Angelina Jolie, stunning in a Versace gown and matching bright red lips dazzled on the red carpet alongside Brad Pitt. But the superstar couple waited in line just like everyone else when it came time to enter the Beverly Hilton hotel for the show.
Best Actor George Clooney had girlfriend Stacy Keibler on his arm. Clooney told INSIDE EDITION's Jim Moret, "It's like insanity around here right now. It's nutty!"
Kelsey Grammar and his new wife Kate were beaming, because they had very special news to share.
Grammar told INSIDE EDITION's Deborah Norville, "Kate is pregnant."
They're actually expecting twins.
Inside, the star of Boss would have more reason to celebrate when he won Best Actor in a TV Drama.
We spoke to all the night's big winners. Homeland's Claire Danes told Norville she was reeling from the show's meteoric rise.
"It's been awesome to discover how many people have connected with the show and have become obsessed with it. That's the word that I keep hearing. I couldn't be more thrilled about that," said Danes.
Jim Moret caught up with Octavia Spencer, who was nominated for The Help. Spencer has a mini-reunion with co-star and fellow best supporting actress nominee, Jessica Chastain. Spencer had taken off her Christian Louboutins saying, "Yeah, it's going to be a long night."
And when she won the award, inspiring the most emotional reactions of the night, those shoes came up again when she said at the podium, "I'm going to fall off these high-heeled shoes!"
Mary J. Blige, nominated for writing a song for The Help, told Norville how inspired she was by the movie.
"The movie touched my life when I saw it and I started writing on my Blackberry right there at the screening," said Blige.
But it was Uggie, the dog from the black and white silent film The Artist, who really wowed us. Uggie was also the favorite red carpet sighting of Homeland's Mandy Patinkin who showed us the picture he took with his cell phone of himself with Uggie.
You won't believe who our cameras caught shmoozing.
Last year's Best Actress, Natalie Portman, greeted this year's Best Actress, Meryl Streep. Later, Streep told Tilda Swinton, "You're one of my favorite people."
It was a sister act when New Girl's Zooey Deschanel and Bones' Emily Deschanel struck a pose.
And Moneyball's Jonah Hill introduced his sister to Bridesmaids' Kristen Wiig. It was, after all, a night for famous friends to catch up.
Brian Cranston told Jim Moret, "This is like our golf course. We come out here, we see each other and we talk about projects."
Sarah Michelle Gellar said, "It's nice to actually feel like a community."
Amy Poehler told Norville, "It's really exciting to be here and I love my job and I love working on my show so it's a dream come true."
Jesse Tyler Ferguson from Modern Family said, "It is a crazy night and it's bizarre having Meryl Streep interact with Sofia Vergara.
American Idol's Katherine McPhee, who stars in the new show Smash, was on Deborah Norville's plane from New York to Los Angeles.
Norville said, "Here's why I love this girl, she carries her own luggage and she travels carry-on."
"I did. I was like, I'm flying in for less than 24 hours, I'm traveling light," said McPhee.
So who did host Ricky Gervais skewer this year? Gervais was among the first to arrive, looking ready to ruffle some more feathers.
Gervais held up a bottle of champagne and told Jim Moret, "This is how good I feel!"
Jim Moret said to Glee's Jane Lynch, "Ricky Gervais has made it know that he's going to pick targets tonight."
Lynch said, "That's alright. I can take it...I think."
Kate Beckinsale said, "I'm excited to see what Ricky Gervais is saying."
Modern Family's Eric Stonestreet said, "I think he's a brillian comedian and as long as his jokes are funny, we all deserve having outselves taken down a little notch."
In the show, Gervais said, "The Golden Globes are to the Oscars® what Kim Kardashian is to Kate Middelton. A bit louder, a bit trashier, a bit drunker, and more easily bought."
The hits just kept coming when Gervais said, "Out next presenter is the Queen of Pop. Not you Elton [John], sit down."
Elton John was among those who looked less than thrilled to be on the receiving end.
Gervais continued, "She's just like a virgin [clearing his throat]. Please welcome Madonna."
Despite all the Gervais zingers, some reviewers thought he was milder than last year's Golden Globes. One critic from the Associated Press called him, "Tamer and more predictable."
And another critic from People.com said he "Packs less punch."
But live TV brought plenty of unexpected moments, too.
There was a glitch with the teleprompter when Rob Lowe and Julianne Moore took the stage. Someone had to rush out with a copy of the script.
Moore had a funny feeling that she had something to be nervous about when she spoke with Deborah Norville on the red carpet.
Norville asked her, "Do you get nervous about presenting? I would think that worrying about making a speech would be much more nerve-wracking."
Moore said, "I think it's all makes me a little bit nervous. I think just having to go across the stage in a long dress, that's what's scary."
Then, when Downton Abbey won Best Miniseries, star Elizabeth McGovern took a tumble on the stairs. She recovered quickly.
Others shined in the spotlight. Real-life couple Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy sung a little ditty when the presented the Best Supporting Actress award.
Ashton Kutcher showed off his new clean-shaven look. He recently got rid of his beard for an upcoming Two and a Half Men episode.
And everyone is talking about 74-year-old Jane Fonda's slinky peekaboo gown.
Morgan Freeman was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.
On the red carpet, Norville told Freeman, "Don't stop making movies."
"Heaven's no. That's not my intention," said Freeman.
Freeman wore a glove on his left hand and didn't hold his award. His hand has been paralyzed since a 2008 car accident.
Jim Moret was in our backstage one-on-one room with one of the big winners, Michelle Williams who channeled Marilyn Monroe and won the Golden Globe for My Week with Marilyn.
Williams told Moret, "Since I was eight, nine, 10 years old, I auditioned for two years without ever getting a single job. I auditioned three times a day. I heard, 'No, no, no, no. Not pretty enough. Not talented enough. Not smart enough. Not tall enough. Not short enough. This goes a long way for that little girl who heard a lot of 'No's.' "
We also sat down with the producer and director of The Artist, which was the biggest winner of the night with three awards, including Best Comedy.
So we couldn't help but get into the silent film thing by using cue cards to converse.
Meryl Streep, Best Actress for The Iron Lady, let the s-word slip because she'd left her glasses at her table.
It was definitely a battle of the hunks for the Best Actor award, and when George Clooney won, he gave a touching shout-out to his friend Brad Pitt.
"It's nice to see Brad and it's nice to be able to tell him what not just wonderful work he's done in two films this year, but also for the wonderful work he does in the rest of the world for the rest of the people. I'm a fan," said Clooney.