Eclectic Golden Globes: From pop celebs Beyoncé & Jaz-Z to veterans Steven Spielberg & Susan Sarandon + Meryl Streep is biggest loser of them all
No matter how (mostly) predictable, the 2009 Golden Globes were undeniably eclectic. Attendees ranged from pop celebs Beyoncé and Jay-Z to Cecil B. DeMille Award recipient Steven Spielberg and fellow movie veterans Susan Sarandon, Dustin Hoffman, Sally Field, and Clint Eastwood. Winners ranged from Kate Winslet – twice – and The Dark Knight co-star Heath Ledger to a Bollywood-ish drama, a Spanish-set comedy, an Israeli animated feature, and a little-known (in the U.S.) British actress.
And let’s not forget that Golden Globe history was made at the Jan. 11 ceremony. That’s when Meryl Streep – the Golden Globes’ record-holder when it comes to nominations – also became the Golden Globes’ biggest loser ever in the acting categories.
See further below the full list of the 2009 Golden Globes’ winners and nominations.
Surprising Kate Winslet double whammy
Undoubtedly, the 2009 Golden Globes’ biggest surprise was Kate Winslet’s double-whammy victory:
- Best Actress – Drama for husband Sam Mendes’ 1950s marital drama Revolutionary Road.
- More expectedly, Best Supporting Actress for Stephen Daldry’s mostly 1950s-set, Holocaust-themed drama The Reader – in which Winslet just happens to play the female lead/title character. (Check out: SAG Awards 2009 winners.)
To date, only three other performers have won two acting awards at the same Golden Globes ceremony:
- 1989: Sigourney Weaver – Best Actress – Drama for Gorillas in the Mist; Best Supporting Actress (Film) for Working Girl.
- 1993: Joan Plowright – Best Supporting Actress (Film) for Enchanted April; Best Supporting Actress (TV) for Stalin.
- 2007: Helen Mirren – Best Actress – Drama for The Queen; Best Actress in a Miniseries/TV Movie for Elizabeth I. (Check out: “What Are the Golden Globes?” & “Queen Elizabeth Double Awards Season Dose.”)
In this year’s Best Actress – Drama category, pundits everywhere had been predicting that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s small roundish trophy would go to either Meryl Streep for John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt (more on Streep and the Golden Globes further below) or Anne Hathaway for Jonathan Demme’s Rachel Getting Married (more on Hathaway and the Golden Globes further below).
Oscar winner Kate Winslet?
As things stand, Kate Winslet seems destined to take home the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for The Reader.
That means Penélope Cruz’s Oscar chances for her Anna Magnani-esque turn in Woody Allen’s Barcelona-set, Best Motion Picture Comedy or Musical winner Vicky Cristina Barcelona – notwithstanding all the critical praise and critics’ awards that have come her way – have been drastically reduced.
Unless, of course, Academy members opt for Cruz for fear that Winslet will repeat her Golden Globe ceremony performance, as she apparently made a point of thanking every person she has ever met.
Kate Winslet double win or no, as stated further up the 2009 Golden Globes ceremony was mostly predictable. For instance:
- British filmmaker Danny Boyle’s Mumbai-set awards season favorite Slumdog Millionaire was hardly a shocking Best Motion Picture Drama pick – while also topping the Best Director, Best Screenplay (Britisher Simon Beaufoy), and Best Original Score (Indian A.R. Rahman) categories.
- Israeli filmmaker Ari Folman’s Lebanon-Israel War-set animated documentary Waltz with Bashir was the equally expected Best Foreign Language Film winner.
- And Australian-born Heath Ledger, who died nearly a year ago at age 28, was the shoo-in Best Supporting Actor winner for The Dark Knight. (More on Ledger and the Golden Globes further below.)
‘Little-known’ British actress beats Meryl Streep
One international talent that did surprise – at least to some extent – was British actress Sally Hawkins.
The star of Mike Leigh’s “small,” relatively little-seen British comedy-drama Happy-Go-Lucky and the Best Actress winner at the 2008 Berlin Film Festival, Hawkins was named the Golden Globes’ Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical, beating Hollywood icon Meryl Streep for Phyllida Lloyd’s international blockbuster Mamma Mia!.
Admittedly, Hawkins has been a critical favorite this awards season in the U.S. – she topped New York, Los Angeles, Boston, and the National Society of Film Critics – and she’s a likely Oscar contender. In other words, the 2009 Golden Globes’ prognosticators shouldn’t have been too shocked by her victory.
Well, except for the fact that HFPA voters tend to love movie stars. Hawkins’ recent Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical predecessors were: Renée Zellweger (2002), Diane Keaton (2003), Annette Bening (2004), Reese Witherspoon (2005), Meryl Streep (2006), and Marion Cotillard (2007).
Golden Globes’ biggest loser in acting categories
And now we get to Meryl Streep.
Having failed to beat Kate Winslet and Sally Hawkins at this year’s ceremony, Meryl Streep is now officially the biggest loser – in the acting categories – in the Golden Globes’ history. Meryl Streep wins: 6. Meryl Streep losses: 18. A record. The Golden Globes’ previous biggest actor-loser had been Jack Lemmon: 4 wins, 17 losses.
Overall, Streep is tied with composer John Williams, the winner of four Golden Globes and an 18-time loser.
