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 honours 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 honours 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.
Here are the winners in key categories at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards, which were handed out on Sunday in Beverly Hills.
Best film, drama: Boyhood
Best film, musical or comedy: Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best actor, drama: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
Best actor, musical or comedy: Michael Keaton, Birdman
Best actress, drama: Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Best actress, musical or comedy: Amy Adams, Big Eyes
Best supporting actor: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Best supporting actress: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Best director: Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Best foreign language film: Leviathan (Russia)
Best animated feature: How to Train Your Dragon 2
Best drama series: The Affair (Showtime)
Best drama actor: Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
Best drama actress: Ruth Wilson, The Affair
Best comedy series: Transparent (Amazon)
Best comedy actor: Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
Best comedy actress: Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin
Best mini-series or TV movie: Fargo (FX)
Best mini-series or TV movie actor: Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo
Best mini-series or TV movie actress: Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Honorable Woman