Awards Season | Brits win big at 2009 Golden Globes

So, that tiny little star next to Anne Hathaway’s name on the Golden Globes website last week didn’t amount to anything after all. It was good old Kate, for years the bridesmaid at awards ceremonies (losing five times as a nominee at both the Globes and the Oscars), who struck gold last night, pipping Anne, Meryl, Kristin and oh, God, who’s the other one, Angelina to claim the Best Actress prize for Revolutionary Road. And she took home the gong for Best Supporting Actress for The Reader as well.

Last night also saw a string of other triumphs for Brits. Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire confirmed its status as this year’s Oscar frontrunner by claiming Best Film and Best Director, plus awards for Best Screenplay and Best Original Score, while Sally Hawkins won Best Actress (Comedy/Musical) for her sparky turn as an irrepressibly cheerful north London primary school teacher in Mike Leigh’s Happy-Go-Lucky.

As predicted, Heath Ledger won a posthumous Best Supporting Actor award for his role as the Joker in The Dark Knight, but the evening’s most popular award was the Best Actor prize claimed by Mickey Rourke for his astonishing comeback performance as a washed-up professional wrestler – a role that has poignant echoes with Rourke’s own turbulent life, as he acknowledged in his acceptance speech, saying “It’s been a very long road back for me.”

The Wrestler - Mickey Rourke

Here’s a full list of last night’s Golden Globe film awards:


Best Picture, Drama: Slumdog Millionaire
Best Picture, Musical or Comedy: Vicky Christina Barcelona
Best Actor, Drama: Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler
Best Actress, Drama: Kate Winslet, Revolutionary Road
Best Director: Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
Best Actor, Musical or Comedy: Colin Farrell, In Bruges
Best Actress, Musical or Comedy: Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
Best Supporting Actress: Kate Winslet, The Reader
Best Animated Film: Wall·E
Best Foreign Language Film: Waltz With Bashir
Best Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire
Best Original Score: AR Rahman, Slumdog Millionaire
Best Original Song: “The Wrestler” (performed and written by Bruce Springsteen), The Wrestler

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