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“Drive,” “Descendants” top Satellite Awards Sunday night – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell “The Descendants” and “Drive” sped away with the most wins at the Satellite Awards Sunday night, including Best Picture for Alexander Payne’s bittersweet drama and Best Director for Nicolas Winding Refn.

“Drive” actually topped “Descendants” on the evening, claiming four trophies including Best Actor for Ryan Gosling and Best Supporting Actor for Albert Brooks.

Elsewhere, Viola Davis won Best Actress honors for her role as a Southern housemaid in “The Help,” while Jessica Chastain (who appears alongside Davis in Tate Taylor’s drama) took home Best Supporting Actress honors for her work in Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life.” At this stage of the race, it appears like Chastain’s the one to beat in the Best Supporting Actress race … so long as voters can come to a consensus on which performance they’d like to honor.

As for “The Artist,” it grabbed one Satellite award, for Art and Production Design.

Here’s a complete list of the winners, handed out Sunday night in Beverly Hills:


Motion Picture: “The Descendants”

Actress in a Motion Picture: Viola Davis, “The Help”

Actor in a Motion Picture: Ryan Gosling, “Drive”

Actress in a Supporting Role: Jessica Chastain, “The Tree of Life”

Actor in a Supporting Role: Albert Brooks, “Drive”

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn, “Drive”

Screenplay, Original: “The Tree of Life,” Terrence Malick

Screenplay, Adapted: “The Descendants,” Alexander Payne, Jim Rash, Nax Faxon

Foreign Film: “Mysteries of Lisbon”

Motion Picture, Animated or Mixed Media: “The Adventures of Tintin”

Motion Picture, Documentary: “Senna”

Original Score: “Soul Surfer,” Marco Beltrani

Original Song: “Lay Down Your Head” from “Albert Nobbs,” Brian Byrne and Glenn Close

Cinematography: “War Horse,” Janusz Kaminski

Visual Effects: “Hugo,” Robert Legato

Film Editing: “The Guard,” Chris Gill

Sound (Editing and Mixing): “Drive,” Dave Patterson, Lon Bender, Robert Fernandez, Victor Ray Ennis

Art Direction & Production Design: “The Artist,” Gregory S. Hooper, Laurence Bennett

Costume Design: “Water for Elephants,” Jacqueline West


Best First Feature: Paddy Considine, “Tyrannosaur”

Best Ensemble: “The Help”

Outstanding Performance in a TV Series: Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story”

Mary Pickford Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Entertainment Industry: Mitzi Gaynor

Nikola Tesla Award in Recognition of Visionary Achivement in Filmmaking Technology: Douglas Trumbull

Auteur Award: Peter Bogdanovich

Humanitarian Award: Tim Hetherington (1970-2011)

Earlier this year, George Clooney accepted the Hollywood Actor Award at our Hollywood Film Awards for his work on “The Descendants.” Here’s his memorable acceptance speech. Could he give a similar address at the Oscars next year?

Awards Alley brings you the best Oscar coverage. Click below to read our exclusive interviews with:
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– The cast of “The Artist.”
Sir Ben Kingsley and Chloe Grace Moretz for “Hugo.”
Tilda Swinton for “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”
Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer for “The Help.”
Tate Taylor for “The Help.”
Gavin O’Connor for “Warrior.”
Gary Oldman and Colin Firth for “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”
Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody for “Young Adult.”
Steve McQueen for “Shame.”
Glenn Close for “Albert Nobbs.”
Seth Rogen and Will Reiser for “50/50.”

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