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Led by provocative-as-always but much-less-visible host Ricky Gervais, the 2012 Golden Globes proved to be an entertaining mix of A-list presenters (in the usual sleek tuxes and gorgeous gowns), funny moments and some surprising wins. George Clooney had a big night, from the red carpet (where everyone gawked at his girlfriend Stacy Keibler) to the podium, where he picked up a statue for best actor in a potion picture - drama. The movie he won it for -- the quirky dramedy The Descendents -- also won the top prize of best motion picture - drama.
Meanwhile, The Artist, a biopic about silent movie idol George Valentin, added two Golden Globes to the long list of accolades it's collected this year. It won best motion picture - comedy or musical, and its star, Jean Dujardin, won best actor in a motion picture - comedy or musical.
Surprising no one but herself, Meryl Streep won best actress in a motion picture - drama for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. (Or maybe she wasn’t as surprised as she seemed when her name was called? She is known for being the best actress of her generation, after all.) When she arrived at the podium, she fretted over forgetting her glasses, which rendered her unable to read the speech she'd prepared. Naturally, she pulled it off beautifully. Amidst those she thanked was "God, Harvey Weinstein." (Ba-dah-bump.)
The ceremony itself had its usual, loosey-goosey vibe, fueled as always by the free-flowing alcohol at the guests' dinner tables. (Gervais himself made a point of bringing his cocktail with him to the podium.) Early on in the evening, when the teleprompter malfunctioned as Rob Lowe and Julianne Moore were introducing this year’s Miss Golden Globe (Andie MacDowell's radiant daughter Rainey Qualley), Lowe threw up his hands and quipped, "This is why we love this evening!"
But there were also several heartfelt moments, such as Michelle Williams' acceptance speech after winning the best actress in a motion picture - comedy or musical prize for her role in My Week with Marilyn. She nervously thanked her 6-year-old daughter Matilda "for suffering through six months of bedtime stories where all the princesses were read aloud in a Marilyn Monroe-sounding voice."
And when Claire Danes won best actress in a TV drama for her role in Homeland, she finally got her chance to correct a mistake she'd made several years back. "I first won this award when I was 15 for My So-Called Life, and I was utterly stunned and overwhelmed," said the actress, who was poised in a sleek black-and-white gown. "And the first thing I did when I left the stage was burst into tears because I realized I’d forgotten to thank my parents. I brought my mom with me tonight. I am just so lucky to have another opportunity to let (my parents) know how deeply grateful I am for their love and encouragement."
And there were some fun moments, too. When Matt LeBlanc accepted his award for best actor in a TV comedy for Episodes, he thanked the writers. Then he admitted, "Let's be honest, they write a Matt LeBlanc who's way more fun and interesting than the real thing. I wish I was him."
Here's the full list of winners:
Best Motion Picture - Drama: The Descendants
Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical: The Artist
Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: George Clooney
Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical: Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical: Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture: Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Octavia Spencer, The Help
Best Animated Feature Film: The Adventures of Tintin
Best Foreing Language Feature Film: A Separation (Iran)
Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Best Director - Motion Picture: Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Best Original Song in a Motion Picture: "Masterpiece" by Madonna, W.E.
Best Original Score in a Motion Picture: Ludovic Bource, The Artist
Best TV Series - Comedy or Musical: Modern Family
Best TV Series - Drama: Homeland
Best Mini-Series or TV Movie: Downton Abbey
Best Actor in a TV Series - Comedy or Musical: Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Best Actress in a TV Series - Comedy or Musical : Laura Dern, Elightened
Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama: Kelsey Grammer, Boss
Best Actress in a TV Series - Drama: Claire Danes, Homeland
Best Actress in a Mini-Series or TV Movie: Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce
Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie: Idris Elba, Luther
Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie: Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie: Jessica Lange, American Horror Story