Golden Balls! Uh…Globes. Whatever.
The warm-up for the Oscars is well and truly underway. The Golden Globes have been handed out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and there are no real surprises. Slumdog Millionaire, Danny Boyle’s terrifyingly awesome film about an Indian street urchin who wins a million from Chris Tarrant’s Indian cousin, picked up Best Motion Picture in the Drama category and Woody Allen’s hit and miss career rolls on with a Globe for Vicky Christina Barcelona, his latest high point. Whilst it’s a little early to be calling Mickey Rourke a comeback kid, his rehabilitation has taken another limp towards completion with the step from caricature as Marv in Sin City to his moving performance as a washed up star in Darren Aronofsky’s Wrestler.
A little more surprisingly, previously relatively unknown actress Sally Hawkins nabbed a Golden Globe for her role in Mike Leigh’s unexpected hit Happy-Go-Lucky and Alec Baldwin beat out Steve Carrell to win the Best Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy category. The ceremony was the usual glitzy, glamorous affair but was tinged with an unsurprising air of sadness as Heath Ledger won his first major award (unless we’re counting the MTV teen choice award for Best Kiss as shared with Jake Gyllenhaal) almost a year after being found dead in his Manhattan apartment.