One of the greatest things about living this side of the Atlantic is being able to watch the Golden Globe Awards live, rather than with an eight hour time difference.
Aside from the thrill of the Red Carpet arrival to see who's wearing what, in recent year's the ceremony itself has been a highlight with the unpredictable Brit comedian, Ricky Gervais, at the helm (although this year he was far more restrained). Here's this year's mostly worthy award winners of the 69th Annual Golden Globes:
BEST MOTION PICTURE - DRAMA: THE DESCENDANTS
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR - MOVIE DRAMA:
GEORGE CLOONEY (THE DESCENDANTS)
I saw The Descendants on New Year's Eve and it's not the cheeriest film to see out to the year, but it is a sweet and compelling tale, with George Clooney giving a great performance with much less of his trademark smoothness and more vulnerability (I still say he was robbed for Up in the Air though).
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS - MOVIE DRAMA:
MERYL STREEP (THE IRON LADY)
I've yet to see the lovely Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady, but I'm sure her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher will be spot on. Mind you at the same time I was a bit sad that Viola Davis didn't take home the Golden Globe for The Help.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS - MOVIE COMEDY/MUSICAL:
MICHELLE WILLIAMS (MY WEEK WITH MARILYN)
Michelle Williams was great in Blue Valentine, even though it was a slightly depressing movie, but it's nice she's been recognised for her talent in portraying Hollywood's iconic blonde bombshell.
Be sure to check out these original costumes from My Week With Marilyn on display.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS - MOTION PICTURE:
OCTAVIA SPENCER (THE HELP)
I almost jumped for joy when Octavia Spencer's name was called last night for her comedic, scene-stealing turn in The Help. A much deserved Golden Globe methinks.
If you're a fan of the movie, be sure to check out these costumes worn by Emma Stone in The Help on display.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR - MOTION PICTURE:
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER (BEGINNERS)
It's always nice when an esteemed actor wins an award for playing a gay character, so congrats to Christopher Plummer.
BEST DIRECTOR - MOTION PICTURE: MARTIN SCORSESE
I was totally charmed by the movie Hugo, so I'm pleased that Martin Scorsese was recognised for this entertaining piece of cinema which seemed to be from a gentler time.
Be sure to check out these original costumes and the automaton prop from Hugo on display.
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE: THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN
Tintin was never a favourite character of mine, so I have no real desire to watch this motion-capture animated movie. I'm sure having Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson involved with this project helped it to win, and there really didn't see much other competition this year aside from some sub-par animated sequels.
BEST SCREENPLAY - MOTION PICTURE: MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
I've seen a few Woody Allen films and they're really not my cup of tea, but Midnight in Paris certainly had an interesting twist on his usual fare.
BEST MORION PICTURE - COMEDY/MUSICAL: THE ARTIST
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR - MOVIE COMEDY/MUSICAL:
JEAN DUJARIN (THE ARTIST)
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE - MOTION PICTURE:
LUDOVIC BOURCE (THE ARTIST)
The Artist seemed to be a sure fire crowd pleaser for the Hollywood Foreign Press, but sadly it holds little appeal for me.
BEST ORIGINAL SONG - MOTION PICTURE: MASTERPIECE (W.E.)
Music & lyrics by Madonna, Julie Frost and Jimmy Harry
I was quite surprised that Madonna won this Globe, mostly because of the barbed comments from Elton John on the Red Carpet about her beforehand, so take that you bitter little man.
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: A SEPARATION (IRAN)
Here's another movie I won't be seeing anytime soon, but then I'm not a fan of subtitled films.
BEST TV DRAMA: HOMELAND
BEST TV ACTRESS - DRAMA: CLAIRE DANES (HOMELAND)
Here are two worthy winners, Claire Danes was fantastically crazy paranoid (but right) in the anti-terrorist thriller Homeland and the show itself kept you guessing with each new revelation. Well deserved indeed and I can't wait for the second season.
BEST TV ACTOR - DRAMA: KELSEY GRAMMER (BOSS)
I always loved Frasier and I've heard great things about Boss, so maybe I'll be checking this show out soon.
BEST TV COMEDY/MUSICAL: MODERN FAMILY
After a rocky start to the season Modern Family has me laughing again and so it's nice to see this generational, family-themed, gay-friendly funny show winning a Golden Globe for Best TV Comedy.
BEST TV ACTRESS - COMEDY/MUSICAL:
LAURA DERN (ENLIGHTENED)
I can't help but think that Laura Linney was robbed for The Big C, but then she won last year, but did anyone actually watch Laura Dern in Enlightened?
BEST TV ACTOR - COMEDY/MUSICAL:
MATT LEBLANC (EPISODES)
Hoorah for Matt LeBlanc for winning a Globe too for playing himself in Episodes. This slightly offbeat comedy is almost uncomfortable to watch at times, but it just proves there's life left in 'Joey Tribbiani' yet.
BEST MINI-SERIES: DOWNTOWN ABBEY
We have the first season box set standing by and now at least we'll be able to enjoy a second season too. Well done the Brits!
BEST TV ACTOR - MINI-SERIES:
IDRIS ELBA (LUTHER)
Here's another British victory in the form of BBC's Luther starring Idris Elba, which I hear from friends was a great show.
BEST TV ACTRESS - MINI-SERIES:
KATE WINSLET (MILDRED PIERCE)
Kate Winslet's speeches may be cringe-worthy at times, but it is nice to see another British actress winning this prestigious award.
BEST SUPPORTING TV ACTOR:
PETER DINKLAGE (GAME OF THRONES)
Game of Thrones was such great TV last year that it was a surprise to not see more nominations for the cast. It has to be said that Peter Dinklage does give an award-winning performance in every scene though and really makes 'Tyrion Lannister' his own.
BEST SUPPORTING TV ACTRESS:
JESSICA LANGE (AMERICAN HORROR STORY)
It would have been a real travesty if Jessica Lange didn't take home this award and again it's a shame that American Horror Story didn't garner more praise this year for a truly original, compelling and unpredictable show.
CECIL B. DEMILE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: MORGAN FREEMAN
Morgan Freeman totally deserves his lifetime achievement award and it's always amazing to see the breadth of movies the recipients have been a part of.
So another Golden Globes is over, next it's the SAG Awards, then the Oscars. I can't wait...