The Oscar battle-lines have been drawn. 12 Years A Slave scooped best dramatic film at the 71st Golden Globe Awards in its only win while American Hustle triumphed in three categories including best comedy or musical.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) celebrated a wide swathe of talent in this high-pedigree season on Sunday night (12) and delivered no real surprises, even if in hindsight the total exclusion of Captain Phillips might raise an eyebrow. Nebraska too was shut out and Harvey Weinstein nearly left empty-handed save for U2’s best song win for Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.
Cate Blanchett, widely regarded as the frontrunner for the Oscar, confirmed her credentials with the best dramatic actress win for Blue Jasmine, her third career Globe.
Matthew McConaughey, also fancied for the Academy Award in a category that is harder to call, triumphed in the best dramatic actor stakes for Dallas Buyers Club. This was his first ever recognition from the HFPA.
Jared Leto wrapped up an actors’ one-two for the film with a victory in the supporting actor category, arguably the most competitive contest of the night.
The women of American Hustle tied up the comedy or musical section as Amy Adams won the actress prize – her first success at the Globes in five attempts – and Jennifer Lawrence prevailed over Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years A Slave to take supporting actress honours.
It was Lawrence’s second Globe in two years after winning best comedy or musical actress last year for Silver Linings Playbook en route to the Oscar.
Leonardo DiCaprio won his second Golden Globe after the 2005 dramatic actor win for The Aviator, collecting best actor in a comedy or musical for The Wolf Of Wall Street.
The star used the opportunity to pay heartfelt tribute to his long-time director-collaborator Martin Scorsese. “You’re not only an incredible visionary but you put the very fabric of our culture up on screen and you’re a risk-taker and a visionary and as the history of cinema unfolds you’ll be regarded as one of the great artists of our time.”
DiCaprio, who earlier had joked that he “stalked” Scorsese to make the film, added: “Thank you for your mentorship and thank you for encouraging me to take risks on this move.”
On the subject of film-makers, Alfonso Cuaron scooped the best director award for Gravity, while Spike Jonze triumphed in the best screenplay contest for Her.
Paolo Sorrentino’s Italian film The Great Beauty emerged victorious in the foreign language film category while Frozen, which crossed $700m at the worldwide box office on Sunday, won best animated film.
In the music categories, Alex Ebert won best score for All Is Lost, while U2 triumphed in the best original song category with Ordinary Love from Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.
Behind The Candelabra was named best mini-series or TV movie and earned a best actor win in the category for Michael Douglas.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted the show at the Beverly Hilton for the second year in a row. Poehler won her first Globe for best actress in a TV series – comedy or musical for Parks And Recreation.
As previously announced Woody Allen was the recipient of this year’s Cecil B DeMille Award. Allen’s muse Diane Keaton went on stage to accept the award for the predictably absent director and paid tribute to the inveterate New Yorker for, among other things, creating “voices of four decades of unforgettable female characters.”