Lights dim over SA at Globes

AFTER receiving three nominations for the 67th Golden Globe Awards, locally made movieInvictus walked away empty handed.

The film, which features Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela and Matt Dammon as Francois Pienaar, had been expected to win an award at the prestigious Golden Globe Awards in California on Sunday.

Invictus, the story about how Mandela inspired the 1995 Rugby World Cup, had three nominations - for best actor in a motion picture, best performance by an actor in a supporting role and best director.

Another South African film, District 9 also failed to win an award. Featuring local stars such as Kenneth Nkosi, District 9 was nominated for best screenplay motion picture. The award went to Up In The Air.

A pair of box office sensations, Avatar and The Hangover, earned top film honours at the Golden Globe Awards in a ceremony that took on a sombre tone after the recent earthquake in Haiti.

Action adventure Avatar, whose 3-D effects have wowed critics and fans and helped it earn $1,6 billion (R11,8billion) at global box offices, claimed best film drama and top director for Titanic filmmaker James Cameron.

Sandra Bullock won the best performance by an actress in a motion picture for her role in Blind Side while Jeff Bridges took top honours for best actor.

Meryl Streep won her seventh Golden Globe for her role in Julie & Julia and Robert Downey Jnr was rewarded for his role in Sherlock Holmes.

But the awards seemed less on the minds of many Hollywood stars than the recent disaster in Haiti. Many stars wore yellow, blue and red ribbons to show their support for victims.