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Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 17, 2011 at 3:56AM

The Social Network is sweeping all the awards shows. The film won best drama, director, screenplay and score at the Golden Globes Sunday night. The King's Speech won the expected award for best actor drama Colin Firth, but could have used a best drama win going into the real Oscar race for best picture.
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The Social Network is sweeping all the awards shows. The film won best drama, director, screenplay and score at the Golden Globes Sunday night. The King's Speech won the expected award for best actor drama Colin Firth, but could have used a best drama win going into the real Oscar race for best picture.

Producer Scott Rudin said that he and Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal "started together as kids 30 tears ago. We waited our entire lives for a night like this." He also thanked Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg for "letting us use his life and work as a metaphor for how we all relate to each other."

The full list of winners and more analysis of the impact of the Globes on the Oscar race are below. UPDATE: Caryn James reviews incendiary host Ricky Gervais and the show:


The jokes might have been more daring than funny, but the risk felt exhilarating because Gervais wasn’t being outrageous for its own sake. He was targeting the hypocrisy of Hollywood and the inanity and self-importance of awards themselves. The idea of rewarding excellence in film and TV is a crazy, politicized business, which makes these awards shows full of smoke-and-mirrors pretense. It’s as if no one is meant to notice the Wizard behind the curtain, orchestrating the big-money campaigns, and Gervais’ specialty is pulling that curtain back.

UPDATE: Even Gervais isn't expecting to come back.

While the Golden Globes are neither predictive nor influential on Oscar nominations ballots, which were handed in Friday, the clips and talent exposure, as well as winners' speeches, help to build momentum for the actual Oscar race. Academy Award nominations are announced January 25.

Best Actress Drama winner Natalie Portman used her speech well; her pregnancy gives her warmth and poignancy; her role in Black Swan boasts an impressive degree of difficulty as she does much of her own dancing. The Kids Are All Right's two wins for best actress comedy (Annette Bening) and best comedy will give that film a needed boost. The Oscar race is between Portman and veteran Bening.

Firth and supporting actor Christian Bale (The Fighter) are well ahead of their competition, but supporting actress is messier, even with The Fighter star Melissa Leo's back-to-back wins at the Critics' Choice and Globes. There could be surprises to come there.

Time to party.


Best Motion Picture - Drama
“The Social Network” - Columbia Pictures; Sony Pictures Releasing

Best Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical
The Kids Are All Right” - Antidote Films, Mandalay Vision, Gilbert Films; Focus Features

Best Director - Motion Picture
David Fincher – “The Social Network”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Natalie Portman – “Black Swan”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Colin Firth – “The King’s Speech”

Best Actress: Comedy or Musical
Annette Bening – “The Kids Are All Right”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical
Paul Giamatti – “Barney’s Version”

Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Melissa Leo – “The Fighter”

Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale for “The Fighter”

Best Foreign Language Film
“In A Better World” (Denmark) (Hævnen) Zentropa Entertainment; Sony Pictures Classics

Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Aaron Sorkin - “The Social Network”

Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross - “The Social Network”

Best Animated Feature Film
“Toy Story 3” - Disney * Pixar; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Best Original Picture - Motion Picture
“You Haven’t Seen The Last Of Me” from “Burlesque” - Music & Lyrics By: Diane Warren

Cecil B. DeMille Award
Robert De Niro


Television Winners:

Best Drama Series
“Boardwalk Empire”

Best Television Series - Comedy Or Musical
“Glee” (FOX) Ryan Murphy Television, Twentieth Century Fox Television

Best TV Movie/Miniseries
“Carlos”

Best Actress: Drama
Katey Sagal for “Sons of Anarchy”

Best Actor: Television Series - Drama
Steve Buscemi for “Boardwalk Empire”

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series - Comedy Or Musical
Laura Linney – “The Big C” (Showtime)

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series - Comedy Or Musical
Jim Parsons – “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)

Best Actress: TV Movie/Miniseries
Claire Danes – “Temple Grandin” (HBO)

Best Actor: TV Movie/Miniseries
Al Pacino – “You Don’t Know Jack” (HBO)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:
Jane Lynch – “Glee” (FOX)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Chris Colfer for “Glee”

This article is related to: Awards, Directors, Headliners, Independents, Studios, Golden Globes, David Fincher, Natalie Portman, Annette Bening, Christian Bale, Colin Firth, Weinsteins, Universal/Focus Features, Sony/Screen Gems/Sony Pictures Classics


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.