37 / La Classe Americaine / JD Prod / France3 Cinema / Jouror Production / uFilms), which both competed and won in a category reserved for English-language releases.

How could that be?

Well, The Artist – distributed in North America by the awards season-savvy The Weinstein Company – is a(n almost totally) dialogue-less film. In fact, The Artist made Golden Globes history by becoming both the first silent movie and the first production from a non-English-speaking country(ies) to take home a statuette in either of the Best Motion Picture categories. (Woody Allen's Spanish-set Vicky Cristina Barcelona, a 2008 Best Picture - Comedy or Musical Golden Globe winner, had some U.S. financing and mostly English-language dialogue.)

In the above picture, Hazanavicius and wife Bejo, who plays the Janet Gaynor / Judy Garland A Star Is Born role in the film, are seen backstage in the press room at the 69th Annual Golden Globes ceremony, which was held at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills on Sunday, Jan. 15, '12.

Harvey Weinstein bigger than Madonna

During the Golden Globes ceremony, The Weinstein Company's Harvey Weinstein got more close-ups than Madonna, Meryl Streep, and Johnny Depp combined, as TWC movies won a whole series of awards:

  • Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical for The Artist.
  • Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical for Jean Dujardin, who plays a faded silent film star à la John Gilbert (with Douglas Fairbanks character traits) in The Artist.
  • Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for Meryl Streep for her portrayal of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.
  • Best Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical for Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn.
  • Best Original Score for Ludovic Bource for The Artist.
  • Best Original Song for the Madonna song “Masterpiece” from E.W.

Michel Hazanavicius and wife Bérénice Bejo photo: Golden Globes 2012 © HFPA

Jean Dujardin Golden Globes winner Douglas FairbanksJean Dujardin: Golden Globes winner for playing Douglas Fairbanks meets John Gilbert.

Best Actor Golden Globe winner Jean Dujardin

French actor Jean Dujardin won the 2012 Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical for his performance as a fading silent film star in Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist. In the above photo, Dujardin – who also took home the Best Actor Award for The Artist at last year's Cannes Film Festival – poses backstage in the press room at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills on Sunday, Jan. 15.

Dujardin's French predecessor at the Golden Globes was Gérard Depardieu, who won in the same category back in early 1991 for Peter Weir's romantic comedy Green Card. The Artist leading man, however, is the very first performer to receive a Golden Globe for a role in a(n almost totally) silent movie.

The Artist is an amalgamation of elements from George Cukor's What Price Hollywood? (1932), in which Constance Bennett plays a rising star and Lowell Sherman a troubled producer, and the first two A Star Is Born movies; the first one (1937) directed by William A. Wellman, and starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March; the second one (1954) directed by Cukor, and starring Judy Garland and James Mason.

All three movies, in turn, were inspired – at least in part – by real-life stories of performers from the 1920s and 1930s such as Colleen Moore, John Gilbert, Ina Claire, Greta Garbo, John Bowers, James Murray, John Barrymore, and others.

Additionally, The Artist was also inspired by Stanley Donen's Singin' in the Rain (1952), starring Gene Kelly as a silent film star, Jean Hagen as his squeaky-voiced leading lady, and Debbie Reynolds as his melodious-voiced off-screen romantic interest.

Jean Dujardin movies

Jean Dujardin has been featured in about two dozen films since 2001. Titles include:

