Colin’s the king of Hollywood
But Firth's acclaimed film fails on all other fronts, as Facebook drama The Social Network bags the big prize -- and host Gervais gives grief to the Golden glitterati
Actor Colin Firth was celebrating today after he was named best actor at the Golden Globes -- but his King's Speech movie failed in every other category.
Firth was handed the accolade for his portrayal of a stammering King George VI, solidifying his chances of an Oscar nod later this month.
The movie tells the story of the unlikely relationship between the monarch and an Australian speech therapist who helps him cope with his stammer.
The monarchy saga was nominated in seven categories, including Best Film, but it was only Firth who took the plaudits in the category of best actor in a movie drama -- The Social Network took the big prize.
Accepting his award, Firth referred to his age, saying: "To get to this stage of your life with your dignity and judgment intact can be somewhat precarious.
"Sometimes all you need is a bit of gentle reassurance to keep you on track but right now this (the award) is all that stands between me and a Harley Davidson."
Elsewhere, Christian Bale took home the supporting-actor Golden Globe for his role in The Fighter at the ceremony in Los Angeles. Natalie Portman scooped best actress in a movie drama for the ballet-themed film, Black Swan.
Hollywood veteran Annette Bening took the prize for best actress in a musical or comedy, for her performance in the lesbian-family tale The Kids Are All Right.
David Fincher won the directing prize for the Facebook drama The Social Network, one of four awards for the film. Best animated film went to Toy Story 3.
Some of the biggest stars from film and television descended on the Beverly Hilton Hotel for the ceremony, presented by Ricky Gervais.
The 49-year-old, who presented the show for the second year running, caused some controversy with his cutting humour that targeted some of Hollywood's biggest stars.
"It's going to be a night of partying and heavy drinking," Gervais began his opening monologue, sipping from a glass of what looked like beer. "Or, as Charlie Sheen calls it, breakfast."
The comic also took a jibe at an unnamed Scientologist's sexuality. Gervais also told the audience that he had to helpp Hollywood Foreign Press Association off the toilet and put in his dentures before the show.
Alec Baldwin was seen wiping a tear from his eye at Gervais' wisecracks, while Robert De Niro, who was handed a lifetime achievement award, dissolved in laughter.
Michael Douglas also attended the awards with wife Catherine Zeta Jones, having beaten his throat cancer.
The 66-year-old actor, who presented an award, told E! News he was feeling much better: "As of last week the tumour has gone. This type of cancer doesn't usually come back.
"I'm so happy to be (here), it's our first time out in months and months and to be able to have this day cancer-free is pretty special."
Drama: The Social Network
Picture, Musical or Comedy: The Kids Are All Right
Actor, Drama: Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
Actress, Drama: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Director: David Fincher, The Social Network
Actress, Musical or Comedy: Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Actor, Musical or Comedy: Paul Giamatti, Barney’s Version
Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, The Fighter
Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Foreign Language: In a Better World
Animated Film: Toy Story 3
Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network