01/18/2010 AT 5:00 PM ET
For actors giving thanks at award shows, it’s not uncommon to hear touching shout-outs to family, agents, spouses and the man upstairs. But Sunday’s Golden Globes telecast was positively a lovefest for stars, who called out their romantic partners in their acceptance speeches or cuddled with them on the red carpet and at the various after-parties.
From Sandra Bullock’s tearful dedication to husband Jesse James to George Clooney’s playful interaction with girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis on the red carpet to Jeff Bridges’s insistence that camera crews pan to the audience to get a full shot of his wife while he accepted his best actor trophy, here are some of the night’s sweetest soundbites and cutest sightings:
“To my husband, there is no – there is no surprise that my work got better when I met you because I never knew what it felt like for someone to have my back. So, thank you.” – Best actress in a drama winner Bullock, emotionally thanking husband Jesse James for his support.
Tea Leoni, back together with husband David Duchovny after a brief separation, playfully grabbing onto her his shoulders at the end of the evening so he could guide her through the crowd, and telling PEOPLE that despite the rain, “We had so much fun,” while Duchovny added, “I covered her.”
Clooney, fresh off a marathon effort to organize a Haiti benefit telethon, all smiles as he squired Italian beauty Canalis to her the Globes. The pair spent the evening hand-in-hand, and during commercial breaks could be found chatting animatedly with another loved-up pair: Matt Damon and wife Lucy.
Backstage he showered her with more compliments, telling PEOPLE he was grateful to work with Levin, a producer, on Sherlock because “it’s much better to spend four months together than four months apart.”
“I am in the midst of my dream – and when I look into the eyes of the man that I stood next to at 14-years-old and I said to him, ‘One day we going to be stars,’ and he said, ‘You first.’ And we walked this red carpet together tonight, Sidney, I love you more than you will ever know, baby.” – An emotional best supporting actress in a drama winner Mo’Nique on husband and manager, Sidney Hicks.