Monday, January 17, 2011

The Social Network strikes gold at the Globes

The Social Network was the big winner at Sunday night’s 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.

David Fincher’s film about Mark Zuckerberg and the founding of Facebook was crowned Best film drama with the surprise of the night going to Michael Douglas presenting the award receiving a standing ovation after recently recovering from throat cancer.

The Wall Street actor joked, "There's gotta be an easier way of getting a standing ovation... I'm very very happy to be here tonight."

The so-called “Facebook movie” also went on to win best screenplay for Aaron Sorkin who dedicated his award to Mark Zuckerberg describing him as a “a great visionary and an incredible altruist.” It also went on to win best score.

There were no surprises in the acting categories with Colin Firth bagging the best actor gong for his performance as stammering King George VI in historical drama The King’s Speech.

Humbly collecting his statuette, Firth thanked his co-stars and went on to joke, “Right now this is all that stands between me and a Harley Davidson.”

It was a slight disappointment for the film though going into the awards with seven nominations and only Colin Firth came out successful.

Pregnant actress Natalie Portman was named best dramatic actress for her role as a troubled ballet dancer in Darren Aronofsky’s psychological thriller Black Swan.

She paid a giggly, tribute to her fiancé Benjamin Millipied, who she met on the set, “She said: "You may remember him as the guy in the movie who was asked if he would sleep with that girl and he said, "no".

The Fighter did well in the acting categories KO’ing its competitors with The Dark Knight star Christian Bale and Melissa Leo winning supporting gongs for their performances in the boxing drama about “Irish” Mickey Ward.

Family drama The Kids are All Right about a lesbian couple reunited with the biological father of their teenage children was named best comedy or drama and Hollywood veteran Annette Benning being named best actress for her role.

Paul Giamatti was awarded best actor for a musical or comedy in Barney’s Version. On receiving his award from Halle Berry, he babbled several times, “Jesus Christ Halle Berry.”

In the television categories, Glee and Boardwalk Empire took away awards for best series in a comedy and drama respectively. It also did well in the acting categories.

Acting legend Robert De Niro got a warm reception upon receiving the Cecile B. DeMille lifetime achievement award from The Bourne Identity actor Matt Damon.

Ricky Gervais was the host for the night. It’s the second year in a row the comedian has presented the illustrious ceremony. He was controversial to say the least making references to Hollywood tear-away Charlie Sheen and 3D movies.

When introducing Robert Downey Jr, the Extras star joked, “Many of you in this room probably know him best from such facilities as the Betty Ford clinic and Los Angeles County jail, please welcome Robert Downey Jr.”

The globes are viewed as a guide to who will go on to win at the Oscars next month with pundits tipping The Social Network to win in the major categories.

Written by Michael Cunneen

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