As expected, supporting honors went to Christopher Plummer for "Beginners" and Octavia Spencer for "The Help," both of whom looked wonderful and gave great speeches. In the Comedy/Musical category, "The Artist" took best film, with its star Jean Dujardin winning lead actor. Michelle Williams took lead actress honors for "Marilyn." In the Drama category, "The Descendants" won top honors with its star George Clooney winning Best Actor over fellow hunks Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Michael Fassbender. Best Actress, a neck in neck race between Viola Davis of "The Help" and Meryl Streep of "The Iron Lady," saw Streep emerge victorious.
In what might have been the only real surprises, "Midnight In Paris" took screenwriting honors and Martin Scorsese won Best Director for "Hugo." This irritated me at first, but I figure Scorsese lost for years when he should have son, so I'm okay with him winning a few now.
So what does all this mean for the Oscars? Not much, really. I suspect that the Globes, in an attempt to look like they can predict the Oscars, go for who they think will win the Academy Awards. That's why early front runners in the past like "Babel" and "The Social Network" have taken the top prize, only to watch it slip away on Oscar night. In other words, Clooney shouldn't rest easy just yet--Pitt's right on his heels.
Other thoughts from the night:
Was everyone else as disturbed by that clip of Cecil B. DeMille Award recipient Morgan Freeman singing "I Love To Take a Bath In A Casket" (above) as I was?
I have trouble looking at TV Drama winner Kelsey Grammer since his appearances on "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills."
The following people did not look amused by host Ricky Gervais: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and especially Elton John.
And finally, for me, the best part of the evening: Melissa McCarthy's tears of joy for Octavia Spencer winning Best Supporting Actress.
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