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Downey Would Rather Bus Tables Than Win Best Actor

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    Director Guy Ritchie said he wanted to make it a "very contemporary film as far as the tone and texture." Judging by this studio-released still, we're thinking he achieved that goal.

    Robert Downey Jr, enjoying one of the great comebacks in Hollywood history, added another Golden Globe to his trophy shelf, for his performance in "Sherlock Holmes."

    In accepting the award, Downey gave the first truly spirited, freewheeling speech of the night.

    Downeys Throw Down Backstage at Golden Globes

    [LA] Downeys Throw Down Backstage at Golden Globes
    Robert Downey Jr. and his wife get into it during a news conference at the Golden Globes. (Published Wednesday, May 30, 2012)

    "If you start playing violins, I will tear this place apart," Downey began, with a smile. "First I would like to thank Susan Downey for telling me Matt Damon was going to win -- so I have nothing to say... (If it weren't for her) I could be busing tables at the daily grill right now."

    A strange slate of nominees helped pave Downey's path to victory. Joseph Gordon-Levitt was very good in a very OK "(500) Days of Summer," but is too little known. Matt Damon played a fat guy with a mustache in a film few realized was a comedy. Daniel Day-Lewis' "Nine" is widely considered a bit of a mess, it's mountain of noms notwithstanding. And Michael Stuhlbarg was brilliant in "A Serious Man," which while riddled with truly funny moments, was far from a comedy.

    But if anyone's gonna pick up a cheap easy win, why not Downey?