2009 Golden Globe Winners - Slumdog Millionaire Triumphs!

January 11, 2009

Golden Globe Awards

The winners of the 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards, the precursor to the Oscars, were announced tonight at an extravagant ceremony held at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills. Thankfully the results this year weren't as big of an upset as last year, with Slumdog Millionaire taking the top prize as Best Drama as well as winning awards for Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Original Score as well. As for the ceremony itself, it was a definite improvement over the 30-minute press conference from last year, but was still a vast step down from the Oscars. Try again next year, HFPA! Read on for the full list.

Personally, I'm thrilled to see Slumdog Millionaire triumph at the Globes. It's such a wonderful film and this means it now might have a really good chance at winning Best Picture at the Oscars in February. The full list of nominees and winners can be found below. Winners are highlighted in BOLD.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Revolutionary Road
The Reader
Winner! Slumdog Millionaire

Leonardo DiCaprio - Revolutionary Road
Frank Langella - Frost/Nixon
Sean Penn - Milk
Brad Pitt - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Winner! Mickey Rourke - The Wrestler

Angelina Jolie - Changeling
Anne Hathaway - Rachel Getting Married
Meryl Streep - Doubt
Kristin Scott Thomas - I've Loved You So Long
Winner! Kate Winslet - Revolutionary Road

Mamma Mia!
Winner! Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Burn After Reading
In Bruges

Javier Bardem - Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Winner! Colin Farrell - In Bruges
James Franco - Pineapple Express
Dustin Hoffman - Last Chance Harvey
Brendan Gleeson - In Bruges

Winner! Sally Hawkins - Happy-Go-Lucky
Frances McDormand - Burn After Reading
Meryl Streep - Mamma Mia!
Emma Thompson - Last Chance Harvey
Rebecca Hall - Vicky Cristina Barcelona

I've Loved You So Long
Winner! Waltz with Bashir
The Baader Meinhof Complex
Everlasting Moments

Winner! Wall-E
Kung Fu Panda

Tom Cruise - Tropic Thunder
Robert Downey Jr. - Tropic Thunder
Philip Seymour Hoffman - Doubt
Winner! Heath Ledger - The Dark Knight
Ralph Fiennes - The Duchess

Amy Adams - Doubt
Penelope Cruz - Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Viola Davis - Doubt
Marisa Tomei - The Wrestler
Winner! Kate Winslet - The Reader

David Fincher - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Winner! Danny Boyle - Slumdog Millionaire
Stephen Daldry - The Reader
Ron Howard - Frost/Nixon
Sam Mendes - Revolutionary Road

Winner! Simon Beaufoy - Slumdog Millionaire
David Hare - The Reader
Peter Morgan - Frost/Nixon
Eric Roth - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
John Patrick Shanley - Doubt

James Newton Howard - Defiance
Alexandre Desplat - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Winner! A.R. Rahman - Slumdog Millionaire
Hans Zimmer - Frost/Nixon
Clint Eastwood - Changeling

"Down to Earth" by Peter Gabriel / Thomas Newman - Wall-E
"Gran Torino" by Clint Eastwood / Kyle Eastwood - Gran Torino
"I Thought I'd Lost You" by Miley Cyrus - Bolt
"Once in a Lifetime" by Beyoncé Knowles - Cadillac Records
Winner! "The Wrestler" by Bruce Springsteen - The Wrestler

Are these results an indication of what's going to happen at the Oscars in February? Last year they really had no impact on the Academy's choices, so I doubt it'll be any different this year. Stay tuned for the Oscar nominations on Thursday, January 22nd. And let us know your thoughts on this year's winners!

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Reader Feedback - 46 Comments


no dark knight! only joker damn... I really hope those movies are as impressing as TDK or ill be pissed.

Galethog on Jan 11, 2009


Vicky Cristina Barcelona was the real upset of the night. I think everyone was shocked. Not that it doesn't deserve it.

Itri on Jan 11, 2009


#1- You haven't seen any of them? I would hope that most of the readers on this site would've seen enough of these but yes, those movies are all very good (the only one I liked less then TDK was Rev. Road). C'mon film fans, get your game up! And Alex, no shit this would be an improvement over last year's press conference. In a sense it was worse than any GG in history due to the writer's strike. Darren Aronofsky giving Mickey Rourke a humorous middle finger was the highlight.

