It was no surprise to see either film — one a silent picture that triumphed as best musical or comedy, the other an Alexander Payne/George Clooney collaboration deemed best drama — win awards given the critical praise and buzz surrounding both.
More surprising was the fact that the Hollywood Foreign Press went in an entirely different direction by giving best director to Martin Scorsese for “Hugo” and and best actress to Meryl Streep — not Viola Davis.
Streep — regaled for her toothy and steely portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady” — even thanked Davis at the end of her speech. That was after she triggered the NBC telecast’s seven-second delay by uttering the s-word when she realized she had left her reading glasses at her table.
Streep triggered the seven-second delay instead of Ricky Gervais? Who would have thought? (Note: Gervais actually triggered it once earlier, with the dropping of an f-bomb. But still, this was not expected from the First Lady of Acting.)
And she wasn’t the only winner who got a little randy onstage. Yes, we are looking at you, George Clooney.
“The Descendants” star accepted his Golden Globe for best actor in a drama by first speaking warmly of fellow nominee Brad Pitt, then acknowledging the, uh, endowments of Michael Fassbender, nominated for his compelling (and frequently naked) portrayal of a sex addict in “Shame.”
“Michael, honestly, you can play golf like this with your hands behind your back,” Clooney joked while Fassbender — now officially the It Guy heir apparent to Ryan Gosling — laughed from the audience.
Other big winners on the movie side of things were: Jean Dujardin of “The Artist”; Michelle Williams, aka Marilyn Monroe in “My Week With Marilyn”; Christopher Plummer, best supporting actor for “Beginners”; and the visibly, happily shaken Octavia Spencer for “The Help.”
Here’s a complete list of all the Golden Globe winners.
— Best Picture, Drama: “The Descendants.”
— Best Picture, Musical or Comedy: “The Artist.”
— Best Actor, Drama: George Clooney, “The Descendants.”
— Best Actress, Drama: Meryl Streep, “The Iron Lady.”
— Best Director: Martin Scorsese, “Hugo.”
— Best Actor, Musical or Comedy: Jean Dujardin, “The Artist.”
— Best Actress, Musical or Comedy: Michelle Williams, “My Week With Marilyn.”
— Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, “Beginners.”
— Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, “The Help.”
— Best Foreign Language: “A Separation.”
— Best Animated Film: “The Adventures of Tintin.”
— Best Screenplay: Woody Allen, “Midnight in Paris.”
— BestOriginal Score: Ludovic Bource, “The Artist.”
— Best Original Song: “Masterpiece” (music and lyrics by Madonna, Julie Frost, Jimmy Harry), “W.E.”
—Best Drama: “Homeland,” Showtime.
— Best Musical or Comedy: “Modern Family,” ABC.
— Best Actor, Drama: Kelsey Grammer, “Boss.”
— Best Actress, Drama: Claire Danes, “Homeland.”
— Best Actress, Musical or Comedy: Laura Dern, “Enlightened.”
— Best Actor, Musical or Comedy: Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes.”
— Best Miniseries or Movie: “Downton Abbey (Masterpiece),” PBS.
— Best Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Kate Winslet, “Mildred Pierce.”
— Best Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Idris Elba, “Luther.”
— Best Supporting Actress, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story.”
— Best Supporting Actor, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones.”