"The Social Network" dominated the 68th annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony Sunday night, winning four awards and trouncing contenders such as "The King's Speech" and "The Fighter."
It was an overwhelming vote from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which often distributed the awards evenly among the many stars at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. While the Globes aren't the best predictors of the Oscars, "The Social Network" is building tremendous momentum, having already won many critics' associations awards.
Among the other winners were Natalie Portman, named best dramatic actress for playing a delusional ballerina in the horror-thriller "Black Swan," and Colin Firth, who took home the best dramatic actor statue for playing a stuttering King George VI in "The King's Speech."
Annette Bening won best comedic actress in "The Kids Are All Right," which also won best comedy film.
In the television categories, the enduring Globe favorite "Glee" took home best comedy series and earned supporting actor awards for Jane Lynch and Chris Colfer, while "Boardwalk Empire" won best dramatic series.
Other highlights included:
DOUGLAS RETURNS. A healthy-looking Michael Douglas, 66, accompanied by his wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, made his first major public appearance since revealing that he believes he has beaten throat cancer. To an extended ovation, he presented the evening's final award, for best movie drama. "There's got to be an easier way to get a standing ovation," he cracked. But Douglas ("Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps") lost out to "The Fighter's" Christian Bale for best supporting actor in a movie.
BITING THE HAND. Ricky Gervais opened the show by quashing "rumors" that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which hands out the Golden Globes, nominated "The Tourist" only to be able to hang out with Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. "Rubbish," Gervais said. "They also accepted bribes." But Gervais' best zinger was this knock at a troubled TV star: "It's gonna be a night of partying and heavy drinking - or as Charlie Sheen calls it - breakfast."
BEST "ACCEPTANCE" SPEECH. After winning for supporting actor in a TV series, the openly gay Chris Colfer of "Glee" dedicated his award to bullied teens who have been told they "can't be who they are."
THE YOUTH OF TODAY. "Toy Story 3" director Lee Unkrich, best animated film winner, asked presenters Justin Bieber and Hailee Steinfeld, "Were you two even born when the first 'Toy Story' came out?" For the record, Bieber was born in 1994, Steinfeld in '96; "Toy Story" came out in '95.
THE LI ANGLE. Best TV drama actor winner Steve Buscemi ("Boardwalk Empire") grew up in Valley Stream and briefly attended Nassau Community College. Best movie supporting actress Melissa Leo ("The Fighter") grew up in Manhattan, but spent manuy summers in the Hamptons with her father Arnold Leo, a fisherman and later the spokesman for the East Hampton Baymen's Association. And, of course, best dramatic movie actress winner Portman ("Black Swan") is a proud graduate of Syosset High School."