San Francisco (Obama.net)- Since the mid-1940’s, the Golden Globe Awards have been held annually to honor the best in film and television. Movies, shows, actors, actresses, writers, and directors are all praised on the grand stage every year. All year long the men and women of Hollywood work tirelessly to be nominated just to have a chance to win on this special day.
While the announcement of the nominees was made one month ago, the presentation of the awards to the winners occurred on Sunday, January 16th, 2011, live from Beverly Hills, California.
The 2011 edition of the award show was hosted by Ricky Gervais. Presenters included Matt Damon, Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, and Jennifer Lopez.
The winner for best motion picture went to The Social Network. The movie about the creators of Facebook edged out Black Swan and Inception to earn the nod.
Best Performance by a male went to Colin Firth for his rendition of King George VI in The King’s Speech. Firth beat out James Franco and Ryan Gosling to win the coveted award.
The battle for Best Performance in a Motion Picture by a female was one between cinematic all-stars. Nicole Kidman and Halle Berry ended up taking the backseat to Natalie Portman, who won the award thanks to her excellent portrayal of Nina Sayers in Black Swan.
The Social Network won big on the night with Aaron Sorkin getting the award for Best Screenplay and David Fincher getting Best Director. In addition, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross won for Best Original Score for the film as well.
Toy Story 3 won for Best Animated Feature Film.
For the Best Television Drama Series, Boardwalk Empire got the award over Dexter and Mad Men.
Glee won for Best Musical or Comedy over 30 Rock and Modern Family.
Jim Parsons, who plays Sheldon Cooper in The Big Bang Theory, won Best Performance in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy, beating out Alec Baldwin and Steve Carell.
Chris Colfer and Jane Lynch of Glee both won for Best Performance in a Series, Mini-Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television for male and female, giving Glee two more wins for the night.
Also, Robert De Niro was awarded the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement.
At the end of the night, many were full of joy with their victories while others smiled and were happy for their friends who won, but were disappointed that they did not come home with the award.