Last night's red carpet showed recession chic is not in style yet. The women were gorgeous in long gowns that steered clear of over the top but were not too simple either.
Slumdog Millionaire was the big winner of the night. A.R. Rahman took best original score against Clint Eastwood; Simon Beaufoy snagged best screenplay for his adaptation of Vikas Swarup’s Q&A; and Danny Boyle took home the honour of best director.
Kate Winslet was the other big winner of the night taking home statues for both her nominations: best supporting actress in The Reader and best actress in Revolutionary Road.
The two most anticipated and predicted categories of the night were both male. As expected, Heath Ledger was posthumously awarded best supporting actor for his role as The Joker in The Dark Night. After a standing ovation, director Chris Nolan accepted the award on Ledger's behalf. "All of us who worked with Heath on The Dark Night accept this with an awful mixture of sadness, but incredible pride." While Nolan said Ledger's passing represented "a hole ripped in the history of cinema," he also noted "the incredible place in the history of cinema that he built for himself." Nolan ended his remarks by saying, "He will be eternally missed, but he will never be forgotten."
The other expected hopeful was awarded, as best actor went to Mickey Rourke for his outstanding performance in The Wrestler. And although the actor's attire was a little unconventional, his acceptance speech was traditionally heartfelt. Bruce Springsteen also took best original song for “The Wrestler.”
The complete list of film winners for the 66th annual Golden Globe Awards:
Best actor, drama
Leonardo DiCaprio, "Revolutionary Road"
Frank Langella, "Frost/Nixon"
Sean Penn, "Milk"
Brad Pitt, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
Mickey Rourke, "The Wrestler" (Winner)
Best actress, drama
Anne Hathaway, "Rachel Getting Married"
Angelina Jolie, "Changeling"
Meryl Streep, "Doubt"
Kristin Scott Thomas, "I've Loved You So Long"
Kate Winslet, "Revolutionary Road" (Winner)
Best actor, musical or comedy
Javier Bardem, "Vicky Cristina Barcelona"
Colin Farrell, "In Bruges" (Winner)
James Franco, "Pineapple Express"
Brendan Gleeson, "In Bruges"
Dustin Hoffman, "Last Chance Harvey"
Best actress in a musical or comedy
Kristen Bell, "Forgetting Sarah Marshall"
Sally Hawkins, "Happy-Go-Lucky" (Winner)
Frances McDormand, "Burn After Reading"
Meryl Streep, "Mamma Mia!"
Emma Thompson, "Last Chance Harvey"
Best supporting actor in a motion picture
Tom Cruise, "Tropic Thunder"
Robert Downey Jr., "Tropic Thunder"
Ralph Fiennes, "The Duchess"
Philip Seymour Hoffman, "Doubt"
Heath Ledger, "The Dark Knight" (Winner)
Best director, motion picture
Danny Boyle, "Slumdog Millionaire" (Winner)
Stephen Daldry, "The Reader"
David Fincher, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
Ron Howard, "Frost/Nixon"
Sam Mendes, "Revolutionary Road
Best screenplay, motion picture
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," Eric Roth, Robin Swicord
"Doubt," John Patrick Shanley
"Frost/Nixon," Peter Morgan
"The Reader," David Hare
"Slumdog Millionaire," Simon Beaufoy (Winner)
Best original song, motion picture
"Bolt" ("I Thought I Lost You")
"Cadillac Records" ("Once in a Lifetime")
"Gran Torino" ("Gran Torino")
"WALL-E" ("Down to Earth")
"The Wrestler" ("The Wrestler") (Winner)
Best original score, motion picture
"Changeling," Clint Eastwood
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," Alexandre Desplat
"Defiance," James Newton Howard
"Frost/Nixon," Hans Zimmer
"Slumdog Millionaire," A.R. Rahman (Winner)
Best animated film
"Kung Fu Panda"
Best foreign-language film
"The Baader Meinhof Complex"
"Maria Larssons eviga ogonblick"
"I've Loved You So Long"
"Waltz With Bashir" (Winner)