Surprise came from Keira Knightley starrer-film "Atonement" as it was hailed as the Best Drama Motion Picture on Sunday, January 13 at the 65th Golden Globe Awards' press conference. The Joe Wright's war-drama film beat out the two critics' favorites, "No Country for Old Men" and "There Will Be Blood" that have dominated the current award season.
Still, despite nailing the top honor at the Awards, the Focus Features' film didn't manage to follow the success of garnering 7 nominations by bringing home as much as the nods given by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Aside from the Best Drama Film, the adaptation movie from Ian McEwan's best-selling 2002 novel only won one other prize, that is Best Original Score for its composer, Dario Marianelli.
Under the category of Best Musical or Comedy fell Tim Burton's bloody adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's stage musical "Sweeney Todd". The film also brought praise for its leading actor, Johnny Depp, as the actor who is famous for his eccentric characters, including being Sweeney Todd, was also awarded a prize of Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy. Moreover, the Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy award went to the rising star Marion Cotillard for her acclaimed performance in "La Vie En Rose".
Aside from giving Best Actress and Actor kudos to the two notable artists, the HFPA also shared the award for Best Dramatic Actress and Actor which were given to Julie Christie and Daniel Day-Lewis respectively. Christie got the Globe for portraying Fiona Anderson, a woman suffering from Alzheimer's in "Away From Her", whereas Day-Lewis for being Daniel Plainview, a greedy oil baron, in "There Will Be Blood". Further, Cate Blanchett and Javier Bardem were named the Best Supporting Actress and Actor respectively.
The topnotch for the director, in the meantime, was won by Julian Schnabel, the helmer of "The Diving Bell And The Butterfly". The biopic drama starred by Mathieu Amalric also garnered the Best Foreign Language Film overshadowing its contenders "4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days", "The Kite Runner", "Lust, Caution" and "Persepolis". Furthermore, the complete list of all Golden Globe Awards' winners can be seen on Goldenglobes.org or see the full movie list winners below.
The 65th Golden Globe Awards' winners for the movie category: