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2008 Golden Globes Best Motion Picture - Drama winner is Atonement

14 January, 2008

The winners of the 65th Annual Golden Globes awards was announced on January 13, 2008 at the Beverly Hilton Press Conference.

The winner of the Best Motion Picture - Drama is:

Atonement: Working Title Films Limited; Focus Features

Atonement, directed by Joe Wright, is based on the novel Atonement by Ian McEwan. The movie stars Keira Knightley and James McAvoy. The screenplay was writen by Christopher Hampton. Atonement is the story of a young writer, Briona Tellis, who has a crush on her housekeeper's son, Robbie Turner (McEwan), who is turn in love with her sister Cecilia (Knightey). Because of her envy and misunderstandings, she accuses Robbie of a serious crime he did not commit. The drama unfolds, as that one act has catastrophic results for all of them.

The nominations in the category of Best Motion Picture - Drama were:

1) American Gangster: Imagine Entertainment/Scott Free Productions; Universal Pictures

American Gangster is directed by Ridley Scott and stars Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe. The crime flick revolves around a drugs gangster Frank Lucas (Washington) and Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe) a detective who takes on Lucas. The movie is written by Steve Zaillian. American Gangster was a huge hit at the box office and with the critics.

2) Eastern Promises: Kudos Pictures/Serendipity Point Films; Focus Features

Eastern Promises is a thriller, with the tagline every sin leaves a mark, directed by David Cronenberg, starring Viggo Mortenson and Naomi Watts, and Vincent Cassel. The screenplay was written by Steve Knight and the music was composed by Howard Shore.

3) The Great Debaters: Harpo Films; The Weinstein Company/MGM The Great Debaters

The Great Debaters is directed by Denzel Washington. The cast includes Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Kimberly Elise, Denzel Whitaker, Nate Parker, Gina Ravera, and Jurnee Smollett. The film is based on the real-life story of Melvin B. Tolson, a debate coach at a black college who wants his team to participate in debates restricted to whites alone.

4) Michael Clayton: Samuels Media and Castle Rock Entertainment a Mirage Enterprises/Section 8 Production; Warner Bros. Pictures

Michael Clayton is a law thriller starring George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson, and Tilda Swinton. The dramatic thriller is written and directed by Tony Gilroy.

5) No Country For Old Men: A Scott Rudin/Mike Zoss Production; Miramax Films/Paramount Vantage

No Country for Old Men is written, directed, and produced by Joel and Ethan Coen. The drama thriller is based on the novel of the same name by Cormac McCarthy. The film stars Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, and Javier Bardem.

6) There Will Be Blood: A Joanne Sellar/Ghoulardi Film Company Production; Paramount Vantage/Miramax Films

There will Be Blood is written, produced and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. The movie, starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Dano, is based on the book Oil! by Upton Sinclair.





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