Steve McQueen’s unflinching epic “12 Years a Slave,” which tied in nominations with “American Hustle,” beat “Captain Phillips,” “Gravity,” “Philomena” and “Rush” for the best drama award in the last seconds of the 71st annual Golden Globes show.
The con-artist caper “American Hustle” was the front-runner at the 71st annual Golden Globes, winning best comedy and acting awards for stars Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence.
Adams, in a low-cut dress evocative of her character’s ’70s style, won her first Golden Globe for best actress Sunday night at the Beverly Hills, Calif., ceremony. Lawrence took best supporting actress for her performance in David O. Russell’s fictionalized Abscam tale.
The award returned Lawrence, a winner last year for Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook,” to the stage for an acceptance speech. “Don’t ever do this again,” she told herself. “It’s so scary.”
Leonardo DiCaprio, a nine-time Golden Globe nominee, won his second Globe for his best actor in a comedy for his work in “The Wolf of Wall Street.” He thanked director Martin Scorsese, with whom he’s made five films, for his mentorship and “for allowing me to stalk you to make this film.”
Matthew McConaughey, who was up against “12 Years” star Chiwetel Ejiofor, won his first Globe for “Dallas Buyers Club.”
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, last year’s co-hosts, started the award show with a torrent of punch lines that lambasted Matt Damon, Meryl Streep and, of course, George Clooney. The starry audience roared most of all when Fey described the four-Globe nominee space odyssey “Gravity.”
“George Clooney would rather float away in space and die than spend one more minute with a woman his own age,” said Fey.
Alfonso Cuaron won the Golden Globe for best director for “Gravity,” in which Clooney starred. Cuaron thanked star Sandra Bullock for not quitting when she thought he was going to give her herpes, when the Mexico native was trying to say “earpiece.”
Fey and Poehler’s playful interplay again stole the show. They’re also signed up to host next year.
“This is Hollywood,” explained Fey. “If something kind of works, they’ll just keep doing it until everyone hates it.” Poehler and Fey last year brought the Globes telecast to a six-year ratings high of 19.7 million.
Poehler took her stint on the “Golden Globes” a step further: she won the best actress award for TV’s “Parks and Recreation.”
The Golden Globes offered a fond farewell to AMC’s epic tale of meth kingpin Walter White on Sunday, honoring it as television’s best drama and giving Bryan Cranston, who had been nominated five times, the top acting award.
Creator Vince Gilligan said the award gives the show, which concluded last fall, one more chance to thank its fans, “especially the early adopters” who started watching the dark tale in its first season. Cranston’s award came after losing four times in the category.
“This is such a wonderful honor and such a lovely way to say goodbye to the show that has meant so much to me,” Cranston said.
The HBO movie about Liberace, “Behind the Candelabra,” received a best TV movie trophy with star Michael Douglas getting the best actor award.
Elizabeth Moss, who plays the spitfire Peggy Olson on “Mad Men,” took home the best actress award for the Sundance Channel mini-series “Top of the Lake.”
Oscar winner Jon Voight got the supporting actor honor for his work in Showtime’s “Ray Donovan” was his fourth Golden Globe.
“I’m truly humbled to be among my talented peers,” he said.
Robin Wright hit a milestone for the industry by winning the best actress award in a TV drama for her work in “House of Cards.” The series is distributed by Netflix, and it marks the first time a major television award went to a service other than a broadcast or cable network.
Wright paid tribute to her co-star, Kevin Spacey, calling him “the best playdate, ever.”
The crush of celebrities arriving at the Golden Globes led Jimmy Fallon to make a predictable joke: “Chris Christie’s directing traffic out there.”
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a group of about 85 mostly freelance foreign journalists, has recently undergone a change in leadership and, perhaps, a shift toward respectability. While the Globes have in the past been known for curious nominees like “The Tourist” and “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” this year’s nominees were seen as without such oddities.
This year, the Globes fell days after voting for Oscar nominations concluded. The Academy Awards will announce their nominees Thursday.