Kate Winslet, Mickey Rourke, the late Heath Ledger and the sleeper hit "Slumdog Millionaire" swept the top categories at last night's 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles.
Ledger, who died last January, won best supporting actor for his role as The Joker in " The Dark Knight," while Winslet triumphed with two dramatic acting awards, for best supporting role ("The Reader") and best performance ("Revolutionary Road"). Mickey Rourke won best actor in a dramatic film for "The Wrestler," beating heavyweights Sean Penn and Brad Pitt, both being touted as Oscar contenders.
Oscar bettors might also want to put money on "Slumdog Millionaire," an unlikely crowd-pleaser set in the poverty-stricken city of Mumbai, which nabbed four awards, including best dramatic picture and best director for Danny Boyle.
In television, NBC's awards-prone comedy "30 Rock" took home three statues, including best comedy or musical series, while "Mad Men" won for best dramatic series, echoing last year's Emmys.
The celebrity-spangled show did its best to quash the memory of last year's broadcast, which amounted to little more than a news conference when stars stayed away during a writers' strike.
THE HEATH FACTOR. In what could be a foreshadowing of the Oscars, the late Heath Ledger won best supporting actor for his critically acclaimed role as The Joker in "The Dark Knight." Director Christopher Nolan accepted the award and noted: "After Heath passed on, you saw a hole ripped in the future of cinema."
KATE THE GREAT. "You have to forgive me because I have a habit of not winning things," Winslet said as she opened what she acknowledged was a long acceptance speech for best supporting actress. Forgive her again, folks, she also won for best actress for "Revolutionary Road."
NOT THE GRAMMY. Bruce Springsteen, whose song "The Wrestler" won best original song, wryly observed: "This is the only time I'm gonna be in competition with Clint Eastwood. It feels pretty good." Eastwood was up for "Gran Torino," which he co-wrote and sang.
30 BARACK. When NBC's "30 Rock" won for best musical or comedy series, Tracey Morgan proudly accepted the award. " Tina Fey and I had an agreement," he said, "that if Barack Obama won, I would speak for the show from now on." Morgan also trumpeted the dawn of "post-racial America," adding: "Deal with it, Cate Blanchett!"
IT'S ALL GOOD. Accepting the award for best actor in a musical or comedy show, "30 Rock's" Alec Baldwin sent love to "my daughter Ireland, who makes me laugh when I'm home." That's the same daughter in 2007 he famously called a "thoughtless little pig" on an answering-machine message.
ONE FOR THE AGES. Awarding Steven Spielberg the special Cecil B. DeMille Award, presenter Martin Scorsese called him "the most successful filmmaker ever to step behind a camera."
MAKE LEMONADE. Ricky Gervais, clutching a half-drained pint, managed to find the humor in this year's seemingly endless spate of Nazi-themed dramas. "The trouble with Holocaust films," he said, "is there's never any gag reel on the DVDs."
COKE JOKES. Colin Farrell scored the first one, blaming a stray sniffle on a cold - "not the thing it used to be" - and Seth Rogen got in another by wishing he'd been invited the Globes 20 years ago: "That way, instead of being drunk with Mickey Rourke tonight I'd be doing cocaine with Mickey Rourke tonight."
TOUCHY, TOUCHY. Stars shook their heads and murmured disapprovingly after Sacha Baron Cohen told this recession-themed joke about one of their own: "Even Madonna has been forced to get rid of one of her personal assistants. Our thoughts go out to you, Guy Ritchie."
NEW AROUND HERE. Beating out Meryl Streep, Frances McDormand, Emma Thompson and Rebecca Hall, little-known Sally Hawkins ( "Happy-Go-Lucky") won best actress in a musical or comedy film. The 32-year-old Brit nearly fell to pieces on stage ("I'll try and get through as much as my voice and nerves and knees will let me"), smudging her mascara and quivering before her competition: "This seems insane when most of you are in the room."
And the winners are....
Drama "Slumdog Millionaire"
Musical or Comedy "Vicky Cristina Barcelona"
Actor, Drama Mickey Rourke, "The Wrestler"
Actress, Drama Kate Winslet, "Revolutionary Road"
Actor, Musical or Comedy Colin Farrell, "In Bruges"
Actress, Musical or Comedy Sally Hawkins, "Happy Go Lucky"
Supporting Actor Heath Ledger, "The Dark Knight"
Supporting Actress Kate Winslet, "The Reader"
Animated Feature "Wall-E"
Foreign language film "Waltz with Bashir"
Director Danny Boyle, "Slumdog Millionaire"
Screenplay Simon Beaufoy, "Slumdog Millionaire"
Original Song Bruce Spring-steen, "The Wrestler"
Original Score A.R. Rahman, "Slumdog Millionaire"
Drama "Mad Men" (AMC)
Comedy/Musical - "30 Rock" (NBC)
Actor, drama Gabriel Byrne, "In Treatment" (HBO)
Actress, drama Anna Paquin, "True Blood" (HBO)
Actor, comedy or musical Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock" (NBC)
Actress, comedy or musical Tina Fey, "30 Rock" (NBC)
Supporting Actor Series, Miniseries, Movie Tom Wilkinson, " John Adams" (HBO)
Supporting Actress, Series, Miniseries, Movie Laura Dern, "Recount" (HBO)
Miniseries/TV Movie "John Adams" (HBO)
Actor, Miniseries/TV movie Paul Giamatti, "John Adams" (HBO)
Actress, Miniseries/TV movie Laura Linney, "John Adams" (HBO)