George Clooney, Jessica Lange, ‘The Descendants’ & More: Golden Globes 2012 Winners [PHOTOS]

Hollywood veterans and newcomers alike took home the big awards at the 69th Annual Golden Globes, with Meryl Streep, George Clooney, Octavia Spencer and The Artist winning top honors for awards season’s first major show.

Clooney took home a best actor award for his role in The Descendants, where he praised his friend and fellow-nominee Brad Pitt and made quips about Michael Fassbender’s anatomy. Meryl Streep won best actress in a film drama with her portrayal of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.

Other acting winners included Michelle Williams for My Week with Marilyn, Jean Dujardin of The Artist, Octavia Spencer for The Help and Christopher Plummer for Beginners.

Michelle Williams gave a big thank you to her own leading lady – her daughter, Matilda – as she accepted the award for best actress in a comedy or musical for playing Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn, 52 years after Monroe’s win for the same prize at the Globes.

“I consider myself a mother first and an actress second, so the person I most want to thank is my daughter, my little girl, whose bravery and exuberance is the example I take with me in my work and my life,” Williams said.

Madonna, Julie Frost and Jimmy Harry won the Globe for best song for “Masterpiece” from the King Edward-Wallis Simpson drama W.E., which Madonna also directed.

The television winners, plus the full 2012 Golden Globes winners list…

Modern Family was named as as the Best TV Comedy or Musical. The win gave a chance for Sofia Vergara to take the mic and deliver a speech after she was previously beaten by Jessica Lange (American Horror Story) in the race for the Best Supporting Actress title. The Gloria Delgado-Pritchett of the ABC show thanked the HFPA in Spanish.

Winning big that night was newbie Homeland. Losing the Best Drama title, Boss claimed its only trophy through Kelsey Grammer’s win for Best Actor in a TV Drama. Game of Thrones was not going home empty handed either, for its actor Peter Dinklage was named Best Supporting TV Actor.

In Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture category, Downton Abbey won the title over Mildred Pierce among others. However, the latter managed to help Kate Winslet grab the kudo for Best Actress in a Mini-Series or Made-for-TV Movie.


Picture, Drama: “The Descendants.”
Picture, Musical or Comedy: “The Artist.”
Actor, Drama: George Clooney, “The Descendants.”
Actress, Drama: Meryl Streep, “The Iron Lady.”
Director: Martin Scorsese, “Hugo.”
Actor, Musical or Comedy: Jean Dujardin, “The Artist.”
Actress, Musical or Comedy: Michelle Williams, “My Week With Marilyn.”
Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, “Beginners.”
Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, “The Help.”
Foreign Language: “A Separation.”
Animated Film: “The Adventures of Tintin.”
Screenplay: Woody Allen, “Midnight in Paris.”
Original Score: Ludovic Bource, “The Artist.”
Original Song: “Masterpiece” (music and lyrics by Madonna, Julie Frost, Jimmy Harry), “W.E.”


Best TV Drama: “Homeland”
Best TV Comedy or Musical: “Modern Family”
Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: “Downton Abbey”
Best Actor in a TV Drama: Kelsey Grammer, “Boss”
Best Actor in a TV Musical or Comedy: Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”
Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Made-for-TV Movie: Idris Elba, “Luther”
Best Supporting Actor in TV Series, Mini-Series, or Made-for-TV Movie: Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
Best Actress in a TV Drama: Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Best Actress in a TV Musical or Comedy: Laura Dern, “Enlightened”
Best Actress in a Mini-Series or Made-for-TV Movie: Kate Winslet, “Mildred Pierce”
Best Supporting Actress in TV Series, Mini-Series, or Made-for-TV Movie: Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story”