Cameron ended up winning best director for that film, and "Avatar" itself won the Golden Globe for best motion picture, drama. But it was Robert Downey Jr.'s acceptance speech as best actor in a comedy or drama for his starring role in "Sherlock Holmes," which came in the middle of the Globes' "Avatar" affair, that won the award for best speech of the night.
"If you start playing violins, I will tear this joint apart," he started. "First of all, I'd like to thank Susan Downey [his wife] for telling me that Matt Damon was going to win, 'So don't bother to prepare a speech.'"
"I don't have anybody to thank," Downey continued. "I'm certainly not going to thank Warner Brothers ... they needed me! 'Avatar' was going to take us to the cleaners. If they didn't have me, we didn't have a shot, buddy."
Which brings us to the billion dollar question: does anyone have a shot against "Avatar" at the Oscars come March? Only time, and the Academy, will tell.