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Scorsese-Eastwood Turnabout: Golden Globes’ Winners & Losers

The Aviator Leonardo DiCaprio: Martin Scorsese directorThe Aviator with Leonardo DiCaprio. Martin Scorsese’s Golden Globe winner stars DiCaprio as Texan billionaire Howard Hughes, who made movies, dated Hollywood stars, got Hughes Aircraft off the ground, and acquired a controlling interest in TWA.

Martin Scorsese’s Howard Hughes biopic & Alexander Payne’s Wine Country comedy are Golden Globes’ favorites

Martin Scorsese’s big & boisterous Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator was announced as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s top Motion Picture – Drama at the Jan. 16 Golden Globes ceremony held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Additionally, The Aviator earned Golden Globe statuettes for star Leonardo DiCaprio as the psychotically heroic all-American billionaire and for composer Howard Shore.

U.S. critics’ fave Sideways was the Best Picture – Musical or Comedy. Directed by Alexander Payne, the road movie stars Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church as two emotionally stunted middle-aged men, and Virginia Madsen and Sandra Oh as the two women they meet while touring Central California’s Wine Country.

Payne also shared with co-screenwriter Jim Taylor the Best Screenplay Golden Globe.

Martin Scorsese-Clint Eastwood awards season turnabout

This awards season, a couple of U.S. critics’ groups have chosen Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby as the year’s Best Picture while selecting Martin Scorsese as Best Director for The Aviator. The HFPA, for its part, did things the other way around.

Besides its Best Director win, Eastwood’s lachrymose boxing tale also earned Hilary Swank the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama. Annette Bening topped the Comedy or Musical category for her portrayal of a Bette Davis-like (in All About Eve) London stage diva of decades past in István Szabó’s Being Julia.

In the supporting categories – so far dominated by Sideways’ Virginia Madsen and Thomas Haden Church – Natalie Portman and Clive Owen were the Globes’ winners for Mike Nichols’ expletive-filled psychological drama Closer.

The Best Foreign Language Film was Goya Awards record-breaker The Sea Inside, starring Javier Bardem as a tetraplegic man eager to end his suffering.

Lastly, as previously announced, Robin Williams – whose big-screen career dates all the way back to … 1980 – was this year’s Cecil B. DeMille Award recipient, which is the Golden Globes’ equivalent to the Honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement.

See below the full list of the 2005 Golden Globe winners and nominees in the feature film categories, in addition to the winners and a partial list of nominees in the Globes’ television categories.

Golden Globes’ winners & nominees


Motion Picture – Drama
* The Aviator.
Finding Neverland.
Hotel Rwanda.
Million Dollar Baby.

Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
The Incredibles.
The Phantom of the Opera.
* Sideways.

Foreign Language Film
A Very Long Engagement / Un long dimanche de fiançailles (France)
House of Flying Daggers (Hong Kong).
The Chorus / Les choristes (France).
The Motorcycle Diaries / Diarios de motocicleta (Brazil).
* The Sea Inside / Mar adentro (Spain).

Actress – Drama
Nicole Kidman, Birth.
Scarlett Johansson, A Love Song for Bobby Long.
Imelda Staunton, Vera Drake.
* Hilary Swank, Million Dollar Baby.
Uma Thurman, Kill Bill: Vol. 2.

Actor – Drama
Javier Bardem, The Sea Inside.
Don Cheadle, Hotel Rwanda.
Johnny Depp, Finding Neverland.
* Leonardo DiCaprio, The Aviator.
Liam Neeson, Kinsey.

Actress – Musical or Comedy
* Annette Bening, Being Julia.
Ashley Judd, De-Lovely.
Emmy Rossum, The Phantom of the Opera.
Kate Winslet, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Renée Zellweger, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.

Actor – Musical or Comedy
Jim Carrey, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
* Jamie Foxx, Ray.
Paul Giamatti, Sideways.
Kevin Kline, De-Lovely.
Kevin Spacey, Beyond the Sea.

Supporting Actress
Cate Blanchett, The Aviator.
Laura Linney, Kinsey.
Virginia Madsen, Sideways.
* Natalie Portman, Closer.
Meryl Streep, The Manchurian Candidate.

Supporting Actor
David Carradine, Kill Bill: Vol. 2.
Thomas Haden Church, Sideways.
Jamie Foxx, Collateral.
Morgan Freeman, Million Dollar Baby.
* Clive Owen, Closer.

* Clint Eastwood, Million Dollar Baby.
Marc Forster, Finding Neverland.
Mike Nichols, Closer.
Alexander Payne, Sideways.
Martin Scorsese, The Aviator.

The Aviator, John Logan.
Closer, Patrick Marber.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Charlie Kaufman.
Finding Neverland, David Magee.
* Sideways – Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor.

Original Score
* The Aviator – Howard Shore.
Finding Neverland, Jan A.P. Kaczmarek.
Million Dollar Baby, Clint Eastwood.
Sideways, Rolfe Kent.
Spanglish, Hans Zimmer.

Original Song
“Accidentally in Love,” Adam Duritz, Dan Vickrey, David Immerglück, Matthew Malley & David Bryson – Shrek 2.
“Believe,” Glen Ballard & Alan Silvestri – The Polar Express.
“Learn to Be Lonely,” Andrew Lloyd Webber (music), Charles Hart (lyrics) – The Phantom of the Opera.
“Million Voices,” Wyclef Jean (music/lyrics), Jerry ‘Wonder’ Duplessis & Andrea Guerra (music) – Hotel Rwanda.
* “Old Habits Die Hard,” Mick Jagger & David A. Stewart – Alfie.

Cecil B. DeMille Award: Robin Williams.


Miniseries or TV Movie
American Family.
Iron Jawed Angels.
* The Life and Death of Peter Sellers.
The Lion in Winter.
Something the Lord Made.

Actress – Miniseries or TV Movie
* Glenn Close, The Lion in Winter.
Blythe Danner, Back When We Were Grownups.
Julianna Margulies, The Grid.
Miranda Richardson, The Lost Prince.
Hilary Swank, Iron Jawed Angels.

Actor – Miniseries or TV Movie
Yasiin Bey, Something the Lord Made.
Jamie Foxx, Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story.
William H. Macy, The Wool Cap.
* Geoffrey Rush, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers.
Patrick Stewart, The Lion in Winter.

Musical or Comedy Series: Desperate Housewives.

Actor – Musical or Comedy Series: Jason Bateman, Arrested Development.

Actress – Musical or Comedy Series: Teri Hatcher, Desperate Housewives.

Drama Series: Nip/Tuck.

Actor – Drama Series: Ian McShane, Deadwood.

Actress – Drama Series: Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or TV Movie: William Shatner, Boston Legal.

Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or TV Movie: Anjelica Huston, Iron Jawed Angels.

“Scorsese-Eastwood Turnabout” endnotes

Golden Globes website.

Leonardo DiCaprio The Aviator image: Warner Bros. | Miramax Films.

“Scorsese-Eastwood Turnabout: Golden Globes’ Winners & Losers” last updated in September 2021.

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