The ode to the golden age of filmmaking took awards for best comedy, best actor (lead Jean Dujardin) and original score.
British stars figured heavily in the glittering awards ceremony. Period drama Downton Abbey took the best miniseries award, and Kate Winslet, wearing a black-and-white Jenny Packham gown, won best actress in a miniseries or movie for her role in Mildred Pierce.
Meryl Streep and Madonna both won for their cinematic treatments of British subjects—Streep took home a best actress award for Margaret Thatcher biopic The Iron Lady and Madonna won a gong for best original song, in W.E. ELLE cover star Michelle Williams took home the best actress in a musical or comedy award for playing Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn.
And then there was the host. Producers knew what to expect when they gave repeat offender Ricky Gervais his third hosting gig. ‘Now, the Hollywood Foreign Press have warned me that if I insult any of you or any of them or offend any viewers or cause any controversy whatsoever, they'll definitely invite me back next year as well,’ he joked.
Gervais took advantage of NBC’s bleep-catching seven-second delay, but couldn’t be tamed into treating Hollywood names kindly. ‘The Golden Globes are to the Oscars what Kim Kardashian is to Kate Middleton,’ he said. ‘A bit louder, a bit trashier, a bit drunker, and more easily bought. Allegedly. Nothing's been proved.’
None of that loud, trashy reputation was in evidence on the red carpet. Stars indulged in no-holds-barred glamour, with fishtail hems (Reese Witherspoon in Zac Posen, Sofia Vergara in Vera Wang, Julianne Moore in Chanel), bridal-white gowns (Jessica Biel in Elie Saab, Jessica Chastain in Givenchy, Kate Beckinsale in Roberto Cavalli) and crystals (Zooey Deschanel in Prada, Lea Michele in Marchesa, Madonna in Reem Acra) galore.