THE SOCIAL NETWORK was friended by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association four times for wins as Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Director for David Fincher, Best Screenplay for Aaron Sorkin, and Best Original Score – Motion Picture for Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. The film’s lead Jesse Eisenberg lost out in the category to Colin Firth who was crowned Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for his royal role in THE KING’S SPEECH.
Natalie Portman took home the Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama award for her work in the challenging film BLACK SWAN. Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy went to the terrific (and Godiva chocolate-loving) Paul Giamatti for BARNEY’S VERSION, and the Best Actress for the category was earned by Annette Bening for THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT which also adopted Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.
Christian Bale was chosen as Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for the real-life drama adaptation THE FIGHTER, along with Melissa Leo winning Best Supporting Actress for the film.
Laura Linney won in absentia as Best Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy for Showtime’s THE BIG C, and the stars aligned for deserving underdog Jim Parsons who won as Best Actor in the category for his hilarious work in THE BIG BANG THEORY.
GLEE won as Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy, as did series stars Jane Lynch for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie, and Chris Colfer flipped the same award for Best Supporting Actor in the same category.
Katey Sagal won as Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama for her compelling role in SONS OF ANARCHY, while Steve Buscemi earned the category’s Best Actor award for HBO’s BOARDWALK EMPIRE.
HBO also scored twice in the Best Actor and Actress in a Mini-Series or TV Movie categories as Claire Danes prevailed for her portrayal of TEMPLE GRANDIN, and Al Pacino was living large for his role as Dr. Kevorkian in YOU DON’T KNOW JACK.
Disney*Pixar’s mega hit TOY STORY 3 walked away with Best Animated Film while Dianne Warren‘s ‘You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me’ ran first in the category of Best Original Song – Motion Picture for BURLESQUE. The TV Mini-Series about the Venezuelan revolutionary CARLOS took away the Golden Globe for its harrowing drama. Denmark’s IN A BETTER WORLD bested all other nominees as Best Foreign Language Film.
While the Golden Globes do not prefigure Oscar wins a month from now, the popular topicality of THE SOCIAL NETWORK certainly has moved ahead on scorecards for now over the highly-touted real life drama of boxing brothers Micky and Dickie Ward in THE FIGHTER. Expect the same near-shut out for THE KING’S SPEECH save for Colin Firth’s likely win as Best Actor from the Academy. We’ll know for sure on February 27th when the Oscars are awarded live from Hollywood on ABC.