Los Angeles, CA (USA Today) TheOscarsmay want to start dusting off their disco ball. American Hustle, the 1970s-set film about con men, cops and the Mob, led the 71st annualGolden Globeswith three honors - including best musical/comedy - though it may find some period competition this awards season in the drama12 Years a Slave.
"In Hollywood, we get to make films about people," saidAmerican HustleproducerCharles Roven. "We got to tell this particular story about the art of survival, about resilience and about reinvention."Lawrence garnered a Golden Globe for best supporting actress for her performance as the unhinged wife of a con man inHustle -her second consecutive Globe after winning forSilver Linings Playbooka year ago - andAmy Adams, who plays a female swindler with a British accent, won for best actress in a musical/comedy. "I always cry when I'm not supposed to and then when a director asks me to cry, I can't. It sucks," she said. Adams also paid tribute to her directorDavid O. Russelland his penchant for writing strong women: "Thank you for letting the world know that a princess can punch and wear a low-cut gown." Roven added that Russell's "passion for these flawed but indomitable characters is etched in every frame of the film."
12 Years a Slavewas nominated for seven Globes, but its lone win was a major one: best drama. Director Steve McQueen honored his cast, includingChiwetel EjioforandMichael Fassbender, as well as executive producerBrad Pitt. "Without (him)," McQueen said, "this movie would have never gotten made."
DiCaprio won for best actor in a musical/comedy for his hedonistic stockbroker inThe Wolf of Wall Street. When accepting his award, DiCaprio took the time to honor the greats, including fellow nomineeBruce DernofNebraska. "If any young actor wants to follow someone's filmography, follow Mr. Bruce Dern." And of course, there was a mention to the man DiCaprio considers his mentor, hisWolf of Wall StreetdirectorMartin Scorsese. "I grew up in a generation of actors who revered your work," DiCaprio said to the filmmaker. "You put the very fabric of our culture on screen. As the history of cinema unfolds, you will be regarded as one of the great artists of our time."
Matthew McConaugheygreeted the crowd gathered at theBeverly Hilton Hotelwith his trademark "All right, all right, all right" when hoisting his honor for best actor in a drama forDallas Buyers Club. It was an "unexpected but graciously accepted" award for his role in the "underdog" biopic of AIDS patientRon Woodroof. "I'm so glad it got passed on so many times or it wouldn't have come to me."
Alfonso Cuaróngrabbed the trophy for best director for the space epicGravity, mentioning starGeorge Clooneyfor his "generosity and commitment" andSandra Bullockfor being an "amazing" collaborator: "I want to thank you for not quitting when you thought I told you, 'Sandra, I'm going to give you herpes' when I meant to say, 'Sandra, I'm going to give you an earpiece.' "
In accepting the animated award for their Disney musical,Frozenco-director Jennifer Lee pointed out that they had "the most fearless, note-belting cast ever," while fellow co-director Chris Buck thanked "the fans who took the movie into their hearts."
The Italian movieThe Great Beautywas named best foreign film,Spike Jonzewon best screenplay forHerand best supporting actor went toJared Leto, who hadn't made a film for almost six years until playing a transgender woman with AIDS inDallas Buyers Club. "It's more than an honor to come back and have this love and support," he said, mentioning that he had to wax his entire body for the role, including eyebrows. "I did not ever use any prosthetics in this film. That tiny Brazilian bubble butt was all mine."
Best actress in a musical/comedy went toCate BlanchettofBlue Jasmine. "That crept up," she said taking the stage with her award. "I had a few vodkas under my belt, and now I'm here. I went to the Magic Castle this morning with my children, and I thought that was weird." She paid special tribute to her director,Woody Allen: "We sort of take him for granted, and then people like me are slipstreamed in picking up these (trophies) that make your biceps look great." Allen was also honored with aCecil B. DeMillelife achievement award, which was accepted on his behalf by his friendDiane Keaton. "Woody's women cannot be compartmentalized," she said of the filmmaker's female characters. "They struggle, they love, they fall apart, they dominate, they're flawed. They are in fact the hallmark of Woody's work."
Original movie score went toAll Is LostcomposerAlex Ebert. He shared a moment with presenterSean "Diddy" Combs, who mentioned that he partied with Ebert on a boat once. "He came up behind me and unbuttoned my jack and said, 'Let it flow!' " Ebert recalled, before thankingAll Is LostdirectorJ.C. Chandor. "Even the most deft pen is a clumsy tool. Yet we still try for magic. Thank you for letting me try all over your movie."
Bono and U2 picked up their second Golden Globe, withOrdinary LovefromMandela: Long Walk to Freedomwinning for best original song. The Edge said that the group first started working for the lateSouth AfricaleaderNelson Mandelawhen they were teens in the '70s. "It's taken us 35 years to write this song." Click here for a complete list of winners.