The ship has not just one, but two new captains this year, as Tina Fey and Amy Poehler follow on from Ricky Gervais, and pre-show chatter has been focused on rumours of a public appearance from Adele - the first since she welcomed her first son with partner Simon Konecki last October.
To keep you entertained in the run-up to the ceremony, we have a gallery of the major movie nominees and an in-pictures look at some golden (ahem) Globes fashion faux pas. What's more, Digital Spy's TV team have named their tips for awards glory.
The show gets underway at 5pm local time (so that's 8pm ET and 1am on Monday morning for UK readers) - join us then!
Grant thanks "our fearless leader" Ben Affleck, the studio, and "all the thousands of people that work in our diplomatic services who are putting their lives on the line every day of the week". He also salutes those in the "clandestine services" and thanks his family.
Also, another good point well made, this time by Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz:
Never give Daniel day Lewis the wrap it up music. That man is a living legend.— Pete Wentz(@petewentz) January 14, 2013
"Are you sure there's room for another ex-president on this stage? "If you thought that was showing off, Her Majesty the Queen is about to parachute in to make a last-minute pitch for Skyfall," he begins. Thanking his fellow nominees for "such beautiful performances" this year, he says, "I'm proud to be one amongst you."
In a deeply eloquent speech, Daniel then thanks his wife Rebecca Miller, Lincoln writer Tony Kushner, and Steven Spielberg for his "quicksilver imagination" and "giving me an experience that I will treasure 'til the end of my life".
"I've wanted to be an actress since I was a little girl and I've worked for a really a long time," she explains, fighting back tears and saying that it's "beautiful" to be recognised for her work. She compares her character Maya to director Kathryn Bigelow, telling the director: "You've said that film-making for you is not about breaking gender roles, but when you make a film that allows your character to disobey the conventions of Hollywood, you've done more for women in cinema than you take credit for".
Finally, Jessica thanks her grandmother, "for teaching me to always believe in my dreams".
"To the guy or girl who stole my wheels off my bike while I was auditioning for Les Misérables, we're all good," he continues. "In fact, I'm going to put the frame back there on Monday morning." He then pays tribute to Tom Hooper - "without you mate, I would not be standing here, I can tell you that". He also thanks cast and crew, the HFPA, of course, and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness. "She's the greatest woman in the world, and if I forget to thank anyone, baby, will you come up and thank them for me?"
Hugh then admits to Tom Hooper what he told NBC on the red carpet earlier - that he nearly pulled out of the movie a few weeks before it began shooting, following a bad day of rehearsals, and that it was Deborra-Lee who talked him out of bailing on the film. Turning back to his wife, Hugh adds: "I'm gonna say it now, in front of the entire world. Thanks for always being right, baby." Awww. What a lovely speech.
"It took a village to raise this amazing, demented child, and I hope everyone feels they are thanked every single day." She says that she promised her mum she would thank Chad Lowe - like you do - and attributes the show with making her feel "less alone" in the world.
"Look, I don't care what the award is, when they put your name next the names that she just read off... these directors are truly exceptional talents," he says. He compares Paul Thomas Anderson to Orson Welles and dedicates the award to the CIA's Tony Mendez, who he dubs a "true American hero". There are thanks for cast, crew, and family, of course, and Chris Terrio, who wrote the movie's script.
No idea what the hell Jodie Foster just did - but it was brilliant. #goldenglobes— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 14, 2013
"While I'm here being all professional, I guess I just have a sudden urge to say something that I've never been able to air in public," she continues. "I am single. Yes, I am, I am single," she quips, noting that she "already did [her] coming out in the Stone Age", and values "privacy above everything else" having done a lot of her growing up in public. "Maybe some day in the future, we'll look back and realise how beautiful [privacy] once was", she muses.
Her acceptance speech also includes thanks for friends, colleagues and ex-lovers who have been by her side through her career, and she concludes by saying that it "feels like the end of one era, and the beginning of something else. I will continue to tell stories... it's just from now on, I'll be holding a different talking stick," she notes.
"The award... says as much about its host as it does its recipient," he begins, noting their similarities including the "ability to speak French" and "the same four life ambitions" - those being President of the United States, going on stage, going to Rome and getting a hamster.
"Sadly, my dreams of the presidency were dashed when I got a felony disrobing... at the Vatican," Downey Jr continues. "I have my hamster. His name is Bubbles." Cue two little plus hamsters on a platter wrapped up in ribbon for Jodie. That's a rather radical redesign of the trophy, I have to say.
