Kate Winslet won two acting awards, and Slumdog Millionaire snagged Best Drama. What does it all mean to the Oscars?

Golden Globes

on January 11, 2009 by Phil Contrino
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Best Motion Picture - Drama

Winner: Slumdog Millionaire

Reaction: The only movie that has a shot at taking down Slumdog Millionaire for the Best Picture Oscar at this point is The Dark Knight, and there is certainly no guarantee that it will get nominated. I don't hate Slumdog by any means, but I don't think it deserves this extreme amount of recognition.

Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama

Winner: Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler

Reaction: This is such a tough category. Only in a strong year would Frost/Nixon 's Frank Langella be seen as a dark horse and not a favorite. It's definitely down to Rourke and Penn for the Oscar, and Penn has a slight edge. If they split the vote, then Langella could sneak in.

Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama

Winner: Kate Winslet, Revolutionary Road

Reaction : Two wins! There's no way she'll win two Oscars, so the Best Actress award is still between three other actresses: Meryl Streep ( Doubt ), Sally Hawkins ( Happy-Go-Lucky ) and Anne Hathaway ( Rachel Getting Married ). Kristin Scott Thomas ( I've Loved You So Long ) needed to win here to stay in the game.

Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

Winner: Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Reaction: VCB is a solid Woody Allen flick, but it really isn't funny. Either way, I'm glad to see that In Bruges or Mamma Mia! did not win.

Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical

Winner: Colin Farrell, In Bruges

Reaction: Wow! An interesting pick. Hoffman or Bardem deserved it much more. Farrell has absolutely no shot at snagging an Oscar nod for this.

Best Director

Winner: Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire

Reaction: Another win for Boyle! He's got the Oscar in the bag, even if Slumdog doesn't win Best Picture. Check out our interview with Boyle here .

Thoughts on the Steven Spielberg Tribute: Classy speech by Martin Scorsese, and a great corresponding video. For the record, my favorite Spielberg film is still Schindler's List. He'll never top that. I was glad to see Catch Me If You Can included in the clip reel. It's a gem.

Best Original Score - Motion Picture

Winner: A.R. Rahman, Slumdog Millionaire

Reaction: Again, not much of a surprise. This won't be the last award for Slumdog...

Best Screenplay

Winner: Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire

Reaction: That Slumdog song is now stuck in my head again! This should have gone to either Frost/Nixon or Doubt.

Best Foreign Language Film

Winner: Waltz with Bashir

Reaction: Not much of a surprise. Colin Farrell makes a cocaine joke before announcing the winner. That's the Globes for you!

General Note: Tom Brokaw introducing Frost/Nixon was an interesting touch. I hope this film finds a bigger audience...

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Winner: Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight

Reaction: In any other year this may have gone to Philip Seymour Hoffman for Doubt. Still, Ledger's performance holds up big time, even on the smallscreen. Christopher Nolan delivered a classy acceptance speech once again.

Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy

Winner: Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky

Reaction: Great to see her win. I just wish her co-star Eddie Marsan would have snagged a Best Supporting Actor nod. There's still the Oscars...

Best Animated Feature

Winner: WALL-E

Reaction: What a surprise! Didn't see that coming. It deserves every ounce of praise...

General Note: Ricky Gervais doing stand up. Gotta love it! Great choice to introduce Happy-Go-Lucky, which is a shoe-in for the Best Motion Picture - Comedy award.

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Winner: Kate Winslet, The Reader

Reaction: I'm not the biggest supporter of The Reader, but Kate Winslet is certainly due for some recognition. I wish it happened for another movie. She's officially the Oscar frontrunner.

Best Original Song

Winner: "The Wrestler" by Bruce Springsteen

Reaction: BRUCE!! Totally deserved. This song is some of the best stuff that Springsteen has done recently. He will totally get his second Best Original Song Oscar after winning for "Streets of Philadelphia" in 1993. Once again, that was a great song.

General Note: Jeremy Piven didn't get much applause when his name was announced for Entourage. Hmmm, the audience must have had some bad sushi or something. Sorry, I couldn't resist.

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