The Oscars race began in earnest today, with James Cameron’s Avatar being named best film drama and The Hangover claiming the top comedy trophy at the Golden Globes.
Box office blockbuster Avatar also earned Cameron the best director Globe.
Among Hollywood stars, Sandra Bullock earned the title of best drama actress for her role in The Blind Side, while Jeff Bridges was named best dramatic actor for his turn as a down-and-out country singer in Crazy Heart.
Robert Downey Jr won the Golden Globe for best comedy actor for Sherlock Holmes.
Meryl Streep, meanwhile, won her seventh Golden Globe for comedy Julie And Julia.
Inglourious Basterds‘ Chistoph Waltz was named best supporting actor, while Mo’Nique earned the best supporting actress Globe – going against her reputation as a comedienne and playing an abusive mother in Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire.
Disney adventure Up won two early Golden Globes: best animated movie and best original score.
Up In The Air garnered writing honours for Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner.
Among television awards, Mad Men claimed its third straight Golden Globe for best drama and Glee was named best comedy or musical.
The Golden Globes are given out by some 90 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to film and television stars.
A win today is likely to give movies the momentum they need in Hollywood’s race for Oscars – the world’s top movie honours to be handed out on March 7.
© 2008 Australian Broadcasting Corporation