It was no surprise that critically acclaimed "Avatar" won the Best Motion Picture/Drama at Sunday's Golden Globes, but even "The Hangover" director Todd Phillips seemed surprised that his film beat highly praised "Julie & Julia" for Best Motion Picture/Comedy.
"Wow. Oh my God. We didn't expect this," Phillips said when he accepted the trophy.
Other top honors went to "Glee," which won Best Television Series for a Comedy and "Mad Men," which was named the best drama on television.
Martin Scorsese accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award. "Saying that making movies is a collaborative process is not a cliche, it's the truth." He gave a special thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for its efforts in film preservation.
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Here are the winners:
Best Motion Picture/Drama: "Avatar." Producer Jon Landau said, "Thank you for believing in blue people." Producer and director James Cameron said, "This is the best job in the world."
Best Actor in a Motion Picture/Drama: Jeff Bridges for "Crazy Heart." He thanked his wife for 33 years of marriage and his dad, actor Lloyd Bridges, for encouraging him to get into show business. "So glad I listened to you, dad."
Best Actor in a Motion Picture/Comedy: Robert Downey Jr. for "Sherlock Holmes." "We worked our asses off... and it's just a privilege."
Best Actress in a Motion Picture/Drama: Sandra Bullock for "The Blind Side." "To my husband, there's no surprise that my work got better when I meet you because I never knew what it felt like for someone to have my back, so thank you."
Best Motion Picture/Comedy: "The Hangover." Todd Phillips the director and producer said, "Wow. Oh my God. We didn't expect this."
Best Television Series: "Glee." The show's creator Ryan Murphy said, "This is for anybody and everybody who got a wedgie in high school."
Best Director: James Cameron for "Avatar." Cameron thanked all the spouses of those who worked on the film and especially his wife to whom he said, "You make my dreams possible."
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture: Christoph Waltz for "Inglourious Basterds." He thanked Quentin Tarantino for making him a part of the Tarantino universe. "Thank you very, very much."
Best Supporting Actress in Television: Chloe Sevigny for "Big Love." "I want to share this with my sister wives," she said about her cast mates.
Best Television Series/Drama: "Mad Men" won for the third year in a row.
Best Foreign Language Film: "The White Ribbon."
Best Actor in a Television Drama: Alec Baldwin for "30 Rock." He wasn't present due to a previously scheduled charity event.
Best Screenplay for a Motion Picture: Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner for "Up in the Air." Reitman thanked his parents, the cast and his wife, Michelle. "You are the fuel for my creative fire," he said about his wife.
Best Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture: Drew Barrymore "Grey Gardens." "Thank you for taking the chance on me." "I am humbled and honored."
Best Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture: Kevin Bacon for "Taking Chance." "Let's take care of each other. Peace. Thank you."
Best Actress in a Motion Picture/Comedy: Meryl Streep for "Julie & Julia." "In my long career I've played so many extraordinary women that basically I'm getting mistaken for one." Streep recognized the victims in Haiti and said her mother's memory gave her the courage to "smile" and go the Golden Globes despite feeling sad for the people in Haiti.
Best Miniseries or TV Movie: "Grey Gardens."
Best Original Score in a Motion Picture: Michael Glacchino for "Up."
Best Original Song in a Motion Picture: "The Weary Kind" from "Crazy Heart."
Best Actress in a Television Drama: Julianna Margulies for "The Good Wife." She thanked CBS executives "for believing in the 10'oclock drama." "I'm blessed to go to this job everyday."
Best Actor in a Television Drama: Michael C. Hall for "Dexter." Hall, whose cancer is in remission, wore a black head-covering. "It's really a hell of thing to go to work at place where everybody gives a damn."
Best Animated Feature Film: "Up." Sir Paul McCartney presented this award saying people knew him as "that guy from 'Rock Band'." Animated features weren't just for kids, he said. Drug-taking adults also enjoyed animation.
Best Supporting Actor in Television: John Lithgow for "Dexter." "I've had the most wonderful time creeping out the entire country for the last six months."
Best Actress in a Television Series: Toni Collette for "United States of Tara." After thanking her cast and family, she said, "Cheers. Have a great night."
Best Supporting Actress: Mo'Nique for "Precious." "I celebrate this award with every person that's ever been touched. It's now time to tell, and it's O.K. God bless y'all. Thank y'all so very much."
Host Ricky Gervais started the show by informing viewers that Steve Carell, star of the American version of "The Office," borrowed all his ideas from Gervais, the star of the British version. He also told some R-rated jokes and thanked Hollywood plastic surgeons for all the beautiful faces he was seeing from stage.
Gervais ended his monologue by saying, "Let's get on with it before NBC replaces me with Jay Leno."
Many celebrities wore ribbons in support of the people in Haiti. Nicole Kidman announced that George Clooney has organized a tele-a-thon set for Friday to raise money for those in Haiti.
Highlights from the red carpet: Sir Paul McCartney carried the biggest umbrella; Robert Downey Jr. didn't mind getting wet; Samuel Jackson is a Jets fan; and Morgan Freeman wants viewers to think about those in Haiti. In movie news, Tobey Maguire said a new "Spider-Man" movie will be made but not with him playing Peter Parker.
In her red-carpet interview, Sandra Bullock said Julia Roberts passed on "The Blind Side" for which Bullock won Best Actress in a Motion Picture/Drama. Roberts confirmed that was true before she and Tom Hanks joked about NBC's poor late-night decisions. Roberts said, "NBC you guys are in the toilet right now." And Hanks joked that the group learned about the rain from another network. "NBC said it was going to rain at 10 but they moved it to 11:30 p.m," he said.
When creator of "30 Rock" Tina Fey was interviewed, she also poked fun at NBC. "It's not rain. It's just God crying for NBC." Fey didn't expect her show to win. She thought "Glee" and "Modern Family" were the front runners.