10:57 p.m. ET: That’s a wrap, folks. Check back Monday morning for more of ABCNews.com’s juicy tidbits from backstage (next up in the room: Clooney). Gervais’ parting words: “I hope you enjoyed the goody bags and the champagne and the gold. I hope that took your mind off the recession for a while. Thanks, goodnight.”
10:54 p.m. ET: And the last trophy of the night also goes to “The Descendants” for best motion picture drama. Next stop, Oscars?
10:48 p.m. ET: Best actor goes to Mr. Clooney for “The Descendants,” who used his acceptance speech to joke about fellow nominee Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender’s penis.
10:44 p.m. ET: Sorry, “Friends” fans. A movie version of the ’90s hit TV series ain’t happening, according to Matt LeBlanc. “There’s no plans, no,” he said. “‘Friends’ was about this finite period in six people’s lives. Your imagination as to what these characters have moved on or done with their lives is going to do more justice to those characters than putting them back in the room together.”
10:40 p.m. ET: So how’s the “Episodes” version of Matt LeBlanc different from the real Matt LeBlanc? “Hopefully the Matt LeBlanc in real life is less damaged than the one on the show,” he told ABCNews.com backstage. “I’d like to think I’m less damaged than he is, hopefully.”
10:36 p.m. ET: Meryl Streep’s at some kind of loss for words. After winning best actress in a drama for “Iron Lady,” she stumbled for a while before saying, “I’m going to have to remember my speech.”
10:32 p.m. ET: And this is why the Golden Globes is the most fun show: Sofia Vergara just revealed backstage that she’s not wearing any underwear. “I’m not wearing anything,” she said. “For what? I don’t need it. Julie [Bowen, her co-star] doesn’t need it either.”
10:30 p.m. ET: The cast of “Modern Family” assembled like, well, one big, happy family backstage. Of the show’s diverse cast of characters and mass appeal, Julie Bowen said, “I come from a long line of straight, white Republicans who don’t like people like this [gestures to either side of her], and even they like this show. I think that in country clubs across America, the doors are cracking open.”
10:22 p.m. ET: Morgan Freeman seemed a bit serious when Helen Mirren introduced him for the Cecil Demille award. There was a reason — he’s disappointed they’ve only worked together once: “She had no idea how chagrined I was. I would have given anything to have a shot at her more than once. She’s an extraordinary actress, and I’m working on it.”
10:19 p.m. ET: Awards shows love “Modern Family.” The show won best TV comedy.
10:16 p.m. ET: Add Antonio Banderas to the list of Gervais sparring partners. When Gervais said he couldn’t understand a word the Spanish actor says, Banderas launched into a Spanish tirade that even co-presenter Salma Hayek said she couldn’t comprehend.
10:10 p.m. ET: Another win for Martin Scorsese — best director for “Hugo.”
10:03 p.m. ET: Octavia Spencer kept it so real back stage. She kicked off her stilettos and announced, “I’m sorry, y’all. I love you, but I have to kick these shoes off. We lasted but we’re done.” She added, “Christian Loubutin, I love you, but when you have this much weight you’ve got to … ooh, give us a bit more platform.”
9:46 p.m. ET: Octavia Spencer scores a best supporting actress trophy for “The Help.”
9:45 p.m. ET: In perhaps the most meta moment of the night, Matt LeBlanc, the erstwhile Joey from “Friends,” won the best actor in a TV comedy Globe (his first) for playing a version of himself, a struggling actor, in Showtime’s “Episodes.” Joey would’ve killed for this trophy. “I wish I was him,” he said of his pseudo alter-ego.
9:35 p.m. ET: Claire Danes wins best actress in a drama for “Homeland.” “I first won this award when I was 15 for ‘My So Called Life,’” she started, saying that she forgot to thank her parents that time and this time, compensated by bringing her mom as her date.
