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Originally published January 16, 2011 at 9:26 PM | Page modified January 16, 2011 at 11:36 PM

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'The Social Network' and 'Glee' are big winners at Golden Globes

The Facebook tale "The Social Network" won top honors Sunday at the Golden Globes with four prizes, including best drama and director. Among TV winners, "Glee" won three prizes, best comedy and supporting-acting prizes for Jane Lynch and Chris Colfer. "Boardwalk Empire" won two prizes, for best drama and dramatic actor for Steve Buscemi.

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — "The Social Network" apparently has lots of friends among the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The Facebook tale won four prizes Sunday night at the association's glitzy, annual celebration of movies and TV — the Golden Globe awards — including best film drama and director.

Among TV winners, "Glee" topped the list with three prizes: best comedy and supporting-acting prizes for Jane Lynch and Chris Colfer. "Boardwalk Empire" won two, for best drama and dramatic actor for Steve Buscemi.

David Fincher, directing winner for "The Social Network," said he thought it was strange when the script came to him, because he usually makes dark character studies about misanthropes or films about serial killers (such as "Seven" and "Zodiac").

"I'm personally loath to acknowledge the kind of wonderful response this film has received for fear of becoming addicted to it, so suffice it to say, it's been really nice," said Fincher, whose film also won the Globes for screenplay for Aaron Sorkin and musical score for Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

Sorkin, creator of TV's "The West Wing," had kind words for Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, played by Jesse Eisenberg in "The Social Network."

"Mark Zuckerberg, if you're watching, Rooney Mara makes a prediction at the beginning of the movie. She was wrong. You turned out to be a great entrepreneur, a great visionary and an incredible altruist," Sorkin said.

Other film awards went to Colin Firth (lead actor in a drama, "The King's Speech"); Natalie Portman (lead actress in a drama, "Black Swan"); Annette Bening (lead actress in a musical or comedy, "The Kids Are All Right"); and Paul Giamatti (lead actor in a musical or comedy, "Barney's Version").

The win by Portman for her role as a ballerina coming unhinged amid a production of "Swan Lake" sets her up for a two-woman showdown for best actress at the Feb. 27 Oscars with Bening, who won for her role as a stern lesbian mom in "The Kids Are All Right," which also won for best musical or comedy film.

Portman thanked the film's choreographer, her fiancé Benjamin Millepied, with whom she's expecting a child. He also appears in the movie, and his character doesn't want to sleep with hers.

"He's the best actor! It's not true; he totally wants to sleep with me," Portman said, giggling.

"Barney's Version" follows the many loves in a man's life: his three wives, played by Rachelle Lefevre, Minnie Driver and Rosamund Pike, whom Giamatti described as "a trifecta of hotties."

"I got to smoke and drink and get laid in this movie and I got paid for it. An amazing, amazing thing," Giamatti said.

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The boxing drama "The Fighter" earned two supporting actor Globes, for Christian Bale and Melissa Leo.

"Toy Story 3," the top-grossing film released last year and the second sequel to 1995's digital animation pioneer "Toy Story," won the Globe for animated films, making Disney's Pixar Animation unit five-for-five in the category since it was added in 2006. Past Pixar winners are "Up," "WALL-E," "Ratatouille" and "Cars."

The buzz around town on Globes weekend was not only about likely winners, but also about a lawsuit filed Thursday by a former longtime publicist for the Globes, claiming the organization that runs the show, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, engages in payola schemes for nominations and awards. The allegations have been denied by the association, a group of about 90 reporters covering show business for overseas outlets.

Ricky Gervais returned as Globes host for the second-straight year. Gervais joked that Globe nominees weren't picked just so that Globe voters could hang out with stars such as Johnny Depp.

"They also accepted bribes," Gervais said, referring to the publicist lawsuit.

Philip Berk, who heads the group, made no reference to the lawsuit during his appearance early in the show, simply offering a perfunctory plug for the quality of Hollywood movies.

Gervais pulled few punches as the night progressed, mocking Hugh Hefner, Charlie Sheen, Cher, Bruce Willis, Mel Gibson, Scientologists and Robert Downey Jr., among others.

"Aside from the fact that it's been hugely mean-spirited, with mildly sinister undertones, I'd say the vibe of the show is pretty good so far, wouldn't you?" Downey, a presenter, shot back, perhaps only half-jokingly.

Robert De Niro received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for career achievement.

The usually taciturn De Niro gave an uncharacteristically interesting acceptance speech, making jokes about members of the group being deported (along with most of the waiters working the event) and suggesting that most people in the room hadn't seen a lot of the films he was proud of, including "Stone," "Marvin's Room" and "Stanley and Iris."

"Some of you would be seeing them for the first time. You didn't even watch the screeners, did you?" De Niro said.

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