BahHumbug on Jan 11, 2009


#2- The comedy category was a bit of an oddball grouping. I was thinking In Bruges or Burn would win. I'm really happy Farrell actually got a Globe. His performance wasn't as surprising as Downey Jr. and Rourke but I'm happy to see a fellow druggy give a good job.

BahHumbug on Jan 11, 2009


think realistically the only award it is gonna win possibly is the award for heath and nothing else come Oscar time i am so glad mickey one he deserved it and man i really have to see slumdog i have heard great things and winning 4 gold globes even peaks my interest even more

nelson on Jan 11, 2009


I don't know how In Bruges lost to Vicky Barcelona, and i was rooting for Duchovny and Californication, but aside from that i thought it was a pretty fair awards ceremony. I thought David Fincher did a more interesting work behind the camera, but you know, Danny did a wonderful job too. Some people say Meryl Streep should've won for Doubt, but i haven't seen it.

Darunia on Jan 11, 2009


In Bruges should have won best musical or comedy. other than that these were pretty solid winners. i felt Brendan Gleeson did better than Colin Farrel in In Bruges but that's okay. I'm very satisfied with Heath Ledger's win as well as Mickey Rourke's win.

Steven on Jan 11, 2009


And yeah highlight was the Mickey Rourke almost falling + Darren Aronofsky middle finger to me, that was funny. I liked when Tracy Morgan spoke for Tina Fey too.

Darunia on Jan 11, 2009


Aronofsky's middle finger was great.

BahHumbug on Jan 11, 2009


Hopefully the Golden Globes will not reflect what the Oscars are going to look like. Mickey Rourke definitely deserved that Globe and Deserves an Oscar as well. As for Kate Winslet she totally deserved the globe for Revolutionary Road that film is great. It was also nice to see Sally Hawkins win Best Actress for Happy Go Lucky.

Betterchill on Jan 11, 2009


As great as Mickey Rourke was in The Wrestler, I can't help but feel sad that Penn didn't get the globe. I am still routing for him in the Oscars though. And agreed to all the above with regards to In Bruges. I definitely deserved the Globe slightly more than Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Yay Colin for getting a nod! Yay Kate Winslet for sweeping the Actress awards! And YAY SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE for everything!!!! However, I agree with Alex, I don't think this reflects the Oscars one bit. I feel that The Dark Knight will get recognized there for a nom in Best Picture and Best Director. The Reader may not get as much love though. And who knows! Maybe even Wall-E will get a nom for best picture!

Hyacinth on Jan 11, 2009


Danny Boyle is the best of the contemporary directors. I'm so glad he finally is going to get some wider reception to his films! Sunshine was amazing, Slumdog Millionaire was spectacular!

LINKFX on Jan 11, 2009


Colin Farrell got it for actor in a comedy... nice i agree with all the choices except for original song which i would give to grand torino

Janny on Jan 11, 2009


Sacha Baren Cohen, Seth Rogaine and Rainn Wilso all stole the show, and i liked Colin Farrell's speech even though i didn't understand a word he was saying. i really hated it when 30 Rock swept the TV categories though, that show is not funny. it's witty, but its not arrested development. i wish gran torino and TDK would get some goddamn respect already!!!!!!

LeeMan on Jan 11, 2009


The song category is tough for me. The songs from Wall-E, The Wrestler, and Gran Torino should all win come Oscar time.

BahHumbug on Jan 11, 2009


The only people i know who think Penn should win over Mickey are gay. And don't give me crap for saying that, i was there for Brockeback Mountain, i wanted it to win, i thought Ang Lee Deserved it, and Heath Ledger would've been a fine choice for the award. But this time around, there's seriously some bias going on by the gay people. And TDK is winning no oscar for best movie, neither Nolan. It would be a travesty. Nothing new for the Oscars, but even they have limits.

Darunia on Jan 11, 2009


colin farrel? seriously?

harrison on Jan 11, 2009


Good show! So glad to see Heath Ledger and Mickey Rourke win! They truly deserved it! 🙂 ***Mickey Rourke's acceptance speech was classic and so was Darren Aronofsky's playful response!

Spider on Jan 11, 2009


#17- Have you not seen In Bruges? I'm not sure if you are one of the regular posters who will reply but you should see it.

BahHumbug on Jan 11, 2009


Waltz with Bashir = Best foreign Language Film. This has got to clinch it for a nomination in the animation category, and it will probably also be nominated for Foreign Language Film and Best Documentary. Bad. Ass. That film deserves a lot more attention than it's gotten.

