The historical drama 12 Years a Slave scored a stunning upset win at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's 71st Annual Golden Globes Award in Beverly Hills Sunday.
The true story of a 19th century black man's journey from freedom into slavery and back to freedom walked away with the best dramatic movie award.
The win was unexpected as the film did not win in any other nominated categories, including best director, best actor, best screenplay, best supporting actress and best supporting actor.
The 1970s con-artist caper American Hustle won the best film comedy prize and acting awards for Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence.
Best dramatic acting award went to Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club and Cate Blanchett for Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine.
The HFPA honored Allen with the Cecil B. DeMille award recognizing outstanding contribution to the entertainment field. Diane Keaton, who starred in Allen's Annie Hall, collected the honor for Allen who is famously averse to award shows.
The Globes offered a fond farewell to the television show Breaking Bad, the tale of meth kingpin Walter White, by awarding it the best TV drama prize and giving Bryan Cranston the top television acting prize.
Cranston said "This is such a lovely way to say goodbye to the show that has meant so much to me."
Robin Wright hit a milestone for the industry by winning the best actress award in a TV drama for her work in House of Cards. The series is distributed by Netflix and it marks the first time a major television award went to a service other than a broadcast or cable network.
Veteran actors Michael Douglas and Jon Voight took acting awards for their work in television mini-series -- best acting prize to Douglas for his portrayal of Liberace in HBO's Behind The Candelabra and best supporting actor honor to Voight for his work in Showtime's Ray Donovan.
The Globes was telecast live on NBC TV and was hosted by comic actors Tina Fey and Amy Poehler for the second straight year.
The Golden Globes, the first film awards show of the season, is often seem as a prediction of what is to come at the Academy Awards.