There’s a saying that the show must go on, and that’s exactly what it did on Sunday — albeit without the usual glitz, glamour and big-name celebrities.
This year’s Golden Globes was shrunk down to a one-hour news conference, after striking Hollywood writers refused to take part in the traditional three-hour ceremony.
The Writers Guild of America, which has been on strike since Nov. 5 over the issue of residual payment for online and DVD content, also had threatened to picket the show. As an act of solidarity, many actors said they would not attend.
So it was without the familiar fanfare that the Hollywood Foreign Press doled out their annual film and television awards in Beverly Hills, Calif.
“Atonement,” which started the night with a leading seven nominations, walked away with the prize for best dramatic film. The other best drama nominees were “No Country for Old Men,” “American Gangster,” “There Will Be Blood,” “Eastern Promises” and “The Great Debaters.”
Daniel Day-Lewis won the best dramatic film actor prize for “There Will Be Blood,” while Julie Christie was named best dramatic actress for her role as an Alzheimer’s-afflicted woman in the Canadian film “Away From Her.”
Receiving the award for best motion picture musical or comedy was “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” which also earned a best actor in a musical or comedy award for its leading man Johnny Depp.
Canadian Ellen Page (“Juno”) was up for best actress in a musical or comedy, but was edged out by French actress Marion Cotillard, who plays singer Edith Piaf in the biopic “La Vie En Rose.”
Best director was one of the night’s surprises. Julian Schnabel received the award for his film “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” which also won for best foreign language film.
On the TV side of things, “Mad Men” emerged the big winner, taking the titles of best dramatic TV series and best actor in a TV drama for its star John Hamm. Best actress in a TV drama went to Glenn Close for “Damages.”
The winners in the corresponding TV comedy categories were “Extras,” David Duchovny for “Californication” and Tina Fey for “30 Rock.”
The stripped-down Globes flagged in the ratings, with Nielsen Media Research reporting on Monday that NBC’s broadcast of the conference only drew 5.8 million viewers, a little more than one-quarter of last year’s U.S. television audience for the Globes (20 million).
To further put that in perspective, even last week’s pretaped presentation of the less prestigious People’s Choice Awards on CBS was watched by 6 million people.
The complete list of winners for the 65th annual Golden Globes is:
-Picture, Drama: “Atonement.”
-Actress, Drama: Julie Christie, “Away From Her.”
-Actor, Drama: Daniel Day-Lewis, “There Will Be Blood.”
-Picture, Musical or Comedy: “Sweeney Todd.”
-Actress, Musical or Comedy: Marion Cotillard, “La Vie En Rose.”
-Actor, Musical or Comedy: Johnny Depp, “Sweeney Todd.”
-Supporting Actress: Cate Blanchett, “I’m Not There.”
-Supporting Actor: Javier Bardem, “No Country for Old Men.”
-Director: Julian Schnabel, “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.”
-Screenplay: Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, “No Country for Old Men.”
-Foreign Language: “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” France and U.S.
-Animated Film: “Ratatouille.”
-Original Score: Dario Marianelli, “Atonement.”
-Original Song: “Guaranteed” from “Into the Wild.”
-Series, Drama: “Mad Men,” AMC.
-Actress, Drama: Glenn Close, “Damages.”
-Actor, Drama: Jon Hamm, “Mad Men.”
-Series, Musical or Comedy: “Extras,” HBO.
-Actress, Musical or Comedy: Tina Fey, “30 Rock”
-Actor, Musical or Comedy: David Duchovny, “Californication.”
-Miniseries or Movie: “Longford,” HBO.
-Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Queen Latifah, “Life Support.”
-Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Jim Broadbent, “Longford.”
-Supporting Actress, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Samantha Morton, “Longford.”
-Supporting Actor, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Jeremy Piven, “Entourage.”