George Clooney also won a statuette for his performance in the Alexander Payne film.
By Amy Wilkinson
No tissues were necessary for the cast and crew of weepy drama "The Descendants." The Alexander Payne-written and -directed film took home the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Drama, beating out star George Clooney's other film "The Ides of March," along with "The Help," "Hugo," "Moneyball" and "War Horse."
"We had an extraordinary ensemble cast of young and older actors, veterans and newcomers, but our quarterback was George Clooney," said producer Jim Burke during his acceptance speech. "Besides giving a career-best performance, in my mind, he was a generous actor who helped everyone do his best. So thank you very much, George. And if this movie becomes a timeless movie, which I feel like it will be to me, I feel like it's because of our filmmaker and friend, Alexander Payne."
"The Descendants" received five noms from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, including Best Performance by an Actress (Shailene Woodley), Best Director (Alexander Payne), Best Screenplay (Nat Faxon, Alexander Payne and Jim Rash) and Best Performance by an Actor, which Clooney won. Clooney also paid tribute to Payne in his acceptance speech, saying, "Thank you very much to Alexander Payne, who makes wonderful films and is a great friend."
The flick, about a widowed land baron (Clooney) who's forced to reconnect with his young daughters, has racked up plenty of awards-season buzz (and was among MTV's top 10 films of 2011). The film earned seven nominations and won Best Actor for Clooney at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards on January 12.
The nods at tonight's Golden Globes could be a harbinger for things to come, as the Academy Award nominations will be announced January 24.