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The little movie that could mirrored its fantastical plot by winning the Globe jackpot, and now must be considered the odds-on favorite for the Academy Awards, taking place Feb. 22.
GLOBALIZATION: SLUMDOG
HAS ITS DAY
Leads Golden Globes with Four Wins, Kate Winslett, Mickey Rourke, 30 Rock, John Adams Also Score
Who wants to be a Golden Globe winner?

Danny Boyle's uplifting indie film, Slumdog Millionaire, which was set to go straight to DVD after its studio, Warner Independent Pictures, folded and Fox Searchlight came to the rescue, thrust itself into the Oscar picture by taking four Golden Globes at last night's ceremony, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay (Simon Beaufoy) and Best Score (A.R. Rahman).

The little movie that could mirrored its fantastical plot by winning the Globe jackpot, and now must be considered the odds-on favorite for the Academy Awards, taking place Feb. 22.

Kate Winslet and Mickey Rourke were the evening's other big winners, with Winslet taking home Best Actress, Drama for Revolutionary Road as well as Best Supporting Actress for The Reader, while Rourke topped his inspirational comeback with a Best Actor, Drama, for his role in Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler.

Rourke topped favorite Sean Penn in Milk, a movie that was curiously ignored by the Hollywood Foreign Press, the 80-member group that votes on the Globes.

The late Heath Ledger was honored with the Best Supporting Actor award for his role as The Joker in The Dark Knight, one of the evening's emotional high points.

Bruce Springsteen grabbed Best Original Song honors for the title tune in The Wrestler, a tune he wrote at the personal request of his pal Rourke.

NBC's 30 Rock and HBO's John Adams were also big winners, the former taking home Best Comedy Series along with Best Actor (Alec Baldwin) and Actress (Tina Fey), while the latter nailed Best Made for TV Movie or Mini-Series, as well as acting honors for stars Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney and Supporting Actor Tom Wilkinson.

Other winners included Vicki Cristina Barcelona for Best Comedy or Musical, Colin Farrell for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical (In Bruges) and Sally Hawkins for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical (Happy-Go-Lucky).

AMC's Mad Men nabbed honors for Best TV Series, Drama, while In Treatment's Gabriel Byrne and True Blood's Anna Paquin earned awards for Best Actor and Actress. Pixar's Wall-E was named Best Animated Feature and Waltz with Bashir Best Foreign Film.

Steven Spielberg received the Cecil B. DeMille award for "outstanding contribution to the entertainment field."

The Oscar nominations will be announced Jan. 22.

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