A clearly happy Idris Elba celebrates his Golden Globe win. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

On the movie side of the Golden Globe Awards spectrum, Sunday night’s winners were not terribly surprising.

The Descendants”? Sort of figured that would win best drama. “The Artist”? A shoo-in, even without all the cute, poochy showmanship from Uggie the dog.

But the evening of film-and-television-show adulation that was Golden Globes 2012 did give us a a few semi-shockers. These were the five biggest. Vote in the poll below for the one you found most unexpected.

Idris Elba as best actor in a mini-series or TV movie

With William Hurt and “Downton Abbey’s” Hugh Bonneville in the same category, the actor formerly known as Stringer Bell didn’t seem like a sure thing. But he managed to win, bringing him to the stage where he could accept his Globe and make female viewers swoon, just as nature intended.

Meryl Streep as best actress

Okay, accolades for Streep don’t exactly qualify as a massive shock. But when Viola Davis, who won the Critics’ Choice Award in the same category last week, is considered the front-runner, this counts as a surprise.

Kelsey Grammer as best actor in a drama

Again, Grammer’s talents are well known. But Bryan Cranston and Steve Buscemi, who star on the more buzzy “Breaking Bad” and “Boardwalk Empire,” respectively, seemed like more likely winners.

Matt LeBlanc as best actor in a comedy

As previously noted in this blog, this was a definite surprise since LeBlanc, a previous Globe nominee, had never won and his show, “Episodes,” isn’t as high-profile as Alec Baldwin’s “30 Rock” or Johnny Galecki’s “The Big Bang Theory.”

Martin Scorsese as best director

Given the aforementioned expectation that both “The Artist” and “The Descendants” would win in the best picture categories, it seemed logical to assume Michel Hazanavicius or Alexander Payne would take the corresponding best director prize. But it was Scorsese, who directed “Hugo,” last year’s non-silent homage to the early days of filmmaking, who emerged victorious.

So which one surprised you most? Vote below in our highly scientific poll, or weigh in with a comment about the Globes shockers left off this list.


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