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It was an evening of pleasant surprises and well-deserved kudos at the 68th Annual Golden Globes at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday night. Here's the breakdown of the night's events…
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The Big Movie Winners
The Hollywood Foreign Press declared a big "Like" to 'The Social Network,' which was named Best Motion Picture – Drama over 'The Fighter,' 'Black Swan,' 'Inception' and 'The King's Speech.' The Facebook flick also won for Best Director (David Fincher), Best Original Score (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross) and Best Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin). In accepting his award, Sorkin singled out Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, saying, "You turned out to be a great entrepreneur, a visionary and an incredible altruist."
'Black Swan' star Natalie Portman was named Best Actress – Drama, over Halle Berry, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lawrence and Michelle Williams. Among her many thanks, the pregnant star thanked her grandmother "for bringing my mother into the world" and her choreographer fiancé, Benjamin Millepied, for continuing "this creation of creating more life."
Colin Firth was crowned Best Actor – Drama for 'The King's Speech,' over such competition as Jesse Eisenberg, James Franco, Ryan Gosling and Mark Wahlberg. Jesting about "coping" with his age, Colin said of his award, "This is all that stands between me and a Harley Davidson, so I owe you a very great debt."
Director Lisa Cholodenko's 'The Kids Are All Right' was named Best Picture – Comedy or Musical over 'Alice in Wonderland,' 'Burlesque, 'The Tourist' and 'Red.' Its star Annette Bening was named Best Actress -- Comedy or Musical. She singled out "partner" and fellow nominee Julianne Moore as "a class act," appreciated Mark Ruffalo, "our awesome sperm donor," and thanked "the 1962 Golden Globe winner for most promising actor, my husband, Warren Beatty."
Christian Bale won the Best Supporting Actor statuette for his transformative performance as former contender-turned-crack addict Dicky Ward in 'The Fighter.' Looking shaggy with long hair and a heavy beard, the star gave a shout-out to the real-life Micky and Dicky Ward, along with his co-star Mark Wahlberg, declaring, "You can only give a loud performance when you have a quiet anchor."
Bale's 'Fighter' co-star, Melissa Leo, nabbed the Best Supporting Actress statuette for her tough-as-nails role as the Ward clan matron, yelling, "Look ma, I got a Golden Globe!" She called Wahlberg "a prince" and lauded Bale and fellow Best Supporting nominee Amy Adams.
The Big TV Winners
"Glee" was named Best Series -- Comedy or Musical, besting "30 Rock," "The Big Bang Theory," "Modern Family," "Nurse Jackie" and "The Big C," with the producers singling out America's teachers for their invaluable, hard work. The high school musical series scored even more big nods as Jane Lynch added the Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series, Miniseries or TV Movie award to her trophy case and Chris Colfer was voted the same as Best Supporting Actor. "My cup runneth over," said Lynch, channeling a bit of her character Sue Sylvester before observing that one of the great aspects of being on "Glee" is, "I get these 14-year-olds coming up to me and vibrating out of their bodies."
Colfer looked stunned when his name was called as Best Supporting Actor, his first nom and first win. "I think I just dropped my heart between Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore," said the falsetto before acknowledging series co-creator Ryan Murphy as his "fairy godfather." He also offered up his award to the "amazing kids" who watch the show who, like his character, are constantly told by bullies in school and other naysayers "that they can't be who they are or can't have what they want": "Screw that, kids," he declared.
Another pleasant surprise to many, "Boardwalk Empire" was named Best TV Series – Drama over "Dexter," "The Good Wife," "Mad Men" and "The Walking Dead," and its star, Steve Buscemi, was named Best Actor – Drama. Katey Sagal won Best Actress – Drama for "Sons of Anarchy," her first win in five nominations, while Laura Linney won Best Actress – Comedy or Musical for her performance in "The Big C."
"Carlos" upset the showy projects "The Pacific" and "You Don't Know Jack" as Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television.
And in another surprise of the evening, "The Big Bang Theory" star Jim Parsons was named Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical, his first nom and win, besting such heavyweights as Alec Baldwin, Steve Carell and Matthew Morrison for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical.
For every winner there has to be a loser, and some of the more notable losses of the evening included "Mad Men," which got passed over as Best TV Drama, along with its stars Jon Hamm and Elisabeth Moss in their respective categories.
Johnny Depp, nominated against himself in the Best Actor – Comedy or Musical category for 'Alice in Wonderland' as well as 'The Tourist,' lost to Paul Giamatti. His big win of the night, however, was the large number of commercials for his new animated movie, 'Rango,' that ran throughout the telecast.
'How To Train Your Dragon' was a bright spot among this year's animated movies, but it stood no chance against the Disney-Pixar titan that is 'Toy Story 3.'
While Julianne Moore was no doubt pleased to see co-star Annette Bening win for her performance in 'The Kids Are All Right,' her own contribution deserved equal attention.
Two deserving TV shows, "Modern Family" and "Nurse Jackie," each lost their moment to shine due to the overpowering voice of "Glee."
And the second time around was not the charm for former Globe winner Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko in 'Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,' but he remains a huge winner for beating cancer.
The Big Moments
After Robert Downey Jr. was introduced by host Ricky Gervais as a man known for his stints at the Betty Ford Clinic and Los Angeles County Jail, he shot back that despite the host's work being "hugely mean-spirited with mildly sinister undertones, I'd say the vibe of the show is pretty good so far, wouldn't you?" Then, in announcing the five noms in the Best Actress in a Motion Picture -- Musical or Comedy category, Downey declared, "I don't know if an actress can do her best work until I have slept with her," and then boasted, "If I could, I'd give it to all five of you at once -- the award -- right here, center stage, in front of my wife, the audience and millions of viewers."
In accepting her 'Black Swan' best actress award, a pregnant Natalie Portman singled out her fiancé's moment in the movie in which his character says he would not sleep with her character. She said coyly, "He's the best actor -- he totally wants to sleep with me."
Best Screenplay category presenter Steve Carell said of '127 Hours,' "I would have given my right arm to have written that," while Tina Fey called 'The Social Network,' "The true story of social networking and how it ruined our ability to interact one-on-one."
Steve Buscemi, before picking up his "Boardwalk Empire trophy, declared, "I'm going to try to talk fast before that sad music comes on."
Paul Giamatti, after winning Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical for his role in 'Barney's Version' (presented by Halle Berry), cracked up the audience, saying, "I'm a little jacked up because I ate five boxes of the free Godiva chocolates. … Jesus Christ, Halle Berry!"
Presenting the award for Best Picture - Drama, a healthy-looking Michael Douglas received an appreciative standing "O" by the crowd. He joked, "There's just got to be an easier way to get a standing ovation."
Matt Damon presented Robert De Niro with the coveted Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement in motion pictures, doing some intentionally misguided impressions and mentioning the veteran star's performance in 'Taxi Driver,' "where he was just literally unrecognizable as a blonde 13-year-old hooker. He just disappears." De Niro got an extended standing ovation and turned the opportunity into a stand-up routine about his 'Little Fockers' performance, illegal alien paperwork checks, body scans, 3D box-office up-charges -- and of the movies in his repertoire that most people missed, "I'll be selling them in the lobby."
The Gervais Jokes
Host Gervais broke out of the gate with a handful of off-color jokes, targeting everyone from Charlie Sheen and Mel Gibson to Hugh Hefner and even the A-list stars of 'The Tourist.' Before bringing on the president of the Hollywood Foreign Press, Gervais even joked that he "had to help him off the toilet and pop his teeth in."
The Brit creator of "The Office" called the Best Foreign-Language Film category "a category that no one in America cares about" and said that his favorite film of the year was 'The Social Network.' He then pointed out that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is worth $7 billion -- and Paul McCartney ex Heather Mills calls him "the one that got away."
Mid-way through the night, the presenters started to gang up against Gervais, and good guy Tom Hanks even mentioned, "We recall when Ricky Gervais was a slightly chubby but very kind comedian."
In wrapping up the show, Gervais gamely declared, "Thanks to everyone in the room for being good sports -- and thanks to God for making me an atheist."