Avatar, Streep golden in 2010 Globes

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Emma Carroll writes, The skies opened on Sunday night’s annual Golden Globes Awards ceremony…

The skies opened on Sunday night’s annual Golden Globes Awards ceremony, drizzling on expensive designer tuxedos and providing for an easy conversation starter for red carpet interviewers. But nothing, not even the rain, could dampen the shining gold trophies or the spirits of the winners, which included Hollywood big names such as Meryl Streep (lovingly self renamed as T-Bone Streep in her own acceptance speech), Robert Downey, Jr., Drew Barrymore, Sandra Bullock, Alec Baldwin,and James Cameron. Ricky Gervais hosted, but his opening comedic number could have used a bit of improvement. The self-promoting was enjoyable, but not as hilarious as the thunderous laughter coming from the tables filled with celebrities would have led you to believe. His jokes did not improve as the night went on. It was Cameron’s film Avatar that took home the heavy hitters, including Best Picture-Drama and Best Director. The Hangover grabbed Best Picture-Musical or Comedy, but didn’t take anything else. Up winning Best Animated Feature was fairly predictable, as some critics have called it the best movie of the year. And who doesn’t want to see a feel good Pixar film win? It will most likely win the Academy Award as well. Robert Downey, Jr.’s speech for Best Actor-Musical or Comedy was clever, jokingly blaming everyone instead of thanking them, saying that they couldn’t have done it without him. Though the speech was worth the watch, Downey was largely underserving of the award. Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s undeniable emotion, cuteness and originality as Tom in (500) Days of Summershould have been the clear winner, and a win we would have all cheered for. James Cameron as Best Director was predictable, though there was some fierce competition. Quentin Tarantino ( Inglorious Basterds) was a worthy adversary, as wasKathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker). Cameron blamed his lack of preparedness for his speech on his wife’s convincing him the Kathryn Bigelow would win. In television, AMC’s 1950’s advertising-era drama Mad Men surprised no one with a Best Television Series-Drama win, beating out Shotime’s Dexter and HBO’s Big Love. Fox’s fun, bubble gum primetime show Glee won Best Television Series-Comedy or Musical, making the musical, underdog loving soft spot in everyone become delirious with joy. From the show itself, Matthew Morrison, Lea Michele, and Jane Lynch failed to sweep up Best Television Actor-Comedy or Musical, Best Television Actress-Comedy or Musical, and Best Televsion Supporting Actress-Comedy or Musical, respectively. Though if Jane Lynch didn’t deserve that award, who knows who did! Apparently Big Love’s Chloe Sevigny. Dexter’s Michael C. Hall beat out Mad Men’s Jon Hamm in Best Televison Actor-Drama. 30 Rock took only Best Television Actor-Comedy or Musical via Alec Baldwin this year, compared to its three awards last year, including Best Television Series-Comedy or Musical. Tina Fey, one of the stars of the comedy said before the show she would like to see other new shows win. The directorial icon of the year determined by the Cecil B. DeMille is Martin Scorsese. The award was presented to him lovingly by Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert DeNiro,who bothshowered him withwell deserved praise,fittingafter making such iconic films throughout the years, including Rocky Balboa, Goodfellas, and The Departed. This year’s Golden Globes were not exactly a great triumph, but they were most definitely historical, giving Avatar its first major awards and bestowing Meryl Streep (Julia Child in Julie and Julia)with another trophy to add to her already overflowing glass case. An after party host described the energy as “electric” and for so many winners, it most definitley was. Unmentioned Notable Winners: Best Actress-Drama: Sandra Bullock, The Blind SideBest Supporting Actress-Drama: Mo’Nique, Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire Best Screenplay: Jason Reitman, Up in the Air Best Supporting TV Actor-Drama: John Lithgow, Dexter Source: Hollywood Foreign Press Association