The thriller Babel and the musical Dreamgirls won top honors in
Hollywood's Golden Globe awards, Monday. Mike O'Sullivan has more on the
annual awards from Los Angeles.
California governor and superstar Arnold Schwarzenegger announced the
Golden Globe for best dramatic picture:
"And the Golden Globe goes to - 'Babel,'" he said.
An ensemble film, Babel begins with a tragic shooting in the Moroccan
desert, then follows the intertwining stories of six families around the
world. Mexican director-producer Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu accepted the
award for everyone involved in the production.
"We are receiving
this on behalf of more than 1,200 people that worked on this film and made
it possible," he said. "We worked and it took us more than one year doing
this film - shooting it in three continents and in five languages."
Dreamgirls, a story about the Motown music scene of the 1960's and
'70s, earned the Golden Globe for best musical or comedy.
Dreamgirls also earned Golden Globes for supporting performers Eddie
Murphy and Jennifer Hudson.
Helen Mirren was named best actress in a drama for her starring role in
The Queen. She thanked the woman she played the film, Britain's Queen
"… because I think you fell in love with her, not with me, and I just
tried to make her as truthful to herself as possible," Mirren said, during
her acceptance speech.
Mirren earned a second Golden Globe for her role as an earlier British
monarch in the television miniseries Elizabeth I.
A film set in 1970's Uganda earned Forest Whitacker the award of best
actor in a drama. Whitacker played the brutal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in
The Last King of Scotland.
Martin Scorsese was named best director for The Departed, a tale of
intrigue and mob violence, starring Leonardo diCaprio, Jack Nicholson,
Mark Wahlberg and Matt Damon.
British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen was named best actor in musical or
comedy for his mock documentary Borat.
Merryl Streep earned the
Golden Globe for best actress in a musical or comedy for her starring role
in the fashion industry satire, The Devil Wears Prada.
The award for best foreign language film went to the American,
production Letters from Iwo Jima from Director Clint Eastwood. The war
film was shot in Japanese, with English subtitles.
The Golden Globes are awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press
Association. They sometimes point to winners at the more prestigious
Oscars, which will be presented next month.