There were no big surprises at the Golden Globe awards Sunday night with Natalie Portman, Colin Firth and the Facebook film “The Social Network” walking out with top honours.

A pregnant Portman accepted the best actress award for her work in the disturbing thriller “Black Swan”, thanking her grandmother, parents and choreographer fiancé Benjamin Millepied. Firth took home the best actor statue for his portrayal of King George VI as he struggles to overcome a speech impediment in “The King’s Speech”.

And the critically-acclaimed film “The Social Network” — a top choice among critics — dominated the awards ceremony picking up a number of top honours, including best picture, screenplay, direction and score.

“The Fighter” also received some important honours. Christian Bale picked up the best supporting actor award and Melissa Leo won best supporting actress.

In the comedy or musical film categories, Paul Giamatti won best actor for his portrayal of Barney Panofsky in the film adaptation of Mordecai Richler’s 1997 book “Barney’s Version”. After trying to pull himself together after being handed his award by a stunning Halle Berry, the bespectacled actor took a moment to thank Richler’s family and to praise both Montreal and Canada.

And Annette Bening won the best actress award for her work in the comedy “The Kids Are Alright”.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association raised some eyebrows when it nominated the box office bomb “The Tourist” in three categories. Host Ricky Gervais, who ruthlessly ribbed many presenters and winners, didn’t spare the Angelina Jolie-Johnny Depp flop, which was shut out in all categories.

“I’d like to quash this ridiculous rumor going around that the only reason ‘The Tourist’ was nominated was so the Hollywood Foreign Press could hang out with Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie,” Gervais said. “That is rubbish. That is not the only reason. They also accepted bribes.”

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association was the butt of a few jokes, including a couple in Robert De Niro’s Cecil B. DeMille Award acceptance speech. The HFPA has come under scrutiny over the past several months and is currently named in a $2 million lawsuit by its former publicist who claims the group uses payola schemes for nominations and awards.

“Toy Story 3” picked up the best animated film award, giving Pixar an incredible run at the Golden Globes — five for five since 2006.

And in the television categories, “Glee” was the big winner with best comedy and supporting actor and actress honours. “Boardwalk Empire” took home the best drama award and its star Steve Buscemi took home the best dramatic actor statue.

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