Although the 67th Globes show itself didn't really bring any steam the host, British funnyman Ricky Gervais, was on fire Sunday bringing the laughs from the audience with a risque and hilarious introduction, taking time to make digs at NBC and their ongoing Leno/Conan fiasco, a theme of the night at the awards show and on the red carpet.
Australian actress Toni Collette, a vision in gold, accepted her award for Best Actress In A TV Series, Comedy or Musical, for the show United States Of Tara, and shared that the first time she appeared 15 years ago, she was "on the loo" and missed her whole category!
John Lithgow accepted his award for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, TV Series Or Movie and made a moving shout out to be-hatted Dexter star Michael C Hall. As RadarOnline.com previously reported Hall announced last week that he is battling cancer. Thankfully, Hall says he is now in remission and is nearing the end of his treatment.
For his part, accepting his award for Best Actor in TV Series Drama, Michael C Hall kept his speech brief and to the point. Not acknowledging his battle at all. The camera panned at one point to his co-star Lithgow though and he could be seen choking back tears.
Gervais didn't just save the digs for NBC throughout the night, he joked about his own movie too, The Invention of Lying, saying he had been inundated with people asking why (the total flop and critically panned flick) wasn't nominated for a Globe!
As usual in awards shows people's too long speeches were cut off midway with a rising crescendo of music playing over them as they trotted out shout out after shout out. It seemed that even the soaring music couldn't stop the producers of HBO's Grey Gardens though as they just talked louder and louder over the loud music, being sure to not miss a single person from their seemingly never ending list of thanks!
Meryl Streep accepted her award for Best Actress in A Motion Picture Comedy or Musical saying she wants to change her name to "T-Bone" Streep! The actress who was a favorite to win the category with two nominations, won for her role in Julie and Julia. A tearful Streep gave a moving shout out to her deceased mom as well as making mention of the crisis in Haiti and how grateful she is that she has the money to help out there.
A gushing Drew Barrymore, accepting her award for Best Actress in a Mini Series or TV Movie for HBO's second win of the night for Grey Gardens, quipped that she had been meeting with the Hollywood Foreign Press for "97 years now"! Choking back tears, she went on to say that with everything going on in the world now she knows what is important.
Holding a beer in his hand Ricky Gervais excused any offending behavior on his drinking, before going on to say, "I like a drink as much as the next man, unless the next man is...Mel Gibson!" Mel, for his part, took the teasing in his stride, playacting like he was drunk before going on to introduce the category and winner of Best Director of a Motion Picture.
In a shock upset Sandra Bullock won Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for her part in The Blind Side, beating out the favorite, Gabourey Sadibe from Precious. Even though she was a winner of one of the major catagories Bullock still wasn't immune from the soaring music playing over her speech to stop her talking!
In another shock of the evening Jeff Bridges beat out George Clooney's appearance in Up In The Air with a Best Actor win for his performance in Crazy Heart. He gave a shout out to his mom who died last year, saying she taught him to dance, "In this room".