What if you gave an awards show and nobody came?
That was the dilemma facing the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which decided the show would not go on, but the Golden Globes must. So, with no red carpet, no ceremony -- and therefore no picketing by the striking Writers Guild of America -- winners were announced last night in no-frills, press-conference style.
In both movies and television, the awards spread a wide net. "Atonement," the adaptation of Ian McEwan's best-selling novel, had a leading seven nominations and won for best dramatic film and best original score. "Sweeney Todd" took best comedy or musical and its star, Johnny Depp, won for his turn as the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
AMC freshman drama "Mad Men" won for Best Series and Best Actor for its leading ad man, Jon Hamm. HBO's "Longford" was a clear favorite, winning for best TV mini-series or movie, and acting wins for Jim Broadbent and Samantha Morton.
The WGA, on strike since Nov. 5, refused to let members work on the Golden Globes ceremony and said they would picket the show, prompting actors to boycott rather than cross picket lines.
With no stars of movie or television to walk the red carpet or deliver thank-you speeches, the night began with NBC presenting a two-hour clip show interspersed with interviews of several nominees. Then came the no-nonsense naming of winners.
NBC, which lost exclusive rights to the telecast, aired the announcements with "Access Hollywood's" Billy Bush and Nancy O'Dell reporting from a different location than the Beverly Hilton, where the press conference was held. Various entertainment reporters helped Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Jorge Camara announce this year's recipients.
And the winners are ...
Motion Picture, Drama: "Atonement"
Actress, Drama: Julie Christie ("Away From Her")
Actor, Drama: Daniel Day-Lewis ("There Will Be Blood")
Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical: "Sweeney Todd"
Actress, Comedy or Musical: Marion Cotillard ("La Vie En Rose")
Actor, Comedy or Musical: Johnny Depp ("Sweeney Todd")
Actress in a Supporting Role: Cate Blanchett ("I'm Not There")
Actor in a Supporting Role: Javier Bardem ("No Country for Old Men")
Director: Julian Schnabel ("The Diving Bell and the Butterfly)
Animated Feature Film: "Ratatouille"
Foreign Language Film: "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" (France and USA)
Screenplay: Ethan & Joel Coen ("No Country for Old Men")
Original Score: Dario Marianelli ("Atonement")
Original Song: "Guaranteed" by Eddie Vedder ("Into the Wild")
Series, Drama: "Mad Men" (AMC)
Actress, Drama: Glenn Close ("Damages")
Actor, Drama: Jon Hamm ("Mad Men")
Series, Comedy or Musical: "Extras" (HBO)
Actress, Comedy or Musical: Tina Fey ("30 Rock")
Actor, Comedy or Musical: David Duchovny ("Californication")
Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: "Longford" (HBO)
Actress, Mini-Series or Movie: Queen Latifah ("Life Support")
Actor, Mini-Series or Movie: Jim Broadbent ("Longford")
Actress in a Supporting Role: Samantha Morton ("Longford")
Actor in a Supporting Role: Jeremy Piven ("Entourage").
First Published January 14, 2008 5:00 AM