Fantasy feature films and television series acquired some notable wins at the 2011 Golden Globes on Sunday. But the 69th annual statuefest thrown by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association was as notable for the genre's losses as much for its wins.
Fantasy scored a handful of high-profile awards this year. Best Director for a feature film went to Martin Scorsese for Hugo, beating out two of the evening's darlings, George Clooney (who directed The Ides of March) and Michel Hazanavicius (the innovative mostly silent film The Artist) as well as Woody Allen and Alexander Payne (director of Clooney starrer The Descendants).
It was Scorsese's third directing Golden Globe -- all the more remarkable for how different his previous winning films were (Gangs of New York and The Departed, which also won him an Academy Award). Scorsese thanked his wife for her suggestion of the story and the gentle nudge, "Why don't you make a film that our daughter can see for once?"
Winners in Fantasy
The award for Motion Picture Screenplay went to Woody Allen for the ethereal Midnight in Paris, beating out the screenplays for the four films that dominated the nominations: Ides of March, The Descendants, Moneyball, and The Artist. Woody's screenplay won a Critic's Choice award last week as well.
For Animated Feature Film, the winner was The Adventures of Tintin over Arthur Christmas, Cars 2, Puss In Boots, and Rango. Rango swiped the Critic's Choice Award last week, edging out Tintin, Cars 2, Puss in Boots, and Kung Fu Panda 2, which wasn't nominated for a Golden Globe.
There were hardly any genre nominations on the television side at all. But there was one that stood out, and it resulted in a win: Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or TV Movie went to Emmy-winner Peter Dinklage for his work in Game of Thrones. Dinklage said he hopes his repeated recognition for his role would bring more attention to Game of Thrones and its ensemble of great artists.
Some Significant Runners-Up
Who didn't win in the fantasy department?
On the motion picture side: Hugo was up for best picture, drama, but lost The Descendants. In the comedy/musical categories, Woody's Midnight in Paris lost both best picture and best actor (Owen Wilson) to The Artist, and best director to Scorsese.
On the TV side: Game of Thrones lost best drama to Homeland (which also yielded a best actress statue to Claire Danes).
To end on a positive note: All were pleased to see God himself, Morgan Freeman, the veteran of a long string of science fiction and fantasy films (he was by far the best thing about both Deep Impact and Bruce Almighty), honored with the HFPA's Cecil B. DeMille achievements award. "It's been said that, if you do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life," Freeman said. "For the past 45 years or so I've never had to work, because my passion in life has always been acting."