Sci-fi epic Avatar has scooped the pool at the 2010 Golden Globes, taking out best film and earning its creator James Cameron the best director honours.
Acting honours were spread across a wide variety of films. Jeff Bridges took home the best actor gong for his portrayal of a washed-up country singer in Crazy Heart, and Sandra Bullock won the female equivalent for her turn as a forthright southern mother in The Blind Side. Dramatic supporting awards went to Mo'Nique for her brutal performance in Precious, and Christoph Waltz, for his darkly comic turn as a multi-lingual Nazi in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds. In the musical/comedy category, Robert Downey Jr's take on Sherlock Holmes topped the list, as did Meryl Streep's incarnation of masterchef Julia Childs (Julie & Julia). Unsurprisingly, Pixar's acclaimed Up was named best animated film.
Going into the ceremony, Jason Reitman's recession-era dramedy Up in the Air led the field of nominees, including nominations for its star George Clooney, and supporting actors Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick. However, in the final wash-up, the film garnered just one award, for motion picture screenplay.
The Golden Globes, which are decided by members of the select Hollywood Foreign Press Association, are widely considered to be a barometer of Oscar success, although statistical analysis tends to put paid to this theory. In any event, a Golden Globe certainly won't hurt when the Academy Awards nominations are announced on February 3 (Sydney time).
The full list of Golden Globes winners is as follows:
ACTOR - COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Matt Damon - "The Informant!"
Daniel Day-Lewis - "Nine"
WINNER: Robert Downey Jr. - "Sherlock Holmes"
Joseph Gordon-Levitt - "500 Days of Summer"
Michael Stuhlbarg - "A Serious Man"
Matt Damon - "Invictus"
Woody Harrelson - "The Messenger"
Christopher Plummer - "The Last Station"
Stanley Tucci - "The Lovely Bones"
WINNER: Christoph Waltz - "Inglourious Basterds"
Penelope Cruz - "Nine"
Vera Farmiga - "Up in the Air"
Anna Kendrick - "Up in the Air"
WINNER: Mo'Nique - "Precious"
Julianne Moore - "A Single Man"
SCREENPLAY - MOTION PICTURE
Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell - "District 9"
Mark Boal - "The Hurt Locker"
Nancy Meyers - "It's Complicated"
WINNER: Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner - "Up in the Air"
Quentin Tarantino - "Inglourious Basterds"
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
"Baaria" (Italy) - Medusa Film; Summit Entertainment
"Broken Embraces" (Spain) - El Deseo SA; Sony Pictures Classics
"The Maid" (Chile) - Forastero; Elephant Eye Films
"A Prophet" (France) - Chic Films; Sony Pictures Classics
WINNER: "The White Ribbon" (Germany) - Wega Films; Sony Pictures Classics
WINNER: Michael Giacchino - "Up"
Marvin Hamlisch - "The Informant!"
James Horner - "Avatar"
Abel Korzeniowski - "A Single Man"
Karen O, Carter Burwell - "Where The Wild Things Are"
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
"Cinema Italiano" from "Nine" - Music & Lyrics by: Maury Yeston
"I Want to Come Home" from "Everybody's Fine" - Music & Lyrics by: Paul McCartney
"I Will See You" from "Avatar" - Music by: James Horner, Simon Franglen; Lyrics by: James Horner, Simon Franglen, Kuk Harrell
WINNER: "The Weary Kind" from "Crazy Heart" - Music & Lyrics by: Ryan Bingham, T Bone Burnett
"Winter" from "Brothers" - Music by: U2; Lyrics by: Bono