Long time actor Jeff Bridges won for his outstanding role in the movie "Crazy Heart", and Sandra Bullock won the dramatic acting award for her role in the football movie, "The Blind Side" But it was "Avatar" that won for best drama of the year. Other winners for musical and comedies include, Meryl Streep for the Julia Child Story, "Julia, Julia", Robert Downey jr. for Sherlock Holmes.
Monique also won for her role as an abusive welfare mother in the movie, "Precious" based off a book called "Push". Christopher Waltz won for "Inglourius Basterds", and for best musical or comedy was Todd Phillips for "The Hangover" featuring voices by Ed Asner. Mad Men won for best television drama, Michael C. Hall won for best actor in tv drama "Dexter". Juliana Margulies won for best actress in television drama, "The Good Wife" and Toni Collette won for best comedy actress in "The United States of Tara"
Last but not least for the first time in 15 years the show was hosted by Ricky Gervais, who cracked jokes on Mel Gibson and Steve Carrell.