The 64th Golden Globes Awards, hosted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, are now history. We were watching to see how “The Departed,” nominated for 6 awards, would fare; Martin Scorcese took home the Globe for Best Director. He referred to the Boston crime drama/remake of “Internal Affairs” as “Devils with Dirty Faces.” The Jimmy Cagney reference was unmistakable. Leonardo DiCaprio, who was nominated against himself in the Best Actor/Drama category(“Blood Diamond” and “The Departed”) lost out to Forest Whitaker, who portrayed Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in “The Last King of Scotland.” Whitaker played a British soldier kidnapped by IRA soldiers in Neil Jordan’s “The Crying Game" (1992).
Best Film/Drama went to “Babel,” the Mexican film which was in contention for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival last year. “Dreamgirls” won Best Film/Musical or Comedy; Jennifer Hudson took Best Supporting Actress/Musical and Eddie Murphy took Best Supporting Actor/Musical. Best Actor/Comedy was Sacha Cohen for "Borat" and Best Actress/Comedy was Meryl Streep for "The Devil Wears Prada." This was her 2oth nomination for a Golden Globe; she has won 6 Globes.
Royalty was a pervasive motif; Jeremy Irons, winning for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester in HBO’s “Elizabeth I.” Irons owns Kilcoe Castle in County Cork; he describes the location as "West Cork, near Skibbereen." Helen Mirren took home the Best Actress Award in that category (she ran against herself in “Prime Suspect: the Final Act.” “Elizabeth I” took home the Golden Globe for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television. Helen Mirren also took home a Golden Globe for Best Actress/Drama, playing Elizabeth II in the theatrical release “The Queen.” Peter Morgan also took home a Globe for Best Screenplay.
The other motion picture we were watching was Emilio Estevez’ intriguing drama “Bobby” which tells the story of hotel patrons at the Ambassador Hotel on June 6, 1968, set against the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy. It was nominated for 2 Golden Globes, Best Drama and Best Original Song, but didn’t win. The cast has been nominated for a Screen Actors Guild ensemble award, against “Babel,” “The Departed,” “Dreamgirls” and “Little Miss Sunshine.” That ceremony is on Sunday.
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