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Model Miranda Kerr attends the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California. Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Model Miranda Kerr attends the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California. Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Model Miranda Kerr attends the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California. Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

ACTRESS Amy Poehler made out with Bono, Tina Fey mocked George Clooney's taste in women and Matt Damon emerged, bizarrely, as the night's recurring gag.

But at the end of a madcap Golden Globes (Fey toasted it as "the beautiful mess we hoped it would be"), the major honours soberly ended up with the favourites.

American Hustle stole the show with three awards, but historical drama 12 Years A Slave picked up the gong for the best film drama.

Director Steve McQueen said as he collected the prize that he was "a little bit in shock".

There was disappointment for Michael Fassbender who lost out on the Best Supporting Actor prize. Instead, Jared Leto took home the gong for Dallas Buyers Club, and his co-star Matthew McConnaughey received the Best Actor award.

 

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U2 won Best Original Song for Ordinary Love in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

Bono was pictured soaking up the atmosphere throughout the evening with wife Ali.

And he even took part in a mock snog with actress Amy Poehler who picked up an award for best comedy actress for the series Parks and Recreation.

The comedienne (43), who was hosting the ceremony with Tina Fey, was seated at the same table as Bono and bandmates The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jnr.

And when she was announced as the Best Actress in a TV Musical or Comedy, she was so excited that she planted a kiss on the Dublin superstar (53).

The pals were playing it up for the cameras as Bono even massaged her back in jest as they announced the nominees in her category.

Bono's wife was seated on the other side of her husband and was seen laughing along with the joke.

Poehler gave an incredibly short speech, simply saying: "I never win, so I can't believe I won."

Castleknock native Colin Farrell, who presented an award last night, attended the precursor to the Oscars with his sister Claudine and managed to avoid being snapped at any after-parties.

Leonardo DiCaprio, a nine-times Golden Globe nominee, won his second Globe for best actor in a comedy for his uninhibited work in The Wolf of Wall Street.

He thanked director Martin Scorsese for his mentorship ("Wolf" is their fifth film together) and for "allowing me to stalk you to make this movie".

Director David O Russell's 1970s Abscam fictionalisation American Hustle had the better night overall, winning acting awards for Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence.

The awards 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 said to herself. "It's so scary."

Alfonso Cuaron won best director for the space odyssey Gravity, a worldwide hit and critical favourite. The film will likely join American Hustle and 12 Years A Slave as an Oscar front-runner on Thursday, when Academy Awards nominations are announced.

The Globes are unique in celebrating both film and TV.

The beloved and now concluded Breaking Bad earned some of the night's loudest cheers for its first Globe wins: Best Drama TV series and Best Actor in a Drama for Bryan Cranston.

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