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'Babel' wins at Golden Globes

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- "Babel," the tragic tale of intersecting lives, won best motion picture-drama honors Monday at the 64th annual Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles.

"The power of cinema is universal," said Jon Kilik, one of the film's producers. "Emotion doesn't need translation; that's the beauty of it."

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Martin Scorsese's direction of "The Departed," a tale of intrigue within the Massachusetts State Police and Irish crime families, earned him the Golden Globe award for best director.

An emotional Forest Whitaker accepted the award for best dramatic performance by an actor for his portrayal of Ugandan despot Idi Amin in "The Last King of Scotland."

"I thank my ancestors for letting me stand on their shoulders every day and guiding me by whispering in my ear," he said.

It was a regal night for Helen Mirren, who earned Golden Globes for her leading performances as Queen Elizabeth II in "The Queen" on the big screen and for Queen Elizabeth I on television.

Mirren thanked all those associated with the movie because "without you I wouldn't be here."

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