The Golden Globes 2012 winners went largely as expected last night in Los Angeles, with many of the big screen contenders scoring. George Clooney scooped Best Actor for his role in The Descendents while Meryl Streep and Michelle Williams took Best Actress for playing two icons of the last century in The Iron Lady and My Week with Marilyn respectively.
Meanwhile Jean Dujardin scored Best Actor in a musical or comedy for his role in The Artist. Madonna also gets to add a Golden Globe to her collection of awards with Best Original Song for W.E. There was a clutch of Brit successes,with Downton Abbey taking the award for best television mini series, while Kate Winslet and London-born actor Idris Elba were also recognised gongs on the night and Brit Ricky Gervais hosted the prestigious ceremony for a third consecutive year.
But while many of the night's winners were expected, the biggest surprise was the toned down performance from Gervais, who looked like he was attempting to shock the audience by being polite.
Here are the Golden Globes 2012 winners in full:
Best Actor, Drama: George Clooney, The DescendantsBest Actress, Drama: Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady Best Actor, Musical or Comedy: Jean Dujardin, The Artist Best Director: Martin Scorsese, Hugo Best Actress, Musical or Comedy: Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, Beginners Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, The Help Best Foreign Language Film: A Separation Best Animated Film: The Adventures of Tintin Best Screenplay: Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris Best Original Score: Ludovic Bource, The Artist Best Original Song: W.E.(music and lyrics by Madonna, Julie Frost, Jimmy Harry) TELEVISION Best Series, Drama: Homeland, Showtime Best Series, Musical or Comedy: Modern Family, ABC Best Actor, Drama: Kelsey Grammer, Boss Best Actress, Drama: Claire Danes, Homeland Best Actress, Musical or Comedy: Laura Dern, Enlightened Best Actor, Musical or Comedy: Matt LeBlanc, Episodes Best Miniseries or Movie: Downton Abbey, PBS Best Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce Best Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Idris Elba, Luther Best Supporting Actress, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Jessica Lange, American Horror Story Best Supporting Actor, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones