Leo, Swank, Foxx Score Golden Globes
The Aviator and Sideways share top honors, while Jamie Foxx delivers a tearful thanks
As predicted, Sunday night’s 62nd annual Golden Globe Awards belonged to a tearful Jamie Foxx and a grateful Hilary Swank – while top honors went to Martin Scorsese’s best dramatic film The Aviator, Alexander Payne’s best comedy picture Sideways and Clint Eastwood’s directorial winner Million Dollar Baby.
Sideways, which went into the evening with the most nominations (seven), also won for its screenplay, while the The Aviator earned Globes for leading man Leonardo DiCaprio and for musical score. But the movie’s director, Martin Scorsese, went home empty handed.
“Yeah, well, of course,” said Diane Keaton when she opened the envelope for best actor in a musical or comedy. She then screamed, “Jamie Foxx, Ray.”
“Can I just tell you that I am having the ride of my life?” Foxx told the crowd in the Beverly Hilton ballroom. “I wish I could take what I’m feeling like right now and put it in the water system so everyone can feel like I do.” He also thanked the late Ray Charles, whom he plays in the biopic.
The winner also got choked up and had to repeat himself when he recalled his grandmother’s words to him as a child. “I didn’t believe it when I heard, ‘People are looking down on you,'” he said. “I didn’t believe it … but I got a feeling.”
Because the Globes distinguish between comedy/musical and dramatic movies and performances, the leading actor in a dramatic feature went to DiCaprio. “This is incredible,” he said, going on to pay tribute to his parents and to director Scorsese.
DiCaprio said working with the filmmaker was “the pinnacle” of a career spent “growing up in this business and truly wanting to be part of the world of film.”
Hilary Swank took the Globe for best actress in a drama, for Eastwood’s sparse fight drama Million Dollar Baby.
Eastwood also acknowledged Swank at his banquet table, “and the world’s greatest actor, Morgan Freeman.” Swank called costar Freeman “the definition of grace.” She went on to say: “Clint, I don’t want to ruin your ‘Go ahead, make my day’ image, but you have such a huge heart.”
Annette Bening, best actress in a musical/comedy for Being Julia, got a big smooch from husband Warren Beatty, before dedicating her award to her brother and sister-in-law, and thanking her husband. “The lunch at the pizza joint was delicious,” she told him.
Natalie Portman was named best supporting actress in a drama for Closer – Mike Nichols’s brutal romantic drama – and her costar Clive Owen also nabbed a trophy for his supporting role.
Robin Williams was given the Cecil B. DeMille award for career achievement. “I want to thank Cecil – or Beanie and Cecil,” Williams said on the red carpet, referring to puppet characters from the ’50s. On the podium, he expressed his thanks in a variety of languages, some of them genuine.
He closed by remembering his friend and former acting school roommate, the late actor Christopher Reeve. “I miss you,” said Williams.
Mick Jagger, winning for his ditty “Old Habits Die Hard,” thanked the voters in the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for “taking this rather obscure song and turning it into a push-up bra” that lent support to the movie Alfie.
Globes, which honor TV as well as movies, also went to HBO’s The Life and Death of Peter Sellers as best TV movie and to its star, Geoffrey Rush; to Arrested Development star Jason Bateman; and to Desperate Housewives winner Teri Hatcher, who said of her role as Susan Mayer: “The most amazing part is I get to play with the most incredible over-40 women, except for the young cute one who likes to eat a lot.” She also thanked her daughter, 6-year-old, Emerson Rose, for giving her life purpose.
Desperate Housewives was also named best comedy series. Series creator Marc Cherry, talking about being down on his luck three years ago, thanked his mother for her emotional and financial support during the hard times – and for giving him the idea that spawned the ABC hit. “Now, that’s good parenting,” he said.
Glenn Close won for the role that also earned Katharine Hepburn a 1968 Oscar, Eleanor of Acquaitaine in The Lion in Winter, in a remake for Showtime. In her speech, the best actress in a TV movie winner said, “You’re only supposed to be nominated for a Golden Globe, you’re not supposed to win.”
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star Mariska Hargitay, honored for best performance by an actress in a dramatic TV series, shared honors with Jamie Foxx for delivering another of the night’s most moving moments.
“Forty-nine years ago,” she said, “my mother (’50s bombshell Jayne Mansfield) accepted an award here tonight, and tonight I’m honored that my father is here to share this with me.” The camera then turned to former Mr. Universe, Mickey Hargitay – like his daughter, awash in tears.
Here’s a rundown of the night’s big winners:
• Best Film, Drama: The Aviator
• Best Film, Comedy/Musical: Sideways
• Best Actor, Drama: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Aviator
• Best Actress, Drama: Hilary Swank, Million Dollar Baby
• Best Actor, Comedy/Musical: Jamie Foxx, Ray
• Best Actress, Comedy/Musical: Annette Bening, Being Julia
• Best Supporting Actor: Clive Owen, Closer
• Best Supporting Actress: Natalie Portman, Closer
• Best Director: Clint Eastwood, Million Dollar Baby
• Best Screenplay: Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor, Sideways
• Best Foreign Language Film: The Sea Inside (Spain)
• Best Original Score: Howard Shore, The Aviator
• Best Original Song “Old Habits Die Hard,” Mick Jagger and Dave Stewart, Alfie
• Best Series, Drama: Nip/Tuck (FX)
• Best Series, Comedy/Musical: Desperate Housewives (ABC)
• Best Miniseries or TV Movie: The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (HBO)
• Best Actor, Drama: Ian McShane, Deadwood
• Best Actress, Drama: Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
• Best Actor, Comedy/Musical: Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
• Best Actress, Comedy/Musical: Teri Hatcher, Desperate Housewives
• Best Actor, Miniseries or TV Movie: Geoffrey Rush, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers
• Best Actress, Miniseries or TV Movie: Glenn Close, The Lion in Winter
• Best Supporting Actor: William Shatner, Boston Legal
• Best Supporting Actress: Anjelica Huston, Iron Jawed Angels