LOS ANGELES—In accepting his best director Golden Globe for ``Avatar,'' which also was named the best dramatic film of 2009, James Cameron expressed surprise that the honor did not go to his ex-wife, Kathryn Bigelow, who helmed the critically acclaimed ``The Hurt Locker.''
But she could turn the tables on her ex at the Oscars on March 7.
Slumdog Millionaire'' is the only Golden Globe best picture winner that has gone on to win the best picture Academy Award in the past five years.
Since the Golden Globes adopted a split drama/music format in 1963, 67.4 percent of the films that ended up with best picture Academy Awards had first received a Golden Globe. The drama winner has gone on to win best picture only 25 of 46 times -- 54.3 percent -- while the musical or comedy winner has won six times at the Oscars.
Sunday night's best picture in the comedy/musical category is virtually certain to get nowhere near an Oscar this year. In fact, Todd Phillips, who directed the R-rated ``The Hangover," expressed surprise that his film was named best picture at the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards.
``We didn't expect this," said Phillips, whose raucous effort competed against ``It's complicated,'' ``Julie & Julia,'' ``(500) Days of Summer,'' and ``Nine.''
Among dramas, Cameron's visually stunning 3-D film, which has earned nearly $500 million at the domestic box office, prevailed over ``The Hurt Locker,'' ``Inglourious Basterds,'' ``Up in the Air'' and ``Precious: Based on the Novel `Push' by Sapphire'' to claim the top prize at Sunday night's Beverly Hilton ceremony.
Cameron also took home the award for best director -- a category in which Bigelow was a nominee -- while Jeff Bridges was named best actor in a drama for ``Crazy Heart'' and Sandra Bullock -- best known throughout her career for romantic comedies -- won the Globe for best drama actress for ``The Blind Side.''
``Frankly, I thought Kathryn was going to get this," Cameron said when he accepted his best director Golden Globe.
Bridges, who hails from a famed acting family -- including father Lloyd Bridges -- was named best actor for his portrayal of a tortured aging country singer dealing with his alcoholic demons and trying to revive his career and love life in ``Crazy Heart.''
``I gotta thank my dad,'' Bridges said. ``You know, he loved show biz so damned much he encouraged all his kids to go into show biz. Me being a young kid, you know, you don't want to do what your parents want you to do. ... So glad I listened to you, dad. I finally paid attention.''
Bullock thanked the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for recognizing her performance as southern housewife Leigh Anne Tuohy, who took in homeless black teen Michael Oher -- now a member of the NFL's Baltimore Ravens -- and helped foster his football career.
She also thanked the Tuohy family, ``who allowed me into their homes, and their closets and their business. They reminded everyone that a family is not just who you are born to, or what color you are, it's who's got your back. I thank them for that.''
Meryl Streep won the Globe for best actress in a motion picture comedy or musical for her spot-on portrayal of cooking legend Julia Child in ``Julie & Julia.'' It was the seventh career Golden Globe for Streep, who has been nominated a record 25 times and who was competing against herself Sunday night since she was also nominated for ``It's complicated.''
Robert Downey Jr. claimed the Golden Globe for best actor in a comedy/musical film for ``Sherlock Holmes.''
``Guy Ritchie had a great vision for this film and a lot of great people came together, and we worked our asses off,'' he said.
Mo'Nique earned extended applause with her win for best supporting film actress for her role as a monstrously abusive mother in the gritty drama ``Precious: Based on the Novel `Push' by Sapphire.''
``Thank you God for this amazing ride that you're allowing me to go on,'' Mo'Nique said.
Austrian actor Christoph Waltz, an expected Oscar nominee, was named best supporting actor for his chilling turn as the Jew-hunting Nazi Col. Hans Landa in Quentin Tarantino's ``Inglourious Basterds.''