Robert Downey Jr.
, winner for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy, gave a shout-out to the mysterious team of journalists who comprise the Globe-giving Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
"Art in the blood is liable to take the strangest forms, said the Sherlock Holmes
star, quoting Arthur Conan Doyle
. "That is why I would like to thank also, or not thank, the HFP, because they are a strange bunch, and now I'm one of them."
But we're mainly glad he won because of this: "Thank who? [Producer] Joel Silver
, the guy who's only restarted my career 12 times since I began 25 years ago? I mean, I really don't want to thank my wife, because I could be busing tables at the Daily Grill right now if not for her. Jeez, what a gig that'd be."Meryl Streep didn't have to share
with Bullock tonight, standing solo on the podium to accept Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy, for channeling Julia Child
in Julie & Julia
And Streep, no matter how many times she gets to go up there, always thinks of something apropos to say.
"I come to Golden Globes weekend and I am really honestly conflicted how to have my happy movie self in the face of everything that I'm aware of in the real world," she said after humorously informing everyone that she wants to change her name to T-Bone, as in Best Original Song winner Burnett
, winner for Crazy Heart
's theme song "The Weary Kind."
"And I want to say," Streep continued, "that's when I hear my mother's voice, saying, 'Give some cash to Partners in Health, put the dress on, put on a smile, and be damn grateful that you have the dollars to help and the next day, and the next day...'"Mo'Nique
, a comedian who's left audiences floored by her portrayal of an abusive mom in Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire
, heads into the Oscar homestretch with a Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture, which tends to be the category most hospitable to breakout performances overall.
"First, let me say, thank you, God, for this amazing ride that you're allowing me to go on," she said, ultimately concluding with the pointed message, "I celebrate this award with all the Preciouses and the Marys, with all the people who've ever been touched...It's now time to tell, and it's OK."
Also continuing his goosestep waltz toward Oscar was Austrian Christoph Waltz
, who's been the subject of Oscar buzz since Cannes and tonight was a Best Supporting Actor winner for playing Nazi nut Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds
, who lost Best Screenplay to Up in the Air
scribes Jason Reitman
and Sheldon Turner
, finally had a reason to smile.Steve Granitz/Getty Images