DANNY BOYLE and Kate Winslet carried the day at last night’s Golden Globes in Los Angeles, winning some of the ceremony’s biggest awards.
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“Your mad, pulsating affection for our film is much appreciated,” Boyle told the star-studded audience as he accepted the Best Film Drama gong for Slumdog Millionaire, the rags-to-riches movie which opened in London last week.
Winslet might have hoped for one prize before the night began, but was left grasping for words when she bagged a highly unusual double; Best Actress for her role in Revolutionary Road and Best Supporting Actress for The Reader.
“I’m in shock,” she said in her acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress. “I have a habit of not winning things.”
But if that first was a jolt, the actress who rose to fame via Titanic was totally sunk when handed the next, forgetting the name of one of her rivals for the award.
“I’m so sorry, Anne [Hathaway], Meryl [Streep], Kristin [Scott Thomas], oh God!, who’s the other one… Angelina [Jolie]!”
Other British winners at the award show seen as a strong indicator for the Oscars included Sally Hawkins for Best Actress in a Comedy for her role in Mike Leigh’s excellent Happy-Go-Lucky and Tom Wilkinson, who claimed a Best Supporting Actor prize for his portrayal of Benjamin Franklin in the TV series John Adams, one of the big winners on the TV side of the event.
As expected, Heath Ledger won a posthumous award for his take on The Joker in The Dark Knight, but pundits were surprised there were no baubles for pre-match favourites like Frost/Nixon and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
For the list of winners in full see the Golden Globes official site.