  • Welcome to the Roses / Bienvenue chez les Rozes (2003).
    Dir.: Francis Palluau.
    Cast: Lorànt Deutsch. Jean Dujardin. Clémence Poésy. André Wilms. Dominique Pinon. Michel Derville. Carole Bouquet. Yolande Moreau. Michel Duchaussoy. Beatrice Rosen (as Béatrice Rosenblatt).
  • Lucky Luke and the Daltons / Les Dalton (2004).
    Dir.: Philippe Haïm.
    Cast: Til Schweiger. Ramzy Bedia. Eric Judor. Javivi. Kad Merad. Jean Dujardin. Michel Miller. Voice: Jean Rochefort.
  • The Brice Man / Brice de Nice (2005).
    Dir.: James Huth.
    Cast: Jean Dujardin. Élodie Bouchez. Clovis Cornillac. Bruno Salomone. Alexandra Lamy. François Chattot.
  • OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies / OSS 117: Le Caire, nid d'espions (2006).
    Dir.: Michel Hazanavicius.
    Cast: Jean Dujardin. Bérénice Bejo. François Damiens. Richard Sammel. Aure Atika. Reem Kherici.
  • OSS 117: Lost in Rio / OSS 117: Rio ne répond plus (2007).
    Dir.: Michel Hazanavicius.
    Cast: Jean Dujardin. Louise Monot. Rüdiger Vogler. Laurent Capelluto. Serge Hazanavicius. Ludovic Bource. Alvaro Correia.
  • Ca$h (2008).
    Dir.: Éric Besnard.
    Cast: Jean Dujardin. Jean Reno. Valeria Golino. Alice Taglioni. François Berléand. Caroline Proust. Samir Guesmi. Cyril Couton. Eriq Ebouaney. Ciarán Hinds. Jocelyn Quivrin. Clovis Cornillac.
  • The Clink of Ice / Le bruit des glaçons (2010).
    Dir.: Bertrand Blier.
    Cast: Jean Dujardin. Albert Dupontel. Anne Alvaro. Christa Théret. Myriam Boyer. Audrey Dana.
  • Little White Lies / Les petits mouchoirs (2010).
    Dir.: Guillaume Canet.
    Cast: Marion Cotillard. François Cluzet. Benoît Magimel. Jean Dujardin. Gilles Lellouche. Laurent Lafitte. Valérie Bonneton. Pascale Arbillot. Louise Monot. Anne Marivin.
  • A View of Love / Un balcon sur la mer (2010).
    Dir.: Nicole Garcia.
    Cast: Jean Dujardin. Marie-Josée Croze. Toni Servillo. Sandrine Kiberlain. Michel Aumont. Pauline Bélier. Jacques Valles. Claudia Cardinale. Pierre Rochefort.
  • The Artist (2011).
    Dir.: Michel Hazanavicius.
    Cast: Jean Dujardin. Bérénice Bejo. Uggie. John Goodman. Penelope Ann Miller. Missi Pyle. James Cromwell. Malcolm McDowell.

Based on Jean Bruce's novel/character, the OSS 117 films are James Bond spoofs/classic movie homages starring Dujardin as the dim-witted titular spy.

OSS 117: Lost in Rio – partly an homage to both Philippe de Broca's That Man from Rio (1964) and Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest (1959) – features a climactic finale atop Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer statue reminiscent of the Mount Rushmore climax found in Hitchcock's thriller starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, and James Mason.

OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies earned Dujardin a Best Actor César nomination. He lost to François Cluzet in Guillaume Canet's mystery thriller Tell No One.

Jean Dujardin's upcoming films include the episodic The Players, and (reportedly) Möbius and A Stormy Summer Night.

Golden Globes presenters

Jean Dujardin received his Best Actor Golden Globe from Natalie Portman, last year's Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama winner for Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan.

Among the other Golden Globes presenters at this year's ceremony were:

  • Channing Tatum (Magic Mike).
  • Helen Mirren (The Queen).
  • Julianne Moore (Crazy Stupid Love).
  • Jake Gyllenhaal (Source Code).
  • Paula Patton (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol).
  • Brad Pitt (The Tree of Life).
  • Salma Hayek (Frida).
  • Madonna (E.W.).
  • Debra Messing (The Women).
  • Johnny Depp (The Tourist).
  • Antonio Banderas (The Skin I Live In).
  • Robert Downey Jr. (Sherlock Holmes).
  • Seth Rogen (50/50).

Harvey Weinstein close-ups

Throughout the Golden Globes ceremony, The Weinstein Company's honcho Harvey Weinstein got a bigger share of close-ups than Meryl Streep, Angelina Jolie, George Clooney, Elton John, Madonna, Johnny Depp, and host Ricky Gervais combined.

