Last night's 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards, hosted by Ricky Gervais, proved to be just as big a night for the newcomers as it was for Hollywood's front-runners. Films such as "The Descendants" and "The Artist" stole the show, taking home mutiple honors at the Beverly Hills ceremony, including Best Drama and Best Musical/Comedy, respectively.
Legends George Clooney ("The Descendants) and Meryl Streep ("The Iron Lady") were named Best Actor and Best Actress in a drama. Also among those honored in Sunday's show, was Michelle Williams for her performance in "My Week with Marilyn", Christopher Plummer in "Beginners", and Jean Durjardin for "The Artist". Octavia Spencer won the Best Supporting Actress award for her role as a sassy maid in Tate Taylor's four-time nominated film "The Help". Spencer accepted the honor with a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr: "all labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance." The night's Best Animated Film prize went to Steven Spielberg's action tale "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn". Spielberg had his partner Peter Jackson and the Sony- Paramount production duo to thank for the win.
Perhaps one of the biggest suprises of the night came when Martin Scorsese was handed the Best Director trophy for his work in "Hugo", trumping Woody Allen ("Midnight in Paris"), Alexander Payne ("The Descendants"), George Clooney ("The Ides of March") and Michel Hazanavicius ("The Artist").
Meanwhile, legendary actor Sidney Poitier received a standing ovation as he presented Morgan Freeman with the Cecil B. De Mille Award for his work in film.
On the TV side, Showtimes' "Homeland" was named this year's best drama series while "Modern Family" picked up the award for best musical/comedy series at last night's Globes. Kate Winslet ("Mildred Pierce") and Idris Elba ("Luther") grabbed the awards for Best Actor and Actress in a Miniseries.
During the 2011 movie season, WGN-TV's Dean Richards had the opportunity to sit down with some of last night's Globe winners and Oscar hopefuls including Martin Scorsese, Michelle Williams, Octavia Spencer, Tate Taylor, and Steven Spielberg. For the full list of the 2012 Golden Globe Nominations and Winners visit the official Golden Globes website. http://www.goldenglobes.org/