A case of last but not least for slavery epic
After losing out in six categories, '12 Years A Slave' picks up final Golden Globe of night for best drama, leaving director Steve McQueen 'in shock'
The movie 12 Years A Slave went into the 71st Golden Globes with seven nominations, but was passed over again and again.
That is, until the last award of the evening - and arguably the best of them all. The harrowing portrayal of slavery in America took the prize for best drama.
Director Steve McQueen seemed surprised by the win on Sunday night. "Little bit in shock," said the British filmmaker, clutching the award. "I wasn't expecting it."
The biggest victor was David Russell's comedy American Hustle. It won three trophies during the three-hour ceremony, including for best musical or comedy, best actress for Amy Adams and best supporting actress for Jennifer Lawrence.
The Aids drama Dallas Buyers Club also performed well at the awards show considered a key indicator for the Oscars. Matthew McConaughey won his first Golden Globe as lead actor in the film, as did his co-star Jared Leto for supporting actor.
Cate Blanchett received the best actress in a drama honour for Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine.
Leonardo DiCaprio joked that he never thought he'd win a Golden Globe for a comedy, but he took the trophy for best actor in a musical or comedy film for his role as a hedonistic broker in The Wolf Of Wall Street.
He praised the film's director, Martin Scorsese, with whom he's worked five times, saying, "Thank you for your mentorship." DiCaprio also commended the other unlikely "comedians" nominated with him, including Christian Bale.
The honour for best director went to Mexican Alfonso Cuaron for his lost-in-space thriller Gravity, starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock.
It was also a good night for Breaking Bad. The acclaimed television drama about a high school teacher turned ruthless meth maker, which ended its run last autumn, won best drama, while the show's star, Bryan Cranston, won best actor.
"It's such a lovely way to say goodbye to the show," said Cranston, who had been nominated three other times.
Woody Allen was named as the recipient of the honorary Cecil B. DeMille Award but, as expected, was a no-show.
Diane Keaton, who earned a Globe and an Oscar for lead actress for Allen's 1977 classic Annie Hall, received the award on behalf of the notoriously award-shy director. "I think it's safe to say Woody Allen is an anomaly," Keaton said.
Other television winners included show co-host Amy Poehler, who was named best actress in a comedy series for Parks & Recreation.
Robin Wright won her first Golden Globe for best actress in a drama series for the political drama House of Cards. And Jon Voight, 75, won the prize for best supporting actor in a series, miniseries or television movie for the drama series Ray Donovan.
Fox's first-year police spoof Brooklyn Nine-Nine won the prize for best comedy series.
Behind the Candelabra, HBO's drama about flamboyant pianist Liberace and his young boyfriend, won best mini-series or television movie, with its veteran star Michael Douglas, 69, taking the prize for best actor in a mini-series or film.