He then switches tack and goes on to introduce Jodie's "exceptional life in cinema [flashing] before our eyes".
Dear @goldenglobes, you'd better give ARGO loads of awards or else I'll come back and roast, I mean host your show next year.— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) January 13, 2013
Anyway, it's time for 'Best Actress in a TV Series - Comedy or Musical". Tina Fey is huddling with Jennifer Lopez, while Amy Poehler is sitting on George Clooney's knee, which brings the house down. The award goes to Lena Dunham for Girls - another very popular win in the hall.
"Hi! I thought that I was gonna be a cooler customer if this ever happens," she says, unfurling her notes. She says that her fellow nominees have comforted here in some of the darkest moments of her life. "I worship them," she says. There's more love for HBO, which she says is a "wonderful place to work". She thanks the cast and gives a special thank you to co-star Adam Driver, "who made me feel not like a cartoon character, but like a meaningful character who could express emotions".
"This award is for every woman who's felt like there wasn't a space for her. This show has made a space for me. Thank you so much," she concludes.
He says that his "junior cast members" on Les Misérables went to "extraordinary lengths" for the nomination. Hugh 'Jackson' apparently lost 30lb - "which, for my friend Gerard Depardieu, is a visit to the toilet," says Sacha. "Russell Crowe had four months of singing lessons - that was money well spent," he jokes, and claims that Helena Bonham Carter "gave the head of the Academy a personal massage, which, I'm led to believe, had a happier ending than the film".
Oh, there's an award to give out! Yes. Forgive me. 'Best Animated Feature', which goes to Disney Pixar's Brave.
She credits the writers for not buckling under the pressure of the first season's success, describes the cast as her "extended family" and thanks cast and crew for the support she received when she admitted to them that "Carrie was carrying". "I have to thank even my son now, Cyrus, who's upstairs with my parents, for joining me through this process, and fighting this... this war against terrorism!" she quips in conclusion.
Quentin goes on to thank his "absolutely magnificent" actors, and his "group of friends, as I'm writing this script, that I read scenes to as I go on. They're the ones as I'm writing.... you guys don't know how important you are to my process. I don't want input... heavens forbid! But I write a scene and I think I've heard it as much as I can... when I read it to you, I hear it through your ears... you'll never know how much encouragement you give me during that [process]."
"This is a damn surprise, I'm happy to be surprised", he concludes, adding that his fellow nominees are "awesome" competition.
"Blurk! Thanks for that word, Tina. Oh my gosh, this is happening!" she begins, going on to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press for "this lovely blunt object that I will forever use as a weapon against self-doubt," before then going on to salute her fellow nominees. Anne has special thanks for Sally Field's ability to beat typecasting, noting that "the Flying Nun grew up to be Norma Rae".
There are further thanks for the studio, the Les Mis cast, a crew "who deserve a special award for pretending they really enjoyed live singing at 7am", director Tom Hooper, co-star Hugh Jackman, and her family. To her husband Adam Shulman, she says: "Thank you for making every day better than the last."
Adele dedicates the award to "my boyfriend Simon, who convinced me to do it, and my lovely son". Nope - she's not giving away her new baby's name that easily! Maybe that's really why Taylor Swift looked so disappointed. I bet she wanted to know and all, just like the rest of us.
And the Golden Globe goes to... Christoph Waltz! He thanks the HFPA for the "extraordinary" accolade and pays tribute to Quentin Tarantino, saying that the Globes trophy is a good symbol for the "journey" he's been on. He thanks cast and crew. "To borrow a sentence from my character... the North Star is that one. Ta-ra!"
Golden Globes today. Win or loose we will always b the family sitcom with its own nail polish line & that's something u can never take away.— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) January 13, 2013
A Modern Family nail polish line? Really? Is there nothing that marketing executives haven't thought of? What next, Sherlock curling tongs, to get the great consulting detective's fabled look?
If you worked hard enough to get yourself nominated for something, i say look and wear whatever the hell you want. You earned it.— Evan Rachel Wood (@evanrachelwood) January 14, 2013
For the mains, guests were served a 3oz smoked flat iron beef steak and orange-marinated sea bass - a five-star surf and turf, if you will - and dessert was a cappuccino mousse cake. Digital Spy has ordered in two small pizzas, and there's a half-eaten box of biscuits on standby for the inevitable sugar dip halfway through tonight's telecast.
Here's a preview of the menu from the Beverly Hilton's executive chefs: