The 66th Annual Golden Globe awards have been handed out, and I actually fared pretty well in my predictions: I guessed 10 winners correctly out of the 14 movie categories, and 19 for 25 overall. But there still were several things that didn’t go as expected. Here are my 5 biggest surprises of the night.
Slumdog goes 4 for 4 I suspected that Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle and screenwriter Simon Beaufoy would emerge victorious, but for the film to sweep all four of the categories in which it was nominated—including Best Drama—is remarkable. This film seems unstoppable for the rest of the awards season.
Kate Winslet’s one-two punch Obviously the HFPA wanted to give Winslet her first Globe this year. But her double wins (Best Actress in a Drama for Revolutionary Road and Best Supporting Actress for The Reader) were shocking considering her tough competition in both races. Could this finally be her year at the Oscars?
Benjamin Button’s shut-out For the second time in four days (following last Thursday’s Broadcast Film Critics Association awards), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button went into an awards ceremony tied for the most nominations and went home empty-handed. Button still stands to score the most Oscar nods on Jan. 22; will it actually be able to win a couple?
Best Actor: Colin Farrell? Emerging victorious over strong competitors like Last Chance Harvey’s Dustin Hoffman and Vicky Cristina Barcelona’s Javier Bardem (and apparently avoiding vote-splitting with his own In Bruges costar Brendan Gleeson), Farrell won the Best Actor in a Comedy category in the biggest surprise of the night. Now maybe people will seek out that terrific and wicked film (it’s on DVD).
Heath Ledger’s shocking win for Best Supporting Actor (Just kidding.)