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Globes Reward Royals, Dreamgirls, Babel

Royalty was the order of the night at the 64th Annual Golden Globes, with major honors going to The Queen, The Last King of Scotland and Prince.

Helen Mirren continued her reign over the 2007 awards season with a pair of wins for Best Actress in a Drama and Best Actress in a TV Miniseries for her respective roles as Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen and Queen Elizabeth I in Elizabeth I.

"Elizabeth I would have an amazing speech at this moment, wouldn't she? Thank you!" Mirren said. "And then she would get very humble, and then she'd be teary, and then she'd be powerful. I have nothing to say but thank you very much. I had an incredible role."

The Queen was also honored in the Best Screenplay category, while Elizabeth I was named Best TV Miniseries. Mirren's costar Jeremy Irons was named Best Actor in a TV Miniseries.

Adding to his already considerable Oscar buzz, Forest Whitaker was crowned Best Actor in a Drama for his imposing turn as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland.

"I want to thank...God and the ancestors that let me stand on their shoulders every day and guide me, whispering in my ear," Whitaker said, fighting tears.

An absent Prince was honored in the Best Original Song category early in the evening for "The Song of the Heart" from Happy Feet. When he failed to materialize to collect his prize, presenter Justin Timberlake accepted the award on his behalf. As it turned out, the Purple One had arrived late to the ceremony after getting stuck in traffic.

Titled types weren't the only standouts at Monday's Globes. Babel, which went into the awards with a leading seven nominations, was named Best Motion Picture, Drama, while Dreamgirls hit a high note with victories in three categories, including Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical. (Get the complete list of Golden Globe winners and check out our complete Globes coverage.)

Onetime American Idol reject Jennifer Hudson cemented her status as a bona fide movie star, winning Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture in recognition of her breakthrough role as Effie White.

"You do not know how much this does for my confidence, because of this, it makes me feel like I'm part of a community, and it makes me feel like I'm an actress," Hudson gushed upon accepting the award.

Perhaps inadvertently, Hudson neglected to thank her Dreamgirls costar Beyoncé Knowles in her speech, while expressing her gratitude to just about everyone else involved with the production.

It was only the first of a series of slights for Knowles, who was also shut out in both the Best Actress and Best Original Song categories.

Eddie Murphy, on the other hand, joined Hudson in the Dreamgirls winners' circle, picking up Best Supporting Actor for his role as soul singer James "Thunder" Early.

"Wow. I'll be damned," said Murphy, who was previously a three-time loser in the Best Actor category at the Globes. He went on to thank his director, Bill Condon, for "putting me in such a wonderful movie."

In one of the more entertaining acceptance speeches of the evening, Sacha Baron Cohen, who won Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical for Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, offered irreverent thanks to his costar, Kenneth Davitian, with whom he shared a naked wrestling scene in the film.

"When my 300-pound costar decided to sit on my face and squeeze the oxygen from my lungs, I was faced with a choice: death, or to breathe in the air that had been trapped in a small pocket between his buttocks for 30 years," Cohen recalled.

"If it was not for that rancid bubble, I would not be here today."

Cohen also offered his thanks to "every American who has not sued me so far."

Meryl Streep's chilly turn as an evil fashion editor in The Devil Wears Prada earned the veteran thesp her sixth Golden Globe of her lengthy career, to which she alluded in her acceptance speech.

"I think I've worked with everybody in this room," Streep joked.

Martin Scorsese won Best Director for The Departed, increasing speculation that this could be the year the five-time Oscar nominated helmer finally takes home an Academy Award.

Meanwhile, Disney-Pixar's latest 'toon, Cars, raced off with the inaugural Globe for Best Animated Feature.

The Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement was presented to Warren Beatty, following a lengthy montage of the actor-director's body of work.

"Something like this is enough really for a guy to go out and make another movie," Beatty, 70,  said as he accepted the award.

On the small-screen side, the Globes generally favored lesser known shows over proven hits.

It was a beautiful night for Ugly Betty, which was named Best TV Series, Comedy or Musical, while star America Ferrera walked away with Best Actress in a TV Comedy.

"Everything that I've ever accomplished in this life has been due to the strength and intelligence and will that you gave me, Mami," a weepy Ferrera said.

Kyra Sedgwick was named Best Actress in a TV Drama for her role on The Closer, while Alec Baldwin took home the award for Best Actor in a TV Comedy for his work on 30 Rock.

Though Grey's Anatomy stars Ellen Pompeo, Patrick Dempsey and Katherine Heigl were shut out in their respective acting categories, the medical series won the Globe for Best TV Drama. 

While the Golden Globes are not always the most accurate predictor of the films and actors Oscar voters will choose to reward, there's usually some significant overlap between the two awards shows.

Last year, all four acting Oscar recipients—Philip Seymour Hoffman, Reese Witherspoon, George Clooney and Rachel Weisz—also won at the Globes. However, Brokeback Mountain, which was voted Best Picture, Drama at the Globes, lost out to Crash in the top category at the Oscars.

Nominations for the 2007 Academy Awards will be announced on Jan. 23 and the winners will be presented Feb. 25.

Get the complete list of the winners of the 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

 

For celeb reaction, full party coverage and more Globes scoop, tune in to E! News, Tuesday at 7 p.m. 

 

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