Squiggly on Jan 11, 2009


This is Kate Winslet's first year of winning Golden Globes, right?? GO KATE WINSLET!! :DD

Susana on Jan 12, 2009


Seriously the song from Gran Torino for best song? NO WAY. I may agree that the words and the music to it are good but Eastwood singing it....omg...terrible. It's like listening to someone who just got punched in the stomach trying to sing a song. ugh. Wrestler's Bruce S. song should win.

Heckle on Jan 12, 2009


#22 It did win....

Darunia on Jan 12, 2009


Hooray Kate Winslet, I still can't believe this is her first Golden Globe Win? Thats outrageous.

KyB on Jan 12, 2009


I loved that Sally Hawkins won even though she was kind of a mess on stage. I do think this is somewhat indicative of what we will see at the Oscars or at least I think they will favor Slumdog too.

janet on Jan 12, 2009


Congrats Mickey! "In Bruges" should have one at least one more Award, was a brilliant fantastic film! And the Boss winning best song for the "Wrestler". Colin was great, but Tracy Morgan was classless, either drunk or trying to act like it. Horrible. All in all a good show, however Rogen was totally out of place, and blew all of his lines.

Tim "Cloverfield" on Jan 12, 2009


#22- Eastwood only sings the beginning. Do your homework.

BahHumbug on Jan 12, 2009


Im just surprised that many people dont even know half of the movies that were nominated at the Golden Globes, just shows you how much the Dark Knight tainted peoples minds; damn fanboys. Highlights for me was Kate winning and her speech, Mickeys whole speech from the tripping to the middle finger from the director. I enjoyed Steven getting an award! As far as Dark Knight winning Best Picture at the Oscars, i wouldnt care if it didnt win, i mean there were so many great films this year other than TDK <_<

Nikhil Hariharann on Jan 12, 2009


#14 God Please! Those were the WORST moments, in particular Seth Rogen, so far out of his element and can't even read his lines, just awful. Speilberg's segment was awesome, and with all of his haters, hopefully they ate their words. Mr. Roarke was great and Springsteen, kate and Sally Hawkins. Colin Farrel was really touched by this and In Bruges is such a great film. Hoolywood may not like Slum Dog as much as Milk. Just a prediction. Nolan's speech was just a terrific moment. It was a good night. ( except for Rogen)

D-9 on Jan 12, 2009


I'm apparently the only one who think so, but Slumdog Millionaire was completely overrated and completely predictable, and I hope its win here is not a sign of things to come. I'm completely baffled by the amount of praise its received. It wasn't bad, but it was entirely average and really pretty boring. And #12, are you out of your friggin' mind? Boyle isn't even close.

MW on Jan 12, 2009


Ugh, there's nothing more aggravating than someone who speaks as if they're the de facto encyclopedia on the entire subject of film. "Subjective" needs to be the word of the day for someone. *coughnumber30cough* Honestly, Slumdog was my favorite film of 2008. I felt more alive walking out of the theatre. And I just met Danny Boyle this past Friday at a screening of the film. He was AMAZING! He's an incredibly generous person. I walked up to him when he was alone and asked him whether I should go to film school or figure it out on my own. He spoke to me for the longest time - he was so encouraging and motivational and intense. Seriously, his face was about half a foot from mine and he didn't break eye contact once. If you get the chance to meet him or talk to him, don't pass it up. That being said, I'm really happy for him. He's finally getting the recognition he deserves. DANNY BOYLE, FTW.

Michelle on Jan 12, 2009


Slumdog Millionaire is quite possibly the most overrated movie of the year. It's a natural crowd-pleaser and not much else. Throw in an exotic Indian background (hey, people like culture to feel sophisticated), and you got a film that wins five Golden Globes.

