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The Artist wins Golden Globe for best musical/comedy

French silent film "The Artist" won three top prizes at the Golden Globes on Sunday – for best musical/comedy, best actor and best musical score – while "The Descendants" won best drama, with star George Clooney taking the best actor honour.


AFP - Family drama "The Descendants" starring George Clooney won the top prize at the Golden Globes on Sunday, while silent film "The Artist" garnered the most prizes, with gongs in three categories.

The Hawaii-based drama also took best actor for Clooney, while French-directed "The Artist" won best score and best actor in a musical or comedy film at the Globes, Hollywood's main pre-Oscars awards show.

Meryl Streep won best actress for her mesmerizing portrayal of British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady," while best director went to Martin Scorsese for his 3D adventure "Hugo."

"Our quarterback was George Clooney," said "The Descendants" producer Jim Burke, accepting the award at the climax of the three-hour Globes show at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles.

The movie missed out in the screenplay category to Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris," was beaten for supporting actress by Octavia Spencer in "The Help," and best director where Scorsese won for "Hugo."

"The Artist," which had garnered the most Globes nominations with nods in six categories, won one more award than "The Descendants," with three Globes: for best musical/comedy film, best actor and best musical score.

But it was beaten for best director by Scorsese for "Hugo," for best supporting actress by Spencer in civil rights movie "The Help," and best screenplay by Allen's box office and critical hit "Midnight in Paris."

The film, billed as a tribute to the silent movie era, tells the story of silent star George Valentin (played by Dujardin) whose career is torpedoed by the arrival of the "talkies."

It won best film and best director at the New York Film Critics Circle awards in November, and has garnered a string of nods since -- including this week from the Directors Guild of America (DGA), seen as a key Oscars indicator.

It won yet another prize just three days before the Globes, taking the Critics' Choice best film award in Los Angeles on Thursday.

Other winners Sunday night included Michelle Williams as best actress in a musical or comedy for her Monroe turn in "My Week with Marilyn," and best supporting actor for Christopher Plummer in "Beginners."

Best animated feature went to Spielberg's big screen version of the Belgian cartoon book hero, "The Adventures of Tintin."

Best foreign language movie went to "A Separation" from Iran, which beat films from China and Belgium as well Spanish Pedro Almodovar's "The Skin I Live In," and Angelina Jolie's directoral debut, "In the Land of Blood and Honey."

The first prize of the evening for "The Artist" was for best original score, for Ludovic Bource, who apologized, saying "I'm sorry, I'm French," before pulling out a piece of paper and reading his acceptance speech.

Madonna, who won best original song a short time later, appeared to forget her words initially, saying: "This is a surprise," before adding, after a pause: "I'm not French, I have no excuse."

British comic Ricky Gervais, hosting for the third straight year despite ruffling feathers at last year's show, was again on provocative form although perhaps not quite as near-the-bone as 12 months ago.

"So, where was I?" he opened the show with, before taking an early stab at the Globes themselves.

"It's just like the Oscars without the esteem," he said, adding: "The Golden Globes are to the Oscars what Kim Kardashian is to Kate Middleton" to groans from the star-studded audience.

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