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'Avatar,' Robert Downey Jr., Sandra Bullock Blindside 2010 Golden Globes

Entertainment Tonight, Sunday, January 17, 2010, 8:26pm (PST)

It was a festive night of new winners and big surprises as 'Avatar,' 'The Hangover,' "Mad Men" and "Glee" were named cream of the crop at the 67th annual Golden Globes. The stars braved a rainy red carpet at the Beverly Hilton Hotel to attend the event, with Brit funnyman Ricky Gervais keeping the audience in stitches as the evening's emcee. On a more serious note, many attendees wore special ribbons showing compassion and support for the post-earthquake crisis in Haiti.

Click here for the complete list of winners.

James Cameron's 'Avatar' was named Best Motion Picture – Drama, triumphing over 'The Hurt Locker,' 'Inglourious Basterds,' 'Up in the Air' and 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire.' "We all have the best job in the world," Cameron told his audience of peers. "What we do is we make entertainment for a global audience and that's what the Golden Globes mean." The 'Avatar' puppet master also picked up the Globe for Best Director, thanking the many talents involved with his sci-fi motion-capture extravaganza, including "the spouses who waited so patiently for four-and-a-half years while we adventured on Pandora." On the lighter side, 'The Hangover' was named Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, out-partying '(500) Days of Summer,' 'Nine,' 'It's Complicated' and 'Julie & Julia.'

A surprised Sandra Bullock won the Best Actress – Drama award for her portrayal of tough mom Leigh Anne Tuohy in 'The Blind Side,' besting Emily Blunt, Helen Mirren, Carey Mulligan and Gabourey Sidibe. She thanked hubby Jesse James and the Tuohy family, who "reminded everyone that a family is not just who you are born into or what color you are, but who's got your back."

Veteran star Jeff Bridges nabbed the Best Actor – Drama statuette over George Clooney, Colin Firth, Morgan Freeman and Tobey Maguire for his performance as a faded country star in 'Crazy Heart.' After a standing ovation, Bridges proclaimed, "Wow, you're really screwing up my underappreciated status here." He thanked his wife of 33 years, his late mom and his late dad, Lloyd Bridges, who "encouraged all of his kids to go into showbiz. I'm so glad I listened to you, dad."

Robert Downey Jr. was named Best Actor -- Comedy or Musical over Matt Damon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Stuhlbarg and Daniel Day-Lewis for playing 'Sherlock Holmes.' Joking that he shouldn't have to thank anyone, especially Warner Bros. because, "'Avatar' was going to take us to the cleaners; if they didn't have me they wouldn't have a shot," he singled out wife Susan Downey -- "I could be busing tables at the Daily Grill if it wasn't for her" -- and the Hollywood Foreign Press, because, "They are a strange bunch, and now I'm one of them."

Nominated for two performances in the same film category -- 'It's Complicated' and 'Julie & Julia' -- Meryl Streep picked up the Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy statuette for the latter film over Sandra Bullock, Marion Cotillard and Julia Roberts. "In my long career [I've] played so many extraordinary women that basically I'm getting mistaken for one," she said modestly. "I also got to secretly pay homage to my own personal, not-so-famous hero -- that's my mother. … I am really grateful."

Mo'Nique earned the Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture statuette for her stirring performance in 'Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire,' besting Penelope Cruz, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, and Julianne Moore. Emotional and literally shaking, she declared, "I am in the midst of my dream," and remarked, "I celebrate this award with all the Preciouses, all the Mary's, with every person that's ever been touched. It's now time to tell, and it's okay."

'Inglourious Basterds' villain Christoph Waltz stole the Best Supporting Actor trophy from fellow nominees Matt Damon, Woody Harrelson, Christopher Plummer and Stanley Tucci. "A year and a half ago I was exposed to the gravitational forces of Quentin Tarantino," said Waltz, calling it "a dizzying experience. … I wouldn't have dared to dream that my little world would be part of that constellation, and you made it golden."

On the TV side, "Glee" sang to the crowd, winning Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical over "30 Rock," "Entourage," "Modern Family" and "The Office," while "Mad Men" smoked and drank its way to Best Drama over "Big Love," "House," "True Blood" and "Dexter."

Michael C. Hall snuffed out nominees Simon Baker, Jon Hamm, Hugh Laurie and Bill Paxton to earn his first Best Actor - Drama Golden Globe as America's favorite serial killer, "Dexter." Sporting a black cap to match his tux just days after his announcement that he is battling cancer, Hall said, "It's really a hell of a thing to go to work where everybody gives a damn. … It's a dream job and I'm so grateful." Hall's Trinity Killer co-star, John Lithgow, beat out heavy hitters Jeremy Piven, Neil Patrick Harris, William Hurt and Michael Emerson to win the award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-series or TV Movie. "I've had the most wonderful time creeping around the entire country the last six months," he said, acknowledging co-star Hall as "a remarkable actor and a wonderful, wonderful man."

"The Good Wife" star Julianna Margulies won the Best Actress in a TV Series – Drama award over Glenn Close, January Jones, Anna Paquin and Kyra Sedgwick. "I'm blessed to go to this job every day," she said, also wishing her "sweet baby boy" a happy birthday. Chloe Sevigny won the Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series – Drama statuette over Jane Adams, Rose Byrne, Jane Lynch and Janet McTeer. "United States of Tara" star Toni Collette picked up the award for Best Actress in a TV Series -- Comedy or Musical, while "30 Rock" star Alec Baldwin won the Best Actor crown in that category.

Other big winners of the night included 'Up' for Best Animated Film and Best Original Score; 'Up in the Air' won Best Screenplay – Motion Picture; Best Original Song went to "The Weary Kind" from 'Crazy Heart'; "Grey Gardens" was named Best mini-series or TV movie, with an emotional Drew Barrymore winning her first Best Actress Globe for the HBO TV movie; Kevin Bacon also earned his first Best Actor award for his performance in the HBO TV movie 'Taking Chance'; Germany's 'The White Ribbon' was named Best Foreign Language Film; and Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio delivered an amusing and touching tribute to longtime collaborator, friend and mentor Martin Scorsese, who was given the Cecil B. DeMille award for his contributions to cinema and its preservation.

Star presenters of the night included Arnold Schwarzenegger, Harrison Ford, Tom Hanks, Nicole Kidman, Sophia Loren, Kate Hudson, Jodie Foster, Mickey Rourke, Mel Gibson, Bradley Cooper, Reese Witherspoon, Gerard Butler, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Winslet, Halle Berry, Kate Hudson, Paul McCartney, Cher, Helen Mirren, Taylor Lautner, Ashton Kutcher, Christina Aguilera, Colin Farrell, Cameron Diaz, Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington, Matthew Fox, Lauren Graham, Zachary Levi, Amy Poehler and more!

Watch ET for more highlights from tonight's big show!

Related stories: 'Avatar' Inches Closer to Beating 'Titanic' Record, Rules Worldwide Box Office 

 'Avatar' Beats 'Star Wars' Nearing $500 Million at Domestic Box Office 
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