Here are TWC's 2012 Golden Globe wins:

  • Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical for The Artist.
  • Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for Meryl Streep for her portrayal of British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in Phyllida Lloyd's The Iron Lady.
  • Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical for Jean Dujardin in The Artist.
  • Best Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical for Michelle Williams for portraying Marilyn Monroe in Simon Curtis' My Week with Marilyn.
  • Best Original Score for Ludovic Bource – the target of a Kim Novak backlash – for The Artist.
  • Best Original Song for Madonna's “Masterpiece” from E.W.

Best Actor winner Jean Dujardin photo: Golden Globes 2012 © HFPA.

Thomas Langmann Michel Hazanavicius wife Bérénice Bejo Golden Globes homage to veteran filmmakerMichel Hazanavicius and wife Bérénice Bejo, with 'The Artist' producer Thomas Langmann: Golden Globes homage to veteran filmmaker Claude Berri.

'The Artist' producer Thomas Langmann pays tribute to filmmaker father Claude Berri

Pictured above while accepting the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical for The Artist is producer Thomas Langmann, with director Michel Hazanavicius and wife Bérénice Bejo standing behind him.

In his acceptance speech, Langmann remembered his father, veteran filmmaker Claude Berri (The Two of Us, Jean de Florette), who died in Jan. 2009. Back in 1966, Berri won an Academy Award for the live action short film Le Poulet, but was unable to attend the Oscar ceremony because he couldn't afford to fly out to Los Angeles.

However heartfelt his speech, at one point Langmann had to stop talking because Uggie, The Artist's star canine, was stealing the show onstage.

Thomas Langmann movies

Among Thomas Langmann's credits as a film producer are:

  • Asterix at the Olympic Games (2008), with Gérard Depardieu and Clovis Cornillac.
  • Jean-François Richet's Mesrine: Killer Instinct (2008) and Mesrine: Public Enemy #1 (2009), both starring Vincent Cassel.
  • Christophe Barratier's War of the Buttons (2009).

Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Golden Globe contenders

The Artist's competitors in the Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical category were:

  • Jonathan Levine's 50/50, with Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
  • Paul Feig's Bridesmaids, with Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, and Melissa McCarthy.
  • Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, with Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Kathy Bates, and Adrien Brody.
  • Simon Curtis' My Week with Marilyn, with Michelle Williams (as Marilyn Monroe), Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh (as Laurence Olivier), and Julia Ormond (as Vivien Leigh).

Photo of producer Thomas Langmann with Michel Hazanavicius and wife Bérénice Bejo: Golden Globes 2012 © HFPA

Golden Globes Best Picture winner Jean Dujardin Penelope Ann MillerGolden Globes Best Picture - Comedy or Musical winner: 'The Artist' contingent including Jean Dujardin, Penelope Ann Miller, Uggie and Bérénice Bejo.

'The Artist': Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

Michel Hazanavicius' critically acclaimed The Artist was the winner of the 2012 Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical. Posing with the award in the press room at the Golden Globe Awards ceremony held at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills on Sunday, Jan. 15, were the following (from left to right, all actors unless otherwise noted):

Producer Thomas Langmann (filmmaker Claude Berri's son). Missi Pyle. Uggie the Dog. Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical Golden Globe winner Jean Dujardin.

Director Michel Hazanavicius. Bérénice Bejo. Penelope Ann Miller. Golden Globe-winning composer Ludovic Bource (whose score, which borrows bits from Bernard Herrmann's Vertigo theme, was attacked by Kim Novak).

Ken Davitian. James Cromwell (whose parents, director John Cromwell and actress Kay Johnson, began their movie careers at the time The Artist is set).

Also in The Artist cast are John Goodman and A Clockwork Orange star Malcolm McDowell (briefly seen as a W.C. Fields type).

Harvey Weinstein superstar

During the Golden Globes ceremony, The Weinstein Company's honcho Harvey Weinstein was the focus of more close-ups than Madonna, Meryl Streep, Elton John, George Clooney, and Johnny Depp all put together.

Here are the Weinstein-distributed movies that took home 2012 Golden Globes:

  • Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical for The Artist.
  • Best Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical for Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn.
  • Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical for Jean Dujardin as a silent film star à la John Gilbert (with Douglas Fairbanks mannerisms) in The Artist.
  • Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for Meryl Streep for her portrayal of right-wing British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.
  • Best Original Song for the Madonna ditty “Masterpiece” from E.W.
  • Best Original Score for Ludovic Bource for The Artist.

'The Artist' makes Golden Globes history

Something notable about The Artist's victory: Michel Hazanavicius' comedy-drama is the first silent film to win a Golden Globe in either of the Best Picture categories.

There's more: although set in Hollywood, The Artist is also the first Best Picture Golden Globe winner to be entirely produced by companies from non-English-speaking countries, in this particular case France and Belgium. (Woody Allen's Spanish-set Vicky Cristina Barcelona, a 2008 winner for Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical, not only featured mostly English-language dialogue but it also had some U.S. financing.)

2012 Golden Globes presenters

Besides Elle Macpherson, the extensive list of Golden Globes presenters at this year's ceremony included:

  • Two-time Oscar winner Jane Fonda (Klute, 1971; Coming Home, 1978; in addition to On Golden Pond, Julia, The China Syndrome, The Electric Horseman).
  • Two-time Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman (Kramer vs. Kramer, 1979; Rain Man, 1988; in addition to Lenny, All the President's Men, Straw Dogs, Midnight Cowboy).
  • Best Actor Oscar winner Sidney Poitier (Lilies of the Field, 1963; in addition to Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, The Bedford Incident, In the Heat of the Night).
  • Best Actor Oscar nominee Harrison Ford (Witness, 1985; in addition to Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark).
  • Channing Tatum (Magic Mike).
  • Helen Mirren (The Queen, The Last Station).
  • Julianne Moore (Crazy Stupid Love, The Hours).
  • Jake Gyllenhaal (Source Code, Brokeback Mountain).
  • Pierce Brosnan (GoldenEye).
  • Felicity Huffman (Transamerica, Desperate Housewives).
  • Jessica Biel (The Illusionist).
  • Angelina Jolie (In the Land of Blood and Honey, Wanted).
  • Gerard Butler (Coriolanus).
  • George Clooney (Up in the Air).
  • Clive Owen (Closer).
  • Michelle Pfeiffer (The Love Field, New Year's Day).
  • Freida Pinto (Immortals, Slumdog Millionaire).
  • Bradley Cooper (Limitless).
  • Colin Firth (The King's Speech).
  • Paula Patton (Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol).
  • Brad Pitt (The Tree of Life, Moneyball).
  • Nicole Kidman (Moulin Rouge!, Rabbit Hole).
  • Jessica Alba (Sin City).
  • Salma Hayek (Frida, Puss in Boots).
  • Madonna (E.W., Evita).
  • William H. Macy (Fargo).
  • Ewan McGregor (Beginners).
  • Kate Beckinsale (Total Recall).
  • Debra Messing (The Women).
  • Rob Lowe (The West Wing).
  • Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids).
  • Katharine McPhee (The House Bunny).
  • Ashton Kutcher (What Happens in Vegas).
  • Singer Adam Levine.
  • Johnny Depp (The Tourist, Alice in Wonderland).
  • Antonio Banderas (The Skin I Live In).
  • Jane Lynch (Glee).
  • Mila Kunis (Black Swan).
  • Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada).
  • Robert Downey Jr. (Sherlock Holmes, Iron Man).
  • Seth Rogen (50/50).
  • Queen Latifah (Joyful Noise).
  • Mark Wahlberg (Boogie Nights, Contraband).
  • Talk show host Jimmy Fallon.
  • Reese Witherspoon (Water for Elephants, and whose This Means War, co-starring Star Trek actor Chris Pine and The Dark Knight Rises actor Tom Hardy, opens shortly).