9:31 p.m. ET: Get it, Madonna. After Ricky Gervais made fun of her, she took the podium to present best foreign film and fought back: “If I’m still just like a virgin, Ricky. then why don’t you come over here and do something about it.” She added, “I haven’t kissed a girl in a few years. … On TV.”
9:22 p.m. ET: Jessica Lange wins best supporting actress in a mini-series or TV movie for “American Horror Story.”
9:15 p.m. ET:Another trophy for what’s got to be a crowded mantle at the Spielberg household. Steven Spielberg scores the award for best animated feature film, “The Adventures of Tintin.”
9:08 p.m. ET: Peter Dinklage picked up a best supporting actor Globe for his performance on HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”
9:11 p.m. ET: Clooney walks out with his buddy Brad Pitt’s cane. He quips, “I have to give it back to him, he can’t make it to the bar.”
9:10 p.m. ET: Gervais to the smiling crowd: “You’re so much better than last year’s audience.”
9:01 p.m. ET: Michelle Williams beat out Jodie Foster, Charlize Theron., Kristin Wiig and Kate Winslet to win Best Actress in a comedy or musican. Williams, star of “My Week With Marilyn,” said in an emotional acceptance speech that she is first “a mother” before an actress. She thanked her daughter, Matilda Rose, as soon as she hit the stage.
8:57 p.m. ET: Idris Elba wins his first Golden Globe for his performance as DCI John Luther in the BBC’s “Luther.”
8:53 p.m. ET: Backstage, “Homeland” co-creators Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa talked to ABCNews.com about where season two will go. “Don’t expect next season to start right where this one left off,” Gansa said. “There may be a bit of time jump between season.” Gordon added, “The Brody-Carrie relationship will be front and center.” He also said that the “international aspect of the show is going to be highlighted” — “Homeland” outside the homeland?
8:49 p.m. ET: Madonna was sweetly at a loss for words accepting the best original song trophy. “Thank you, Guy O’seary, for being so irritating,” she
8:39 p.m. ET: “Homeland” wins best TV drama. Well deserved.
8:38 p.m. ET: Backstage, “Mildred Pierce” star and Globe winner Kate Winslet is asked how she feels about Lindsay Lohan reportedly being in the running to play Elizabeth Taylor in a biopic, a role she’s reportedly also interested in. “I’ll decline to comment,” she demurred. “It’s a massive undertaking of anybody.”
8:35 p.m. ET: A scruffy looking Kelsey Grammer scores the best actor in a TV drama award for “Boss.”
8:34 p.m. ET: Gervais is back at the mike and giving advice to the winners. Cut the speeches short. “Just do the main two. Your agent and God,” he said. “I know that both God and my agent had exactly the same amount of input in my career.” Gervais is an atheist.
8:26 p.m. ET: Backstage, ABCNews.com asked Laura Dern if she drew on anyone with mental health issues that she knew personally to craft her “Enlightenment” character. “If I did, it would be a number of people and they would all be in this room tonight,” she said, laughing. “Because I’ve grown up around a collection of artists and we all feel things in a large way.” She added, “I think the Occupy movement is a perfect representation of what Amy is feeling.”
8:22 p.m. ET: Winner No. 3: “Downton Abbey” for best mini-series or TV film.
8:13 p.m. ET: And Laura Dern scores the best actress in a TV comedy for HBO’s (not exactly comedic) “Enlightened.”
8:10 p.m. ET: Christopher Plummer scores the first Globe of the night, best supporting actor for “Beginners.” Thanks many people, including the man who gave him “deliciously full martinis.”
8:06 p.m. ET: Exchange of the night, thus far: Gervais to Johnny Depp: “Have you seen ‘The Tourist’ yet?” Depp: “Uh … no.”
8:04 p.m. ET: Now he’s insulting Justin Bieber: “The only way that he could have impregnated a girl is if he borrowed one of Martha Stewart’s turkey basters.”
