Martin Scorsese’s soaring Howard Hughes biography won best picture (drama) at last night’s Golden Globes Awards, though the tiny though brilliant director did not win best director, losing to Clint Eastwood, a Globes favourite for Million Dollar Baby. Believed to be a harbinger for the Oscars, the win makes The Aviator the clear cut favourite to take home the big prize come Oscar night and sets the stage for a dramatic showdown between Scorsese, who has never won an Oscar and Eastwood, a beloved icon who won for Unforgiven (1992). |
Sideways, a huge critical favourite won the best picture (comedy/ musical) as well as the award for best screenplay, but its actors went home empty handed, something of a shock as at least two of them had been considered front-runners for the awards.
Leonardo di Caprio won best actor (drama) for his riveting work as a young Howard Hughes in The Aviator, while as expected, Jamie Foxx won best actor (comedy/ musical) for his transformation into soul legend Ray Charles in Ray. Foxx is clearly the favourite to win the Academy Award, though Di Caprio must now be considered a strong contender.
In one of the moist watched races, Hilary Swank took home her second best actress Globe for Million Dollar Baby (drama), while Annette Bening won for best actress (comedy/ musical) for Being Julia which premiered here in Toronto at last year’s Film Festival.
Natalie Portman and Clive Owen, both in Closer won the supporting actress and actor awards, stunning the crowd who believed that Thomas Haden Church and Virginia Madsen of Sideways would win the awards.
Eastwood was a popular choice as best director, though the win seems odd when one considers that the best film must have been the best directed. There is strong speculation that this will reverse itself come Oscar night and Scorsese will take the directing award while Million Dollar Baby wins best picture.
Mick Jagger collected best original song for his work in Alfie, while The Sea Inside won the award for best foreign language film.