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Idris Elba, Octavia Spencer, Morgan Freeman, Adepero Oduye… Golden Globes 2012 Wrap-Up

Idris Elba, Octavia Spencer, Morgan Freeman, Adepero Oduye... Golden Globes 2012 Wrap-Up

Congrats to Idris Elba and Octavia Spencer for their Golden Globe wins last night, as I’m sure everyone’s heard by now.

I should’ve announced yesterday that I was going to live-tweet the event, which I did, so those who weren’t on Twitter last night, or who were and don’t follow S&A, you missed me. Sorry; maybe next year; the Oscars are coming up, which I do plan to live-tweet as well, so mark your calendars now :)

You can always go look at the S&A Twitter stream HERE to see the 80 or so tweets I posted during the live event.

One other highight of the night was Meryl Streep giving a shout to Adepero Oduye during her Best Actress Motion Picture Drama acceptance speech, which she actually seemed to be surprised by, like she didn’t expect to win (after Octavia Spencer’s win for Best Supporting Actress Motion Picture Drama, I figured Viola Davis was a shoe-in for Best Actress; didn’t happen); Meryl gave props to both Viola and Adepero, although she messed up her last name; but it was still an unexpected suprise, and a welcomed one!

Also, of course the Morgan Freeman Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Sidney Poitier and Helen Mirren, which was nice. As I noted on Twitter, I was surprised to find out that Poitier and Freeman have never appeared in a movie together before.

And I gotta say, I don’t know if anyone else noticed, but when Idris was announced as winner of the Best Performance By An Actor In A Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television, when the camera panned the others in the room, many of them looked as if they didn’t know who the hell he was; they had this empty gazes on their faces.

I’d also say that a large chunk of America probably heard his name and saw his face for the very first time last night.

Regardless, congrats Mr Elba! Let’s hope this win helps boost his Stateside profile.

Also congrats to Octavia Spencer.

And congrats to all the other winners of the night; now we look towards the most significant of them all, the Oscars, next month. I believe the nominees will be announced this week.

I’ll say this as well, given that Viola didn’t win for Best Actress, it makes for an interesting Oscar race in that category. I think she’s pretty much been the favorite, but with Meryl winning last night, it shakes things up a bit.

Full list of winners and nominees below, courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter:


Motion Picture, Drama
The Descendants
The Help
The Ides of March
War Horse

Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture – Drama
George Clooney, The Descendants 
Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar
Michael Fassbender, Shame
Ryan Gosling, The Ides of March
Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Best Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical
The Artist 
Midnight in Paris 
My Week With Marilyn

Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture  – Drama
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis, The Help
Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Tilda Swinton, We Need To Talk About Kevin

Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Brendan Gleeson, The Guard 
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 50/50
Ryan Gosling, Crazy, Stupid, Love.
Owen Wilson, Midnight in Paris

Best Director – Motion Picture
Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris 
George Clooney, The Ides of March 
Michel Hazanvicius, The Artist 
Alexander Payne, The Descendants

Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role In A Motion Picture
Octavia Spencer, The Help 
Berenice Bejo, The Artist 
Jessica Chastain, The Help 
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs 
Shailene Woodley, The Descendants 

Best Foreign Language Film
A Separation (Iran) 
The Flowers of War (China)
In the Land of Blood and Honey (USA)
The Kid With A Bike (Belgium)
The Skin I Live In (Spain) 

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris 
George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon, The Ides of March 
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist 
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, The Descendants 
Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, Moneyball

Best Animated Feature Film
The Adventures of Tintin
Arthur Christmas 
Cars 2
Puss in Boots

Best Performance By An Actress in A Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn 
Jodie Foster, Carnage 
Charlize Theron, Young Adult 
Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids 
Kate Winslet, Carnage

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“Masterpiece” — W.E.
Music & Lyrics by: Madonna, Julie Frost, Jimmy Harry
“Hello Hello” — Gnomeo & Juliet 
Music by: Elton John
Lyrics by: Bernie Taupin
“The Keeper” — Machine Gun Preacher 
Music & Lyrics by: Chris Cornell
“Lay Your Head Down” — Albert Nobbs
Music by: Brian Byrne
Lyrics by: Glenn Close
“The Living Proof” — The Help
Music by: Mary J. Blige, Thomas Newman, Harvey Mason Jr.
Lyrics by: Mary J. Blige, Harvey Mason Jr., Damon Thomas

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Ludovic Bource, The Artist 
Abel Korzeniowski, W.E.
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Howard Shore, Hugo
John Williams, War Horse

Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role In A Motion Picture 
Christopher Plummer, Beginners 
Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
Albert Brooks, Drive 
Jonah Hill, Moneyball 
Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method 


Best Television Series – Comedy Or Musical
Modern Family, ABC
Episodes, Showtime
Glee, FOX
New Girl, FOX

Best Performance By An Actor In A Television Series – Comedy Or Musical
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock 
David Duchovny, Californication 
Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory 
Thomas Jane, Hung

Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series – Drama
Claire Danes, Homeland
Mireille Enos, The Killing
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Madeleine Stowe, Revenge
Callie Thorne, Necessary Roughness

Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role In A Series, Mini-Series, Or Motion Picture Made for Television 
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story 
Kelly Macdonald, Boardwalk Empire
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family 
Evan Rachel Wood, Mildred Pierce 

Best Performance By An Actor in A Supporting Role in A Series, Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television 
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Paul Giamatti, Too Big to Fail 
Guy Pearce, Mildred Pierce 
Tim Robbins, Cinema Verite 
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family 

Best Performance By An Actor In A Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television
Idris Elba, Luther
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey 
William Hurt, To Big to Fail 
Bill Nighy, Page Eight
Dominic West, The Hour

Best Television Series – Drama
Homeland, Showtime
American Horror Story, FX
Boardwalk Empire, HBO
Game of Thrones, HBO

Best Performance By An Actor In A Television Series – Drama
Kelsey Grammer, Boss 
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire 
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad 
Jeremy Irons, The Borgias 
Damian Lewis, Homeland 

Best Performance By An Actress In A Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television
Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce
Romola Garai, The Hour 
Diane Lane, Cinema Verite 
Elizabeth McGovern, Downton Abbey 
Emily Watson, Appropriate Adult

Best Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television
Downton Abbey,  PBS (Masterpiece)
Cinema Verite, HBO
The Hour, BBC America
Mildred Pierce, HBO
Too Big to Fail,  HBO

Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series – Comedy Or Musical
Laura Dern, Enlightened
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Laura Linney, The Big C
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

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I'm so glad 'Bridesmaids' didn't win anything I don't know what to do… -_-


I agree, no one seemed to know who Idris was, after he won he said most people know him as Stringer Bell(The Wire). So glad he won, he thanked the fans first. :)


Happy for Idris and Octavia.

Hopefully, Octavia will be able to translate this into non-maid playing roles. I read that she's been cast in Diablo Cody's directorial debut. So that sounds promising for her.

@Kia – I agree with your statements mostly. I think the Best Actor/Actress awards should have gone to others(Fassbender) but I pretty much knew Clooney would walk away with the actor award. I was a bit shocked that Streep walked away with the actress award until I reminded myself that the Golden Globes tend to be more "international" and Streep played an iconic international figure in Thatcher. Still a shock though.

As far as Pariah not getting more noms, I remember when Terrence Howard blew up because of his performance in 'Hustle & Flow'. He talked about all the "campaigning" he had to do to ensure his name was on the mind of the Oscar voters when it came nomination/voting time. He had to go to all of the "lesser" award shows, all the private parties/meets and greets to introduce himself to the Oscar voters and promote his performance and the film.

So my question is, is the cast of Pariah getting the same opportunities to get in the rooms with the powers that be in Hollywood to "sell" their performances and the film? I know people don't like to talk about that side of the business. It would be nice if the performances stood on their own but unless your name is Streep, Clooney, Swank, Penn or any other Hollywood elite, it's not automatic. My hope is that a shout out from one of the biggest actresses ever will be enough to put Adepero's name on the Oscar ballot but we'll see.

I know that the opposite seemed to work for Mo'nique for her performance in 'Precious'. She refused to "campaign" and said if the work wasn't good enough to stand on its own she didn't want the nomination. I think her stand, ironically, worked in her favor.

As far as Idris not having any challenging US roles, I think that's the case up to this point. But he seems to be building a resume of roles that may not necessarily be "challenging" but they are elevating his profile(Prometheus, Thor 2-he confirmed last night, Pacific Rim, Ghost Rider 2), which may be the path he has to take to get more challenging US roles. Although I think more than likely he'll have to create his own challenging roles through indies.


So happy for Idris and Octavia…but like Meryl…I was shocked she took the award home. I think most people thought it would go to Viola Davis and I still hope that it does. The SAG Awards are in two weeks, so hopefully Viola can pick that one up *fingers crossed*. I was shocked when Meryl mentioned Adepero Oduye…at least she said from Pariah…nice shoutout :)


Elated that Idris & Octavia won!!! I believe the folks were captured from his strong British accent…LoL! The looks on their faces were priceless! Almost as if they were saying, "WTHeck, I thought he was black.."???? Haaaaaaaaaaha
I absolutely thought Michael Fassbender would've won for "Shame".
And the wind was knocked out of me when Viola Davis didn't win…..
Yes, complete surprise when Meryl Streep praised "Pariah" and Adepero Oduye. Glad she did.


I was pretty much satisfied with the wins until they announced Streep and Clooney. I haven't seen either of those movies yet, so I can't form a weighted opinion about who was more deserving–although I suspect Fassbender. As far as the shout out to Adepero… that was the biggest surprise of the night. With as much press as Pariah as been given, why it's not being nominated by the big dogs is beyond me (we all the know the REAL reason). I can't help but think about Boys Don't Cry and how Hilary Swank went on to sweep everything. Those roles were very different, but the context is the same–identity. I didn't expect Adepero to have the same outcome as Hilary (wins), but to not get nominated is quite honestly… unfair.

As for Idris, I think he's pretty popular in the US and abroad, but again… what roles has he gotten in the US that's even remotely challenging.. none. I'd look forward to seeing Idris have a career like Denzel–he definitely has the chops.

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