The beautiful, the powerful and the merely talented of Hollywood gathered on Sunday 11 January for the Golden Globe Awards, the high-wattage launch to the film industry awards season that culminates in Oscars.
While a Golden Globe lacks the prestige of an Academy Award – the industry's highest honour – the party put on by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) has a track record of being quite a rowdy affair, especially in the hands of third-time hosts Amy Poehler and Tina Fey.
Hanging over the room was the hacking at Sony Pictures, which had the town aTwitter after leaked emails revealed embarrassing tidbits about some of Hollywood's biggest names – fodder for the comedic pair to poke fun.
'BIRDMAN' TESTS FLIGHT
A film that satirises showbusiness, 'Birdman', led all nominees with seven nods but was beaten by 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' in the Best Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical award. 'Bridman' star Michael Keaton, embodying the comeback in film and real life, won Best Actor in Comedy/Musical.
For a small film that has endeared critics, 'Boyhood' won the more coveted Best Motion Picture – Drama. A bold endeavour made over 12 years with the same actors tells the simple tale of a boy growing up.
Two biopics in that category were 'The Imitation Game', about a heroic World War Two codebreaker persecuted for being homosexual, and the portrait of Martin Luther King Jr in 'Selma', a 1960s drama that resonates in the current debate over race.
Eddie Redmayne won Best Actor –Drama playing physicist Stephen Hawking in 'The Theory of Everything'.
The outcome of the 72nd Globes will not influence the Academy Awards slate, since voting for next week's nominees announcement is closed. But it can give crucial momentum for the 22 February ceremony.
The 90-member HFPA also hands out television awards and could anoint new programmes delivered on streaming sites Netflix Inc and Amazon Inc.
Actor and director George Clooney received the Cecil B DeMille Award for lifetime achievement.