Best Actress winner Michelle Williams: Golden Globes
Michelle Williams poses backstage after winning the Golden Globe as Best Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical for her work in Simon Curtis’ My Week With Marilyn. In the above photo, Williams is seen holding her trophy in the press room at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, on Sunday, Jan. 15.
In My Week with Marilyn, Williams plays Marilyn Monroe during the making of Laurence Olivier’s The Prince and the Showgirl. The cast also includes BAFTA Orange Rising Star nominee Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh (as Laurence Olivier), Julia Ormond (as Vivien Leigh), and Judi Dench (as Sybil Thorndike).
In addition to: Dominic Cooper, Emma Watson, Pip Torrens, Dougray Scott, and Geraldine Somerville.
For the record, Michelle Williams’ competition in the Best Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical category consisted of:
- Charlize Theron for Jason Reitman’s Young Adult.
- Kristen Wiig for Paul Feig’s Bridesmaids.
- Kate Winslet and Jodie Foster for Roman Polanski’s Carnage.
Michelle Williams Oscar nominations
Michelle Williams has been nominated for two Academy Awards and, prior to My Week with Marilyn, two Golden Globes, for the following:
- Best Supporting Actress for Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain (2005), opposite Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Winner: Rachel Weisz in Fernando Meirelles’ The Constant Gardener.
- Best Actress (Golden Globes’ Motion Picture – Drama category) for Derek Cianfrance’s Blue Valentine (2010), opposite Ryan Gosling.
Winner: Natalie Portman in Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan.
Weisz and Portman won both the Oscar and the Golden Globe in their respective categories.
A critics’ favorite, Williams is expected to receive her third Oscar nomination this year.
Michelle Williams movies
Michelle Williams has been featured in about 30 films in the past two decades. Her movie debut took place in Daniel Petrie’s Lassie in 1994. Besides the aforementioned titles, notable films include Kelly Reichardt’s Meek’s Cutoff, with Bruce Greenwood, and Wendy and Lucy, with Will Oldham; Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island, with Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo; and Wim Wenders’ Land of Plenty, with John Diehl.
Michelle Williams photo: Golden Globes 2012 © HFPA.
Elle Macpherson movies
Elle Macpherson poses backstage in the press room at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards. Macpherson was one of the many presenters at the ceremony held at the Beverly Hilton hotel.
The Australian model, TV personality, and sometime actress’ handful of feature film appearances include those in Woody Allen’s Alice, starring Mia Farrow; Barbra Streisand’s The Mirror Has Two Faces, starring Streisand and Jeff Bridges; and Joel Schumacher’s Batman & Robin, starring George Clooney, Chris O’Donnell, and Uma Thurman.
Elle Macpherson photo: Golden Globes 2012 © HFPA.
Piper Perabo and Sarah Michelle Gellar: Golden Globe presenters
Presenters Piper Perabo and Sarah Michelle Gellar pose backstage in the press room at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards, held at the Beverly Hilton.
Among Piper Perabo’s movie credits are Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige, opposite Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale; Raja Gosnell’s box office hit Beverly Hills Chihuahua, opposite Jamie Lee Curtis; and Rian Johnson’s upcoming Looper, opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt.
The star of the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sarah Michelle Gellar has also appeared in about two dozen feature films. Among these are Jim Gillespie’s I Know What You Did Last Summer; Roger Kumble’s Cruel Intentions, with Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe; and Raja Gosnell’s Scooby-Doo, with Freddie Prinze Jr.
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Piper Perabo photo: Golden Globes 2012 © HFPA.
Asghar Farhadi drama ‘A Separation’ wins Golden Globe
The 2012 Golden Globe winner for Best Foreign Language Film was A Separation (Iran), produced by Jodaeiye Nader az Simin and distributed by Sony Pictures Classics in the United States. Accepting the award were director Asghar Farhadi and one of the film’s stars, Peyman Moaadi. In the above photo, Farhadi and Moaadi are seen backstage in the Golden Globes’ press room at The Beverly Hilton.
Jan. 18 update: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that A Separation is one of the nine semi-finalists for the 2012 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Among the other films still in the running are Wim Wenders’ Pina, Joseph Cedar’s Footnote, and Roschdy Zem’s Omar Killed Me.
Long before North America’s current awards season, A Separation won the Golden Bear at the 2011 Berlin Film Festival.
Asghar Farhadi and Peyman Moaadi photo: Golden Globes 2012 © HFPA.
Helen Mirren and Sidney Poitier with Cecil B. DeMille Award winner Morgan Freeman
Having received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for his “contribution to the entertainment field,” Morgan Freeman poses with presenters Helen Mirren and Sidney Poitier backstage in the Golden Globes’ press room.
Back at the 1990 ceremony, Morgan Freeman won the Best Actor – Drama Golden Globe for his performance as the one who does the driving in Bruce Beresford’s Driving Miss Daisy (1989), co-starring Jessica Tandy and Dan Aykroyd.
Additionally, Morgan Freeman took home a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for Clint Eastwood’s boxing drama Million Dollar Baby (2004), co-starring Eastwood and Best Actress Oscar winner Hilary Swank.
Helen Mirren, for her part, won the Best Actress Oscar for Stephen Frears’ The Queen (2006), while at the 1964 ceremony Sidney Poitier became the first male black actor to win an Oscar: for Ralph Nelson’s sentimental drama Lilies of the Field (1963).
Cecil B. DeMille Award winners
Previous recipients of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Cecil B. DeMille Award include the following:
Helen Mirren, Sidney Poitier, and Morgan Freeman photo: Golden Globes 2012 © HFPA.
Golden Globe winner Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg won the Best Animated Feature Film Golden Globe for for The Adventures of Tintin, directed by Spielberg, and produced by Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, and Peter Jackson. The film’s distributors were Paramount and Columbia (depending on the territory). In the above photo, Spielberg is seen backstage in the Golden Globes’ press room at the Beverly Hilton hotel.
Three Steven Spielberg-directed movies have won Golden Globes in the Best Motion Picture – Drama category:
- E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), with Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Dee Wallace, and Peter Coyote.
- Eventual Best Picture Oscar winner Schindler’s List (1993), with Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, and Ben Kingsley.
- Saving Private Ryan (1998), with Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, and Tom Sizemore.
Spielberg won Best Director Oscars for both Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan – which lost Best Picture to John Madden’s Shakespeare in Love.
This year, Spielberg’s War Horse was in the running for the Best Picture – Drama Golden Globe, but it lost to Alexander Payne’s The Descendants, a family drama-comedy featuring George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Judy Greer, and Beau Bridges. Despite his film’s nomination, Spielberg failed to be shortlisted in the Best Director category.
Steven Spielberg photo: Golden Globes 2012 © HFPA.
Golden Globe 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).
- Brad Pitt (The Tree of Life, Moneyball).
- Nicole Kidman (Moulin Rouge!, Rabbit Hole).
- Jessica Alba (Sin City).
- Ewan McGregor (Beginners).
- 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).
- Salma Hayek (Frida, Puss in Boots).
- Madonna (E.W., Evita).
- Paula Patton (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol).
- William H. Macy (Fargo).
- Kate Beckinsale (Total Recall).
- Debra Messing (The Women).
- Rob Lowe (The West Wing).
- Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids).
- Mila Kunis (Black Swan).
- Katharine McPhee (The House Bunny).
- Ashton Kutcher (What Happens in Vegas).
- Singer Adam Levine.
- Jane Lynch (Glee).
- Johnny Depp (The Tourist, Alice in Wonderland).
- Antonio Banderas (The Skin I Live In).
- 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.
Golden Globes website.