The Hollywood Foreign Press Association handed out their 69th annual Golden Globes and the star of the show was "The Artist," which took home the trophies for Best Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical) as well as Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical) for star Jean Dujardin and Best Score for composer Ludovic Bource.
The big winners also included "The Descendants," which won both Best Motion Picture (Drama) and Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama) for George Clooney, and Meryl Streep, who won Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama) for "The Iron Lady."
In the other major categories, Octavia Spencer took home the award for Best Supporting Actress for her acclaimed work in "The Help," paying tribute to her domestic servant character with a timely quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., "All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance." Martin Scorsese, meanwhile, scored an upset over "The Artist's" Michel Hazanavicius to win Best Director for "Hugo."
In another upset, "Bridesmaids" star Kristen Wiig lost the Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy award to Michelle Williams, who was nominated for "My Week with Marilyn" despite objections by some that that film was neither a comedy nor a musical. However, the Hollywood Foreign Press obviously disagreed, giving Williams the win.
One of the most heartwarming moments of the evening was provided by 82-year-old acting legend Christopher Plummer, who finally won his first Golden Globe, for his supporting role in the indie drama "Beginners." And fellow screen icon Woody Allen also took home a Golden Globe in the Best Screenplay category for "Midnight in Paris."
Pixar's stranglehold on the Best Animated Film category was broken thanks to dream team of Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg, whose "The Adventures of Tintin" took home the Golden Globe, beating out "Cars 2." Pixar was also shut out in the Best Foreign Film category (well, they weren't nominated in it, either), with the award going to Iranan director Asghar Farhadi's "A Separation."
As anticipated, host Ricky Gervais, back for his third stint as official comedy wrecking ball, made short (and brief) work of everyone from the Kardashians to host network NBC to favorite target Mel Gibson. Gervais and Johnny Depp also engaged in a buzzworthy round of banter regarding Gervais' infamous routine during last year's broadcast about Depp's controversial 2011 Golden Globe nominee "The Tourist."
One of the highlights of the evening was the exchange between Gervais and Madonna, who won the Best Original Song Golden Globe for "Masterpiece" from her directorial debut, "W.E." After Gervais commented that Madonna was "still like a virgin," referring of course to her famous hit single, Madonna responded by daring him to "come over and do something about it," adding, "I haven't kissed a girl in a few years... on TV."
Founded in the early 1940s, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association recognized excellence in cinema with the Golden Globes beginning in 1944. In addition to presenting awards for both television and film, the Hollywood Foreign Press recognized Morgan Freeman as this year's recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award for outstanding contributions to the world of cinema over the course of a career.
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