8:03 p.m. ET: He just said he’s been told not to reference Mel Gibson or Jodie Foster’s “Beaver.” She gave him a thumbs up.
8:02 p.m. ET: Perhaps to show he can take as good as he can give, Gervais is now making fun of his small penis.
8:01 p.m. ET: Oh, it’s started. Gervais: “The Golden Globes are to the Oscars what Kim Kardashian is to Kate Middleton. Bit louder, bit trashier, bit drunker, and more easily bought — allegedly.”
8:00 p.m. ET: Gervais’ first words: “Nervous? Don’t be. This isn’t about you.”
7:45 p.m. ET: More purple on Emma Stone.
7:43 p.m. ET: Clooney’s a joking man. Asked if he directed fellow best actor nominee Ryan Gosling too well in “Ides of March,” Clooney said, “I think I did, I think I screwed up a little bit.”
7:40 p.m. ET: Tina Fey looks radiant in — you guessed it — purple. “My character dresses like a man practically,” Fey said. “It’s a nice change of pace.”
7:28 p.m. ET: Nevermind — Madonna’s on the carpet pretty early, like no very special guest would be.
7:13 p.m. ET: Who might that special guest be? Buzz backstage is Madonna — her song “Masterpiece” from her movie “W.E.” is nominated for best song.
7:05 p.m. ET: Purple’s the color of the night. “Good Wife” Julianna Margulies is wearing a violet Naeem Khan stunner.
6:54 p.m. ET: Charlize Theron has laryngitis. Calls it her “sexy voice.” We’re in for a three second acceptance speech if sexy voice wins best actress for “Young Adult.”
6:51 p.m. ET: Gerard Butler talked about his recent, harrowing surfing accident on the red carpet. “I was under for quite a while,” he said. “I started thinking maybe I wasn’t coming back up. We have it on film and it will be released at some point.”
6:45 p.m. ET: Best actress in a TV drama nominee Madeline Stowe summed up her “Revenge” alter-ego pretty accurately. “I adore her,” she said of Victoria Grayson. “She’s such a perverse, strange character.” As for how she’ll feel if she wins? “Oh, I’d be stunned.”
6:43 p.m. ET: Viola Davis looks incredible in a one-shoulder, eggplant gown. Of the team behind “The Help,” she said, “we’re rooting for each other.” Whether or not she wins best actress, she said she’s going to have fun. Good for her.
6:39 p.m. ET: Best supporting actress nominee Shailene Woodley’s way to de-stress for her first Golden Globes: “my mom.” That’s her date for tonight. The “Descendants” actress looked radiant in a lavender Marchesa gown. Young Hollywood, dress like her.
6:25 p.m. ET: Gervais claims he’s not here to “annoy” anyone. But he also doesn’t think he crossed any lines last year. “I don’t think I’m going to push the boundaries,” he said. “I didn’t think I said anything outrageous last year. If they saw my stand up, their heads would explode. If anyone’s offended, I don’t care.” His maroon suit is by Ted Baker.
6:22 p.m. ET: Best actress nominee Glenn Close looked decidedly unmanly (she transformed into a man for “Albert Nobbs”) on the carpet in a midnight blue Armani Prive gown.
6:18 p.m. ET: Melissa McCarthy is rocking a hunter green Badgley Mischka dress. She said she still cracks up when she watches “Bridesmaids” but said there’s ”no offical talk” of a sequel yet.
6:14 p.m. ET: Ricky Gervais is wearing a maroon suit. Hm. ”I’m not going to ruin anyone’s night,” he said, but he also said he has some jokes he didn’t use in rehearsals.
6:12 p.m. ET: E! News says someone who hasn’t been to the Globes in 14 years will show up tonight. Any guesses?
6:02 p.m. ET: It’s started! We’re live blogging the Golden Globes from the Beverly Hilton’s backstage press room. Stars are descending on the red carpet — George Clooney, up for best actor for “The Descendants” and best director for “Ides of March” just made his way down.