"I want to change my name to 'T-Bone,' " Streep said, laughing, as she accepted the Golden Globe. "I think it sounds good." Turning more serious, she told the audience that playing Julia Child allowed her to channel her late mother, who came from the same generation and "shared her verve" and shared her determination not to let anything get her down. "She had no patience for gloom and doom. I am not like that," Streep said.
The first award of the night went to Mo 'Nique for her role as a vicious mother in "Precious." The stand-up comic and talk-show host has won the lion's share of acting awards for "Precious." Clutching the Globe, she said, "First, let me thank God for this amazing ride," adding that "I'm in the midst of my dream."
The ballroom might have been full of Hollywood's brightest stars but they all paled in comparison to Sophia Loren.
Samuel L. Jackson introduced her as a "real-life movie star," and the legendary actress gorgeous and glamorous at 75 -- earned a standing ovation as she walked on stage to hand out the foreign film award to Germany's disturbing mystery "The White Ribbon," directed by Michael Haneke.
On the TV front, the Globes, which always seem to champion new TV series, did not disappoint. Fox's freshman musical comedy series "Glee" won best TV series, comedy or musical. And for the third year in a row, AMC's stylish "Mad Men" took the trophy for dramatic TV series.
The Globes also had big love for Chloe Sevigny, who won her first Golden Globe for supporting actress in a TV series, mini-series or TV movie for playing a Mormon fundamentalist and plural wife on HBO's series " Big Love."
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Sevigny's acceptance speech stood out for two reasons. First, she said she wanted to "share the award with my sister wives, Jeanneane Tripplehorn and Ginnifer Goodwin." And because on a night where most winners were thanking their agents and other Hollywood muckity mucks -- she thanked "George," her favorite production assistant, who goes over her lines with her each morning. "Without him, I would never remember anything."
In other awards, Kevin Bacon and Drew Barrymore won their first Golden Globes Bacon for actor in a TV movie or miniseries for HBO's "Taking Chance" and Barrymore for actress in a TV movie or miniseries for HBO's " Grey Gardens." "Gardens" also won for TV movie or miniseries. Alec Baldwin won for actor in a TV comedy series or musical for " 30 Rock." Julianna Margulies earned actress in a TV series drama for CBS' freshman legal series for "The Good Wife," while Toni Collette took home actress in a comedy series or musical for Showtime's "The United States of Tara," in which she plays a woman with multiple personalities.
It was also a good night for serial killers.
Michael C. Hall won actor in a TV series drama for Showtime's "Dexter," in which he plays a good-guy serial killer yes, he's a killer but (usually) kills bad guys. Wearing a knit cap to cover his head it was recently revealed that the "Dexter" star is being treated for Hodgkin's lymphoma Hall dedicated the honor to his colleagues on the show: "It's amazing to go to work where everyone gives a damn." He also thanked his wife, Jennifer Carpenter, who happens to play his sister on "Dexter," whom cameras caught trembling in her seat.
John Lithgow also looked like he was on the verge of tears. Moments earlier, he won supporting actor for his startling turn as a cold-blooded serial killer who goes toe-to-toe with Dexter in the show, saying with glee: "I had the most wonderful time creeping out the entire country over the last six months."