Sunday, January 18, 2009

'Slumdog' Sweeps the Globes

Slumdog Millionaire was the movie of the night at last Sunday's Golden Globe Awards. The picture pulled a clean sweep, claiming wins in each of the four categories for which it was nominated, including Best Picture of the Year. This showing places Slumdog in front runner position for the top prize at this year's Academy Awards.

There were few surprises at last week's awards. Mickey Rourke claimed an upset victory over Sean Penn (nominated for Milk) as Best Actor in a Drama for The Wrestler. The most jaw-dropping moment came when Kate Winslet made Golden Globe history by winning both acting prizes for which she was nominated. Collecting her Best Supporting Actress accolade for The Reader, the British actress quipped, "I have a habit of not winning things." She later claimed the Best Actress in a Drama Award for Revolutionary Road.

Demi Moore delivered the emotional high point of the ceremony when she announced Heath Ledger as Best Supporting Actor for his acclaimed role as The Joker in The Dark Knight. Director Christopher Nolan took to the stage to accept the award as the audience rose to its feet for a standing ovation. After thanking the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Nolan said that he felt "an awful mixture of sadness and incredible pride." A clip of Ledger's performance played on a projection screen in rememberance of the late actor.

In an honor carried over from last year's cancelled ceremony, Steven Spielberg was presented with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for "outstanding contributions to the entertainment field". After a heartfelt introduction given by old friend and fellow director Martin Scorsese, Spielberg paid tribute to the name for whom the award is named. Recounting the time his father took him to see The Greatest Show on Earth in 1952, Spielberg compared the path of his career to recreating the film's astounding train crash scene in his living room as a boy.

"I think what was on my mind when I was risking losing my Lionel train set was me thinking, 'Am I going to get away with this?' That anxiety has been haunting me throughout my entire movie career. Whenever I've tried to tell a risky story, whether it's about sharks or dinosaurs or about aliens or about history, I'll always be thinking, 'Am I going to get away with this?'"

The HFPA's official website has a complete list of winners here.

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