They don't exactly carry the cache of the Oscars, but the 68th annual Golden Globe Awards were handed out last night in America, and there were good results for several films, including The Social Network (which took the drama screenplay, score, director and film awards) and The King’s Speech (a somewhat unsurprising drama actor win for Colin Firth).
Ricky Gervais was the host for the evening, his second stint behind the podium for the Globes, and he started as he meant to go on, launching a torrent of gags about Charlie Sheen, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s recent financial scandals and various subjects that had the crowd alternately chuckling and jeering. Not sure if he’ll be invited back next year, but at least he made a stab at getting beyond the usual bland backslapping. And let’s face it – when you hire Gervais for a second time, and allow him to drink again, what do you really expect?
But back to the awards themselves - it was a good night for The Kids Are All Right, which nabbed the comedy/musical picture award and the comedy/musical actress gong for Annette Bening. Paul Giamatti was more of a surprise, taking comedy/musical actor for Barney’s Version, while Natalie Portman continued her awards swoop with dramatic actress for Black Swan.
In the supporting categories, Christian Bale took the dramatic actor statuette, with Melissa Leo as actress, both from The Fighter. Toy Story 3, meanwhile, nabbed best animated feature. Oh, and even Burlesque shimmied home with one gong, best original song for Diane Warren’s You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me.
In TV-land, Glee was the ceremony’s big winner, nabbing the musical/comedy show award, actor (Chris Colfer) and actress (Jane Lynch).
For a rundown of all the awards, throw your eyeballs below...
MOTION PICTURE CATEGORIES
BEST MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA
The Social Network
BEST MOTION PICTURE, MUSICAL OR COMEDY
The Kids Are All Right
FOREIGN LANGUAGE PICTURE
In A Better World, Denmark
David Fincher, The Social Network
BEST DRAMATIC ACTOR
Colin Firth, The King's Speech
BEST DRAMATIC ACTRESS
Natalie Portman, Black Swan
BEST ACTOR, COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Paul Giamatti, Barney's Version
BEST ACTRESS, COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Christian Bale, The Fighter
Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Toy Story 3
Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, The Social Network
‘You Haven't Seen the Last of Me’ (music and lyrics by Diane Warren), Burlesque
DRAMATIC TV SERIES
BEST ACTOR, TV DRAMA
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
BEST ACTRESS, TV DRAMA
Katy Sagal, Sons of Anarchy
TV SERIES, MUSICAL OR COMEDY
BEST ACTOR, TV MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
BEST ACTRESS, TV MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Laura Linney, The Big C
BEST MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Claire Danes, Temple Grandin
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Al Pacino, You Don't Know Jack
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Jane Lynch, Glee
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Chris Colfer, Glee
CECIL B. DEMILLE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Robert De Niro