A charmingly self-deprecating Ricky Gervais started off the Golden Globes with a funny, little monologue which included a long joke about his funny, little ... well, you know. He also said — very wisely — “Actors, they really are better than everyone else, aren’t they?”

 

And for a few hours last night, all eyes were on these demigods. The Golden Globes celebrates all actors — from TV stars, to movie starlets, to composers, to those who make animated films (“Animation is not just for children. It is also for adults who take drugs,” quipped presenter Paul McCartney).

 

Alas, although they might be better than us, they weren’t that unpredictable (you would think there would be a streaking, rebellious Conan O’Brien in there somewhere, no?). Mo’Nique kicked things off when she won Best Supporting Actress for her role as the abusive mother in “Precious” (this win pretty much cements her picking up an Oscar for the role come March). Michael C. Hall, who was recently diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, picked up a statuette for Best Actor in Television Drama for his lead roll in “Dexter.”

 

Although “Avatar” won Best Motion Picture in a Drama, it might be that the Oscars are indeed the final frontier as no space-based movie has ever won the Best Picture at the Academy Awards, and none have been nominated since “E.T.”