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Golden Globes: One Small Step for Kate Winslet, One Giant Leap for Adaptations

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As much fun as it was to read along while Twitter users live-blogged the Golden Globes, there were a few moments of the broadcast that were actually worth watching on TV, especially with regard to adapted works.

Kate Winslet captured a Best Actress award for the title role in HBO's Mildred Pierce miniseries. Between her Golden Globe and Joan Crawford's Oscar statuette, it seems there's something magical about the role. I'm sure Willow Smith will fare just as well in "Mildred Fierce: A Hip-Hopera" in 2037. Sadly, Evan Rachel Wood lost the supporting actress statuette to Jessica Lange, and based on what I saw in "Titus," I'd advise against trying to take it away from her. Over in the motion picture category, however, Octavia Spencer snagged one for herself (as generally predicted) thanks to her performance in "The Help."

On the men's side, Peter Dinklage got the gold for his supporting role in the "Game of Thrones" adaptation of George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series, and George Clooney reigned over the big awards in his category, bringing home best actor and best picture (dramatic) for "The Descendants" (and used his speech mainly to pique everyone's curiosity about Michael Fassbender's anatomy). Of course, that's really a win for Kaui Hart Hemmings, who wrote the book that theĀ  film was based on.

Shut out entirely were adaptations of We Need to Talk About Kevin, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and A Dangerous Method. There's still a chance that these films and more will pull a sneak attack when Oscar nominations are announced later this month.