Taking place in the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the Golden Globes are awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, an organization of about 90 members from around the world. The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards were hosted again by Ricky Gervais and aired on NBC.

Out of all of the awards, the Golden Globes demonstrate wooing at its best. With only around 90 members, Hollywood studios can throw a little money at the HFPA members and use celebrities to wine, dine, and court them for votes. The king at this is Harvey Weinstein. Two years ago, he was practically out of the business, but tonight the Weinstein Co. bought—I mean won—six awards, beating all the other motion picture distributors.

I am not revealing anything new. Everyone in Hollywood knows about this.

Where there any surprises? No, not really. I haven’t been shocked by the Golden Globes since 1995, when ‘The X-Files’ won its first Globe for Best Drama TV Series. I was a little surprised that Ricky Gervais was tamer than last year. Perhaps he wanted to appear boring so he would not be considered for the hosting gig next year.

‘American Horror Story’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ were nominated for Best TV Drama along with ‘Homeland,’ ‘Boardwalk Empire,’ and ‘Boss.’ Showtime’s ‘Homeland’ took the prize.

In addition to the nomination for best director, ‘Hugo’ was also nominated for Best Original Score and for Best Motion Picture (Drama). Howard Shore, who composed the score for ‘Hugo,’ lost the award for Best Original Score to Ludovic Bource for ‘The Artist.’ ‘Hugo,’ ‘The Descendants,’ ‘The Help,’ ‘The Ides of March,’ ‘Moneyball,’ and ‘War Horse’ were nominated for Best Motion Picture (Drama). ‘The Descendants’ won.

Sci-fi, fantasy, and horror fare received four other nominations. The genres did better in those categories:

Peter Dinklage

Winner, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV for his work as Tyrion Lannister in ‘Game of Thrones.’ Backstage, Dinklage told reporters that he hopes his win will give the fantasy genre “more respect.” He also said that ‘Game of Thrones’ has a “really smart narrative,” and more shows should “push the envelope and challenge expectations and ideas of what’s going to happen next. That adds to the addiction of the show—you never know what’s around the corner.”

Jessica Lange

Winner, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV for her work as Constance Langdon in ‘American Horror Story.’ During her acceptance speech, Lange thanked the writers, saying, “And especially to Ryan [Murphy] who convinced me to do this.” Backstage she hinted to a possible return for next season’s ‘Horror Story’


‘The Adventures of Tintin’

Winner, Best Animated Feature Film. The film beat ‘Cars 2,’ ‘Arthur Christmas,’ ‘Puss in Boots,’ and ‘Rango’ for the award. The film, based on a series of comic books, was directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Peter Jackson. Spielberg accepted the award.

Martin Scorsese

Winner, Best Director, Motion Picture for ‘Hugo.’ The steampunk-ish fantasy tale about a boy who lives in a train station is not doing well at the box office, but that did not stop the HFPA from awarding Scorsese his third Golden Globe for directing.


Sources: HFPA, Deadline, THR