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Golden Globes like 'The Social Network' and 'Glee' but Ricky Gervais is the real story

Posted Monday, January 17, 2011 at 11:24 AM Central
Last updated Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 8:37 AM Central

by Tim Briscoe

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) gave out its Golden Globe awards last night at a lavish ceremony. The prizes for TV and film performances are somewhat secondary to what went down at the event.

Host Ricky Gervais skewered Hollywood royalty during the whole evening. His scathing jokes made fun of the night's biggest stars. You can sample his brand of humor from the opening monologue.

It may have been mean-spirited for Gervais and his writers to ridicule celebs but, really, who deserves it more than them? Keep in mind that Jennifer Lopez wore a reported $5 million in jewelry to the event. (Reuters' Tim Goodman seems to agree with me and says it better than I could.)

But, hey, how about those winners? The Social Network and Glee were the night's big winners. Glee pulled down three of the tiny trophies while the Facebook movie earned four.

Here are all the categories and their winners.

Best Motion Picture - Drama

Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

Best Director - Motion Picture

Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama

Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy

Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Best Screenplay - Motion Picture

Best Animated Feature Film

Best Foreign Language Film

Best Original Song - Motion Picture

Best Original Score - Motion Picture

Best Television Series - Drama

Best Televison Series - Comedy or Musical

Best Actor in a Television Series - Drama

Best Actress in a Television Series - Drama

Best Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical

Best Supporting Actress in a Series - Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television

Best Supporting Actor in a Series - Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television

Best Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical

Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television

Best Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television

Best Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television

Sure, recognition from a group of overseas critics is good but the trophies don't hold a candle to the prestige of the upcoming Oscars. The nominations for the Academy Awards will be announced bright and early Tuesday morning, Jan. 25, with the event itself to follow on Feb. 27.

One last personal postscript from last night's Golden Globes. For years you've read of my colleague John's adoration for Natalie Portman. He's mentioned his love for the beautiful actress many times. Specifically, here, here, here, here, and here -- just to name a few.

After her "nerd laugh" while accepting the Best Actress, Drama award, he has publicly dropped his obsession. I must agree it was a little off-putting from the usually elegant performer.

(Yeah, I don't believe he's fallen out of love with her either. A couple of repeat showings of Closer and he'll be back on the bandwagon.)

Source: HFPA