Golden Globes Like the Facebook Movie and 'Glee'
The drinks, the jokes, the overly long speeches and of course, the awards. It's the 2011 Golden Globes, Hollywood's fun, free-for-all awards show. The Moet and nasty jokes (via host Ricky Gervais) were in no short supply as 'The Social Network,' 'Glee' and 'Black Swan' racked up the most awards.
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'The Social Network' earned best film honors for a drama. The story of Facebook's beginnings took top honors at the Globes with four prizes, including best drama and director.
A pregnant-and-showing Natalie Portman won best dramatic actress as an emotionally unstable ballerina in the sexed-up thriller 'Black Swan,' while Colin Firth graciously took home best actor for 'The King's Speech.'
The Globes orchestra got quite a workout throughout the evening, beginning with the first award going to the oh-right-he's-British-or-something Christian Bale, for supporting actor in 'The Fighter.' Known for over-sharing in interviews, he took that a few extra steps in his acceptance speech and kept talking and talking. Near the end when he was trying to give Robert DeNiro a shout-out, the mic was cut, resulting in the night's first bleep.
Paul Giamatti won for best actor in a musical or comedy for the under-the-radar 'Barney's Version.' For best director, David Fincher won for 'Social Network.'
'The Kids Are All Right' star Annette Bening earned the Globe for best actress in a musical or comedy, the same prize she claimed in 2005 for 'Being Julia.'
Melissa Leo upset the competition (Amy Adams, Mila Kunis) for the supporting actress award in a drama for 'The Fighter.' "Here in Southern California, home of my mother, her mother, her mother before her -- look Mom, I got a Golden Globe!" Leo said. "Mark Wahlberg, you are a prince, you are amazing. It was so beautiful to play your mother."
Gervais' tone throughout the night leaned more on cattiness than cleverness, with nasty jokes aimed at Cher, Tom Cruise and Bruce Willis. After he skewered Robert Downey Jr. ("You may best know him from the Betty Ford Clinic and the Los Angeles County Jail"), the 'Sherlock Holmes' star took the chance to deliver the best line of the evening.
"Aside from the fact that it's been hugely mean-spirited with mildly sinister undertones, I'd say the vibe of the show's pretty good so far, wouldn't you?"
In the often looked-over TV portions of the show, a radiant Katey Segal kicked off the evening by winning Best Actress in a TV series for 'Sons of Anarchy.' Fittingly, the cameras panned to get a reaction shot from her one-time 'Married With Children' husband, Ed O'Neil, who beamed with pride.
'Glee' did what it does best and out-performed the competition for top comedy.
Hearts were warmed, and Gleeks gleeked themselves when Chris Colfer took home the supporting actor in a TV series award for his role as a gay teen in FOX's hit 'Glee.' He reacted to hearing his name called as if he had seen a ghost, and his sincere and touching acceptance speech was one of the night's highlight moments.
"I think I just dropped my heart between Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore. So if anyone sees that, please give it back to me," Colfer said.
Colfer's co-star on 'Glee,' Jane Lynch, took home best actress in a comedy series. 'Big Bang Theory' star Jim Parsons beat out Alec Baldwin and others for actor honors.
Best dramatic TV series bragging rights went to HBO's 'Boardwalk Empire.' The gritty Atlantic City-themed period piece also produced the Best Actor winner, the deserving Steve Buscemi. In a nod to the quick-trigger orchestra, he said, "I'm going to try to talk fast before that sad music comes on."
In other awards: As expected by the entire world, 'Toy Story 3' took home best animated feature. Diane Warren's 'You Haven't Seen The Last Of Me' from 'Burlesque' won original song honors. Also expected, Laura Linney took home the award for best performance by an actress in a TV series for 'The Big C.'
Before the show could even start, a lawsuit was filed Thursday by a former longtime publicist for the Globes, claiming the organization that runs the show, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, engages in payola schemes for nominations and awards, according to the AP. The allegations have been denied by the HFPA, a group of about 85 reporters covering show business for overseas outlets.
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