the charming film about Hollywood's transition from silent movies to talkies, and the family
were catapulted to front-runner Oscar status Sunday night with an armful of
to their names as the awards season reaches fever pitch.
There's no guarantee that a Golden Globe will lead to Oscar gold. But it can't hurt with Academy Award nominations just around the corner. (They'll be announced Jan. 24.)
"The Artist" picked up three Golden Globes, for best film, musical or
, lead actor in a comedy or musical, and score. The film's four-legged co-star, Uggie, nearly upstaged the acceptance speech for best film: The Jack Russell terrier pulled off several tricks on stage, including playing dead.
"The Descendants," set in Hawaii, took two major awards from the
, including best drama and lead actor in a drama for
, who stars in the film as a father coming to grips with his wife's impending death.
One of the biggest surprises of the night?
Streep let loose with a few expletives as she accepted the honor for lead actress in a drama for
It appeared she was flustered because she left behind her reading glasses for her walk onstage, and she fretted that she was going to forget to point out the other actresses who put in outstanding performances over the last year. She earned laughs when she thanked "God" -- as in
, the film's producer.
There were standing ovations for
-- two giants of cinema who were honored during the three-hour ceremony.
Scorsese won best director for his valentine to film,
while Freeman won the Cecil B. De Mille Award for his work in film. Legendary actor
presented the honor to Freeman, which Freeman said was honor enough in and of itself.
won for TV comedy series, but the honor was a bit like a celebration of Latinos in entertainment:
and Salma Hayak presented the award, and "Modern Family" star
gave the acceptance speech in Spanish.
stole the show for her sassy Southern turn as a maid who exacts just revenge in
A trembling Spencer, who won supporting actress, said she especially appreciated that the role offered insight into the life of domestics then and now. Quoting Dr.
, she said "all labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance."
Earlier in the evening, Matt Le Blanc won his first Golden Globe, for lead actor in a TV series comedy or musical for
a tart sendup of Hollywood. In it, he plays a fictionalized version of himself who is "way more interesting and fun than the real thing," said Le Blanc. "I wish I was him."
That win was one of many for Showtime, which is more accustomed to taking a backseat to rival cable channel
. But on Sunday, Showtime earned several trophies.
picked up lead actress in a TV series drama for playing a driven and possibly unstable
And that freshman series picked up the TV series drama award.
HBO, meanwhile, saw
win for lead actress in a miniseries or movie for the melodrama
take supporting actor in a miniseries or TV movie for
Winslet and Dinklage won Emmys in September.
also won for lead actress in a TV comedy or musical series for HBO's
It's hard to find a "first" with filmmaker
. But he picked up his first statuette for an animated feature:
, 76, won for screenplay for
won lead actress in a motion picture comedy or musical for channeling the spirit and beauty of
won lead actor in a TV miniseries or movie for the
Madonna, meanwhile, put those those toned arms to good use -- holding up a Golden Globe for best song for "Masterpiece," from her film
which she wrote and directed. She shared the award with co-writers Julie Frost and Jimmy Harry.
proved he can play both sides of the game. He picked up his first Golden Globe for a dramatic turn -- in Starz's series
(He won two Golden Globes for his comedic work on "Frasier.") It was also repeat of last year's Emmys with
winning best miniseries or TV movie at the Golden Globes and
, 82, won for supporting actor in a movie for playing a widower who comes out of the closet in
Foreign film honors went to
Many viewers no doubt tuned in to the telecast on
not so much to see what won best picture but just to see how outrageous host
He did not disappoint, although he did seem a bit more restrained.
"So. Where was I?" said Gervais, walking on stage at the start of his third consecutive outing as host.
From there, he trashed seemingly everyone over the course of the night, taking aim at NBC -- the network airing the show -- the awards show itself, and everyone from Hollywood royalty to the Kardashians.