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 Descendants
Best 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)
Best Series, Drama: Homeland
Best Series, Musical or Comedy: Modern Family
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
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