'American Hustle,' Dicaprio win Golden Globes, '12 Years' takes best drama (+photos)

By Jake Coyle

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, Jan. 12 2014 11:06 p.m. MST

From left, Lupita Nyong'o, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Steve McQueen, Sarah Paulson, and Michael Fassbender pose in the press room with the award for best motion picture - drama for "12 Years a Slave" at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif.

AP, Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision

The con-artist caper "American Hustle" looked every bit the Oscar front-runner at the Golden Globes, winning best picture for a comedy or musical and acting awards for Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence.

Adams, in a low-cut dress evocative of her character's '70s style, won her first Golden Globe for best actress in a comedy or musical Sunday night at the Beverly Hills, Calif., ceremony. Lawrence took best supporting actress for her performance in David O. Russell's fictionalized Abscam tale.

The award returned Lawrence, a winner last year for Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook," to the stage for an acceptance speech — something she said was no easier a year later.

"Don't ever do this again," she told herself. "It's so scary."

Leonardo DiCaprio, a nine-time Golden Globe nominee, won his second Globe for his best actor in a comedy for his work in "The Wolf of Wall Street." Accepting the award, he thanked director Martin Scorsese, which whom he's made five films, for his mentorship and "for allowing me to stalk you to make this film."

Alfonso Cuaron won best director for the space odyssey "Gravity," a worldwide hit and critical favorite.

Going into the night's final awards, Steve McQueen's unflinching epic "12 Years a Slave" had been shut out despite a co-leading seven nominations (tied with "American Hustle").

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, last year's co-hosts, picked up where they left off, starting the 71st annual Golden Globes with a torrent of punch lines that lambasted Matt Damon, Meryl Streep and, naturally, George Clooney. The audience roared most of all when Fey described "Gravity," which co-stars Clooney.

"George Clooney would rather float away in space and die than spend one more minute with a woman his own age," said Fey.

Many of the night's surprise winners were literally caught speechless. Andy Samberg (best actor in a comedy series, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"), Elisabeth Moss (winner of best actress, miniseries or movie, for "Top of the Lake"), Robin Wright (best actress in a TV series, drama) and even Poehler, herself (best actress in a TV series, comedy), appeared particularly shocked to win and each stumbled through their thank you's. Poehler celebrated by making out with Bono.

Spike Jonze was also blindsided by his best screenplay win for his futuristic romance "Her."

"I'm a terrible public speaker," said Jonze. "And I'm bad at English. And it's the only language I know."

Four months after its final episode, AMC's "Breaking Bad" won for best drama TV series and best actor in a drama series for Bryan Cranston (both their first Globes). Cranston called his honor "a lovely way to say goodbye." Creator Vince Gilligan said the award gave him "one more chance to thank the fans of the show," but left the final word for star Aaron Paul.

"Yeah, bitch," declared Paul, with what essentially became his character's catch phrase.

U2 and Danger Mouse won the award for best original song for "Ordinary Love," recorded for the Nelson Mandela biopic "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom." Bono said working on the film completed a decades-long journey with Mandela, having played an anti-apartheid concert some 35 years ago.

"This man turned our life upside down, right-side up," said Bono of the South African leader who died in December. "A man who refused to hate not because he didn't have rage or anger or those things, but that he thought love would do a better job."

Accepting the Globe for best supporting actor, Jared Leto also paid tribute to his inspiration. The actor, whose rock band took him away from movies for years before the part, won for playing a transsexual in the Texas HIV drama "Dallas Buyers Club."

"To the Rayons of the world, thanks for the inspiration," said Leto.

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