Colin Firth and Natalie Portman have claimed acting honours at the 2011 Golden Globes, while The Social Network was the big film winner of the night.
The Facebook tale won four prizes, including best drama and director, increasing its prospects as an Academy Awards favourite.
Winning the dramatic lead-acting prizes were Firth for the British monarchy saga The King’s Speech and Portman for the psychosexual thriller Black Swan.
Lead-acting honours for the Globes’ musical or comedy categories went to Annette Bening for the lesbian-family story The Kids Are All Right and Paul Giamatti for the curmudgeon tale Barney’s Version.
“I’m very proud to be a part of this very special film about two women who are deeply in love and try to keep their family together,” Bening said. “My partner, Julianne Moore, I have to thank first. She asked me to do the picture with her. “
The boxing drama The Fighter earned both supporting actor Globes, for Christian Bale and Melissa Leo.
Bale thanked his collaborators on the film, among them director David O Russell and star and producer Mark Wahlberg, who plays boxer Micky Ward to Bale’s Dicky Eklund, Ward’s older half brother.
“I’ve really got to give a shout out to Mark, because he drove this whole movie, and you can only give a loud performance like the one I gave when you have a quiet anchor and a stoic character,” Bale said.
Toy Story 3 won the Globe for animated films, while Diane Warren’s You Haven’t Seen The Last Of Me from Burlesque won for best song. The Danish family drama In A Better World won the foreign film Globe.