Michelle Williams Wins Golden Globes
January 18, 2012 by staff
Michelle Williams Wins Golden Globes, Michelle Williams has earned the Golden Globe for actress in a musical or comedy as Marilyn Monroe in “My Week with Marilyn,” 52 years after Monroe’s win for the same prize at the Globes.
The supporting-actor prize Sunday went to Christopher Plummer as an elderly widower who comes out as gay in the father-son drama “Beginners.”
Williams offered thanks for giving her the same award Monroe once won and joked that her young daughter put up with bedtime stories for six months spoken in Monroe’s voice.
“I consider myself a mother first and an actress second, so the person I most want to thank is my daughter, my little girl, whose bravery and exuberance is the example I take with me in my work and my life,” Williams said.
The black-and-white silent film “The Artist,” which led the Globes with six nominations, split its first two awards of the evening, winning the musical-score prize for composer Ludovic Bource but losing out on best screenplay for director-writer Michel Hazanavicius.
Woody Allen won the screenplay honor for his romantic fantasy “Midnight in Paris,” the filmmaker’s biggest hit in decades. Never a fan of movie awards, Allen was a no-show at the Globes, where he previously won the screenplay honor for 1985?s “The Purple Rose of Cairo.
The wins boost Williams and Plummer’s prospects for slots at next month’s Academy Awards, whose nominations come out Jan. 24.
The Oscars are an honor for which Monroe herself never was
nominated, though she was a two-time nominee at the Globes and won for best actress in a musical or comedy for 1959?s “Some Like It Hot.”
In “My Week with Marilyn,” Williams plays Monroe as an insecure performer struggling to establish herself as a genuine actress rather than a movie star sexpot just a couple of years before “Some Like It Hot.” The film chronicles Monroe’s contentious time shooting the 1957 romance “The Prince and the Showgirl” alongside exasperated director and co-star Laurence Olivier.
Like Monroe, the 82-year-old Plummer has found Oscar consideration elusive. He has been nominated for Hollywood’s top honor only once in his 60-year career – two years ago, for the Leo Tolstoy drama “The Last Station.”
“I must praise my distinguished competitors, of whom I have the greatest admiration and to whom I apologize most profusely,” said Plummer, who added warm regards to “Beginners” star and Scottish actor Ewan McGregor. “I want to salute my partner, Ewan, that wily Scot, Ewan ‘My Heart’s in the Highlands’ McGregor, that scene-stealing swine from the outer Hebrides.”
The prize for best animated film went to Steven Spielberg’s action tale “The Adventures of Tintin,” a Paramount-Sony co-production that dealt the first Globes loss to Disney unit Pixar Animation. Pixar films such as “Ratatouille,” “WALL-E” and “Toy Story 3? had won all five previous times since the Globes added the category.
The Iranian drama “A Separation” was chosen as best foreign-language film. Writer-director Asghar Farhadi uses a divorcing couple’s domestic troubles with a young child and an aging parent as the means to examine gender, religious and class distinctions in contemporary Iran.
Ricky Gervais, who has ruffled feathers at past shows with sharp wisec3acks aimed at Hollywood’s elite and the Globes show itself, returned as host for the third-straight year. He started with some slams at the Globes as Hollywood’s second-biggest film ceremony, after the Oscars.
Gervais joked that the Globes “are just like the Oscars, but without all that esteem. The Globes are to the Oscars what Kim Kardashian is to Kate Middleton. A bit louder, a bit trashier, a bit drunker and more easily bought. Allegedly. Nothing’s been proved.”
He also needled early winners, saying the show was running long and stars needed to keep their speeches short.
“You don’t need to thank everyone you’ve ever met or members of your family, who have done nothing,” Gervais said. “Just the main two. Your agent and God.” Among television winners were Kate Winslet as best actress in a miniseries or movie in “Mildred Pierce,”Idris Elba as best actor in a miniseries or movie in “Luther,” Laura Dern as comedy or musical actress in “Enlightened,” Kelsey Grammer as dramatic actor in “Boss,” “Homeland” for drama series and “Downton Abbey” for miniseries or movie. Last year, “The Social Network” won best-drama at the Globes and looked like the early Oscar favorite. But momentum later swung to eventual Oscar best-picture winner “The King’s Speech.” The year before, “Avatar” was named best drama at the Globes, while “The Hurt Locker” took best picture at the Oscars.
The Globes have a better track record predicting who will win Oscars for acting. A year ago, all four actors who won Oscars earned Globes first – lead players Colin Firth for “The King’s Speech” and Natalie Portman for “Black Swan” and “The Fighter” supporting stars Christian Bale and Melissa Leo.
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