Golden Globes / Britain's disappointing night as long list of stars misses out
Britain's disappointing night as long list of stars misses out
Jacqueline Bisset is the sole British female winner, with Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave another solitary success
The Guardian, Monday 13 January 2014
The Golden Globe award to 12 Years A Slave for best movie drama provided a much-needed boost for Britain, after a number of leading actors and actresses missed out on wins despite nominations.
Steve McQueen's hit film starring Chiwetel Ejiofor will be widely tipped for Oscar success after its triumph at the glitzy ceremony in Beverley Hills.
It saw off competition from Captain Phillips, Gravity, Philomena and Rush to become a rare success story for Britain.
Idris Elba and Chiwetel Ejiofor had been tipped for the most success, going head-to-head with each other for two gongs before both losing out.
Elba was nominated for best actor in a motion picture for his performance as Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom and best actor in a mini-series or TV movie category for his role as the troubled detective in the BBC's Luther.
Ejiofor was nominated in the same category for another BBC drama – Dancing On The Edge – while his role in McQueen's epic 12 Years A Slave got him a nod for best actor in a motion picture. That award went instead to Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club.
McQueen lost out on the battle for best director to Alfonso Cuaron and his space adventure Gravity.
Jacqueline Bisset was Britain's only woman to triumph, winning best supporting actress in a series, mini-series or movie for Dancing On The Edge, beating fellow Brit and White Queen star Janet McTeer.
The nominees for best actress in a motion picture drama read like a roll call of UK acting talent, with nods for Emma Thompson in Saving Mr Banks, Kate Winslet in Labor Day and Dame Judi Dench for Philomena.
But they were all left behind as Cate Blanchett took home the gong for her role in Blue Jasmine.
Helena Bonham-Carter also missed out after being nominated for best actress in a mini-series for her starring role in the BBC Four TV film Burton And Taylor.
Writers Jeff Pope and Steve Coogan watched on as their hit film Philomena lost out to futuristic romance Her, written by Spike Jonze, in the best screenplay category.
Nominee Christian Bale was left empty handed after Leonardo DiCaprio took home the Golden Globe for best actor in a comedy or musical for The Wolf Of Wall Street.
Bale was shortlisted for his starring role as conman Irving Rosenfeld in American Hustle.
Blue Jasmine star Sally Hawkins lost out in the best supporting actress category to Jennifer Lawrence, who collected the award for her role in American Hustle.
U2 and Danger Mouse won the award for best original song for Ordinary Love, in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom – the band's first recording since 2010.
That meant Coldplay missed out with their chart hit Atlas for the US blockbuster Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
Despite its latest series breaking audience records on the other side of the pond, ITV's Downton Abbey failed to win best TV series drama after coming up against Breaking Bad.