'Avatar' declared best film at the Golden Globe awards

Last Updated 18 January 2010, 07:14 IST

The 3-D epic, directed by James Cameron, already the second highest-grossing picture of all time after Titanic, edged past the likes of The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, and Precious and Up in the Air to win the Best Motion Picture- Drama award at the Golden Globe announced here today.

Director James Cameron also won the best director award. Cameron also beat competition from Kathryn Bigelow–The Hurt Locker, Clint Eastwood–Invictus, Jason Reitman-Up In The Air and Quentin Tarantino– Inglourious Basterds to win his second Golden Globe as a director after 'Titanic' in 1997.

"A very big thank you. Thank you for believing in blue people. I also want to thank the fabulous crew that made this film possible," said producer Jon Landau.

The film that has till now grossed over $1.3 billion at the international box office,  stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez and Stephen Lang. The award was given by three time Golden Globe winner actress Julia Roberts.

Sandra Bullock, 45, who portrayed an interior designer in The Blind Side won the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama beating the likes of Helen Mirren–The Last Station, Emily Blunt–The Young Victoria, Carey Mulligan–An Education and Gabourey Sidibe–Precious.

Jeff Bridges won the Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama award for playing the role of Bad Blake, a down-and-out country music singer and songwriter.
The 60-year-old actor edged past George Clooney–Up In The Air, Colin Firth – A Single Man, Morgan Freeman–Invictus and Tobey Maguire–Brothers to earn the honour.

Other major winners included veteran actress Meryl Streep who won for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture-Comedy Or Musical. Streep was also nominated in the same category for her performance in 'It's Complicated'.

Hollywood hunk Robert Downey Jr who portrayed detective Sherlock Holmes in Guy Ritchie's 'Sherlock Holmes' was awarded the Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture-Comedy Or Musical.

The Golden Globe Awards are chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
Others, who walked away with the coveted award included the 'Best Motion Picture-Comedy Or Musical' award for 'The Hangover', a screwball comedy film directed by Todd Phillips.

Oscar-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese was awarded the Golden Globes Cecil B. DeMille Award for his "outstanding contribution to the entertainment field."

(Published 18 January 2010, 04:27 IST)

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