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The one big thing that’s useful about the Golden Globes (as distinct from almost every other film award bash) is that there is a slot for sharing kudos among some key categories – doubling the number of nominees and winners in the big departments. This year the system allows for such great performances as those of Annette Bening and Natalie Portman, for instance, to be recognised. Likewise Colin Firth and Paul Giamatti; Andrew L. Urban reports.

There could hardly have been any doubt that The Social Network would be the golden boy this awards season, nor that Colin Firth would be celebrated for his stammering performance as the King in The King’s Speech. It was also odds on that The Kids Are Allright would be a favourite with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

And those Aussies who might feel inclined to whinge that Jacki Weaver didn’t win the GG for her role in Animal Kingdom are doing her a disservice. The fact she was nominated is truly valuable, and sour faces that she didn’t win are out of place and a tad provincial. As a nominee, she is excellent company, with each actress in her category delivering excellent performances. She deserves to be acclaimed, not pitied. Ditto Geoffrey Rush.

Best Motion Picture, Drama - The Social Network 
Best Motion Picture, Comedy - The Kids Are All Right 
Best Director - David Fincher, The Social Network 
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama - Colin Firth, The King's Speech 
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama - Natalie Portman, Black Swan 
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy - Paul Giamatti, Barney's Version 
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy - Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right 
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture - Christian Bale, The Fighter 
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture - Melissa Leo, The Fighter 
Best Screenplay - Motion Picture - The Social Network
Best Original Song - Motion Picture - Burlesque
Best Original Score - Motion Picture - The Social Network
Best Animated Film - Toy Story 3
Best Foreign Language Film - In einer besseren Welt (Denmark)

Published January 17, 2011

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