Golden Globes 2012: Kate Winslet, Idris Elba and Downton Abbey fly the flag for Britain

British invasion! Kate Winslet, Idris Elba and Downton Abbey earn gongs at the Golden Globes

It was a triumphant night for Brits at the Golden Globes, with Kate Winslet, Idris Elba and hit TV show Downton Abbey all scoring top honours.

Winslet won the gong for Best Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie for her role in Mildred Pierce.

She had earlier walked the red carpet in a stylish black and white gown by Jenny Packham .

There was no sign of her beau, Ned Rocknroll.

Flying the flag: British star Kate Winslet won best actress for a miniseries or movie for her role in Mildred Pierce

Flying the flag: British star Kate Winslet won best actress for a miniseries or movie for her role in Mildred Pierce

Stylish: The 36-year-old actress wore a Jenny Packham gown, Roger Vivier shoes, and Fred Leighton jewels

Stylish: The 36-year-old actress wore a Jenny Packham gown, Roger Vivier shoes, and Fred Leighton jewels

Stylish: The 36-year-old actress wore a Jenny Packham gown, Roger Vivier shoes, and Fred Leighton jewels

Idris Elba won his first Golden Globe for his role in the BBC crime drama Luther.

Elba, who also appeared in the cult
TV thriller The Wire, was raised in Hackney, London but divides his
time between Hollywood and London.

Downton Abbey was named Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television.

Triumphant: Idris Elba won a Golden Globe for his role in BBC crime drama Luther

Triumphant: Idris Elba won a Golden Globe for his role in BBC crime drama Luther

Pleased as punch: Elba kissed his gong, which is the actor's first ever Golden Globe

Pleased as punch: Elba kissed his gong, which is the actor's first ever Golden Globe

Other winners on the night included
Christopher Plummer, who won the supporting-actor Golden Globe for his
role as an elderly widower who comes out as gay in the father-son drama
Beginners.

Claiming the
first prize of the night at Sunday's Globes may give 82-year-old Plummer
the inside track for the same prize at next month's Academy Awards.

Oscar
consideration has been elusive for Plummer, who has been nominated for
Hollywood's top honour only once in his 60-year career – two years ago,
for the Leo Tolstoy drama The Last Station.

Golden girl: Madonna won the award for Best Song for her movie W.E.

Golden girl: Madonna won the award for Best Song for her movie W.E.

Textured: Madonna wore an interesting gown to walk the Golden Globes carpet with her award

Textured: Madonna wore an interesting gown to walk the Golden Globes carpet with her award

Michelle Williams won the Golden Globe for her acclaimed
portrait of Marilyn Monroe in the film My Week With Marilyn.

The actress said Monroe won the same award half a century
ago.

Madonna won best song for her movie W.E.

Winners: Christopher Plummer (L) and Kelsey Grammar accept their awards onstage

Winners: Christopher Plummer (L) and Kelsey Grammar accept their awards onstage

Winners: Christopher Plummer (L) and Kelsey Grammar accept their awards onstage

Thrilled: Downton Abbey won Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Thrilled: Downton Abbey won Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

She made her acceptance speech in a figure hugging gown with a neckline that showed off her ample bosom .

Nicole Kidman announced Woody Allen winner of best screenplay for his comedy Midnight In Paris .

'Come and get it Woody', Nicole said to an absent Allen who was in New York.

Jessica Lange beat Downton Abbey's Maggie Smith in the best tv supporting actress category.

Lange won for TV mini series American Horror Story.

Matt LeBlanc won the Best TV comedy actor Golden Globe
for the BBC show Episodes which although
shot in the UK is set in Hollywood .

Octavia Spencer won the best supporting film actress
Golden Globe for The Help.

In the film she plays a maid who is unfairly fired but
gets her revenge in a spectacular way.

Group celebration: The cast and crew of Homeland pose with their award

Group celebration: The cast and crew of Homeland pose with their award

Martin Scorsese was the surprise best film director
winner for the film Hugo.

Helen Mirren and Sidney Poitier bestowed the Hollywood
Foreign Press Association's big special tribute award to Morgan Freeman.

Most people politely remained in their seats but usually
the tribute award signals time for most people in the Hilton ballroom to scoot
to the back to smoking section.

But this year the room showed respect to Freeman.

WINNERS OF THE 69th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS

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.
– Actor, Drama: Kelsey Grammer, Boss.
– Actress, Drama: Claire Danes, Homeland.
– Actor, Musical or Comedy: Matt LeBlanc, Episodes.
– Actress, Musical or Comedy: Laura Dern, Enlightened.
– Miniseries or Movie: Downton Abbey (Masterpiece),” PBS.
– Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Idris Elba, Luther.
– Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Kate Winslet, Mildred Pierce.
– Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
– Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones

PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED
– Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award: Morgan Freeman