Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder took home the best original song honor at the Golden Globe awards last night (Jan. 13) for “Guaranteed,” his contribution to Sean Penn’s film “Into the Wild.”
It was Vedder’s first career Golden Globe win; a Vedder-penned Pearl Jam song from the Tim Burton film “Big Fish” was nominated for the 2003 awards but lost to Annie Lennox’s “Into the West.”
The bloody “Sweeney Todd” took the top prize in the best comedy or musical category, and its star Johnny Depp, who plays that movie’s vengeful barber, was hailed best actor in the comedy/musical category. It was his first Globes win after seven previous nominations.
In the other top music category, Dario Marianelli won best original score for “Atonement.” French actress Marion Cotillard was celebrated as best actress in a comedy or musical for embodying chanteuse Edith Piaf in “La Vie en Rose.”
In the supporting actor categories, Cate Blanchett took a figurative bow as best supporting actress in a motion picture for her gender-bending performance as one of Bob Dylan’s alter egos in “I’m Not There.”
The traditional Globes gala was scrapped due to the ongoing writers’ strike. Instead, winners were announced during a Hollywood press conference.
From 2003 to 2005, sales increased a touch for winning soundtracks the week after the ceremony, but it’s difficult to ascertain if this can be specifically linked to the Golden Globes or to the increased overall exposure for certain films during awards season.
And even this isn’t guaranteed. In the 2007 ceremony, Prince’s win for “The Song of the Heart” from “Happy Feet” was followed by a 5% sales drop for the movie soundtrack, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Alexandre Desplat’s winning score for “The Painted Veil,” however, saw sales jump 172% the week after the ceremony — but sales still totaled less than 1,000.
Additional reporting by Ann Donahue, L.A.