LOS ANGELES – Coming-of-age drama "Boyhood" emerged triumphant on Sunday at the Golden Globes, Hollywood's first major awards show, where celebrities vowed solidarity with France after the Paris attacks.
The film won three Globes including the coveted best drama prize and best director honors for Richard Linklater at the star-studded ceremony at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles.
The pioneering movie – made over 12 years with the same cast of actors portraying a child's growth to adulthood – also won a best supporting actress trophy for Patricia Arquette.
"This was a very personal film for me... and it means so much to us that people have seen it and responded to it in that personal way," Linklater said.
Dark comedy "Birdman" – which had started the evening with the most nominations at seven – and "The Theory of Everything", about world-famous scientist Stephen Hawking, each took home two awards.
"Birdman", about a washed-up film actor trying to revive his career on stage, took best musical/comedy actor prize for Michael Keaton, and best screenplay for director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.
"The Theory of Everything", the moving story of Hawking's descent into disability, won best drama actor honors for Britain's Eddie Redmayne, as well as best original score.
The prize for best comedy/musical film went to "The Grand Budapest Hotel", a stylish caper starring Ralph Fiennes, while Amy Adams won best actress in a musical/comedy for art fraud film "Big Eyes".
Amazon breaks through
On the small screen, online retail giant Amazon scored its first ever Golden Globes for best comedy series "Transparent" – a breakthrough in its bid to catch up with streaming pioneer Netflix.
The series, starring Globes winner Jeffrey Tambor, tells the story of a man who has transitioned to become a woman and is working out the thorny details of telling his family.
"This is dedicated to too many trans people that died too young," said series creator Jill Soloway.
"Maybe we'll be able to teach the world something about authenticity and truth and love."
Netflix also took home a Globe for "House of Cards" star Kevin Spacey, named best actor in a television drama.
Showtime's "The Affair" won two Globes for best drama series and best actress Ruth Wilson. — AFP