It was a good night for the Irish at the 66th annual Golden Globes held at The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles on January 11. An A-list gathering celebrated the best in TV and film for the year as economic woes were temporarily forgotten while the stars came out to play. Colin Farrell won his first Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical for his performance in Martin McDonagh's directorial debut "In Bruges." A delighted Farrell quipped "They must have done the (awards) count in Florida." After thanking McDonagh for not listening to him when he asked not to be considered for the role, the Dubliner paid special tribute to his co-star Brendan Gleeson, who was also nominated in the same category. "This is at least half yours, and when I get off stage I'll cut it up and you can have a hemisphere," he said. Dublin-born Gabriel Byrne, who wasn't at the ceremony, was recognized for his outstanding work on HBO's "In Treatment" when he won Best Actor in a Television Series (Drama) - beating out County Cork's Jonathan Rhys Meyers of "The Tudors" in the same category. Mickey Rourke, a very popular winner on the night, capped a great comeback year by taking the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama for his performance in "The Wrestler," while Alec Baldwin picked up another Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television Series (Comedy or Musical) for his work on "30 Rock." Finally, English director Danny Boyle, who has Irish roots on both sides of his family (his mother was from Ballinasloe in Galway and his father was English-born to an Irish family) won the Golden Globe for Best Director for his work on "Slumdog Millionaire."

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