Thomas Langmann, Missi Pyle, Uggie the dog, Jean Dujardin, Michel Hazanavicius, Bérénice Bejo, Penelope Ann Miller, Ludovic Bource, Ken Davitian, James Cromwell photo: Golden Globes 2012 © HFPA.

Jessica Lange Golden Globes five-time winnerJessica Lange: Golden Globes' five-time winner.

Jessica Lange wins fifth Golden Globe

Actress Jessica Lange was this year's Golden Globe winner in the Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series, Miniseries or Movie category for her performance in the anthology series American Horror Story.

Besides Lange, the American Horror Story cast includes:

Dylan McDermott. Frances Conroy. Kate Mara. Denis O'Hare. Evan Peters. Taissa Farmiga. Lily Rabe.

Among the series' directors are Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk.

12 Golden Globe nominations

Jessica Lange has been nominated for a total of 12 Golden Globes in various categories encompassing both film and television. To date, she has won five times.

In addition to American Horror Story, Lange has come out victorious for the following:

  • Best Acting Debut in a Motion Picture - Female for John Guillermin's King Kong (1976), in the old Fay Wray role.
    Cast: Jeff Bridges. Charles Grodin.
  • Best Supporting Actress in Sydney Pollack's Tootsie (1982).
    Cast: Dustin Hoffman. Teri Garr.
  • Best Actress - Drama for Tony Richardson's Blue Sky (1994).
    Cast: Tommy Lee Jones.
  • Best Actress in a Television Movie or Miniseries for Glenn Jordan's A Streetcar Named Desire (1995), in the old Vivien Leigh (film/West End), Jessica Tandy (Broadway), and Ann-Margret (TV) role.
    Cast: Alec Baldwin. John Goodman. Diane Lane.

Jessica Lange movies

In addition to the aforementioned titles, Jessica Lange has been featured in nearly 30 films. Among them:

  • Don't Come Knocking (2005).
    Dir.: Wim Wenders.
    Cast: Jessica Lange. Sam Shepard. Eva Marie Saint. George Kennedy. Sarah Polley.
  • Cousin Bette (1998).
    Dir.: Des McAnuff.
    Cast: Jessica Lange. Elisabeth Shue. Bob Hopkins. Hugh Laurie.
  • Rob Roy (1995).
    Dir.: Michael Caton-Jones.
    Cast: Liam Neeson. Jessica Lange. Tim Roth.
  • Cape Fear (1991), in the old Polly Bergen role.
    Dir.: Martin Scorsese.
    Cast: Robert De Niro. Jessica Lange. Nick Nolte. Juliette Lewis.
  • Crimes of the Heart (1986).
    Dir.: Bruce Beresford.
    Cast: Sissy Spacek. Diane Keaton. Jessica Lange. Tess Harper. Sam Shepard. Hurd Hatfield.
  • Frances (1982), as troubled 1930s/1940s actress Frances Farmer (Come and Get It, The Toast of New York).
    Dir.: Graeme Clifford.
    Cast: Jessica Lange. Kim Stanley. Sam Shepard.
  • The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981).
    Dir.: Bob Rafelson.
    Cast: Jack Nicholson. Jessica Lange.
  • All That Jazz (1979).
    Dir.: Bob Fosse.
    Cast: Roy Scheider. Jessica Lange. Ann Reinking. Leland Palmer. Sandahl Bergman. Ben Vereen. Cliff Gorman. John Lithgow. William LeMassena. Gwen Verdon. Michael Tolan. Wallace Shawn.

Jessica Lange photo: Golden Globes 2012 © HFPA.

Ludovic Bource Golden Globes Kim Novak rape reportLudovic Bource: Golden Globe winner despite Kim Novak 'rape report.'

'The Artist' composer Ludovic Bource wins Golden Globe despite ugly Kim Novak spat

The Artist composer Ludovic Bource displays his Golden Globe backstage after winning in the Best Original Score - Motion Picture category for Michel Hazanavicius' (mostly) silent comedy-drama starring Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo. The awards ceremony was held at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, on Sunday, Jan. 15, '12.

