Boyhood comes of age at the Globes
Richard Linklater's 12-years-in-the-making Boyhood won top honours at the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards, while Hollywood rallied against recent threats to the art of satire.
Boyhood won best movie, drama and best director for Linklater, as well as best supporting actress for Patricia Arquette.
Perhaps the film's top Oscar rival, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman, also fared well. It won best actor in a comedy or musical for its lead, Michael Keaton.
But in a shock, Birdman was upset by Wes Anderson's Grand Budapest Hotel for best film, comedy or musical. The film was Anderson's biggest box office hit yet, but not an award season favourite.
Kicking off the show, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler wasted no time in mocking Hollywood's most tender subjects - the hacking of Sony Pictures over The Interview and the sexual assault allegations against Cosby.
The hosts welcomed Hollywood's "despicable, spoiled, minimally talented brats" to the Globes to celebrate "all the movies that North Korea was OK with".
A North Korea government character, played by Margaret Cho, voiced her displeasure.
The hosts also relished their favourite target - George Clooney. Of the night's Cecil B DeMille honoree, Fey suggested the lifetime achievement award might have been better off going to his new wife, human rights lawyer Amal Clooney.
The recent terrorist attack in Paris at the offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo hung heavily over the show.
Clooney and others wore "Je Suis Charlie" badges, and Helen Mirren was among the people holding up signs that read the same on the red carpet.
Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Theo Kingma drew a standing ovation for a speech pledging support of free speech "from North Korea to Paris".
The night had an orchestrated but carefree spirit, filled with the usual high dose of glamour, celebrity cameos (Prince!) and even the drink-swilling return of an old Globes villain, the former host Ricky Gervais.
The DreamWorks sequel How to Train Your Dragon 2 took best animated film over the favourite, The Lego Movie. The Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory Of Everything won best score for Johann Johannsson. The Russian entry Leviathan took best foreign language film.
In one of the evening's most hotly contested categories, best actor in a drama, Eddie Redmayne emerged as victorious for his performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything.
Julianne Moore won best actress in a drama for her startling performance as an academic with early onset Alzheimer's in Still Alice. Amy Adams surprised in taking best actress in a comedy or musical for her performance in Big Eyes.
As the only major awards show to honour both movies and TV, the Globes have also benefited from television's rise. Fey and Poehler alluded to that by leading the crowd in a call-and-response cheer, chanting "Movies ... Awesome! TV ... Better!"
Amazon, crashing the party like Netflix did before it, celebrated its first Golden Globes for the sexual identity comedy Transparent, winning best TV series, musical or comedy.
The show's star, Jeffery Tambor, landed best actor in the category, dedicating his award to the transgender community.
AMC's adaptation of the Coen brothers' acclaimed 1996 film, Fargo, came in the leading TV contender with five nominations and promptly won best miniseries or movie, as well as best actor, miniseries or movie, for Billy Bob Thornton.
The Globes have been on a terrific upswing in recent years. Last year's awards drew 20.9 million viewers, the most since 2004.
Accepting the Globe for best original song for Glory in the civil rights drama Selma, the rapper Common raised the status of the group behind the Globes even higher: "I want to thank God and the Hollywood Foreign Press."
The Hollywood Foreign Press, a group of mostly freelance journalists, has lately cleaned up its reputation for idiosyncratic choices and awards swayed by celebrity.
Last year, the HFPA chose the eventual Academy Awards best-picture winner, 12 Years A Slave, as best drama and American Hustle as best comedy.