Backstage at the Golden Globes

The Golden Globes Awards show is otherwise known as Hollywood's biggest party, and this year, Hilary Swank, Annette Bening, Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio had extra reason to celebrate.

Here's what some of the winners were saying and doing onstage, backstage and on the red carpet, as the buzz started building for next month's Academy Awards.

Swank: Best Man for the Job

Even backstage, Swank continued to thank director Clint Eastwood for winning best actress in a drama for her turn as a boxer in "Million Dollar Baby," after thanking him profusely at the podium, earlier in the evening. She even joked that she'd love to be one of the guys in his next film.

"He's doing a World War II movie and there are no women in it, and I said, 'You know, Clint, I played a boy before," said Swank, 30, who portrayed a cross-dressing teenaged girl in "Boys Don't Cry."

"So, I'm still trying to twist his arm on that one," Swank said, giggling. "I don't think it's working so well."

Swank looked every bit the lady when she made her entrance in a golden Calvin Klein gown. When she was called to the stage, she was a bit more reverential in her tribute to Eastwood, who won honors for best director.

"I don't want to ruin your 'go ahead, make my day image,' but you have such a huge heart and you envelop all the people around you. ... You guided us so brilliantly."

As she concluded her acceptance speech, Swank joked about a mistake she made in her Oscar acceptance speech five years ago, when she forgot to thank her husband.

"Let's see, is there anyone else?" she said, referring to actor Chad Lowe. "You're my rock. Your support is ... I can't even describe it. You're my everything. Thank you."

Bening: Age-Old Secrets

In "Being Julia," Bening played a British stage diva in the 1930s who takes gleeful revenge on a young starlet who tries to steal her thunder.

After winning best actress in a musical or comedy, Bening spoke out about the real-life challenges facing actresses in Hollywood.

"I think there's no question that sexism exists, but I think that as long as people are willing to fight and create interesting stories that involve women of all different ages, then the movies will get made," the 46-year-old actress said backstage.

Bening and Swank are likely to fight it out for best actress at the Oscars. Nominations will be announced next Tuesday. The two faced each other in 2000, when Bening was nominated for "American Beauty." Swank ultimately won for "Boys Don't Cry."

Another woman joking about her age, Anjelica Huston, said, "Wouldn't you like to know?" when reporters backstage asked what a woman over 40 knows that a woman under 40 doesn't.

The 53-year-old Huston picked up her first Golden Globe award after eight nominations for HBO's "Iron Jawed Angels."

"I spent a lot of my youth feeling insecure," Huston said. "I look back at those pictures and think, 'What was wrong with you?"'

'Desperate Housewives': Deliriously Happy

"I couldn't have been a bigger has-been," said Teri Hatcher, 40, who thanked friends, family and her "Desperate Housewives" co-stars for helping revive her career. The former "Lois & Clark" star even thanked ABC for giving "me a second chance at a career."

"All my friends and those agents that stuck around when I couldn't get an audition," Hatcher said, "I would be absolutely nowhere without all of you and you know who you are."

Hatcher beat out "Desperate" co-stars Marcia Cross and Felicity Huffman to win the trophy. They were joined by co-stars Eva Longoria and Nicolette Sheridan to present the nominees for best actor in a TV movie or miniseries.

When show creator Marc Cherry accepted the trophy for best TV comedy series, he told the audience that, just a few years ago, he was a 40-year-old man who had gone 2½ years without even an interview.

Cherry said his big break came when his agent was arrested for embezzlement. Cherry ended up with a new agent and found success when he began selling "Desperate Housewives" as a soap opera instead of a satire. He thanked his mom for her financial support and for giving him the idea for a new TV show.

"Now that's good parenting," Cherry said.

Foxx: Something in the Water

Talk about unbridled excitement, when Foxx won for best actor in a musical or comedy, he did anything but play it cool.

"I wish I could take what I'm feeling right now and put it in the water system, and we would all love each other a whole lot more," he proclaimed.

"Can I just tell you that I am having the ride of my life right now?"

Foxx won for his dead-on portrayal of Ray Charles in "Ray." The comic could have walked home with three awards, having also been nominated for best supporting actor in a film drama for "Collateral" and for best actor in a TV movie or miniseries for his role in "Redemption." He was the first actor ever with three Golden Globe nominations in a single year.

But did the losses matter? Foxx put it this way: "Is this the best day of my life? Wow! It is."

DiCaprio: A Man Obsessed

After winning best actor in a film drama for his portrayal of Howard Hughes, DiCaprio now has to be considered the front-runner in the Oscar race for best actor. Foxx may be destined to get a nomination as well, but Academy Award voters tend to favor dramas.

But DiCaprio not only starred in "The Aviator," he was also one of the film's executive producers, so he was doubly delighted when the film picked up trophies for best film drama and for best original score.

The 30-year-old actor, best known for "Titanic," had long wanted to play the bizarre billionaire, even though some say he was too young for the part. But DiCaprio spoke backstage about why Hughes' life resonates with him.

"He was a man obsessed with everything he did in his life. Whether it be women, airplanes, money, business, the man would not stop until he reached his own ideals of perfection," DiCaprio said. "And when you play an obsessive character like that it's completely challenging and it's something you can't wait to do, so I've been waiting to do it for eight years."

Williams: A Sign of the Apocalypse

In his trademark frenetic style, Robin Williams was honored with the Cecil B DeMille Award for career achievement. The comic noted that he'd won the first of his five Golden Globes 27 years ago, for "Mork & Mindy."

"Two years later, you gave it to Pia Zadora," he said at the podium, poking fun at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which had its credibility called into question for bestowing a Golden Globe on the actress for her notorious box office bomb, "Butterfly."

Williams then thanked the HFPA for "having an open bar" and for giving him an award with a "nipply thing" on top.

Williams riffed on the famous faces in the ballroom, saying, "I'd also want to thank you for having Prince, William Shatner, Puff Daddy and Mick Jagger on the same stage. That is the sign of the apocalypse."

Backstage, Williams said his speech was entirely unscripted. "Even I didn't know what I was going to say."

Dave Alpert, Bill Diehl and Heidi Oringer of ABC Radio in Los Angeles and Buck Wolf in New York contributed to this report.