Continuing its late surge through Hollywood's never-ending awards season, director
While the awards presented by the
Even though "12 Years a Slave" entered the ceremony with seven nominations, tied with "American Hustle" for the most of any film, it failed to win in several categories in which it was considered a leading contender, including director for
The demanding movie, adapted from Solomon Northup's 1850s memoir about being kidnapped and sold into captivity, has been one of the year's best-reviewed films and has landed on scores of critics' Top 10 lists. But despite all the praise, "12 Years a Slave" has so far failed to become the front-runner many expected it would be.
McQueen was nevertheless giddy over the win, saying in his disjointed acceptance speech, "Little bit in shock. What can I say?"
Unlike the Oscars and most other movie awards, the HFPA voters divide their top awards into two categories — drama and musical or comedy — leading to some borderline classifications.
Leonardo DiCaprio was named actor in a comedy or musical for
McConaughey, in beating out
Leto, who hadn't made a movie since filming "Mr. Nobody" in 2007, won the supporting actor award for playing the transgender AIDS patient Rayon in "Dallas Buyers Club," a chronicle of the early pharmaceutical battles surrounding the deadly disease. "It's more than an honor to come back and have this kind of love and support," said Leto, who spends most of his time these days playing for the band Thirty Seconds to Mars.
Lawrence, who plays an unhappy housewife married to
In one of the bigger surprises of the evening, Jonze won the Golden Globe for his screenplay for the dystopian love story "Her," which Jonze also directed, about a man's relationship with a computer operating system, beating the favored "American Hustle" from Russell and Eric Warren Singer and "12 Years a Slave" for the honor. (The Globes does not divide the screenplay award between adapted and original scripts.)
As expected, "Frozen" was named best animated feature. Italy's "The Great Beauty" won best foreign-language film in something of an upset over France's "Blue Is the Warmest Color."
For all of the media attention they receive, the Golden Globes are not a reliable harbinger of the Academy Awards. Because major Golden Globes are presented in the two categories, they have twice the statistical chance of mirroring the Oscars. Two of the last four Golden Globe best picture winners,
As is often the case with the Golden Globes, there were a number of unscripted, embarrassing moments in the show hosted by
In an attempt to keep the show from running too long, the broadcast's producers gave winners only a few moments to accept their trophies before cuing the band. Among those quickly played off the stage were DiCaprio, Adams, Blanchett, Leto and Jonze. "Hey, hold on," the "Her" director said to the band. "I just started."
The tactic worked, as the show finished nearly exactly on time.