For me, a few special highlights of the show were:
Robert de Niro receiving the Cecile B. DeMille Award. He was his hilarious self!
Claire Danes for Best Actress in a Motion Picture made for Television, HERE'S LOOKING AT YOU KID. She was outstanding as Temple Grandin, a woman who overcame the prejudices and misperceptions of autism about which she continues to educate.
Colin Firth for Best Actor in the British film, THE KING'S SPEECH.
Natalie Portman for Best Actress in THE BLACK SWAN.
p.s. Michael Douglas looks wonderful, now in remission after his struggle with cancer.