As expected, funnyman Gervais said whatever he wanted and nothing seeming to be off limits. While plugging just about any project he's ever touched, he got laughs with jokes about Jay Leno's firing and Paul McCartney's divorce as well as the hand that feeds -- the Golden Globes themselves.
Gervais even got in a drunk joke while introducing Mel Gibson! Like the rest of the butts of his jokes, Gibson took it in stride, pretending to slur a bit before giving Avatar its first award of the night.
The 3-D epic about blue aliens continues to sweep the box office, so it's no surprise it took Best Drama, while writer-director-producer James Cameron won Best Director. "Avatar asks us to see that everything is connected -- all human beings to each other and us to the earth," Cameron said in his acceptance speech. "If you have to go four and half light years to another, made up planet to appreciate this miracle of a world that we have right here, well you know what? That's the wonder of cinema right there. That's the magic."
In the Comedy or Musical category, Robert Downey Jr took home Best Actor for Sherlock Holmes, not to mention funniest acceptance of the night with his "No Thanks" speech, where he staunchly refused to thank a list of people because, thereby thanking them.
Best Motion Picture in that category went to The Hangover, which is being called the surprise of the night by many, but SheKnows called it in our Golden Globe Awards movie predictions.
For the record, we called several of the movie wins, including Sandra Bullock for Best Actress in a Drama for The Blind Side; Meryl Streep for Best Actress in a Comedy for Julie and Julia, Jeff Bridges for Best Actor in a Drama for Crazy Heart, Christoph Waltz for Supporting Actor in Inglourious Basterds and Up! for Animated Feature.
Bridges, who got a standing ovation when he took the stage to accept, panned, "You're really screwing up my underappreciated status here!"
Meryl Streep beat herself out for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical, walking away with the award for her work in Julia and Julia.
"I've in my long career, played so many extraordinary women that basically, I'm getting mistaken for one," said the actress, who already has seven Globes at home.
Streep then proved there's no mistake in the perception by following that up with a nod to what was on everyone's minds.
"I come to Golden Globes weekend and I'm really honestly conflicted about how to have my happy movie-self in the face of everything that I'm aware of in the real word," Streep said. "That's when I have my mothers voice coming to me saying, 'Partners in Health. Shoot some money to Partners in Health, put on a smile and be damn grateful you have the dollars to help,' and I am really grateful."
Amid all the laughs and thank yous, Haiti was never forgotten. Before presenting the first award, Nicole Kidman stopped the flow to point out the support ribbons people were wearing. She also plugged the upcoming fundraising telethon, scheduled for Friday January 22 (to air on two-dozen networks) and organized by George Clooney and there were requests throughout the show for viewers to visit NBC.com to donate what they can to Haiti relief.
Mo'Nique also kept it very real after winning Best Supporting Actress for a movie, Precious, about sexual abuse. (Editor's note: Precious was named SheKnows Best Movie of 2009.)
"I celebrate this award with all the Preciouses, with all the Marys," Mo'Nique said. "I celebrate this award with every person that's ever been touched. It's now time to tell, and it's okay."
In the world of TV dramas, Mad Men took home Best Show, while Michael C Hall and John Lithgow from Dexter took home Best Actor and Best Actor in a Supporting Role, respectively. Julianna Margulies nabbed Best Actress for The Good Wife and Chloe Sevigny taking Supporting Actress for Big Love.
The comedy or musical nods went to Best Actress Toni Collette for The United States of Tara and Best Actor Alec Baldwin for 30 Rock, while Glee rocked the house with Best Comedy or Musical.
"This show is about a lot of things," Glee creator Ryan Murphy said. "It's about the importance of arts education and this is for anybody and everybody who got a wedgie in high school."
Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio shared the stage to rave about Martin Scorsese and honor him with the Cecil B DeMille Award.
"Marty eats, drinks and sleeps film," DeNiro said. "I hear there are videos on the internet of Marty have sex with film -- a hot reel of 35 millimeter stock."
Leo almost got tears from his mentor when he said Scorsese would go down in history as the Picasso, da Vinci or Shakespeare of his medium. Scorsese, however, looked back to other great filmmakers before him, honoring Cecil B DeMille and thanking the Foreign Press' efforts to restore classic films.
"Motion pictures are part of a continuum -- a living, ongoing history," Scorsese said. "For me to be a part of that, well, I thank you."
Both Downey and Cameron warned the Globes not to interrupt their speeches after Bullock, the 2009 Queen of the Box Office, was played off stage, but the truth is, while that music was used several times during the show, Bullock was the only familiar face at the Globes to face it.
Time was running tight by the Best Actress announcement, thanks in part to the treacherous maze of tables between the winners and the stage, but before that the music had played for just about every person who didn't have famous face.
A handful of excited actors never got their speeches together, but were given time to stammer, while worthy folks like, for example, Matthew Weiner, were given the wrap up signal before even starting to talk. For those who don't know, Weiner is the man behind Mad Men, which won Best Television Series. He kept talking, in spite of the music, and delivered one of the most eloquent acceptance speeches of the eve. Shame on you, Golden Globes!
All in all, however, it was a nice evening with Hollywood's biggest and best. Here's a list of who walked home a winner:
Best Musical or Comedy: The Hangover
Actor in a Drama: Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
Actress in a Drama: Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
Director: James Cameron, Avatar
Actor in a Musical or Comedy: Robert Downey Jr, Sherlock Holmes
Actress in a Musical or Comedy: Meryl Streep, Julie and Julia
Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds
Supporting Actress: Mo'Nique, Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire
Foreign Language: The White Ribbon
Animated Film: Up
Screenplay: Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner, Up in the Air
Original Score: Michael Giacchino, Up
Original Song: The Weary Kind (written by Ryan Bingham, T Bone Burnett), Crazy Heart
Best TV Drama Series: Mad Men, AMC
Best TV Comedy or Musical Series: Glee, Fox
Best Actor In a TV Drama: Michael C Hall, Dexter, Showtime
Best Actress In a TV Drama: Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife, CBS
Best Actress In a TV Comedy: Toni Collette, The United States Of Tara, Showtime
Best Actor In a TV Comedy: Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock, NBC
Best Actor In a Supporting Role: John Lithgow, Dexter, Showtime
Best Actress In a Supporting Role: Chloe Sevigny, Big Love, HBO
Best TV Movie or Miniseries: Grey Gardens, HBO
Best Actor In a Miniseries or TV Movie: Kevin Bacon, Taking Chance, HBO
Best Actress In a Miniseries or Made-For-TV Movie: Drew Barrymore, Grey Gardens, HBO
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