It was a low-key atmosphere at the Golden Globes in place of the usual red-carpet chaos – the Hollywood screenwriters’ strike meant a news conference was held instead to announce the winners.
The Golden Globes are a key stop on the road to the world’s leading film honours, the Oscars. But this year the stars stayed away and the gala dinner was drastically scaled back.
As expected, British romantic drama “Atonement” starring Keira Knightley and James McAvoy, won best film.
Other winners included Daniel Day-Lewis who took the best actor award for “There Will be Blood” and Julie Christie for her portrayal of a woman with Alzheimer’s in “Away from Her”.
While the compelling french drama “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” won best foreign film.
On Friday, the writers announced they would not picket the news conference after it was decided that the event, which had been scheduled to appear as an exclusive NBC broadcast, would be made available to all media.
But that did not stop production crew workers protesting outside the Hollywood hotel calling for an end to the 71-day strike that has brought many films and TV shows to a halt.