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Last updated at 17:29 GMT, Monday, 17 January 2011

Firth finishes first at Golden Globes

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17 January 2011

The Social Network has won the top award at the Golden Globe Awards in Hollywood. Colin Firth was named best actor and Natalie Portman best actress. Firth won for his role as King George VI.

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Peter Bowes

Actor Colin Firth with his Golden Globe award

Colin Firth with his Golden Globe

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The Social Network tells the story of how Facebook started, including the legal tussles behind the scenes. As well as being named best drama, it won the award for best screenplay:

"People want to go on the internet and check out their friends, so why not build a website that offers that: friends, pictures, profiles? I'm talking about taking the entire social experience of college and putting it online."

Colin Firth was named best actor for his role in the British period drama The King's Speech. He plays George VI in the film about the British monarch's battle with stammering. His performance has won widespread praise from critics. He joked that the award would help him stave off a mid-life crisis:

"Getting through your... the mid stage of your life with your dignity and your judgement intact can be somewhat precarious and sometimes all you need is a little bit of gentle reassurance to keep you on track."

Natalie Portman, who stars in the thriller Black Swan was named best actress. She plays a ballet dancer who wins the lead role in Swan Lake, but slowly breaks down under the pressure of rivalry from another ballerina.

One of the most heartfelt standing ovations of the night went to Michael Douglas. He announced last week that he'd made a complete recovery from throat cancer:

"I was... just got to be an easier way to get a standing ovation."

Peter Bowes, BBC News

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legal tussles

legal dispute

screenplay

all the words written (script) for a film or TV show and instructions for how it is to be acted and filmed

social experience of college

process of student life, of making friends and sharing ideas and hobbies at university

period drama

film or TV show set during a specific time in the past, with costumes and buildings from that particular time

monarch

here, King

stammering

speaking with great difficulty, often repeating words or parts of words before being able to continue

stave off

prevent or delay

precarious

insecure or uncertain

reassurance

advice to make you feel better about something

heartfelt standing ovations

sincere congratulations from an audience who have all stood up at once and applauded (someone)

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