Aussies lose; Gervais kills; Social Network wins at Golden Globes

The Aussies went home empty handed, and host Ricky Gervais pretty much destroyed his future in Hollywood, but at least the team behind The Social Network enjoyed this year’s Golden Globes!

Gervais kicked off the ceremony with a monologue that attacked – hilariously- The Tourist, Scientology, Cher, Sex and the City 2, Mel Gibson, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the oft-mocked body of freelance film journalists who vote for the Golden Globes.

All five Aussie nominees – Jacki Weaver (Best Supporting Actress for Animal Kingdom), Geoffrey Rush (Best Supporting Actor for The King’s Speech), Nicole Kidman (Best Actress in a Drama for Rabbit Hole), Toni Collette (Best Actress in a TV Series – Comedy or Musical for United States of Tara) and Sia (Best Original Song for Bound to You) – missed out on prizes.

But enough about the losers. How about the winners?

The Social Network continued its domination of the 2011 awards season by picking up four major prizes at the 68th Golden Globe Awards. The ‘invention-of-Facebook’ movie nabbed Best Picture – Drama, Best Director (David Fincher), Best Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin) and Best Original Score (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross).

The Kids Are All Right was named Best Picture – Comedy or Musical at the ceremony, while star Annette Bening was named Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical. She is set to square off against Natalie Portman – Golden Globe winner of Best Actress in a Drama for Black Swan – at the Oscars in February.

The Fighter won two acting prizes at the ceremony for Supporting Actors Christian Bale and Melissa Leo. Colin Firth picked up the one and only prize – Best Actor in a Drama – for former-favourite The King’s Speech. Paul Giamattiwas awarded Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical for Barney’s Version (although his category was hilariously light on competition).

Susanne Bier’s Danish drama In A Better World scored the only surprise victory of the night, picking up Best Foreign Language Feature. Toy Story 3, predictably, won Best Animated Feature. Much mocked multiple-nominee Burlesque scored a single prize – for the Diane Warren-penned Best Original Song.

Over in the TV category, Boardwalk Empire was named Best Series – Drama and star Steve Buscemi nabbed Best Actor in a Drama. Katey Sagal was named Best Actress in a Drama for Sons of Anarchy. The five-hour Carlos was named Best Mini-Siries or Motion Picture Made for Television.

It was Glee however that truly dominated, winning Best Series – Comedy or Musical, Best Supporting Actor (Chris Colfer) and Best Supporting Actress (Jane Lynch).

Laura Linney won Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical for The Big C, while The Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons repeated his Emmy victory by picking up Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical.

Discuss: Your thoughts on this year’s Golden Globe winners?

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