BEVERLY HILLS, California (AP) _ A glamorous group of A-list stars including Angelina Jolie, George Clooney and Sofia Vergara picked their way across the Golden Globes' red carpet on Sunday night. Even the dog from “The Artist” was spotted doing tricks.
Clooney, who come to the awards armed with nominations for two movies, was braced for the tart-tongued Ricky Gervais, who will once again be host. “I find him very funny and I think he'll probably tee off on everybody,” Clooney said.
The Globes have equally good comedy and drama masks this year. Alongside heavyweight dramas, the category for best musical or comedy at the Globes usually is more of a lark, with nominees rarely emerging with best-picture prospects for Hollywood's top prize, the Academy Awards.
Yet Sunday's musical or comedy contenders make up a strong bunch that could give their best-drama cousins at the Globes a run for their money come Oscar time.
Expected to make the most noise at the Globes ceremony, to be carried live on NBC from 8-11 p.m. EST (0000-0300 GMT), is the silent film “The Artist,” with six nominations, including best musical or comedy, directing and writing honors for Michel Hazanavicius, and acting slots for Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo.
Tied for second with five nominations each are the Deep South tale “The Help” and Clooney's Hawaiian family story “The Descendants,” both of them among best-drama contenders.
One of the stars Sunday arriving for the ceremony was definitely well-behaved and well-dressed _ Uggie the dog from “The Artist” did tricks on the red carpet: Standing up and rolling over to play dead. After one of the tricks, his handler adjusted his black bow tie.
With the Oscars choosing up to 10 best-picture contenders when nominations come out Jan. 24, “The Artist” could have some other lighter fare as company there. Globe musical or comedy nominees “Midnight in Paris” and “Bridesmaids” have solid Oscar nomination prospects, along with the weighty dramas academy voters historically prefer.
On the carpet, Sarah Michelle Gellar was spotted without husband Freddie Prinze Jr. “He's watching football,” she told E! “This is the worst date night I could possibly think of.” Nominee Vergara from “Modern Family” was in a Vera Wang gown and was asked why she liked the designer. “She sends me dresses that zip, and they close,” she told E!
Red carpet interviews don't always involve words. “The Artist” actor James Cromwell was asked to describe how he felt about being at the Globe awards without talking. Wide-eyed and flashing a smile, he clapped his hands and looked skyward.
Most years, the musical or comedy category is filled with nominees that have little or no chance at the Oscars, such as last year's Globe nominees “The Tourist” and “Burlesque.” The last time a musical or comedy Globe winner earned the best-picture Oscar was nine years ago, when “Chicago” triumphed at both shows.
This time, the dual categories at the Globes could create an Oscar showdown between the dramatic and musical-comedy winners.
Along with “The Artist,” Kristen Wiig's wedding romp “Bridesmaids” and Woody Allen's romantic fantasy “Midnight in Paris,” Globe nominees for best musical or comedy are Joseph Gordon-Levitt's cancer tale “50/50” and Michelle Williams' Marilyn Monroe story “My Week With Marilyn.”
Besides “The Descendants” and “The Help,” best-drama contenders are Martin Scorsese's Paris adventure “Hugo,” Clooney's political thriller “The Ides of March,” Brad Pitt's sports tale “Moneyball” and Steven Spielberg's World War I epic “War Horse.”
Presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a group of 89 entertainment reporters for overseas outlets, the Globes used to have a strong record predicting the films that would go on to win best-picture at the Oscars. But lately, a best-picture win at the Globes has not translated into victory on Oscar night.
Over the last seven years, only one Globe best-picture winner _ 2008's “Slumdog Millionaire” _ has gone on to claim the top Oscar trophy. Before that stretch, the Globes had been on an eight-year streak in which one of its two best-picture recipients also won the main prize at the Academy Awards.
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.
This time, “The Help” leads the acting categories with three nominations, for Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain. Along with Clooney, Pitt and Williams, other nominees include Meryl Streep for the Margaret Thatcher story “The Iron Lady,” Leonardo DiCaprio for the J. Edgar Hoover biography “J. Edgar,” Christopher Plummer for the father-son tale “Beginners” and Glenn Close and Janet McTeer for the Irish drama “Albert Nobbs.”
Ryan Gosling has two nominations, as dramatic actor for “The Ides of March” and actor in a musical or comedy for the romance “Crazy, Stupid, Love.”
