Host Ricky Gervas humorously insulted nearly every A-lister in the room at the Golden Globes, while the big winner was The Social Network — a movie about a guy who riles up everyone on campus with his new and invasive website. It all seemed fitting Sunday night.
Besides best drama, The Social Network, about the founding of Facebook, won for David Fincher’s direction, Aaron Sorkin’s script and the score from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. After receiving top honours from critics groups coast to coast, this resounding victory positions the film as the front-runner at the Academy Awards.
The expected winners in the dramatic acting categories all walked away with statues- Colin Firth as the stammering King George VI in The King’s Speech, Natalie Portman as a ballerina teetering on the brink of madness in Black Swan, and Christian Bale and Melissa Leo for their supporting roles in the boxing drama The Fighter.
The King’s Speech went into the night with the most nominations, seven, but only won that one award.
On the musical or comedy side, the top film was The Kids Are All Right, about a lesbian couple trying to keep their family together. Its star, Annette Bening, won best actress. Best actor in a musical or comedy went to Paul Giamatti as a curmudgeon in Barney’s Version.
Portman thanked the film’s choreographer, her fiance Benjamin Millepied, with whom she’s expecting a child. He also appears in the movie, and his character doesn’t want to sleep with hers.
“He’s the best actor! It’s not true, he totally wants to sleep with me,” said Portman, giggling and showing a baby bump under a billowing pink gown.
Barney’s Version follows the many loves in Giamatti’s life- his three wives, played by Rachelle Lefevre, Minnie Driver and Rosamund Pike, whom Giamatti described as “a trifecta of hotties.”
Toy Story 3, the top-grossing film released last year and the second sequel to 1995’s digital animation pioneer Toy Story, won the Globe for animated films, making Disney’s Pixar Animation unit five-for-five in the category since it was added in 2006. Past Pixar winners are Up, WALL—E, Ratatouille and Cars.
“Wow, were you two even born when the first Toy Story’came out?” Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich said to his award’s presenters, 16-year-old pop star Justin Bieber and 14-year-old Hailee Steinfeld, co-star of the hit Western True Grit.
Among TV winners, Glee won three prizes, best comedy and supporting-acting prizes for Jane Lynch and Chris Colfer. Boardwalk Empire won two prizes, for best drama and dramatic actor for Steve Buscemi.