American Hustle was the big winner at the 71st Golden Globes, taking home Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy (Amy Adams), and Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Lawrence). Its three prizes amounted to the biggest tally of any film’s for the night.
Oscar favourite 12 Years a Slave went into the ceremony with seven nominations, but was shut out of most categories. Except, of course, where it counted most: Best Motion Picture – Drama.
Alfonso Cuarón was named Best Director for helming Gravity, while Spike Jonze collected Best Screenplay for his sci-fi love story Her.
Cate Blanchett continued her award-scooping run by winning Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama for Blue Jasmine. Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto scored prizes for Dallas Buyers Club in the categories of Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama and Best Supporting Actor, respectively.
Leonardo DiCaprio earned The Wolf of Wall Street its only accolade for the night: Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical.
The majority of the surprises were saved for the TV categories, where rookie cop show Brooklyn Nine-Nine won Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical, and star Andy Samberg picked up Best Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical.
Amy Poehler – who co-hosted the ceremony with former SNL-mate Tina Fey – was named Best Actress in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical, for eternal awards show bridesmaid Parks and Recreation.
Similarly shocking was Breaking Bad‘s win for Best Television Series – Drama, as well as lead actor Bryan Cranston’s triumph, but only because it took the acclaimed show six years to win its first Globes.
House of Cards‘ Robin Wright was victorious as Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama, while Elisabeth Moss won the Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television acting award for Top of the Lake.
Michael Douglas was named Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, his Behind the Candelabra also winning that particular race’s top award.