News: James Cameron and Avatar take top Golden Globes

It was a good night for James Cameron as he took the best director prize and Avatar was named best drama at the Golden Globes, keeping the sci-fi epic on course for Oscar glory in March. 

Collecting the award for best director, Cameron avoided any ‘king of the world’ references in his acceptance speech, instead paying tribute to his ex-wife, Kathryn Bigelow, who was nominated for her Iraq film, The Hurt Locker. 

He said: ‘I’m actually not well prepared because frankly I thought Kathryn was going to get this, so I’m kinda winging it here. And she richly deserves it.’ 

The double whammy of best director and best movie drama puts Avatar in the box seat for the upcoming Oscars. Any lingering doubts that Cameron’s tale of humans and blue creatures fighting on the planet of Pandora would not be taken seriously on the awards circuit have now been dispelled. 

The Globes were a blow for George Clooney vehicle Up In The Air, however, as it only went home with best screenplay. There is a sense though that it could appeal more to Academy voters. 

The Avatar team celebrate their success

Jeff Bridges is looking like an Oscar favourite after he won the Golden Globe for his performance as a country singer in Crazy Heart. Sandra Bullock took the best actress in a drama gong for The Blind Side. 

Meryl Streep was named best actress in a musical or comedy for Julie and Julia. Pretty much because she’s Meryl Streep. Accepting her award, she said: ‘In my long career I’ve played so many extraordinary women I’m being mistaken for one.’ 

As expected, Christoph Waltz took best supporting actor honours for Inglourious Basterds. He is almost as hot a favourite as the late Heath Ledger was for the Oscars in the same category last year. Robert Downey Jr took home the best comedy actor award for Sherlock Holmes. 


Best Picture – Drama: Avatar 

Best Director: James Cameron, Avatar  

Best Actress in a Drama: Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side 

Best Actor in a Drama: Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart 

Best Picture – Musical or Comedy: The Hangover 

Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy: Meryl Streep, Julie and Julia 

Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy: Robert Downey Jr, Sherlock Holmes 

Best Supporting Actress: Mo-Nique, Precious 

Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, Inglorious Basterds 

Best Screenplay: Up In The Air 

Best Animated Film: Up 


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2 Responses to “News: James Cameron and Avatar take top Golden Globes”

  1. I would have liked to see The Hurt Locker awarded. Never mind. I thought the best part of the whole evening was Ricky Gervais…the Mel Gibson link was classic. I also liked the penis/small hand joke – it’s just not something I expect to see at these formal occasions! Jim Cameron – as much as I love his work – brought it all back to earth when he went up there the second time and told everyone – all those rich and successful people – to pat each other on the back and congratulate themselves on how fantastic they are. Gervais’ ironic and self/Hollywood-deprecating humour was funnier because you can tell most of them didn’t like it. They much prefer Jim Cameron’s pat yourself on the back mentality!

  2. Ugh, the Globes. Avatar was good, but hell no was it the best drama all year. Serenity now…

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