Morgan Freeman will receive the Globes' Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement at Sunday's Beverly Hilton Hotel ceremony.
On the red carpet, Angelina Jolie is asked what is the one thing she's looking forward to doing after the Globes awards are over. “Getting into bed with Brad,” she said, smiling and laughing.
'아티스트', 글든글로브 3관왕
미셸 하자나비시우스 감독의 영화 '아티스트'가 골든글로브 뮤지컬 코미디 부문 작품상을 비롯해 3개 부문을 수상했다.
'아티스트'는 15일 밤(이하 현지시간) 미국 캘리포니아주 로스앤젤레스에서 열 린 골든글로브 시상식에서 뮤지컬 코미디부문 작품상, 남우주연상, 음악상 등 3개 부문을 거머쥐었다.
모두 6개 부문에 후보로 진출했으나 감독상, 여우조연상, 각본상 수상은 놓쳤다 .
드라마부문에서는 알렉산더 페인 감독의 '디센던트'가 작품상과 남우주연상(조 지 클루니)을 차지했다. 여우주연상은 '철의 여인'에서 대처 영국 전 총리를 소화한 메릴 스트리프에게 돌아갔다.
명장 마틴 스코세이지 감독은 '휴고'로 감독상을, 우디 앨런 감독은 '미드 나잇 인 파리'로 각본상을 받았다.
작년 베를린국제영화제에서 금곰상을 받은 아쉬가르 파르하디 감독의 '씨민과 나데르의 별거'는 칸 영화제 심사위원대상을 받은 다르덴 형제의 '자전거 탄 소년'을 따돌리고 외국어영화상을 수상했다.
TV 시리즈 드라마 부문에서는 '홈랜드', 뮤지컬 코미디 시리즈 부문에서는 '모 던 패밀리', 미니시리즈ㆍTV영화 부문에서는 '다운튼 애비'가 각각 작품상을 받았다 .
배우 모건 프리먼에게는 평생공로상이 돌아갔다.
80여 명으로 이뤄진 할리우드외신기자협회(HFPA)가 매년 주최하는 골든글로브 시상식은 전통적으로 아카데미상을 점칠 수 있는 지표로 꼽혀왔다.
그러나 최근에는 이 같은 경향에 다소 변화가 있어 지난 7년간 골든글로브에서 최고의 영화로 뽑힌 영화 중 '슬럼 독 밀리어네어'만 아카데미 작품상을 받았다.
다음은 주요부문 수상내역.
▲드라마 작품상: 디센던트
▲감독상: 마틴 스코세이지(휴고)
▲각본상: 우디 앨런(미드 나잇 인 파리)
▲여우주연상: 메릴 스트리프(철의 여인)
▲남우조연상: 크리스토퍼 플러머(비기너스)
▲여우조연상: 옥타비아 스펜서(헬프)
▲코미디ㆍ뮤지컬 작품상: 아티스트
▲코미디ㆍ뮤지컬 남우주연상: 장 뒤자르댕(아티스트)
▲코미디ㆍ뮤지컬 여우주연상: 미셀 윌리엄스(마이 위크 위드 마릴린)
▲애니메이션상: 틴틴 유니콘호의 비밀
▲외국어영화상: 씨민과 나데르의 별거
▲음악상: 뤼도빅 브뤼스(아티스트)
▲평생공로상: 모건 프리먼
▲드라마 시리즈 작품상: 홈랜드
▲남우주연상(드라마): 켈시 그래머(보스)
▲여우주연상(드라마): 클레어 데인즈(홈랜드)
▲뮤지컬 코미디 시리즈 작품상: 모던 패밀리
▲여우주연상(코미디ㆍ뮤지컬): 로라 던(인라이튼드)
▲미니시리즈ㆍTV영화: 다운튼 애비
▲남우주연상(미니시리즈ㆍTV영화): 이드리스 엘바(루터)
▲여우주연상(미니시리즈ㆍTV영화): 케이트 윈즐릿(밀드레드 피어스)
▲남우조연상(시리즈ㆍ미니시리즈ㆍTV영화): 제시카 랭(아메리칸 호로 스토리)
▲여우조연상(시리즈ㆍ미니시리즈ㆍTV영화): 피터 딘클리지(왕좌의 게임)