Unexpectedly, Bource became a news item in recent weeks because of an ad veteran actress Kim Novak – the star of Picnic, Jeanne Eagels, Pal Joey, and Strangers When We Meet – placed in a trade magazine.

Kim Novak reports 'a rape'

“I want to report a rape,” Novak wrote. “I feel as if my body – or, at least my body of work – has been violated by the movie The Artist.”

She added that “this film could and should have been able to stand on its own without depending upon Bernard Herrmann's score from Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo [in which Novak co-starred with James Stewart] to provide it more drama.” She called the use of Herrmann's score “cheating.”

Novak concluded with the following:

It is morally wrong for the artistry of our industry to use and abuse famous pieces of work to gain attention and applause for other than what they were intended. It is essential to safeguard our special bodies of work for posterity, with their original and individual identities intact and protected.

Michael Hazanavicius responds

Here's The Artist director Michel Hazanavicius' response:

The Artist was made as a love letter to cinema, and grew out of my (and all of my cast and crew's) admiration and respect for movies throughout history. It was inspired by the work of Hitchcock, Lang, Ford, Lubitsch, Murnau and Wilder. I love Bernard Herrmann and his music has been used in many different films and I'm very pleased to have it in mine. I respect Kim Novak greatly and I'm sorry to hear she disagrees.*

Ludovic Bource's score had previously won the 2011 European Film Award in that category, and is the odds-on favorite for this year's Academy Award. The Academy's Music Branch has listed it as an (essentially) Original Score.

Besides Ludovic Bource's victory, The Artist also won trophies for actor Jean Dujardin and for Best Picture - Comedy or Musical.

* Bits from Bernard Herrmann's many movie scores have been used in productions as disparate as Tim Burton's Batman (1989) and Gus Van Sant's Psycho remake (1998), in both instances, adapted by Danny Elfman; the television series American Horror Story; and, from Vertigo, the prologue to Lady Gaga's “Born This Way” video.

Kim Novak quotes via The Hollywood Reporter. Michel Hazanavicius' response also via THR.

The Artist composer Ludovic Bource photo: Golden Globes 2012 © HFPA.

Alexander Payne Jim Taylor Jim Burke less controversial Golden GlobeJim Taylor, Jim Burke and Alexander Payne: Less controversial Golden Globe winners.

Jim Taylor, Jim Burke and Alexander Payne: Golden Globe winners

Jim Taylor, Jim Burke, and Alexander Payne accept the 2012 Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Drama for the comedy-drama The Descendants, produced by Ad Hominem Enterprises and distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures.

Featuring George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Judy Greer, and veterans Beau Bridges (Gaily Gaily), Robert Forster (Reflections in a Golden Eye), and Michael Ontkean (Making Love), The Descendants also earned Clooney the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama.

Best Film - Drama contenders

The Descendants' competition consisted of the following:

  • The Help.
    Dir.: Tate Taylor.
    Cast: Emma Stone. Viola Davis. Bryce Dallas Howard. Jessica Chastain. Mike Vogel. Chris Lowell. Octavia Spencer. Cicely Tyson. Mary Steenburgen. Sissy Spacek.
  • Hugo.
    Dir.: Martin Scorsese.
    Cast: Asa Butterfield. Jude Law. Chloë Grace Moretz. Ben Kingsley. Sacha Baron Cohen. Christopher Lee.
  • The Ides of March.
    Dir.: George Clooney.
    Cast: Clooney. Ryan Gosling. Evan Rachel Wood.
  • Moneyball.
    Dir.: Bennett Miller.
    Cast: Brad Pitt. Jonah Hill. Robin Wright.
  • War Horse.
    Dir.: Steven Spielberg.
    Cast: Jeremy Irvine. Emily Watson.

Recent Golden Globe winners

Last year, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association surprisingly chose David Fincher's The Social Network over Tom Hooper's feel-good, box office friendlier The King's Speech – the eventual Best Picture Academy Award winner.

