(USA TODAY) -- Stars always say they're so shocked to win, but are they really? Many of the Globe trophy-takers this time around seemed really surprised - so surprised it made for a spicy night of unexpected speeches.
"Little bit in shock," said director Steve McQueen, whose 12 Years a Slave took the drama motion picture award. "I wasn't expecting this." He then asked for help from the cast to yell out names of people to thank. One he didn't forget: Brad Pitt, whose production company was behind the film. "Of course, Brad Pitt, without you, this movie never would have got made. Thank you, sir, wherever you are."
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Matthew McConaughey was another surprise, beating out front-runner Robert Redford in the actor in a drama category. "All right, all right, all right," said laid-back McConaughey. "Unexpected, but graciously accepted." Dallas Buyers Club, he said, was an underdog. "Turned down 86 times! ... Really glad it got passed on so many times or it wouldn't have come to me."
Jennifer Lawrence took home the first award of the night for best supporting actress in a motion picture for American Hustle. She didn't trip up the steps as she did at last year's Oscars. But she was breathless in her acceptance speech, saying: "I don't know why I'm so scared. ... I'm sorry I'm shaking so much."
Backstage, she was still endearingly flustered. After describing her feelings as "overwhelming," "generally unbelievable" and "amazing," Lawrence was asked how she would celebrate. "I need to catch up with my drinking. I think that's why I was so manic." She paused. "That's not a good answer. ... I'm going to celebrate with friends and family."
A visibly shaken Jacqueline Bisset, 69, won her first Golden Globe for her supporting role on the BBC drama Dancing on the Edge. "I think it was 47 years ago that the Hollywood Foreign Press (called me) a promising newcomer," said the actress, who broke through with American movie fans in 1977's The Deep. "I can't believe this." As the music tried to usher her off, she continued. "My mother. What did she used to say? 'Go to hell and don't come back.' ... I love my friends, I love my family, and you're so kind."
Elisabeth Moss, who took home a best-actress trophy for the miniseries Top of the Lake, said, "I'm totally shaking, like Jennifer Lawrence."
Andy Samberg was surprised by his win for his new comedy, Brooklyn Nine-Nine. "Who knew? I guess I'll just thank everyone."
Backstage, he said: "I forgot to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press and my parents. That's how surprised I was. The two things I had to say."
Co-host Amy Poehler was bowled over by her win for Parks and Recreation. She (fake) kissed Bono before running up onstage. "Wow, I was not prepared for this. Wow, Parks! I've never won anything like this." Backstage, she added: "I really didn't expect to win. I know every actress says that. But ..."
And Robin Wright joined the club with her win for House of Cards. "Thank you, Hollywood Press. You guys are a gaggle of characters. ... I have no speech."
Both Bisset and Moss were caught by NBC censors for uttering the s-word in their acceptance speeches. Naughty ladies!
The b-word was mentioned twice early on. The first time was when Poehler called herself one to work with. And the second was when Breaking Bad actor Aaron Paul was called to the microphone when the show won for drama series. He held the trophy up and said, "Yeah, b----!"
Diane Keaton got bleeped while accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award for Woody Allen. As she paid tribute to her friend of 45 years, mentioning his many years of filmmaking, she said, "If Woody saw this, he'd say get the hook and get her off the god----," and the entire next phrase was blanked out.
Backstage, Cate Blanchett finished off the night by dropping an f-bomb. After winning for Blue Jasmine, she was asked by reporters about the role. "It was a mind (expletive). Do you have delay?"
Bisset's bizarre behavior
Backstage, Bisset clued reporters in to her strange speech. "I was told my category was to be the second to the last (rather than one of the first). I was wondering why there was someone with a camera filming me. I was completely out of it."
Whom has she forgiven, as she discussed in the speech? "In the course of the life, there are a few people that don't necessarily do what you want to do. I don't have enemies as such, as far as I know. Sometimes one has misunderstandings. If you get bitter, you are in trouble, and it doesn't progress in a good way. It takes time to forgive, but I am totally for it."
Wearing a halter dress cut low in the back and swooping up on the sides, Wright turned during her acceptance speech, revealing a bit of nipple tape, along with a lot of skin.
The Princess Bride actress, who is newly engaged to actor Ben Foster, was asked about her lean bod.
