Kevin Spacey arrives at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Jordan Strauss/Invision/Associated Press
Jennifer Lawrence, Elisabeth Moss and Behind the Candelabra were among the early winners at the 71st annual Golden Globes, kicking off Hollywood's awards season in earnest by celebrating achievements in film and television.
Hosted for a second consecutive year by comic favourites Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the Globes are awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and the event is considered a looser, more carefree and wider-ranging toast of Hollywood than the upcoming Academy Awards.
The two Saturday Night Live alums were warmly welcomed and their opening extremely well-received by what they called the night's "high-wattage, mega A-list" crowd, who laughed uproariously as they — tongue firmly in cheek — alternately saluted and skewered stars such as Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, George Clooney, Julia Louis- Dreyfus, Matthew McConaughey and Martin Scorsese, as well as themselves.
Jennifer Lawrence picked up the first award of the evening, earning the best supporting actress in a film trophy for her turn in American Hustle. Veteran Jacqueline Bissett, who noted that the HFPA had nominated her as a promising newcomer about four decades earlier, subsequently won best supporting actress in a series, miniseries or TV movie for Dancing On the Edge.
Behind the Candelabra, HBO's acclaimed saga exploring the life of outrageous entertainer Liberace, won for best miniseries or TV movie.
Elisabeth Moss, best known for TV's Mad Men, picked up best actress in a miniseries or movie for her starring role in Top of the Lake.
Earlier, authorities were rushing to clean up last-minute incidents, including reports of a fire sprinkler and pipe bursting over a section of the red carpet earlier Sunday afternoon. Staffers used air blowers and wet-dry vacuums to clear the scene.
Front-runners heading into tonight's star-studded Globes evening include 12 Years a Slave, American Hustle, Breaking Bad, House of Cards and Behind the Candelabra.
Canadians vying for honours include veteran sitcom star Michael J. Fox (the TV comedy The Michael J. Fox Show) and rising actress Tatiana Maslany (TV sci-fi hit Orphan Black).
Some of Hollywood's most famous faces — including Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Robert Redford, Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett — strode the red carpet and were peppered through the packed audience at the event.
This year's winner of the HFPA's lifetime achievement honour, the Cecil B. DeMille Award, is iconic New York director Woody Allen, who famously avoids award shows. Actress Diane Keaton — who starred in Allen classics such as Manhattan, Annie Hall, Love and Death, Manhattan Murder Mystery and Sleeper — is expected to accept on his behalf.
The Globes are taking place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. and airing on NBC and CTV.