Golden Globes recap

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In accepting his best director Golden Globe for``Avatar,'' which also was named the best dramatic film of 2009, James Cameronexpressed surprise that the honor did not go to his ex-wife, Kathryn Bigelow,who helmed the critically acclaimed ``The Hurt Locker.''

But she could turn the tables on her ex at the Oscars on March 7.

While the Golden Globes are often promoted as an early indicator of whowill win on Oscar night, 2008's ``Slumdog Millionaire'' is the only GoldenGlobe best picture winner that has gone on to win the best picture AcademyAward in the past five years.

Since the Golden Globes adopted a split drama/music format in 1963, 67.4percent of the films that ended up with best picture Academy Awards had firstreceived a Golden Globe. The drama winner has gone on to win best picture only25 of 46 times -- 54.3 percent -- while the musical or comedy winner has wonsix times at the Oscars.

Sunday night's best picture in the comedy/musical category is virtuallycertain to get nowhere near an Oscar this year. In fact, Todd Phillips, whodirected the R-rated ``The Hangover," expressed surprise that his film wasnamed best picture at the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

``We didn't expect this," said Phillips, whose raucous effort competedagainst ``It's complicated,'' ``Julie & Julia,'' ``(500) Days of Summer,'' and``Nine.''

Among dramas, Cameron's visually stunning 3-D film, which has earnednearly $500 million at the domestic box office, prevailed over ``The HurtLocker,'' ``Inglourious Basterds,'' ``Up in the Air'' and ``Precious: Based onthe Novel `Push' by Sapphire'' to claim the top prize at Sunday night's BeverlyHilton ceremony.

Cameron also took home the award for best director -- a category inwhich Bigelow was a nominee -- while Jeff Bridges was named best actor in adrama for ``Crazy Heart'' and Sandra Bullock -- best known throughout hercareer for romantic comedies -- won the Globe for best drama actress for ``TheBlind Side.''

``Frankly, I thought Kathryn was going to get this," Cameron said whenhe accepted his best director Golden Globe.

Bridges, who hails from a famed acting family -- including father LloydBridges -- was named best actor for his portrayal of a tortured aging countrysinger dealing with his alcoholic demons and trying to revive his career andlove life in ``Crazy Heart.''

``I gotta thank my dad,'' Bridges said. ``You know, he loved show biz sodamned much he encouraged all his kids to go into show biz. Me being a youngkid, you know, you don't want to do what your parents want you to do. ... Soglad I listened to you, dad. I finally paid attention.''

Bullock thanked the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for recognizingher performance as southern housewife Leigh Anne Tuohy, who took in homelessblack teen Michael Oher -- now a member of the NFL's Baltimore Ravens -- andhelped foster his football career.

She also thanked the Tuohy family, ``who allowed me into their homes,and their closets and their business. They reminded everyone that a family isnot just who you are born to, or what color you are, it's who's got your back.I thank them for that.''

Meryl Streep won the Globe for best actress in a motion picture comedyor musical for her spot-on portrayal of cooking legend Julia Child in ``Julie &Julia.'' It was the seventh career Golden Globe for Streep, who has beennominated a record 25 times and who was competing against herself Sunday nightsince she was also nominated for ``It's complicated.''

Robert Downey Jr. claimed the Golden Globe for best actor in acomedy/musical film for ``Sherlock Holmes.''

``Guy Ritchie had a great vision for this film and a lot of great peoplecame together, and we worked our asses off,'' he said.

Mo'Nique earned extended applause with her win for best supporting filmactress for her role as a monstrously abusive mother in the gritty drama``Precious: Based on the Novel `Push' by Sapphire.''

``Thank you God for this amazing ride that you're allowing me to goon,'' Mo'Nique said.

Austrian actor Christoph Waltz, an expected Oscar nominee, was namedbest supporting actor for his chilling turn as the Jew-hunting Nazi Col. HansLanda in Quentin Tarantino's ``Inglourious Basterds.''

``A year and a half ago I was exposed to the gravitational forces ofQuentin Tarantino,'' he said. ``He took my modest little world, my globe, andwith the power of his talent and his words and his vision he flung it into thisorbit -- a dizzying experience.

``... Quentin made a big bang of a movie and I wouldn't have dared todream that my little world, my globe, would be part of that constellation,'' hesaid. ``And now you made it golden. Thank you very, very much.''

Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner were honored with the best screenplayaward for ``Up in the Air,'' which had a leading six nominations heading intothe ceremony but won only one Golden Globe.

``Up'' was named best animated film, and the movie also won the prizefor Michael Giacchino's original score.

Among the television honors, the offbeat Showtime series ``Dexter'' hada big night, with Michael C. Hall being named best actor in a drama series andco-star John Lithgow taking home the prize as best supporting actor. But ``MadMen'' was again named best television drama.

``It's really a hell of a thing to go to work at a place where everybodygives a damn, and that's definitely the case at `Dexter,''' said Hall, whomade headlines last week when news broke that he had been diagnosed withHodgkin's lymphoma.

Hall, whose character works for the Miami Metro police department by daybut kills people he considers immoral at night, accepted his award shortlyafter Lithgow was named best supporting actor for his turn as serial killerArthur Mitchell.

``Thank you so much, all of you for inviting me into the whole `Dexter'experience,'' Lithgow said. ``I've had the most wonderful time creeping out theentire country for the last six months.''

Matthew Weiner, the creator and executive producer of ``Mad Men,'' saidhe was surprised to be collecting his third consecutive prize for best dramaseries.

The wildly popular prime-time musical series ``Glee'' was named bestcomedy/musical.

``This show is about a lot of things,'' creator/executive producer RyanMurphy said. ``It's about the importance of arts education.'' He went on toquip: ``This is for anybody and everybody who got a wedgie in high school.''

Julianna Margulies was named best actress in a drama series for her workas a lawyer -- and wife of a disgraced district attorney -- in ``The GoodWife.''

Toni Collette won the Globe for best actress in a comedy series for``United States of Tara,'' andAlec Baldwin -- who skipped Sunday night's ceremony because he was attendinga charity event, according to an announcer -- won his third Golden Globe infour years for leading actor in a television comedy for his work on ``30Rock.''

Chloe Sevigny was named best supporting television actress for playingone of Bill Paxton's three wives in the HBO series ``Big Love.'' To theproducers of the show, she quipped, ``I can't even imagine what inspired you tocast me as a Mormon fundamentalist polygamist.''

Drew Barrymore won the Globe for best actress for her work in HBO's GreyGardens,'' which also was honored as best mini-series or made-for-TV movie.Kevin Bacon earned the best actor award in a miniseries or TV movie for``Taking Chance.''

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