"My fiancé did a movie playing Lance Armstrong. And he was on 800 calories a day. I said, in solidarity, I would go on the diet with him. I really want to go to In-N-Out Burger right now."
As for wedding plans, "I don't know what's going on. We're talking about where, when, how. But couldn't be happier."
We'll have what she's having
Blanchett helped the Globes live up to its boozy reputation, saying in her acceptance speech, "Well, that crept up. I've got a few vodkas under my belt and here we are."
As she rambled a bit in her thanks, the music cued her to exit. "Can people at home hear this music, or do they just think that you're getting really fast because you're having a panic attack, which I'm probably having?"
A serious comeback
Jared Leto is determined not to let his win for his portrayal of the transgender character Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club change him.
"I've always been a bit of an outsider, and I don't think that changes after tonight," said Leto, who had been away for acting for six years to work on his music with 30 Seconds to Mars. "And I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing. Rayon was an outsider, and that's an OK place to be. I'm very thankful, very grateful."
Asked about the difference between his roles as musician and actor, he said: "Jared Leto the musician doesn't put on wigs and heels to go to work, although I could probably get away with it."
You'd think that after 30 years in showbiz, Michael J. Fox would have the red-carpet thing down, but you'd be wrong. After stepping on wife Tracy Pollan's dress, he conceded, "I do this all the time." Paying Globes organizers a backhanded compliment, he added, "This red carpet is just so well organized. It's a labyrinth. It's a slaughterhouse, and we're the cattle. The whole event is great and exhausting."
Judd Apatow on his red-carpet preparation: "I sit in my underwear most of the day and then put on my tux in about 15 seconds and go."
How does Somali-born, Minneapolis-raised Barkhad Abdi, nominated for best supporting actor in Captain Phillips, like the weather? Don't worry, "I'm used to snow," being from Minneapolis.
Do they get to keep that stuff? Girls' Zosia Mamet was loving the rings she borrowed from Lorraine Schwartz, "but unless I peace out and head to Mexico, I'm pretty much going to have to give them back."
Mutual admiration societies
Philomena Lee, the subject of the Judi Dench film Philomena, about an Irish woman who searches out her son 50 years after giving him up, is realistic about her circumstances. "This is my first - and probably last - Golden Globes. I can't believe I'm here." She also shared an insider take on the actress who played her in the movie: "What a lovely lady. She'd never done a movie about a real-life person, but we hit it off. We have the same sense of humor."
Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón bowed to American Hustle director David O. Russell, who told him, "We are brothers in cinema tonight."
Rob Lowe stopped Robert Redford, who was nominated for best actor for All Is Lost, on the carpet to introduce himself. Meeting the Oscar- and Globe-winning actor was "the highlight of the night. I could go home now," Lowe gushed. "He's been my inspiration since I was kid and saw Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid."
Michael Fassbender is ready to concede the beard-growing contest to his 12 Years a Slave co-star Chiwetel Ejiofor.
"He grows one much better than me. He was clean-shaven when I saw him last night." But don't expect Fassbender to keep up the facial hair. "To have a full-on beard is a bit much with liquid and food."
Equal time, equal twirl?
Since Tom Hanks was going to have to split his time between the Captain Phillips table and the one for Saving Mr. Banks, Phillips director Paul Greengrass had a plan: "I have a stopwatch. I'm going to time him."
"Do you ask the boys to turn?" Blanchett replied when a male interviewer asked her to "twirl a little" on the red carpet.
Zooey Deschanel announced on the red carpet to Ryan Seacrest that Prince will play himself in a cameo on her sitcom, New Girl, in the special post-Super Bowl episode. "I was really impressed. He's really funny." And, she said, "He's really fast. He got everything in one or two takes."
Flipping out - and off
Moss let her fingers do a stroll in the E! mani-cam to show off her nails, and then told host Giuliana Rancic there was "something" she wanted to do. "Do it! C'mon, do it! This is E! We're in 160 countries!" And that's when Moss started to shoot her middle finger at the camera.
"Did you guys get that?" Rancic asked. "Good news is, I don't think we can get in any trouble for that."
"You said to do whatever I wanted!" Moss said. "It's the end of the carpet. Spice it up a little!"