Golden Globes: 12 Years A Slave Wins Best Film
British director Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave has won best film (drama) at the Golden Globe Awards.
However, in a disappointing night for homegrown talent, McQueen and the film's star, Chiwetel Ejiofor, lost out in their individual categories.
American Hustle was the biggest winner, picking up three awards at the Beverly Hills ceremony.
The film, about two con artists recruited to help an FBI sting operation, won best musical/comedy.
Two of its all-star cast, Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence, also picked up gongs for best actress and supporting actress.
British hopes were high at the start of the night, particularly in the best actress and actor (drama) categories.
Dame Judi Dench, Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet were all in the running, but ended up losing out to Cate Blanchett for her role in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine.
Idris Elba and Chiwetel Ejiofor - nominated for Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, and the much-fancied 12 Years A Slave - also came away empty-handed.
Instead it was Matthew McConaughey's role in Dallas Buyers Club, as a rodeo cowboy diagnosed with Aids, that took home the honours.
"Ron Woodroof's story was an underdog, for years it was an underdog, we couldn't get it made ... I'm so glad it got passed on so many times or it wouldn't have come to me," said McConaughey.
Actor and rock star Jared Leto - McConaughey's co-star - won the supporting actor gong for playing a transgender character in the movie.
Away from the big categories, individual British success was limited to Jacqueline Bisset.
The 69-year-old won best supporting actress for her role in BBC mini-series Dancing on the Edge, set in the jazz scene of the 1930s.
Elsewhere, Leonardo DiCaprio won best actor in a musical or comedy for starring in tale of greed and excess The Wolf Of Wall Street, directed by Martin Scorsese.
3D space hit Gravity added to its box office success by bagging an award for film-maker Alfonso Cuaron.
The Golden Globes, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, are voted for by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and is one of Hollywood's biggest nights, setting a marker for the Oscars.
12 Years a Slave is now likely to go into March's showpiece event as favourite for best film - assuming it is chosen in Thursday's nominations.
But whether the biographical movie - set in 19th century America - can sweep the board is another matter. It missed out in six of the seven awards it was nominated for.
The Globes also honoured the best of the year's television, with cult hit Breaking Bad scooping two prizes following its dramatic finale last year.
The tale of a teacher who ends up selling crystal meth won best TV drama, beating Downton Abbey, and Bryan Cranston won best actor.
"This is such a wonderful honour and such a lovely way to say goodbye to the show that meant so much to me," said Cranston.
Hollywood veteran Michael Douglas' portrayal of flamboyant pianist Liberace in Behind The Candelabra also got him a share of the awards limelight.
The 69-year-old won best actor in a mini-series or TV movie, telling his co-star Matt Damon: "The only reason you're not here is I had more sequins."
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