Golden Globes seen by almost 17 million viewers

By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — The Nielsen Co. says Sunday’s Golden Globes ceremony was seen by 16.8 million TV viewers. It beat all network competition in its time period but dipped slightly from last year’s audience for the film and TV awards show.

According to time zone-adjusted Nielsen “fast national” figures released Monday, the Globes finished within 1 percent of the 17 million viewers who tuned in to the 2011 broadcast.

Carried by NBC from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern time, the program aired live in every time zone. Some western markets also carried an encore telecast immediately following the live coverage.

British comedian-actor Ricky Gervais returned for his third go as host, lampooning many of the nominees, presenters and even the sponsoring Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Winners of the 69th annual Golden Globe Awards, announced Sunday in Beverly Hills, Calif.:

MOTION PICTURES

- Picture, Drama: “The Descendants.”

- Picture, Musical or Comedy: “The Artist.”

- Actor, Drama: George Clooney, “The Descendants.”

- Actress, Drama: Meryl Streep, “The Iron Lady.”

- Director: Martin Scorsese, “Hugo.”

- Actor, Musical or Comedy: Jean Dujardin, “The Artist.”

- Actress, Musical or Comedy: Michelle Williams, “My Week With Marilyn.”

- Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, “Beginners.”

- Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, “The Help.”

- Foreign Language: “A Separation.”

- Animated Film: “The Adventures of Tintin.”

- Screenplay: Woody Allen, “Midnight in Paris.”

- Original Score: Ludovic Bource, “The Artist.”

- Original Song: “Masterpiece” (music and lyrics by Madonna, Julie Frost, Jimmy Harry), “W.E.”

TELEVISION

- Series, Drama: “Homeland,” Showtime.

- Series, Musical or Comedy: “Modern Family,” ABC.

- Actor, Drama: Kelsey Grammer, “Boss.”

- Actress, Drama: Claire Danes, “Homeland.”

- Actress, Musical or Comedy: Laura Dern, “Enlightened.”

- Actor, Musical or Comedy: Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes.”

- Miniseries or Movie: “Downton Abbey (Masterpiece),” PBS.

- Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Kate Winslet, “Mildred Pierce.”

- Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Idris Elba, “Luther.”

- Supporting Actress, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story.”

- Supporting Actor, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones.”