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It may have been a dark and stormy night outside the Beverly Hilton, but inside, the glittery 67th annual Golden Globes kicked off with a frothy start as the evening's host, Ricky Gervais, welcomed the assembled movie and TV stars.

"Let's get on with it before NBC replaces me with Jay Leno," Gervais cracked as he jump-started the proceedings on behalf of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., the organization that votes for the awards.

Nicole Kidman, the first presenter, pointed out that a lot of the attendees were wearing ribbons in support of Haiti and plugged the upcoming George Clooney-organized concert to benefit the stricken country.

The breakout summer comedy "The Hangover," from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, continued on a winning streak by grabbing the prize for best film comedy or musical. Its director Todd Phillips joked, "Now I'm going to get in a fistfight with Harvey Weinstein" -- whose musical "Nine" had also been nominated in the category -- "but I have Mike Tyson here, so that's good." And, in fact, Tyson joined the movie's other actors onstage.

Twelve years after winning a best director Globe for "Titanic," James Cameron staged a repeat by winning the same award for "Avatar."

Promising to keep his speech short since "frankly, I have to pee something fierce," he claimed not to be prepared, having expected his former wife and fellow nominee Kathryn Bigelow to win for "The Hurt Locker." "And she richly deserved it," he said.

He used his acceptance to thank the army of craftsmen that made the Fox movie, but especially singled out the actors, offering a "thank-Na'vi" to thank three of his actors present -- Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Sigourney Weaver -- saying, as he offered an instant translation, "I see you, my brother and my sisters."

Bullock, who was forced to share the best actress award at Critics Choice Award on Friday night, had her own moment in the spotlight on Sunday, when she was recognized as best dramatic film actress for her true-life role as a suburban mom in takes in a homeless teen and prospective football star in "The Blind Side."

She acknowledged the Tuohy family, depicted in the movie, for reminding "everyone that a family is not just who you are born to or what color you are," but who's got your back."

The most-nominated actor or actress in Globes history, Meryl Streep received her seventh award for "Julie & Julia," which Tom Hanks described as "the Meryl Streep movie where she doesn't end up in bed with Alec Baldwin, but does with Stanley Tucci -- by any measure a substantial move up." In fact, Streep's "Julie" win beat out her nomination in the same category for "It's Complicated."

"I just want to say, in my long career, I've played so many extraordinary women that basically I'm getting mistaken for one," she said, somewhat self-deprecatingly.

Robert Downey racked up his third Globe -- this time as best movie actor in a comedy -- for taking on the title role in "Sherlock Holmes." Facetiously, he pretended not to offer thanks to Warners, producer Joel Silver and his wife, Susan, explaining, "I really don't want to thank my wife because I could be bussing tables at the Daily Grill right now if it were not for her."

Mo'Nique took the first award of the evening, when she was named best supporting actress for her fierce performance as a monstrous mom in "Precious."

In an emotional acceptance speech, the comedian-turned-dramatic actress, first thanked God "for this amazing ride that you are allowing me to go on"; paid tribute to her husband, Sidney, whom she married when she was just 14; lavished praise on her director Lee Daniels and the movie's star Gabourey Sidibe; and dedicated the award to anyone who has ever been abused, saying: "It's now time to tell and it's OK."

Christoph Waltz indulged in his apparent love of metaphor when he was called to the stage to accept the best supporting film actor award for his turn as a villainous Nazi in "Inglourious Basterds." Just as he made repeated use of the word "choice" when he won the Critics Choice Award on Friday night, on Sunday, he did a riff on the world "globe," concluding, "I wouldn't have dared dream my little world, my globe, would be part of that constellation, and now you've made it golden."

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</td> </tr> <tr> <td></td> <td> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> For their adaptation of Walter Kirn's novel, Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner earned best screenplay honors for the high-flying, comedy-drama "Up in the Air." "I feel we were just conduits from Walter Kirn to these three actors," Reitman said, gesturing to include the film's three principals, all nominees, Clooney, Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendricks.

Paul McCartney was called upon to present the award for best animated film, joking that animation isn't just for children, "it's also for adults who take drugs."

The winner was Pixar's "Up," released by Disney. Director Pete Docter accepted the award for the movie about an old man who hitches his home to some high-flying balloon, by testifying that when it came to finding the heart of the movie, "our inspiration was all around us -- our grandparents, our kids, our wives, our talking dogs."

"Up" also copped the award for best score for its composer Michael Giacchino.

The country-flavored tune "The Weary Kind" from "Crazy Heart" earned best song honors for Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett -- who beat out such nominees as McCartney and Bono.

The award for best foreign film went to Michael Haneke for German-language "The White Ribbon." Among his thank-yous, he included Sony Pictures Classics co-heads Michael Barker and Tom Bernard for bringing the film to the public.

Fox's freshman series "Glee" was applauded as best comedy/musical series. Its creator Ryan Murphy thanked "all the wonderful people who actually thought a musical would work on primetime programming," and he dedicated the award to "anybody and everybody who got a wedgie in high school."

"Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner thanked the HFPA for "putting the show on the map" as the AMC show repeated its win last year and once again was named best TV drama.

The first TV award of the night went to Toni Collette, earning her first Globe after three previous nominations for best performance by an actress in a TV series comedy for playing a mom with seriously multiple personalities in "The United States of Tara."

Alec Baldwin, who wasn’t present, was named best actor in a comedy series, once again, for his work in “30 Rock.”

Julianna Margulies, after six previous noms, won her first Globe for her new role as a wronged wife who re-enters the work force in CBS' "The Good Wife." In her thank-yous, she made a veiled reference to NBC's woes by thanking CBS execs Les Moonves and Nina Tassler "for believing in the 10 o'clock drama."

Michael C. Hall won his first Globe for playing the serial killer of the title in Showtime's "Dexter." "It's a hell of a thing to go to work in a place where everyone gives a damn," he said.
For playing a fellow serial killer in the same series, John Lithgow took home the prize for TV supporting actor.

"I've had the most wonderful time creeping out the entire country for the last six months," he said.

Chloe Sevigny introduced a moment of spontaneity when she exclaimed, "I just ripped my dress," as she took the stage to accept the award for supporting TV actress for playing the middle wife in polygamy drama "Big Love."

"Grey Gardens," HBO's movie about eccentric mother and daughter Big Edie and Little Edie Bouvier Beale, won its upteenth award as it was crowned best miniseries or movie made for TV.

While Jessica Lange won an Emmy over fellow nominee Drew Barrymore for "Grey Gardens," they traded places at the Globes, where they were both nominated as best actress in a miniseries or TV movie, as, this time around Barrymore took the prize.

Kevin Bacon became another first-time Globe winner when he prevailed in the category of actor in a miniseries or TV movies for playing a military escort officer in the true-life story "Taking Chance."

The list of nominees follows; all winners in bold.
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