"Atonement," "Sweeney Todd" win Golden Globes

Sun Jan 13, 2008 10:48pm EST
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By Bob Tourtellotte

BEVERLY HILLS, California (Reuters) - Film romance "Atonement" and movie musical "Sweeney Todd" claimed the top honors at the strike-plagued Golden Globe Awards on Sunday in a bare-bones news conference that lacked the usual Hollywood glamour.

"Atonement," a World War Two epic about two lovers torn apart by a family betrayal and the conflict in Europe, won the Golden Globe honor for best film drama, and claimed a second award for best original score.

"Sweeney Todd," which was based on the popular stage show about a vengeance-seeking barber, also won two of the most coveted awards -- best film musical and best actor in a musical for Johnny Depp, who starred as the barber.

In other film categories, Daniel Day-Lewis was named best actor in a drama for his portrayal of a hardscrabble oil prospector who gains enormous wealth in "There Will Be Blood," and fellow Briton Julie Christie was best dramatic actress playing an Alzheimer's disease sufferer in "Away From Her."

French actress Marion Cotillard won the Golden Globe as best actress in a movie musical for her role as legendary singer Edith Piaf in the subtitled biopic "La Vie En Rose."

The film awards given out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association are a key stop on the road to the world's leading film honors, the Oscars, but this year's gala dinner, which typically is a champagne-soaked affair with red carpet arrivals, was scaled way back due to the writers strike.

Some 10,500 Writers Guild members launched their walkout against the studios on November 5, throwing the TV season into disarray, derailing film productions and forcing several awards shows to change their formats.

WGA members threatened to picket the Globes, leaving nominees and presenters expected to boycott the ceremony rather than cross picket lines.   Continued...

<p>Actor Johnny Depp is seen in Hollywood in this December 5, 2007 file photograph. Depp won the Golden Globe Award as best actor in a comedy or musical film for his role "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" at the 65th annual Golden Globe Awards news conference at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California January 13, 2008. REUTERS/Fred Prouser/Files</p>