The 68th Golden Globe Awards, which took place on Sunday, saw the latest round in the battle between the two Oscar front- runners.
David Fincher's The Social Network made a comprehensive sweep, taking home the trophies for Best Motion Picture - Drama, Best Director, Best Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin) and Best Original Score (which was shared with the Nine Inch Nails singer Trent Reznor and the producer Atticus Ross).
The King's Speech, which led the rest of the Golden Globe nominees with seven nods, managed to take home only one statue. But given that it was for Colin Firth, who had long been the favourite to win the award for Best Actor in a dramatic role, its nominated director, Tom Hooper, can take some consolation.
Other winners of the night included the Oscar-nominated actress Natalie Portman, who was awarded the Best Actress award for her role in the Darren Aronofsky thriller Black Swan. The boxing film The Fighter also came out well at the ceremony, with Christian Bale and Melissa Leo walking away with the Best Supporting Actor and Actress trophies respectively.
But host Ricky Gervais proved controversial. His swipes at stars including Charlie Sheen, Bruce Willis and Robert Downey Jr drew gasps as well as laughs. Some commentators suggested it might be the last time the British comedian would be asked to host a major US awards ceremony.
The Golden Globes, which are awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, are carefully watched for indications of Academy Award winners. Last year's Best Actress and Actor winners, Sandra Bullock and Jeff Bridges, went on to gain the corresponding awards at the Oscars.