Clooney, Streep win acting Globes
George Clooney and Meryl Streep have picked up acting gongs at the 2012 Golden Globes.
The black-and-white silent film The Artist came away with the most prizes with three wins at the US awards night, but the show spread the love around among a broad range of films and TV shows.
Wins for The Artist included best musical or comedy and best actor in a musical or comedy for Jean Dujardin, while the family drama The Descendants claimed two awards, as best drama and dramatic actor for George Clooney.
Other acting winners were Meryl Streep, Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, and Octavia Spencer, while Martin Scorsese earned the directing honour.
Streep won for dramatic actress as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, her eighth win at the Globes.
Williams won for actress in a musical or comedy as Marilyn Monroe in My Week With Marilyn, 52 years after Monroe's win for the same prize at the Globes.
The supporting-acting Globes went to Plummer as an elderly widower who comes out as gay in Beginners and Spencer as a brassy housekeeper in The Help. Scorsese won for the Paris adventure Hugo.
Williams joked that her young daughter put up with bedtime stories for six months spoken in Monroe's voice. She said: "I consider myself a mother first and an actress second, so the person I most want to thank is my daughter."
The Artist, which led the Globes with six nominations, also won the musical-score prize for composer Ludovic Bource. Woody Allen won the screenplay honour for his romantic fantasy Midnight iIn Paris.
The prize for best animated film went to Steven Spielberg's The Adventures Of Tintin, while the Iranian drama A Separation was chosen as best foreign-language film. Madonna, Julie Frost and Jimmy Harry won the Globe for best song for Masterpiece from W.E.