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Social Network, Natalie Portman, Colin Firth Golden at Golden Globes

“The Social Network” continued its run of accolades winning four Golden Globe Awards, and taking the inside track in the race for Oscars, along with best actor and actress Natalie Portman and Colin Firth for “Black Swan” and “The King’s Speech.”

All three also won top honors at the Critics’ Choice Awards last week.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association hands out the Golden Globes and often foreshadows possible Oscar winners.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will hand out Oscars in Feb 25. The nominations will be announced this month on Jan. 25.

Golden Globe Winners for Film

Best Actress (Drama): Natalie Portman, “Black Swan”
Best Actor (Drama): Colin Firth, ‘The King’s Speech’
Best Actor (Comedy): Paul Giamatti, ‘Barney’s Version’

Best Picture (Drama): “The Social Network”
Best Picture (Comedy): “The Kids Are All Right”
Best Picture (Animated): “Toy Story”

Best Director: David Fincher, “The Social Network”
Best Actress (Comedy): Annette Bening, “The Kids Are All Right”
Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, “The Fighter”
Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo, “The Fighter”

“Social Network” Director David Fincher, screen writer Aaron Sorkin and Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor with Atticus Ross won for best director, screen play and musical score respectively.

The film, although fictional, is based on Mark Zuckerberg’s controversial founding of the social networking site amid allegations of intellectual property theft and betrayals of his early partner.
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Annette Bening, who portrayed a lesbian mother in the film, “The Kids Are All Right,” was a surprise winner. The film has not received nearly the same level of hype of “Black Swan.”

It’s about two lesbian parents whose children search for their sperm donor father.

In another surprise move, Paul Giamatti won for best actor in a comedy film for his role as a caustic man in “Barney’s Version.”

Giamatti was up against actor Johnny Depp, who was nominated for “The Tourist” with Angelina Jolie and for “Alice in Wonderland.”
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Christian Bale and Melissa Leo repeated as best supporting actor and actress for their portrayals as a drug-addicted fighter and for mother of Christian Bale’s character fespectively.

“Toy Story 3” was named best animated movie.

Director Lee Unkrich called the film “an animated movie that beat with a human heart.”

And Denmark’s “In a Better World” was named best foreign language film, repeating its Critics’ Choice win.

Michael Douglas, who is recovering from throat cancer, and his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones were standouts among guests.

Douglas received a standing ovation as it he had won an award himself. He was there to present for best film drama.

“There’s just got to be an easier way to get a standing ovation,” he said in reference to his eight weeks of harsh chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

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