Dan on Jan 12, 2009


hey dan slum dog deserves every things its getting right now ok see it to believe it and it won four ok go slum dog you are the top dog in the contest

alan on Jan 12, 2009


woo slumdog millionaire

Allen Sharpe on Jan 13, 2009


Slummy deserved it, it was the night of the underdogs (or slumdogs). Ben Button would've won had Slummy never existed. I mean, Rev. Road was annoying. Seeing Leo trying to convince you that he can really act is getting old (Basketball Diaries was the only deep thing he's ever done). Kate was boring too but I guess she was alright but I prefer Angie. Frost/Nixon was interesting but boring too, though I think Frank Langella deserved it. Reader was no magnum opus so it leaves it off to Slummy and Benny, two great movies that get you connected to the story. Slummy deserved it the most cuz it's story was way more interesting and intelligent than Benny's. I don't get why Vicky C. B. won best comedy, what a load of crap. It deserved an award in writing or something cuz I guess the screenplay was interesting but to win best comedy was too much. In Bruges was a hell of a lot better. It was between In Bruges and V. C. B. cuz the rest didn't stand a chance. Burn After Reading was pretty funny seeing all the bullshit that happened and John M. getting pissed is always priceless but not good enough. The Gran Torino song was better but I guess it didn't deserve to win since it lacked a professional singer. What a waste. I wish I could do coke with Mickey in the 80's too, he's the best. (Go Mickey! Hey Mickey!)

THE FOOL ON THE HILL on Jan 13, 2009


I saw Slumdog Millionaire today. Boyle has really done a good job with this movie. While the movie deals with the gory details of the underbelly of Mumbai, it doesnt really leave you with a sick feeling. The story feels like a commentary and at the end you just feel good about the whole movie. Very well done I must say. The music score by Rehman is amazing, the actors who played junior Jamal and Salim were the real stars. They were simply too good. Freida Pinto had just 15 mins of screen presence. I think she was overhyped.

Mumbai on Jan 17, 2009


Slumdog Millionaire" has it all, and I am sorely tempted to give it a 10/10

Pinky on Jan 27, 2009


"While the movie deals with the gory details of the underbelly of Mumbai, it doesnt really leave you with a sick feeling. The story feels like a commentary and at the end you just feel good about the whole movie." That's exactly my problem with Slumdog. It dangles the horrors before people's faces and then goes, "Oh, but everything worked out great for him! He's a millionaire and he got the girl. So now let's dance..." and all is good and great. This is why I think some people are so offended by this film. It's ridiculous. To those people, living in those conditions, that stuff is every day reality. This movie is highly overrated. A predictable plot, and no real chemistry between the leads in what is being touted as a "love story". Is this what passes for awards-fare these days? And what really upsets me is that this movie is getting so much praise for revealing the horrors of poverty stricken life in India. What about movies like Water? It had an optimistic ending too, but didn't get even half the recognition that Slumdog is getting. Madness. And on a sidenote, Benjamin Button got robbed.

Overrated on Jan 28, 2009


God i HATE Slumdog Millionaire, what makes this film so special? That it was directed by a white person? It's the same damn bollywood story over and over again. Really, why is this bollywood film, which is no different than the rest of them, so popular? #38, you took the words right out of my mouth, i totally agree with you.

TheSameDamnThing on Feb 22, 2009


'Slumdog Millionaire' deserves all the awards it won in Golden Globe Awards as the movie touched every one's heart and soul by bringing to light the struggle of the most ignored and under privileged section of a developing nation's society - the Slums. This is another example of how a well packaged documentary style film can be a commercial success if every one making it plays their role to the best of their ability. In a nut shell, team work, a rare story of real life problems and new but talented star cast were the ingredients of this dramatic extravaganza!

denver personal injury on Jun 11, 2009


"I'm apparently the only one who think so, but Slumdog Millionaire was completely overrated and completely predictable, and I hope its win here is not a sign of things to come. I'm completely baffled by the amount of praise its received. It wasn't bad, but it was entirely average and really pretty boring. And #12, are you out of your friggin' mind? Boyle isn't even close." You're not the only one, I want that slice of my life back.

las vegas golf vacations on Jul 14, 2009


Slumdog Millionaire is the best movie of the year for me:) It's a natural crowd-pleaser and not much else. Throw in an exotic Indian background (hey, people like culture to feel sophisticated), and you got a film that wins five Golden Globes. Cheers!

Boiler on Sep 7, 2009


If the film is good or not will never be answered, it's always a ping-pong discussion. But I think the exploitive component is what makes the constant awards it keeps winning an outrage. Here's my comment on this film:

Elmander on Oct 3, 2009


Go Go Slumdog. Now Hollywood can't look down indy movies anymore. LoL

social bookmarking on Nov 5, 2009


I didn't see this movie for a long time, but we finally rented it here just about a month ago. It was really a great movie and deserving of everything that it got!

picture to painting on Dec 8, 2009


Amazing how successful this movie was or is.

Paruresis on Jun 10, 2010

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