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

Golden Globes

First Posted: 01/15/12 07:36 PM ET Updated: 01/15/12 10:43 PM ET

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.

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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?

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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.

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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?

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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Robert Downey Jr. should host a shadow awards show in which he winks and makes charming little jokes about himself that actually serve as a swipe at Hollywood.

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Wait, the guy from 'March of the Penguins' is a real actor?!

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Helen Miren talking smack on Morgan Freeman. Yeah! Fight!

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He's being awarded Gwyneth Paltrow's head in a box

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Our only complaint is that they couldn't give Golden Globes to both Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer for 'The Help.' They were both amazing!

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Beating Alec Baldwin, Johnny Galecki and everyone else who was favored over him. Impressive!

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Clare Danes wins for 'My So Called Life: Al Qaeda Edition'

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Dustin Hoffman may be drunk.

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'A Separation,' which has a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, wins the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film. Sorry, Angelina.

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Madonna calls out Ricky Gervais. Calls him a girl. Wants to kiss him. One fake Brit to a real one.

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Woody Allen wins for 'Midnight in Paris.' And he's not there, because he's a baller.

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@ evanrachelwood : That's my baby! Congrats! @1jamiebell

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Steven Spielberg wins the Golden Globe for "Tin Tin." Best Animated Film. Which is weird. But hey!

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George Clooney presents 'Moneyball.' With a cane. Atta boy, stick it to your best friend!

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What an adorable speech for win for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical. Sure, Seth Rogen dissed the film's placement in the category, but Michelle made it worth it.

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Here's Brad Pitt presenting 'The Ides of March.' BFFs!

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But we're still pumped about Idris!

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"This is one of the most prestigious awards for an actor," Debra Messing just lied about Best Actor in a TV movie or mini-series

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Best score goes to "The Artist." Hoping Kim Novak accepts the award.

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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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