Golden Globes 2012 Live Blog: Winners, Red Carpet Photos, Ricky Gervais

01/15/2012 07:36 pm ET | Updated Jan 15, 2012

The stars are decked out in rented clothing and jewelry, publicists are having panic attacks and Ricky Gervais is aiming to make Hollywood therapists richer than ever. The 2012 Golden Globes have arrived.

Follow along with our live blog for all the news, gossip and headlines, and below, read about some of the most intriguing match ups. You can also click over to check out the complete list of nominees, enjoy a week's worth of party photos, and laugh at some surprising shots of your favorite TV nominees long before they were actually TV stars. You can also check out the best (and worst!) of the red carpet here.

01/15/2012 10:58 PM EST

And to top it off, 'The Descendants' wins Best Picture Drama. Looks like it's Descendants vs. The Artist for the Best Picture at the Oscars. Your choice?

01/15/2012 10:50 PM EST

Clooney!

George Clooney took home his third career Golden Globe on Sunday, winning Best Actor, Drama for his role in "The Descendants." He starred in the Alexander Payne-directed film as Matt King, a man struggling to navigate fatherhood through a storm of bad news.

His problems are myriad: King finds out that his comatose wife, who is slowly dying after a surfing accident, had an affair; he has to make a decision over the impending sale of his family's inherited Hawaiian land; and he has very little idea how to interact with his kids.

An understated performance, Clooney's ability to anchor the film and keep it grounded wowed the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and puts him in lead position amongst the Best Actor Oscar contenders going into next month's Academy Awards.

In his acceptance speech, Clooney gave props to Brad Pitt for his charity work, to Michael Fassbender for his giant penis, to the HFPA for the award and Alexander Payne for being a filmmaker and friend.

And, to reiterate, Michael Fassbender for his giant penis.

01/15/2012 10:47 PM EST

What are we thinking about Ricky Gervais? Pretty tame. But in a funny way? I think being nice would be hilarious if he was super nice; so, was he nice enough? Does this make any sense?

01/15/2012 10:46 PM EST

So, Meryl Streep wins Best Actress and 'The Artist' wins Best Picture, Musical or Comedy. WHODA THUNK IT?!

01/15/2012 10:34 PM EST

RIcky Gervais calls Colin Firth "very racist" and "evil," claims he punched a blind kitten. I believe it.

01/15/2012 10:27 PM EST

Jean Dujardin wins Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical. His acceptance speech had more words than the entire film -- BUT NO NOD TO UGGIE.

01/15/2012 10:24 PM EST

Over nine million humans were killed during World War I, but damnit, let's root for a horse

01/15/2012 10:19 PM EST

Kooky, culturally confused comedy. Modern Family accepts the way it wins!

01/15/2012 10:16 PM EST

Ricky Gervais! Here he is! He's alive! Saying nice things!

01/15/2012 10:13 PM EST

Best Director

And the award for Best Director goes to... Martin Scorsese! Hugo! Love movies!

With no obvious frontrunners, and a plethora of big names nominated, it figures to be a competitive and surprising ceremony -- and that's just when it comes to winners.

Best friends Brad Pitt ("Moneyball") and George Clooney ("The Descendants") lead the pack vying for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama; Leonardo Di Caprio ("J. Edgar") is also nominated, to help make it an absolutely star-studded category. Meanwhile, a silent film ("The Artist") looks to fend off a Woody Allen hit ("Midnight in Paris") and a movie that features women passing their bowels in the street ("Bridesmaids") in the Best Motion Picture Comedy or Drama category.

The brilliant Octavia Spencer, who played an domestic servant, and the breakout darling Jessica Chastain, who played her generous employer, are both up for Best Supporting Actress for their work in "The Help." Meanwhile, their co-star Viola Davis hopes to pip Meryl Streep, who played controversial British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady." And then there's the comedy category, where Michelle Williams hopes to win an award for her own iconic impersonation, having played Marilyn Monroe in "My Week With Marilyn."

One of the usual suspects for Best TV Series Drama, "Mad Men" is out this year, opening up the opportunity for HBO to take back the throne, with either "Boardwalk Empire" or "Game of Thrones." And "Modern Family" hopes to defend its crown in the comedy category, though "Louie" is the underground choice.

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