Besides Meryl Streep, also going home empty-handed this year were double loser Clint Eastwood (he’d been in the running in the Best Original Score and Best Song categories) and, figuratively speaking, the following movies: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Doubt, Frost/Nixon, and Milk. Directed by Gus Van Sant, the last title had received only one single nomination – Sean Penn, who lost to Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler) in the Best Actor – Drama category.
Anne Hathaway & Golden Globes’ snafu
As we all know, Kate Winslet topped the 2009 Golden Globes’ Best Actress – Drama category for Revolutionary Road.
So, what about Anne Hathaway’s “winner’s star”?
Earlier this month, rumors abounded that the Rachel Getting Married star would definitely be this year’s Best Actress – Drama Golden Globe winner after a technical snafu resulted in her name getting a “winner’s star” next to it on the Golden Globes’ site on the very day she shared the Best Actress Critics’ Choice Award with Meryl Streep (for Doubt).
At the time, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association issued the following statement:
“In the process of preparing for Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards, a technician working on the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s website made a mistake and a name of a nominee was randomly marked as a winner. The mistake was immediately corrected.
“The ballots are tabulated by the accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP. Only four executives of the accounting firm know the identity of the winners before the envelopes are opened and recipients are announced during the live telecast. No one else, including the members of the HFPA, knows who the winners are prior to the live announcement.”
Golden Globes presenters
Below is a partial list of presenters at the 2009 Golden Globes. Further below are a series of images from this year’s ceremony and further down is the list of winners and nominees.
Golden Globes: Winners and nominations
Best Motion Picture Drama
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
* Slumdog Millionaire.
Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Burn After Reading.
* Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
Best Foreign Language Film
The Baader Meinhof Complex, Germany.
Everlasting Moments, Sweden/Denmark.
I’ve Loved You So Long, France.
* Waltz with Bashir, Israel.
* Danny Boyle – Slumdog Millionaire.
Steven Daldry – The Reader.
David Fincher – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
Ron Howard – Frost/Nixon.
Sam Mendes – Revolutionary Road.
Best Actress – Drama
Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married.
Angelina Jolie, Changeling.
Meryl Streep, Doubt.
Kristin Scott Thomas, I’ve Loved You So Long.
* Kate Winslet, Revolutionary Road.
Best Actress – Musical or Comedy
Rebecca Hall – Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
* Sally Hawkins – Happy-Go-Lucky.
Frances McDormand – Burn After Reading.
Meryl Streep – Mamma Mia!.
Emma Thompson – Last Chance Harvey.
Best Actor – Drama
Leonardo DiCaprio, Revolutionary Road.
Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon.
Sean Penn, Milk.
Brad Pitt, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
* Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler.
Best Actor – Musical or Comedy
Javier Bardem – Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
* Colin Farrell – In Bruges.
James Franco – Pineapple Express.
Brendan Gleeson – In Bruges.
Dustin Hoffman – Last Chance Harvey.
* Simon Beaufoy – Slumdog Millionaire.
David Hare – The Reader.
Peter Morgan – Frost/Nixon.
Eric Roth – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
John Patrick Shanley – Doubt.
Best Original Score
Alexandre Desplat – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
Clint Eastwood – Changeling.
John Newton Howard – Defiance.
* A.R. Rahman – Slumdog Millionaire.
Hans Zimmer – Frost/Nixon.
Best Animated Film
Kung Fu Panda.
Best Original Song
“Down to Earth” – WALL-E – Music: Peter Gabriel & Thomas Newman; Lyrics: Peter Gabriel.
“Gran Torino” – Gran Torino – Music: Clint Eastwood, Jamie Cullum, Kyle Eastwood, Michael Stevens; Lyrics: Kyle Eastwood & Michael Stevens.
“I Thought I Lost You” – Bolt – Music & Lyrics: Miley Cyrus & Jeffrey Steele.
“Once in a Lifetime” – Cadillac Records – Music & Lyrics: Beyoncé Knowles, Amanda Ghost, Scott McFarnon, Ian Dench, James Dring, Jody Street.
* “The Wrestler” – The Wrestler – Music & Lyrics: Bruce Springsteen.
Cecil B. DeMille Award: Steven Spielberg.
Best Miniseries/TV Movie
A Raisin in the Sun.
Bernard and Doris.
* John Adams.
Best Series Drama
* Mad Men.
Best Series Comedy or Musical
* 30 Rock.
Best Actress – Drama Series
Sally Field, Brothers and Sisters.
Mariska Hargitay, Law and Order: Special Victims.
January Jones, Mad Men.
* Anna Paquin, True Blood.
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer.
Best Actor – Drama Series
* Gabriel Byrne – In Treatment.
Michael Hall – Dexter.
Jon Hamm – Mad Men.
Hugh Laurie – House.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers – The Tudors.
Best Actress – Comedy or Musical Series
Christina Applegate – Samantha Who?.
America Ferrera – Ugly Betty.
* Tina Fey – 30 Rock.
Debra Messing – The Starter Wife.
Mary-Louise Parker – Weeds.
Best Supporting Actress (TV)
Eileen Atkins – Cranford.
* Laura Dern – Recount.
Melissa George – In Treatment.
Rachel Griffiths – Brothers and Sisters.
Dianne Wiest – In Treatment.
Golden Globes website.
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