'Argo' was the big movie winner on the night after it also carried home Best Director for Ben Affleck. He had a trifecta role in the movie – directing, producing and starring in it, along with good pal George Clooney acting as his producing partner.
The gritty television drama 'Homeland', in which a Marine has been turned by terrorists, enjoyed a glorious hat-trick – it won Best Drama, Best Actor for Damien Lewis and Best Actress for Claire Danes.
Keeping with the political pattern, 'Game Change' the TV movie about the infamous Republican candidate Sarah Palin also won Best TV movie, Best actress for Julianne Moore and Best Supporting Actor in a TV Movie for Ed Harris, who was absent on the night.
To add some real political gravitas, former US President Bill Clinton made a surprise appearance at Sunday's show.
He introduced a clip from one of the nominated movies, Steven Spielberg's biographical film 'Lincoln'.
There was no surprise with Anne Hathaway winning Best Supporting Actress for her depiction of Fantine in 'Les Misérables'. It was a role she saw her mother play as a child in the first US tour of the musical.
The rest of the cast didn't have such a miserable night either as the movie won Best Musical and also Best Actor in a Musical for Hugh Jackman.
Jennifer Lawrence was one of the big success stories on the night as she won Best Supporting Actress in a Drama for 'Silver Linings Playbook'.
Wicklow resident Daniel Day Lewis, who plays US President Abraham Lincoln in 'Lincoln', was a popular choice as Best Actor.
Quentin Tarantino won Best Original Screenplay for his movie based on American slavery 'Django Unchained'. Cast member Christopher Waltz also won a Globe for Best Supporting Actor.
The controversial comedy, based around young women in their 20s trying to figure their lives out, also won Dunham a statue for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. Jokingly she thanked Chad Lowe, whose wife Hilary Swank famously forgot to thank him.
Pixar film 'Brave' won Best-Animated Feature Film.
As the hosts said goodnight at the end of the show, Poehler sneaked in one last joke "We're going home with Jodie Foster."