The Artist and The Descendants were the two big winners at the Golden Globes on Sunday night, taking home the Best Picture Comedy/Musical and Best Picture Drama respectively. Both leading men, Jean Dujardin for The Artist and George Clooney for The Descendants, won Best Actor in their respective categories. To top it off, The Artist also took home Best Original Score.
Christopher Plummer (Beginners) and Octavia Spencer (The Help) continued to solidify their places as the Supporting Actor and Actress front runners, while Martin Scorsese walked away with the Best Director trophy for Hugo.
The Golden Globes did little to clear up the Best Actress race, due largely in part to its separation into Comedy/Musical and Drama categories. Michelle Williams (My Week With Marilyn) nabbed the Comedy/Musical award, while the Drama trophy went to Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady).
A Separation, Iran’s Best Foreign Language Film nominee, seems to have taken its place at the head of the pack in that category, adding the Golden Globe win to its already lengthy list of accolades, which includes honors from the National Board of Review, the NYFCC, the Independent Spirit Awards, and several other awards and festivals.
I think it is fair to say that The Artist is still the film to place your money on for the Best Picture Oscar, but there is still a lot of time for the momentum to shift elsewhere. Historically, there is a strong correlation between Best Director and Best Picture winners at the Academy Awards, which could bode well for Hugo, if Scorsese continues to snag directing victories. Otherwise, I’m going to keep an eye on The Descendants and The Help to possibly make a move in the coming weeks.
You can check out the complete list of Golden Globe winners and nominees here.