JAMES Cameron's Avatar is on its way to Oscar success after it took out the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture at the awards ceremony today.
The 3D film, which has made box office history by making more than $1 billion dollars features Australia's own Sam Worthington, who also presented an award at the star-studded event.
Cameron also won best director for a motion picture, beating the other favourite Quentin Tarantino for his work on Inglourious Basterds.
Australia's only Golden Globe winner Toni Collette took out the award for Best Actress in a Television Series, Comedy or Musical for her role in United States of Tara.
Unfortunately, Australian nominees Simon Baker and Rose Byrne missed out on gongs for their roles in their hit US TV shows The Mentalist and Damages.
Host Ricky Gervais kept Hollywood's stars on the edge of their seats with his humour, as this year's Golden Globes continued to highlight the ongoing need to support victims of the Haiti earthquake.
Stars including Nicole Kidman and Maggie Gyllenhaal called on viewers to donate to charity appeals as gift bags worth thousands were being auctioned to celebrities to raise money for the Red Cross' work in disaster zone.
Today's Golden Gloves was a repeat of Cameron's Globes night 12 years ago, when Titanic won best drama and the directing prize on its way to dominating the Oscars.
This time, though, instead of being "king of the world," as Cameron declared at the Oscars, he has become king of an alien landscape, elevating space fantasy to enormous critical acclaim.
''Avatar asks us to see that everything is connected, all human beings to each other, and us to the Earth. And if you have to go four and a half light years to another, made-up planet to appreciate this miracle of the world that we have right here, well, you know what, that's the wonder of cinema right there, that's the magic,'' Cameron said.
Winning the dramatic-acting honors were Sandra Bullock for the football tale The Blind Side and Jeff Bridges for the country-music story Crazy Heart.
The crowd gave a standing ovation to Bridges, a beloved veteran generally overlooked for key Hollywood honors.
"You're really screwing up my underappreciated status here,'' Bridges said.
The acting prizes for musical and comedy went to Meryl Streep for the Julia Child story Julie & Julia and Robert Downey Jr. for the crime romp Sherlock Holmes.
The supporting-performance Globes were won by Mo'Nique as an abusive welfare mother in Precious and Christoph Waltz as a gleefully bloodthirsty Nazi in Inglourious Basterds.
Downey thanked his frequent producing collaborator Joel Silver, the "guy that's only restarted my career 12 times since I began 25 years ago.''
The Vegas bachelor bash The Hangover won for best musical or comedy, bringing uncharacteristic awards attention for broad comedy, a genre that often gets overlooked at Hollywood honors.
"I just want to thank my mom, who supported my decision to become a director when she realized I wasn't as smart as my two sisters,'' said Hangover director Todd Phillips.
As he accepted the directing Globe, Cameron had kind words for ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow, nominated as best director for The Hurt Locker.
"Frankly, I thought Kathryn was going to get this. She richly deserves it,'' said Cameron, whose Avatar has taken in $1.6 billion worldwide, second only to Titanic with $1.8 billion.
The Globes marked a dramatic turning point for Mo'Nique, who was mainly known for lowbrow comedy but startled audiences with her ferocious performance in Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' By Sapphire.
Mo'Nique had gushing praise for Precious director Lee Daniels and newcomer Gabourey Sidibe, a best dramatic actress nominee at the Globes with her first film role, playing Mo'Nique's abused, illiterate daughter.
"Lee Daniels, the world gets a chance to see how brilliant you are. You are a brilliant, fearless, amazing director who would not waver, and thank you for trusting me,'' Mo'Nique said. "To Gabby, sister, I am in awe of you. Thank you for letting me play with you.''
Streep's competition for best actress in a musical or comedy included herself. She also was nominated for the romance It's Complicated.
"I just want to say that in my long career, I've played so many extraordinary woman that I'm getting mistaken for one,'' Streep said. "I'm very clear that I'm the vessel for other people's stories and other people's lives.''
Waltz, a veteran Austrian actor who is a relative newcomer in Hollywood, won the supporting-actor Globe in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds.
"A year and a half ago I was exposed to the gravitational forces of Quentin Tarantino,'' Waltz said. "He took my modest little world, my globe, and with the power of his talent and his words and his vision, he flung it into its orbit, a dizzying experience.''
Though one of Hollywood's biggest parties, the Globes bore somber reminders of tragedy in the real world, many stars wearing ribbons in support of earthquake victims in Haiti.
The blockbuster Up came away with the award for animated film. Pixar Animation, the Disney outfit that made Up, has won all four prizes for animated movies since the Globes introduced the category in 2006. Past Pixar winners are WALL-E, Ratatouille and Cars.
Up features the voice of Ed Asner in a tale of a lonely, bitter widower who renews his zest for adventure by flying his house off under helium balloons to South America, where he encounters his childhood hero and a hilarious gang of talking canines.
"When it came to finding the heart of the film, we didn't have to look very hard,'' said Up director Pete Docter, whose film also won for musical score. "Our inspiration was all around us. Our grandparents, our parents, our wives, our kids. Our talking dogs.''
Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner won the screenplay honor for Up in the Air, which Reitman also directed. The foreign-language honor went to The White Ribbon, a stark drama of guilt and suspicion set in a German town on the eve of World War I.
Mad Men won for best TV drama, while Michael C. Hall won for best actor in a TV drama for Dexter, in which he plays a serial killer with a code of ethics, killing only other murderers. Hall's publicists revealed this past week that Hall is being treated for Hodgkin's lymphoma and that the cancer is in remission.
"It's really a hell of a thing to go to work in a place where everybody gives a damn. That's really the case with Dexter,'' Hall said. "It's a dream job. I'm so grateful.''
Dexter also won the supporting-actor TV honor for John Lithgow. Other TV winners included Juliana Margulies as best actress in a drama for The Good Wife and Toni Collette as best comedy actress for The United States of Tara.
The Globes are presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a group of about 90 reporters covering show business for overseas outlets
Best Motion Picture, Drama **Avatar The Hurt Locker Inglourious Basterds Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire Up in the Air
Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical (500) Days of Summer **The Hangover It's Complicated Julie & Julia Nine
Best Director - Motion Picture Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker **James Cameron, Avatar Clint Eastwood, Invictus Jason Reitman, Up in the Air Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama **Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart George Clooney, Up in the Air Colin Firth, A Single Man Morgan Freeman, Invictus Tobey Maguire, Brothers
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama Emily Blunt, The Young Victoria **Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side Helen Mirren, The Last Station Carey Mulligan, An Education Gabourey Sidibe, Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Matt Damon, Invictus Woody Harrelson, The Messenger Christopher Plummer, The Last Station Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones **Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Penelope Cruz, Nine Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air ** Mo'Nique, Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire Julianne Moore, A Single Man
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy Matt Damon, The Informant! Daniel Day-Lewis, Nine **Robert Downey, Jr., Sherlock Holmes Joseph Gordon-Levitt, (500) Days of Summer Michael Stuhlbarg, A Serious Man
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy Sandra Bullock, The Proposal Marion Cotillard, Nine Julia Roberts, Duplicity Meryl Streep, It's Complicated ** Meryl Streep, Julie and Julia
Best Screenplay - Motion Picture The Hurt Locker, Mark Boal District 9, Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell Inglourious Basterds, Quentin Tarantino It's Complicated, Nancy Meyers **Up in the Air, Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner
Best Animated Feature Film Coraline Fantastic Mr. Fox Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs The Princess and the Frog ** Up
Best Foreign Language Film A Prophet **The White Ribbon The Maid Baaria
Best Television Series, Drama Big Love Dexter House **Mad Men True Blood
Best Television Series, Comedy or Musical 30 Rock Entourage **Glee Modern Family The Office
Best Actor in a Television Series, Drama Simon Baker, The Mentalist ** Michael C. Hall, Dexter Jon Hamm, Mad Men Hugh Laurie, House Bill Paxton, Big Love
Best Actress in a Television Series, Drama **Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife Glenn Close, Damages January Jones, Mad Men Anna Paquin, True Blood Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer
Best Actor in a Television Series, Comedy or Musical **Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock Steve Carell, The Office Thomas Jane, Hung David Duchovny, Californication Matthew Morrison, Glee
Best Actress in a Television Series, Comedy or Musical ** Toni Collette, United States of Tara Courteney Cox, Cougar Town Tina Fey, 30 Rock Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie Lea Michele, Glee
Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television ** Grey Gardens Into the Storm Little Dorrit Taking Chance Georgia O'Keeffe
Best Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television **Kevin Bacon, Taking Chance Kenneth Branagh, Wallander: One Step Behind Chiwetel Ejiofor, Endgame Brendan Gleeson, Into the Storm Jeremy Irons, Georgia O'Keeffe
Best Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Joan Allen, Georgia O'Keeffe **Drew Barrymore, Grey Gardens Jessica Lange, Grey Gardens Anna Paquin, The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler Sigourney Weaver, Prayers for Bobby
Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother Michael Emerson, Lost Jeremy Piven, Entourage William Hurt, Damages ** John Lithgow, Dexter
Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Jane Adams, Hung Rose Byrne, Damages Jane Lynch, Glee Janet McTeer. Into the Storm **Chloe Sevigny, Big Love
The 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, honoring the best achievements in film and television performances for the year 2009, will be presented on January 23, 2010 at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles, California for the fourteenth consecutive year. It will be broadcast live simultaneously by TNT and TBS.
Winners will be announced on Sunday 24th January, 2010 AEST.
The ceremony will honor the best films of 2009 and will take place March 7, 2010, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. It will be televised in the United States on ABC. Actors Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin will host the show. Martin will host for the third time, after previously presiding over the 73rd and 75th ceremonies, while Baldwin will host the show for the first time.
The nominees for the 82nd Academy Awards will be announced live on Tuesday February 2, 2010, at 05:38AM PST (13:38 UTC) (08:38AM EST) at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California, by Tom Sherak, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) and a guest announcer.
On June 24, 2009, then-Academy president Sid Ganis announced at a press conference that there will be ten Best Picture nominees instead of five at the 2010 ceremony.