Los Angeles: The 69th Golden Globe Award this year had some starry names like George Clooney, Kate Winslet, Meryl Streep and Madonna landing major honours and 'The Descendants' taking home the Best Motion Picture prize.
   
As Clooney bagged the Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama award for his role in 'The Descendants', beating superstars like Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, Streep won the Best Performance by an Actress in the same category for her performance as Margaret Thatcher in 'The Iron Lady'.
   
'The Descendants' was nominated alongside 'The Help', 'Hugo', 'The Ides Of March', 'Moneyball' and 'War Horse'.
   
Queen of pop Madonna's track 'Masterpiece' from her directorial venture 'W.E.' proved to be one as she took home the Best Original Song - Motion Picture trophy for the track.
  
Veteran filmmaker Martin Scorsese clinched the Best Director - Motion Picture for his 'Hugo', while Woody Allen took home the Best Screenplay award for 'Midnight In Paris'.
   
Jean Dujardin was named the Best Actor in a Comedy Or Musical for his performance in 'The Artist', which was named the Best Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical.
   
The film was nominated alongwith '50/50', 'Bridesmaids', 'Midnight In Paris' and 'My Week With Marilyn', whose lead star Michelle Williams won in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical category.

Morgan Freeman honoured with DeMille award

Veteran actor Morgan Freeman has been presented with the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2012 Golden Globe Awards for his outstanding contribution to the world of entertainment.

The 74-year-old has acted in films like "The Shawshank Redemption", "Invictus", "Million Dollar Baby", "Deep Impact" and "Bruce Almighty" in his almost five decade-long career.

Freeman, who received a standing ovation from the Hollywood fraternity, was awarded by actor Sidney Poitier, who hailed him as "a prince in his profession". Actress Helen Mirren too came on to share the stage with Freeman, and playfully chided about how the actor has done over 50 films in his career, and did only one - "Red" - with her.

Born in Memphis, Freeman won a best actor Golden Globe in 1990 for "Driving Miss Daisy" and was nominated three more times for "The Shawshank Redemption", "Million Dollar Baby", for which he won an Oscar, and "Invictus".

The Cecil B. DeMille award winners are chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) board of directors and presented each year.

Best foreign language film


Iranian family drama “ A Separation” won the 69th Golden Globe Award for the best foreign language film.  Directed by Asghar Farhadi, the movie narrates the story of a married couple faced with a difficult decision to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's.

Best actor in TV series


 Kate Winslet and Peter Dinklage have received the Golden Globes award for the best performance in television miniseries. Winslet walked away with the best actress award in TV mini-series for "Mildred Pierce", beating Romola Garai for "The Hour", Diane Lane for Cinema Verite, Elizabeth McGovern for "Downton Abbey (Masterpiece)" and Emily Watson for "Appropriate Adult".

Dinklage won the award for "Game Of Thrones".

Best supporting actress


Octavia Spencer picked the best supporting actress trophy at the 69th Golden Globes award ceremony here for her role as a big-mouthed maid in "The Help". Her character in the movie, which details the African-American maid's point of view about the white families for which they work and the hardships they go through on a daily basis, was called Minny.

Best animated movie

Comic book-inspired "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of The Unicorn" bagged the best animated film trophy at the Golden Globes award ceremony here. The Steven Spielberg film narrates the story of reporter Tintin and Captain Haddock, who set off on a treasure hunt for a sunken ship commanded by Haddock's ancestor. The movie pipped other films in the category including "Arthur Christmas", "Cars 2", "Puss In Boots" and "Rango".

(Agencies)