Updated 10:55 ET: The final award of the night -- best movie drama -- goes to "The Descendants."
Updated 10:48 ET: George!! Mr. Clooney wins best actor in a movie drama for "The Descendants." In his acceptance speech, he thanks fellow nominee, "Shameless" star Michael Fassbender, for "taking over the frontal nudity responsibilities I had."
Updated 10:40 ET: Formidable! "The Artist" wins the Globe for best movie comedy or musical. Uggie the dog upstages the rest of the cast when he dies on command. When it gets dull, bring on the dog!
We're beginning to see a trend for the Academy Awards. "The Artist" is fast emerging as the film to beat.
Updated 10:34 ET: Finally, a truly funny moment! Gervais tells us all that best actress presenter Colin Firth, despite being swooned over by woman and the critics, is "very racist. ... I've seen him punch a little blind kitten." Who knew?!
Firth then presents the award for best actress to Meryl Streep for her work in "Iron Lady." She becomes the next person to be bleeped after realizing she forgot to bring her glasses with her to the podium and can't read her speech on the teleprompter. Time to wing it!
Updated 10:25 ET: French actor Jean Dujardin wins the best actor in a movie comedy for this work in "The Artist." He closes his acceptance speech in silent mode. Tres bien, monsieur.
Updated 10:17 ET: First bleep of the night! Gervais adds in some colorful language while admitting he can't understand a word Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek are saying. The stunning pair then present the award for best TV comedy to "Modern Family" and the hilarious Sofia Vergara gives the acceptance speech in Spanish.
Updated 10:13 ET: Martin Scorsese receives the award for best director for "Hugo." He thanks his wife, Helen, for suggesting that he make a movie that their daughter can see.
Updated 9:57 ET: Sidney Poitier gets a standing ovation for presenting the Cecil B. DeMille Award to Morgan Freeman. Helen Mirren than comes out and, after admitting she's had a bit to drink too much, complains that she's only been in one movie with Freeman, "Red." Cue the highlight reel.
Freeman has had an amazing career, but "The Shawshank Redemption" remains top of my list.
And thank you, Mr. Freeman, for admitting how fun your job is!
Updated 9:48 ET: Octavia Spencer fittingly quotes Martin Luther King while accepting the award for best supporting actress in a movie for "The Help." A well deserved win and first for the film tonight.
Updated 6:45 ET: Matt LeBlanc won the award for best actor in a TV comedy for "Episodes." In his acceptance speech, the former "Friends" star said: "They write a Matt LeBlanc who, let's be honest, is way more interesting and fun than the real thing. I wish I was him."
Updated 9:36 ET: Claire Danes claims the award for best actress in a TV drama for her work in "Homeland" and makes sure to remember to thank you mother this time. Apparently, she forgot to thank her when she won the same award at age 15 for "My So-Called Life."
Updated 9:31 ET: Gervais introduced Madonna, sarcastically saying she's "just like a virgin" (eyeroll for emphasis). The singer retorts "if I'm just like a virgin, Ricky, why don't you come over here and do something about it. I haven't kissed a girl in a few years ... on TV." Awkward!
Updated 9:22 ET: Nicole Kidman, presenting with Clive Owen, just accepted the best movie screenplay award for Woody Allen, telling the "Midnight in Paris" writer to "come and get it, Woody."
Question? How can a silent movie ("The Artist") receive a best screenplay nomination?
Updated 9:16 ET: "The Adventures of Tintin" just one the Globe for best animated feature, beating out "Arthur Christmas." Did we mention that the Hollywood Foreign Press gives out these awards?
Updated 9:11 ET: George Clooney just walked out on the stage to introduce the movie "Moneyball" carrying BFF Brad Pitt's cane. "I'll have to give it back to him so he can make it to the bar afterward," Clooney joked.
Gervais introduced Clooney, saying "if he gets any more handsome he'll be hosting this puppy next year." Well played, Ricky.
Updated 9:08 ET: Peter Dinklage takes the award for best supporting actor in a TV series for his work in "Game of Thrones." He said his mother told him before the show not to get his hopes up because he was up against Guy Pearce in the category. Oops! Bet she's glad she was wrong.
Updated 9:01 ET: Seth Rogen just took the Globes into the R rating category with his comments about his, er, physical excitement about presenting the award for best actress in a movie comedy or musical while standing next to Kate Beckinsale. Since this is a family website, we'll leave it at that, but it got the biggest laugh of the night so far.
Oh yeah, Michelle Williams received the award for the category for her performance in "My Week With Marilyn."
Updated 8:58 ET: Idris Elba just claimed the Globe for best actor in a TV movie or miniseries for his work in BBC America's "Luther."
Updated 8:50 ET: Jimmy Fallon and Adam Levine from Maroon 5 and "The Voice" present the music awards, including the prize for best original song to Madonna for "Masterpiece," the song she wrote for her film, "W.E." Anybody out there seen that one yet? Yeah, us either. The Material Girl, whose dress appears to be two sizes too small, is not listening to Gervais advice about keeping it short. Cue the music ...
Updated 8:40 ET: Gervais offers some acceptance speech advice for the winners -- "Just thank the main two, your agent and God."
Updated 8:35 ET: The first Globe of the night was given to Christopher Plummer for his work as an elderly widower who comes out as gay in "Beginners." Congrats to the 82-year-old actor who will always be Capt. Von Trapp to us.
Other early winners include Laura Dern for best actress in a TV comedy for her work in HBO's "Enlightened," "Dowtown Abbey" for best TV miniseries and Kate Winslet for best actress in a TV miniseries for her work in "Mildred Pierce."
Updated 8:12 ET: The 69th Annual Golden Globes have only been underway for minutes and already buzzed-about host Gervais has set the tone for the night. In his opening monologue the actor-writer-celebrity offender managed to take on Kim Kardashian, "The Help," and even Justin Bieber.
First up, Gervais explained the difference between the Oscars and the Globes as "What Kim Kardashian is to Kate Middleton. What? Bit louder, bit trashier, a bit drunker and more easily bought. Allegedly."
Ouch. But he was just getting started.
"Eddie Murphy and Adam Sandler between them played all the parts in 'The Help'" he said to nervous laughs. "Too bad they couldn't be here. Or maybe they are. Masters of disguise!"
Then it was on to a seemingly random shot at Bieber and his paternity talk from last year.
"Bieber – the only way he could have impregnated a girl would have been with one of Martha Stewarts old turkey basters!"
Yikes. The night's still young.
Welcome to TODAY.com's 2012 Golden Globe Awards live-blog coverage. Tonight we'll watch the action together as the talents behind Tinseltown's best efforts take home top honors, or at very least feel honored just to be nominated. They might not, however, feel as honored to land in the sights of returning host Ricky Gervais.
After all, before the main event, the sharp-tongued commedian warned E!'s Ryan Seacrest, "I never mean to offend -- I just happen to. There's just something about me."
See? He just can't help himself.