It was a huge night at the Golden Globes for two of last years most talked about films, Walk the Line and Brokeback Mountain. Brokeback was the big winner on the film side with four awards while Walk the Line won three trophies.
The biopic on the life of Johnny Cash, Walk the Line, scored big time with both leads, Reese Witherspoon and Joaquin, picking up wins in the Best Performance by an Actress and Actor in a Lead Role in a Musical or Comedy. Joaquin portrayed the late Johnny Cash in the film, while Reese took on the role of the late June Carter. Walk the Line also took home the honor of Best Picture of the Year for a Musical or Comedy.
On the Drama side, the love story between gay cowboys, Brokeback Mountain was awarded Best Motion Picture. Director of the film, Ang Lee walked away a winner as well with honors in the Best Director category. Brokeback also scored in the Best Original Song category for 'A Love that will Never Grow Old.' And as controversial as the story was in America, the Hollywood Foreign Press believed the script for the film was not. The writers of Brokeback Mountain, Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, won for the Best Screenplay for a Motion Picture. The film beat out some heavy hitters in Paul Haggis for Crash, Woody Allen for Match Point, and Globe favorite George Clooney for Good Night, and Good Luck.
But don't feel too bad for Mr. Clooney, he still took home the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for his role in Steve Gaghan's, Syriana. On the female end, Rachel Weisz won for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role; she played opposite Ralph Fiennes in The Constant Gardener.
In the Best Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role category, Phillip Seymour Hoffman walked away the winner for playing eccentric author Truman Capote in Capote. He captured the gold over strong favorites David Stratharin in Good Night, and Good Luck and Heath Ledger for Brokeback Mountain.
Felicity Hoffman was a winner on the film side; she won in the category for Best Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role for controversial film, Transamerica. The film follows Felicity as her character attempts to change sexes from a female to a male.
On the television side, Felicity and the rest of the Desperate Housewives stayed seated, at least for a moment, as they announced the winner in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy. All of the women, except for Nicollette Sheridan, were nominated; they went up against Weeds' star, Mary-Louise Parker. A sure win for Housewives, right? Wrong, Parker took home the gold. The ladies of Wisteria Lane didn't sit much longer; Desperate Housewives was named Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy, this time beating out Weeds.
As for the other television categories, Lost won for Best Television Series for a Drama. Geena Davis won for playing the first female president in Commander in Chief in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Drama Television Series category; Aussie, Hugh Laurie won on the Male side. And Steve Carell picked up a win for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy, for The Office.
Now, of course, normally the Golden Globes prove to be the corner stone for who wins the Oscar. This year, it could be a little different; Brokeback Mountain may have won over the Hollywood Foreign Press, but does the subject matter mesh with the Academy voters?
We'll have to just wait and see when the nominations for the 78th Academy Awards are announced January 31st. The Awards air Sunday, March 5th on ABC.