It was a wild night at the Golden Globes--and not just due to the haphazard stripped-down format resulting from the strike by the Writer's Guild of America.

Eddie Vedder won a Globe for Best Original Song for "Guaranteed" from the "Into The Wild" soundtrack. Dario Marianelli won for Best Original Score for his work on "Atonement," which also nabbed the Globe for Best Motion Picture, Drama.

Overall, the musical "Sweeney Todd" was one of the night’s big honorees by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, with the film taking two Globes; the award for Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical, and Johnny Depp winning the Best Actor prize.

The HFPA also was attuned to Marion Cotillard, who won the Best Actress prize in a Comedy or Musical, for her portrayal of Edith Piaf in "La Vie en Rose." Cate Blanchett won in the Supporting Actress category for her interpretation of a mid-career Bob Dylan in "I'm Not There."

Rounding out the major film categories, "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" won for Best Foreign Language Picture, with director Julian Schnabel also taking home the directing Globe. Daniel Day-Lewis won for Best Actor, Drama for "There Will Be Blood" and Julie Christie was named Best Actress, Drama for "Away From Her."

On the television side, Queen Latifah won for Best Performance in an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture for her work in "Life Support." Overall, however, the big winner in TV was for HBO's TV movie "Longford," which won for Best Miniseries or Motion Picture, and swept the miniseries acting awards for performances from Jim Broadbent and Samantha Morton.

"Mad Men" was named Best Dramatic TV Series; "Extras" won Best Comedy. Dramatic acting winners were John Hamm for "Mad Men" and Glenn Close for "Damages"; on the comedy side, the winners were David Duchovny for "Californiacation" and Tina Fey for "30 Rock."

The bestowing of the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award, which was to be given to Steven Spielberg, was postponed until next year.

While musicians don't perform live at the Golden Globes even when there is a traditional ceremony, it appears as though in most years the exposure from being mentioned on the highly-rated telecast could give a small boost to the winners in the best original song and best original score categories.

From 2003 to 2005, sales increased a touch for winning soundtracks the week after the ceremony, but it's difficult to ascertain if this can be specifically linked to the Golden Globes or to the increased overall exposure for certain films during awards season.

And even this isn't guaranteed. In the 2007 ceremony, Prince's win for "The Song of the Heart" from "Happy Feet" was followed by a 5% sales drop for the movie soundtrack, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Alexandre Desplat's winning score for "The Painted Veil," however, saw sales jump 172% the week after the ceremony--but sales still totaled less than 1,000.

Overall, it was an awkward one-hour Golden Globes press conference that was telecast, with Access Hollywood's Billy Bush and Nancy O’Dell announcing the winners and providing occasionally wince-inducing commentary ("With that haircut he has, it just tells you something is wrong!" chirped O’Dell about Javier Bardem's murderous character in "No Country for Old Men" after the actor won for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture.) None of the winners were on hand to make acceptance speeches.

The WGA did not picket the Golden Globes press conference at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills; however, media reports revealed that a group of below-the-line crewmembers gathered outside the hotel to encourage the guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers to come to a quick and equitable resolution to the strike. No negotiations are currently scheduled in the 10-week-long action.

The Grammy Awards on Feb. 10 aren't at the same risk of having to alter their format because WGA writers traditionally haven't been under contract to write for the show, according to a guild spokesperson.

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