Awards season favourite Richard Linklater's film Boyhood won three prizes at the 72nd annual Golden Globes.
The movie, which is unique in that it took 12 years to make, won best film drama, with Linklater named best director and Patricia Arquette best supporting actress.
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.
British actor Eddie Redmayne won best actor in a drama for his role as physicist Professor Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.
Fellow Brit actresses Joanne Froggatt and Ruth Wilson also collected prizes.
The awards, which honour both film and TV, saw Froggatt win best supporting actress in a TV series for her role in Downton Abbey and Wilson named best actress in a TV drama for The Affair.
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.
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
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.
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.
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."