The Social Network won top honors Sunday at the Golden Globes with four prizes, together with best drama and director, solidifying its position as an Academy Awards favorite.
Winning the dramatic lead-acting prizes were Colin Firth for the monarchy saga The King’s Speech and Natalie Portman for the psychosexual thriller Black Swan.
Lead-acting honors for the Globes’ musical or comedy categories went to Annette Bening for the lesbian-family story The Kids Are All Right and Paul Giamatti for the cynic tale Barney’s Version.
The boxing drama The Fighter got both supporting acting Globes, for Christian Bale and Melissa Leo.
I’m personally loath to acknowledge the kind of wonderful response this film has received for fear of becoming addicted to it, so suffice it to say, it’s been really nice,”
said David Fincher, whose film also won the Globes for screenplay for Aaron Sorkin and musical score for Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.
Actors Colin Firth and Christian Bale flew the flag for Britain at the Golden Globes in Los Angeles, where the stars were recognised for their perfomances in The King’s Speech and The Fighter respectively.
Glee was the main winner in the TV categories, with cast members Chris Colfer (l) and Jane Lynch (r) both taking home prizes. Elsewhere Steve Buscemi (r) was named best actor in a TV drama for HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.
Toy Story 3, the top-grossing film released last year won the Globe for animated films, making Disney’s Pixar Animation unit five-for-five in the category since it was added in 2006.
Unfortunately, the sci-fi blockbuster Inception, expectations failed. A best-drama contender had four nominations but lost them all. Johnny Depp, who had two nominations for best musical or comedy actor, also left empty-handed.
The buzz around town on Globes weekend was therefore not only about likely winners. However, the accusations have been denied by the HFPA, a group of about 90 reporters covering show business for overseas outlets.
FYI, the Globe ceremony traditionally had a strong track record as a forecast for what film would win best picture at the Oscars.
Best Film (Drama)
- Black Swan
- The Fighter
- The King’s Speech
- The Social Network
Best Film (Musical or Comedy)
- Alice In Wonderland
- The Kids Are All Right
- The Tourist
Best Actor (Drama)
- Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network)
- Colin Firth (The King’s Speech)
- James Franco (127 Hours)
- Ryan Gosling (Blue Valentine)
- Mark Wahlberg (The Fighter)
Best Actor (Musical or Comedy)
- Johnny Depp (Alice In Wonderland)
- Johnny Depp (The Tourist)
- Paul Giamatti (Barney’s Version)
- Jake Gyllenhaal (Love & Other Drugs)
- Kevin Spacey (Casino Jack)
Best Actress (Drama)
- Halle Berry (Frankie & Alice)
- Nicole Kidman (Rabbit Hole)
- Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone)
- Natalie Portman (Black Swan)
- Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine)
Best Actress (Musical or Comedy)
- Annette Bening (The Kids Are All Right)
- Anne Hathaway (Love & Other Drugs)
- Angelina Jolie (The Tourist)
- Julianne Moore (The Kids Are All Right)
- Emma Stone (Easy A)
- Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan)
- David Fincher (The Social Network)
- Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech)
- Christopher Nolan (Inception)
- David O. Russell (The Fighter)
Best Supporting Actor
- Christian Bale (The Fighter)
- Michael Douglas (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps)
- Andrew Garfield (The Social Network)
- Jeremy Renner (The Town)
- Geoffrey Rush (The King’s Speech)
Best Supporting Actress
- Amy Adams (The Fighter)
- Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech)
- Mila Kunis (Black Swan)
- Melissa Leo (The Fighter)
- Jackie Weaver (Animal Kingdom)
Best Foreign Language Film
- Biutiful (Mexico/Spain)
- The Concert (France)
- The Edge (Russia)
- I Am Love (Italy)
- In A Better World (Denmark)
- Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy (127 Hours)
- Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg (The Kids Are All Right)
- Christopher Nolan (Inception)
- David Seidler (The King’s Speech)
- Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network)
Best Original Score
- Alexandre Desplat (The King’s Speech)
- Danny Elfman (Alice In Wonderland)
- A.R. Rahman (127 Hours)
- Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross (The Social Network)
- Hans Zimmer (Inception)
Best Original Song
- ‘Bound To You’ (Burlesque)
- ‘You Haven’t Seen The Last Of Me’ (Burlesque)
- ‘Coming Home’ (Country Strong)
- ‘I See The Light’ (Tangled)
- ‘There’s a Place for Us’ (The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader)
Best Animated Feature Film
- Despicable Me
- How To Train Your Dragon
- The Illusionist
- Toy Story 3
Al Pacino (l) and Robert De Niro (r) were among the Hollywood veterans recognised at the Los Angeles event. So was actress Annette Bening (centre), honoured ahead of her Kids are All Right co-star Julianne Moore.