Rumorbuster: Mirren's double Globe wins aren't a first
No, no, no, no — contrary to some wrongheaded sources over the past few days, Helen Mirren did not make Golden Globe history by becoming the first star to win kudos for acting on film and TV in the same year. Joan Plowright did so back in 1992, winning best supporting actress in film "Enchanted April" and best supporting TV actress for "Stalin."
In addition to tying Rosalind Russell as the biggest winner of film awards by a woman (five), Meryl Streep tied another Globe record, too. Back in 2003, remember, she won a trophy for appearing on TV in "Angels in America." That brings her total tally to six — the same number top champ Jack Nicholson has (his all for films).
Our forums poster "742" offers an interesting observation pertinent to "Babel's" solo win. Below is some trivia he posted at our message boards:
The following films won Best Motion Picture—Drama without winning any other awards: "Bugsy" (1991), "Rocky" (1976), "The Chapman Report" (1962), "Spartacus" (1960), "The Defiant Ones" (1958), "East of Eden" (1956), "The Robe" (1953), "A Place in the Sun" (1951)
Of those films, ONLY ONE went on to win the Best Picture Oscar ("Rocky"). In four cases, the Best Picture--Musical/Comedy Globe winner went on to win the Oscar:
1. "Chapman Report" wasn't nominated for Bet Pic - "Tom Jones" won the Oscar.
2. "Spartacus" wasn't nominated for Best Pic. "The Apartment" won the Oscar.
3. "The Defiant Ones" list Best Picture to "Gigi."
4. "A Place in the Sun" lost to "An American in Paris."
It might be just random, meaningless coincidence, but it might bode well for "Dreamgirls." Or maybe for "The Departed": "The Robe" and "Bugsy" ended up losing to dramatic films that lost the top Golden Globe.
Photos: Mirren reigned at the Globes as Queens Elizabeteh II and I.