Besides The Social Network, here are the most recent Golden Globe winners (2000–2009) in the Best Picture - Drama category:

  • James Cameron's Avatar (2009).
  • Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire (2008).
  • Joe Wright's Atonement (2007).
  • Alejandro González Iñárritu's Babel (2006).
  • Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain (2005).
  • Martin Scorsese's The Aviator (2004).
  • Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003).
  • Stephen Daldry's The Hours (2002).
  • Ron Howard's A Beautiful Mind (2001).
  • Ridley Scott's Gladiator (2000).

All of them went on to receive Best Picture Academy Award nominations, with four topping the category: the Russell Crowe star vehicles Gladiator and A Beautiful Mind, the epic fantasy The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, and the Bollywood-ish Slumdog Millionaire.

Jim Taylor, Jim Burke, and Alexander Payne photo: Golden Globes 2012 © HFPA.

Peter Dinklage Golden Globes Best Supporting ActorPeter Dinklage: Golden Globes' Best Supporting Actor in TV category.

Golden Globe winner Peter Dinklage

Actor Peter Dinklage is pictured above holding his Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series, Miniseries or Movie for his performance as Tyrion Lannister in the HBO hit Game of Thrones. Last year, Dinklage took home a Primetime Emmy as well. The 69th Golden Globe Awards ceremony took place at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills on Jan. 15, '12.

The extensive Game of Thrones cast includes the following:

Lena Headey. Sean Bean. Jack Gleeson. Sophie Turner. Iain Glen. Emilia Clarke. Kit Harington. Julian Glover. Michelle Farley.

Peter Dinklage movies

Peter Dinklage has been featured in an eclectic array of movies, most notably Tom McCarthy's The Station Agent (2003), which earned him an Independent Spirit Award nomination and two SAG Award nods (Best Actor, Best Cast member).

Here are a few more titles: Lassie, Find Me Guilty, Penelope, Death at a Funeral, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, and A Little Bit of Heaven.

He will next be seen in Knights of Badassdom and, reportedly, My Dinner with Herve – about Fantasy Island actor Hervé Villechaize.

Best Supporting Actor winner Peter Dinklage photo: Golden Globes 2012 © HFPA.

Martin Scorsese Golden Globes Best DirectorMartin Scorsese: Golden Globes' Best Director. Better Oscar chances?

Best Director Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese poses backstage in the 2012 Golden Globes ceremony's press room, while holding his Golden Globe for Best Director - Motion Picture for Hugo, the filmmaker's homage to cinema. Scorsese's competitors were:

  • Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris.
  • George Clooney for The Ides of March.
  • Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist.
  • Alexander Payne for The Descendants.

Golden Globe favorite

Martin Scorsese has been nominated for ten Golden Globes in several categories. Hugo marks Scorsese's third win.

He had previously taken home Best Director Golden Globes for:

  • Gangs of New York (2002).
    Cast:
    Daniel Day-Lewis. Leonardo DiCaprio. Cameron Diaz.
  • The Departed (2006)
    Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio. Matt Damon. Vera Farmiga. Jack Nicholson. Mark Wahlberg. Martin Sheen.

Scorsese also won the Best Director Academy Award for The Departed, the year's Best Picture winner.

His other Best Director Golden Globe nominations were for:

  • The Aviator (2004).
  • Goodfellas (1990).
  • The Last Temptation of Christ (1988).
  • Raging Bull (1980).

Best Director winner Martin Scorsese photo: Golden Globes 2012 © HFPA.

 

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2 Comments to Michel Hazanavicius & Bérénice Bejo + Jean Dujardin: Golden Globes History Made Despite Kim Novak

  1. Jeff

    Jessica Lange is on of our finest actresses ever! There is just something so captivating and alluring about her presence on film and I am sure in person. I wish producers would do more films with her so her audience of fans could be rewarded. Wouldn't it be great to see her in a drama and/or love story with Ralph Fiennes? That would be great for film history. Not to mention a film with her and Meryl Streep. Thank you Jessica Lange!

  2. Kiki Schmidt

    Il a un gros nez! oh… la la…