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Golden Globes edition of our Awards Season Roundup has Gervais, “Social Network” and Oscar forecasts

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The “Social Network” bandwagon picked up a few more prestigious followers last night as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association echoed the Broadcast Film Critics Association, handing David Fincher’s Facebook drama the Golden Globe for Best Picture drama.

Just about all of the Golden Globe winners – from Christian Bale and Colin Firth to sudden frontrunner Melissa Leo – mirrored the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards winners from Friday, possibly erasing any Oscar drama long before the Academy even announces its annual nominations.

The morning after the 68th Annual Golden Globes Awards, most of the chatter swirled around host Ricky Gervais, who went after the celebs in the room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel last night hellbent on deflating a few egos.

“For three hours every year, Hollywood is scared to death of me. It’s great,” Gervais told Deadline at a post-Globes party.

While some of Gervais’ targets were too easy, most of his barbs were mean-spirited, vindictive and, yes, hilarious.

But not everyone was laughing.

“What I saw didn’t seem terribly funny. I don’t think he’ll be invited back to do it next year, not in a hurry,” actress Jane Seymour told FOX411’s Pop Tarts. “I just think it’s about how it’s done. The way it came across and the way it was being received, I think there was a general feeling in the room that ‘this isn’t appropriate.’”

Jeff Wells disagrees, saying, “He went with the taboo-ignoring, see-how-far-you-can-go sensibility of a roast. Coarse, obviously, but he was only speaking to the way things are out there and the things we dare not say. And every so often we heard the crack of a slugger’s bat.”

And in a poll held over at Gold Derby, “Greatest. Host. Ever.” currently leads the competition, so Gervais’ comedy must have connected with a decent size audience.

As for the Globes themselves, Dave Karger analyzes how the wins will affect the Oscar race, saying, “‘The Fighter,’ which won both supporting races, could steal the SAG Best Cast prize, and ‘The King’s Speech’ still has a shot for Best Picture based on what I’m hearing from voters, but ‘Network‘s’ performance so far has been almost unprecedented.”

And Anne Thompson reports, “While the Golden Globes are neither predictive nor influential on Oscar nominations ballots, which were handed in Friday, the clips and talent exposure, as well as winners’ speeches, help to build momentum for the actual Oscar race. Academy Award nominations are announced January 25. … There could be surprises to come there.”

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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