Richard Linklater's 12-years-in-the-making Boyhood won top honors at the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards, while Hollywood rallied against recent threats to the art of satire.
Boyhood won best movie, drama; best director for Linklater; and 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 shocker, 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, hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler wasted no time in mocking some of Hollywood's most tender subjects: the hacking of Sony Pictures over the North Korea comedy The Interview and the sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby.
The hosts welcomed Hollywood's "despicable, spoiled, minimally talented brats" to celebrate "all the movies that North Korea was OK with". A North Korea government character, played by Margaret Cho, voiced her displeasure.
Last week's terrorist attack in Paris at the offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo hung heavily over the show. George Clooney and others wore "Je Suis Charlie" pins, and Helen Mirren was among the people holding up similar signs on the red carpet.
The hosts also relished their favorite target: Clooney. Of the night's Cecil B. DeMille honouree, Fey suggested the lifetime achievement award might have been better off going to his new wife, human rights lawyer Amal Clooney.
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 Russian entry Leviathan took best foreign language film. The DreamWorks sequel How to Train Your Dragon 2 took best animated film over the favorite, The Lego Movie."
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.