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Golden Globes 2012: The Winners' Reactions

69th Golden Globes Best Original Score Ludovic Bource - H 2012
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UPDATED: George Clooney, Kate Winslet, Steven Spielberg and Madonna sound off on their wins at the 69th annual event.

Winners for the 69th annual Golden Globe Awards were announced Sunday evening at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

PHOTOS: Golden Globes 2012 Red Carpet Arrivals

Jean Dujardin, director Michel Hazanavicius and the cast of The Artist (best comedy/musical, feature film) may have been the statuette holders, but the movie's dog got a lion's share of the attention backstage. Reporters wanted the dog to take a bow and wanted to know if the pooch would be attending the Oscars. (Hazanavicius said it was a little bit early to talk about the Oscars.) Dujardin, appeared to be a bit overwhelmed at his best actor (comedy) win even as THR as called him the George Clooney of France and asked him how he felt going up against Clooney, who won best actor (drama) and practically guaranteeing a showdown? "I am just a French actor who just arrive here," Dujardin said. "Let me first understand what this means" he added, looking at the award. He also admitted that the hardest aspect of the nearly-silent role was not to repeat emotions and not to overact. Hazanavicius paid tribute to the Weinsteins, saying the movie's makers went from thinking if they were going to get copies to the crew to thinking about awards. "We thought it was small movie for a festival, or something that critics could enjoy. Not a big movie," he said. -- Borys Kit

George Clooney (best actor, motion picture drama, & best feature film, drama, The Descendants) thinks Mitt Romney is "on the wrong side of history" on gay issues. The actor was asked what he thought of the Republican nominees and their stance on gay rights and although he said "I'm not much concerned until there's an actual nominee," he did single out Romney's views, saying what is playing out now is an extension of the civil rights movement. "[But] it's not an edge issue like it was in 2004 so that's a good sign," he said. Clooney named his two highlights of the evening: Seeing Sidney Poitier on stage and Jane Fonda in her dress. "My gosh!" he said. And while he and Brad Pitt are looking likely to be nominated for Oscars, don't look for any rivalries. "Brad is my friend and I've never felt competition with him," he said. "We don't wager, we don't bet, we just look at each other and slap each other on the back." Clooney was later joined by Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor and Jim Burke. Payne was asked if his Greek heritage has impacted his moviemaking and the filmmaker seemed hesitant to acknowledge any influence, although he did say if there was any, it was in giving him an outsider's view and humor. -- Borys Kit

Kate Winslet (actress, TV miniseries/movie) picked up her third Globe win -- her first for a small-screen work -- for HBO's period minseries Mildred Pierce, noting backstage that like her on-screen character whose pies were her signature dish, her take-away from the telepic was also food related. "I love to cook and all of the making of the chicken … that was all me," she said. "My take-home from Mildred for myself was I was taught to properly section off a chicken." Winslet also deflected questions about her desire to play Elizabeth Taylor -- with Lindsay Lohan reportedly in talks to play the big-screen icon in a Lifetime TV movie, joking with reporters that she's "not going to go there; that's the hot zone, I think." As for other roles she'd like to play, the Oscar winner noted she'd like to play a man, noting that "would be the ultimate challenge. -- Lesley Goldberg

STORY: Golden Globe Award Winners Announced

Steven Spielberg (animated film), who may have upended the best animation Oscar race with his win for The Adventures of Tintin, extolled the virtues of motion capture, which he used to make the film. He called it a malleable art form, saying "you finally get to sit behind the wheel of your own car and not have the driving teacher next to you." He gave major props to Robert Zemeckis, whose own film such as Beowulf and A Christmas Carol have been seen as expensive critical and box office failures, for trying to push it to the fore. "Bob is the Thomas Edison of the medium. He invented this, and I can see why. It gives you such flexibility," Spielberg said. Touching on the idea of trying to have a message in movies, he said, "It's not important to look for relevancy when you're trying to entertain people; relevancy will come," he said. He called Tintin a "friendship story," comparing it to "a buddy movie, like a Bing Crosby-Bob Hope movie." -- Borys Kit

Meryl Streep (actress, motion picture drama) admitted she had a reductive view of Margaret Thatcher when she initially took on the role of the first female prime minister of England in The Iron Lady because the politician was so unlike herself in her views. "We [tend to] turn them into something more than human and less than human at the same time," she said. "It was interesting to look at the human being behind the headline and imagine to look at a life so huge and controversial and ground-breaking in the winter of a life, and to have a compassionate view with someone I disagree." Streep declined to name another real-life person she wanted to portray not because she isn't interested in that kind of role but because she's attracted to story, not a person. "If the story is interesting, it doesn't matter if it's a waitress or a queen. I'm  happy to play people with challenges. I'm happy to keep working." -- Borys Kit

Octavia Spencer (supporting actress, drama) told reporters that stories such as those seen in The Help are essential to be told, even if they may be in fictional form. "It's a very important part of our history. And while the characters are fictitious, the narrative is part of our fabric. It's important to keep the next generation abreast of how afar we've come." And she added that the characters in the movie and the book "represents scores of people and how can we not pay homage to them?" -- Borys Kit

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Madonna (best original song, W.E.'s "Masterpiece") sent the press room into a frenzy when she entered the room to answer reporters' questions. Questions ranged from the scintillating - Is she still doing pilates? ("I'm not doing pilates anymore, I¹m just dancing -- the best thing for your bum is dancing.") -- to a little bit dishy: How does it feel to beat Elton John? ("I hope he speaks to me for the next couple of years. He's been known to not speak to me. He'll win for another award. I don¹t feel bad.") -- Borys Kit

Michelle Williams (actress, motion picture comedy or musical) said she was never alone when working making My Week with Marilyn. "Everybody from my family to the driver listened to hours of vocal warm-up in the car," she said. Marilyn Monroe never won a Globe for The Prince and the Showgirl, the movie at the center of My Week, and Williams said she had a "tremendous fondness" for that performance. "The film meanders a bit -- she is surrounded by a stodgy style, but she is luminous and she is in the moment. Her comic touch was her greatest touch," said Williams. -- Borys Kit

Claire Danes (actress, TV drama, Showtime’s Homeland) told reporters: "I think the older I get the greater responsibility I feel about being a citizen and being an American. I pretend to be this person more than anything else. We should all be very greatful that I'm not in homeland security because we would not be so secure. Carrie is much better at that than I am." --Lesley Goldberg

Laura Dern (actress, TV comedy) won her third Golden Globe after five nominations for HBO's comedy Enlightened. "It was fun and a bit scary to explode in the emotion of rage," she told reporters backstage. "[That] was the greatest challenge and the most fun." While the uneven character isn't based on anyone specifically, the actress joked that if she were to draw on anyone with mental health issues, it would be "a number of people and they would all be in this room tonight," she said to laughs. -- Borys Kit

PHOTOS: Golden Globe Awards: The Nominees

Peter Dinklage (supporting actor, drama TV series) told reporters that he hopes the win gives fantasy dramas more credibility. "Hopefully it will give that genre a little bit more respect," he said. Based on the best-selling series by author George R.R. Martin, Dinklage credited the willingness of the series to take risks adds to Game of Thrones' addictive nature. "You never know what's going to happen when you kill the protagonist," he said, referencing the death of Sean Bean's Eddard Stark in the penultimate episode of Season 1. "That's really smart narrative. … You've got to push the envelope and challenge expectations and ideas of what's going to happen next. That adds to the addiction of the show -- you never know what's around the corner." -- Lesley Goldberg

Christopher Plummer (supporting actor, feature film) said his on-screen apology to his fellow nominees for winning in the best supporting category was "humor." Then he added, "I always like to salute my competitors. No one of us is better than the other. It's just that someone has to win. I admire everyone of them," he elaborated. Plummer plays a gay character in his film Beginners, and when asked if he had anything to say to the small crowd of anti-gay protestors outside the Beverly Hilton Hotel, he said "Gay characters are human beings. We are exactly the same. Gays have been part of our society since the Egyptians, the Greeks. They are part of the human condition." -- Borys Kit

Modern Family (TV comedy) star Julie Bowen noted the positive feedback about the show's gay couple they've received from all corners of the world, when reporters asked the show's stars about the anti-gay protests going on oustide of the event. "I come from a long line of straight, white Republicans who don't like people like this," she said, motioning to the openly gay Jesse Tyler Ferguson. "But even they like this show. In country clubs all across America, the doors are cracking open." -- Lesley Goldberg

Morgan Freeman (Cecil B. Demille Award) told reporters backstage: "When I was growing up, and I think it's still true, one the more effective avenues for learning American history is movies. I was always a big reader but movies are so much more impacting. And I would like to think that because of the trajectory of my career that I may have had a little input in some of America¹s history and some of the changes that have taken place." --Borys Kit

Jessica Lange (supporting actress, drama or miniseries) said the hardest part of working on American Horror Story wasn't the dark themes and horror but the long monologues, which she often got as little as 12 hours before she was required to film -- and her character's hairdo. "The hairdo really tested my patience," she said to laughs. "The final monologue I had in last episode was something I had to nail down in an incredibly short period of time," she said. "To me, that's more important than any of physical things." --Lesley Goldeberg

Matt LeBlanc (actor, TV comedy) said backstage, “when you don't win, you always say it's nice to be nominated.” The Episodes actor, who was nominated four times for his role as Joey on Friends, said the Showtime comedy has a similar feel to the long-running NBC series that made him a star. “Friends was an awesome experience and this has a similar feel. I really can't say enough about the writing on the show. I really learned my lesson when I did the spinoff [NBC’s short-lived Joey]; it wasn't the same,” he said, shooting down the option of a Friends feature film. “Now, I have good writing and direction again and that makes all the difference in the world.” -- Lesley Goldberg