Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Golden Brits; Home Talent Sweeps Board -Now Bring on the Oscars

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Golden Brits; Home Talent Sweeps Board -Now Bring on the Oscars

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Byline: ALEXA BARACAIA

BRITISH stars are today celebrating their biggest-ever haul of Golden Globes. Helen Mirren led the way with a best actress double for her film role in The Queen and her performance in the Channel 4 drama Elizabeth I.

Among the nine British award winners were Sacha Baron Cohen, best film comedy actor for Borat, and Hugh Laurie, 48, best actor in a TV drama for the second year running for his performance as a disgruntled consultant in House.

Also honoured were Jeremy Irons, Bill Nighy and Emily Blunt.

The Golden Globes are seen as a forerunner to the upcoming Oscars ceremony.

Dame Helen, 61, told last night's audience in Beverly Hills that her award belonged to Elizabeth II, "because I think you fell in love with her, not with me".

While The Queen missed out on best film to the Brad Pitt film Babel, it did win best screenplay for Peter Morgan.

Elizabeth I was best TV film, also winning 58-year-old Irons best supporting-actor for his role as the Earl of Leicester.

North London-born Cohen, 35, best comedy actor for his film Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan, made a crude joke about the "wrinkled Golden Globes" in the nude wrestling scene of his co-star, Ken Davitian, saying that after seeing them he thought: "I'd better win an award for this!"

Emily Blunt, 23, won the first internat ional gong of her career with a best supporting actress trophy for the BBC TV film Gideon's Daughter. Accepting her award, she said: "This is just, whew!" Bill Nighy, 58, also won his first Golden Globe, best TV actor, for his performance in the same drama.

In television, the American series Ugly Betty, now being shown on Channel 4, and produced by actress Salma Hayek,was best comedy.

Best actor in a cinema drama was Forest Whitaker, for his portrayal of Idi Amin in the British movie The Last King Of Scotland.

Other big winners were best musical Dreamgirls, with Jennifer Hudson scooping best supporting actress and Eddie Murphy taking best supporting actor.

Meryl Streep was best actress in a comedy for The Devil Wears Prada; Martin Scorsese won best director for The Depar ted and Clint Eastwood's Letters From Iwo Jima was best foreign * a n --guage film.

Crooner Michael Buble, whose British girlfriend Emily Blunt won best supporting actress for the BBC TV drama Gideon's Daughter, joked beforehand: "Whether she wins or not, I'm walking home with two Golden Globes, baby."

Hugh Grant and Jemima Khan were barely speaking after a row in the street, which we reported yesterday.

They arrived in the same car, but did not pose together on the red carpet.

Grant posed with his co-presenter Drew Barrymore.

Sienna Miller, 25, denied she's dating Leonardo DiCaprio, saying: "We're buddies from a while ago, but there's no truth to it. …

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