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Tracking Golden Globe Winners on Home Video

12 Jan, 2009 By: John Latchem

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The Golden Globes covering 2008, handed out Jan. 11 by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, will not go down as an attempt to spread the wealth. Only a scant few movies and TV shows took home awards, with fewer still available on DVD or Blu-ray Disc.

Slumdog Millionaire, not yet announced for a home video release, won the lion’s share of praise, but a selection of films already on DVD earned their share of awards as well.

As expected by many, Heath Ledger won a posthumous best supporting actor award for his turn as The Joker in Warner’s The Dark Knight. It was the only Golden Globe nomination for the film, though the blockbuster Batman sequel is expected to fare better at other awards ceremonies, having been named as a finalist to the AFI Top 10, the Directors Guild award and the Writers Guild award for best adapted screenplay.

Best animated film went to Wall-E, on disc from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.

Best musical or comedy film went to Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona, on DVD and Blu-ray from Genius Products and The Weinstein Co. Also in the musical/comedy category, Colin Farrell won best actor for Universal’s In Bruges, while Sally Hawkins won best actress for Happy-Go-Lucky (to be released on DVD March 10 by Disney/Miramax).

In the TV category, the awards went to five contenders available for home video purchase.

Best dramatic TV series went to Lionsgate’s “Mad Men.” Best TV comedy series went to NBC Universal’s “30 Rock,” which also swept best actor and actress for Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey, respectively.

The HBO miniseries John Adams continued its award-season momentum, winning for best miniseries or TV movie, best actor for Paul Giamatti, best actress for Laura Linney, and best supporting actor for Tom Wilkinson. HBO’s TV movie Recount won best TV supporting actress for Laura Dern.

The only winner not yet out on home video is “In Treatment,” which won best TV drama actor for Gabriel Byrne. HBO Home Entertainment releases the first season March 24 (prebook Feb. 17) on DVD.

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