James Cameron accepted his best director Golden Globe for "Avatar" which was also named the best dramatic film of 2009. Cameron expressed surprise that the best director honor did not go to his ex-wife, Kathryn Bigelow, who helmed the critically acclaimed "The Hurt Locker."
While the Golden Globes are often promoted as an early indicator of who will win on Oscar night, 2008's Slumdog Millionaire is the only Golden Globe best picture winner that has gone on to win the best picture Academy Award in the past five years.
Since the Golden Globes adopted a split drama/music format in 1963, 67.4 percent of the films that ended up with best picture Academy Awards had first received a Golden Globe. The drama winner has gone on to win best picture only 25 of 46 times - 54.3 percent - while the musical or comedy winner has won six times at the Oscars
Among dramas, Cameron's Avatar, which has earned nearly $500 million at the domestic box office, prevailed over The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, Up in the Air and Precious to claim the top prize at The Golden Globes ceremony.
Cameron also took home the award for best director - a category in which Bigelow was a nominee - while jeff bridges was named best actor in a drama for Crazy Heart and Sandra Bullock - best known throughout her career for romantic comedies - won the Globe for best drama actress for The Blind Side.
"Frankly, I thought Kathryn was going to get this," Cameron said when he accepted his best director Golden Globe.
Here some of the 'Golden Globes' winners:
Best Picture: Drama - Avatar
Best Picture: Comedy or Musical - The Hangover
Best Director - James Cameron, Avatar
Best Actor: Drama - jeff bridges, Crazy Heart
Best Actress: Drama - Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
Best Actress: Comedy or Musical - Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia
Best Actor: Comedy or Musical - Robert Downey, Jr., Sherlock Holmes
Best Supporting Actress - Monique, Precious
Best Supporting Actor - Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds