Golden Globes winners 2012: The Artist, Homeland, Auburn University alum Octavia Spencer

ssorich@ledger-enquirer.comJanuary 15, 2012 missed the Golden Globes Sunday night. I'll give you a quick refresher. "The Artist," "The Descendants" and "Homeland" fared well at the ceremony, and many of the usual suspects -- think George Clooney and Meryl Streep -- nabbed trophies.

Awards aside, many of your friends will likely be buzzing about Ricky Gervais' hosting duties. He delivered the usual set of predictable jabs, but generally avoided controversy. Although Elton John seemed to have a scowl on his face throughout most of the night.

Your friends will also likely analyze the reference to Martin Henderson in Peter Dinklage's acceptance speech for his role on "Game of Thrones." He was likely referring to the dwarf who reportedly "claims he was partially paralyzed on his birthday when a stranger lifted and heaved him onto the hard ground outside an English pub."

There was no major acceptance speech drama, with the exception of Meryl Streep's strange on-podium search for her eyeglasses and/or acceptance speech. Sigh. Just Meryl being Meryl.

Local readers: Octavia Spencer, who won a Golden Globe for her role in "The Help," is an Auburn University alum.

Oh yeah...I think that we can all agree the real winner at this year's Golden Globes was that cute little dog from "The Artist," who was present at the ceremony. So. Adorable. You can see his photo in our Golden Globes photo gallery.

Here's a full recap of the show.


8 p.m. - Well hello again, Ricky Gervais! The host starts the ceremony with, "So...where was I?" Among my favorite quips in Ricky Gervais' monologue:

On Eddie Murphy refusing to host the Oscars: "When the man who said yes to Norbit says no to you, you know you're in trouble."

On Kim Kardashian's short marriage: "I've sat through longer James Cameron acceptance speeches than that."

He called the Hollywood Foreign Press a "nonprofit organization...just like NBC."

8:10 - Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture is Christopher Plummer for "Beginners." I love his shout-out to his wife of 43 years. He says her "bravery and beauty haunts me still."

8:15 - Best Actress in a TV series, comedy or musical is Laura Dern for "Enlightened." I love her dress!

8:21 - Best Miniseries or TV Movie is "Downton Abbey."

8:23 - Best Lead Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie is Kate Winslet for "Mildred Pierce." She's the first one so far to get the "end your acceptance speech NOW" music.

8:34 - Ricky Gervais reminds everyone to keep their acceptance speeches short. "Just do the main two: your agent and God," he says.

8:35 - Best Actor in a TV series (Drama) is Kelsey Grammer for "Boss." He thanks his, new wife.

8:38 - Best TV series (Drama) is "Homeland."

8:46 - Best Original Score - Motion Picture is "The Artist."

8:48 - Best Original Song - Motion Picture is "Masterpiece" by Madonna from "W.E."

8:57 - Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie is Idris Elba for "Luther."

9:01 - Best Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical is Michelle Williams for "My Week With Marilyn." She thanks her daughter first. Aww.

9:08 - Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series, Miniseries or TV movie is Peter Dinklage for "Game of Thrones." He tells everyone to Google Martin Henderson.

I did the work for you. Learn more here. He's apparently a dwarf who "claims he was partially paralyzed on his birthday when a stranger lifted and heaved him onto the hard ground outside an English pub."

9:14 - Best Animated Feature Film is "The Adventures of Tintin."

9:22 - Best Screenplay Motion Picture is Woody Allen for "Midnight in Paris."

9:23 - Best Supporting Actress for a TV series, Miniseries or TV movie is Jessica Lange for "American Horror Story."

9:30 - Ricky Gervais says the next presenter is the Queen of Pop -- "Not you, Elton."

9:32 - Best Foreign Language Film is "A Separation" from Iran.

9:34 - Best Actress TV Series - Drama is Claire Danes for "Homeland."

9:44 - Best Actor TV series, comedy or musical is Matt LeBlanc for "Episodes."

9:46 - Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture is Octavia Spencer...Auburn University alum!

9:57 - Special tribute to Morgan Freeman

10:13 - Best Director Motion Picture is Martin Scorsese for "Hugo."

10:17 - Best TV Series Comedy or Musical is "Modern Family."

10:25 - Best Actor Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical is Jean Dujardin for "The Artist."

10:34 - Best Actress Motion Picture Drama is Meryl Streep for "The Iron Lady."

10:39 - Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy is "The Artist." I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the dog that is on stage with the group accepting the award.

10:48 - Best Actor Motion Picture Drama is George Clooney for "The Descendants."

10:55 - Best Motion Picture Drama is "The Descendants."

11 p.m. - We're done! Thoughts?

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