Golden Globes 2014: Leonardo DiCaprio wins Best Actor, Cate Blanchett – Best Actress

The big winners at the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards included Leonardo DiCaprio, who won for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical for “The Wolf of Wall Street”, and Cate Blanchett, who has fought off fierce competition to win the Golden Globe award for Best Drama Actress.

The 39-year-old actor also thanked The Wolf of Wall Street director Martin Scorsese for his “ mentorship”, saying he had “influenced everybody in this room” with his visionary film making. Photo: Ma_Co2013/ Flickr

The award season is officially open! The best of the best were honored at the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards that was held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills and hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

Leonardo DiCaprio has won the Golden Globe for best actor in a comedy or musical for ‘The Wolf of Wall Street.’ Best actress in a motion picture, drama went to Cate Blanchett for ‘Blue Jasmine’.

The “Titanic” star beat Christian Bale (“American Hustle”), Bruce Dern (“Nebraska”), Oscar Isaac (“Inside Llewyn Davis”) and Joaquin Phoenix (“Her”) in the category at the 71st annual Golden Globes.

While the Best Actress in a drama nominees included Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”; Judi Dench, “Philomena”; Emma Thompson, “Saving Mr. Banks”; and Kate Winslet, “Labor Day.”

Cate is now a hot favorite to win her second Oscar at the Academy Awards in March for her performance as a New York socialite who falls on hard times and is forced to live with her sister in San Francisco.

She paid tribute to Allen while accepting the award, which she described as a “heavy thing that makes your biceps look great”. Woody Allen has been honoured at the 2014 Golden Globes awards ceremony for a lifetime of achievement in writing, producing and directing films.

“Woody Allen writes and directs these things with such alarming regularity that we almost take him for granted,” she told the audience at the Beverly Hills ceremony.

DiCaprio also paid tribute to his fellow nominees, telling the audience at the Beverly Hilton: “If any actor wants to follow the filmography of a great artist, take a look at Bruce Dern’s work.”

The 39-year-old actor, who plays real-life corporate raider Jordan Belfort in the film, also paid tribute to Scorsese, saying: “You’re a risk-taker and a visionary.”

Although DiCaprio has been nominated for ten Golden Globes in the past 15 years, it is only his second Golden Globe win. He last won the award for Best Actor for his role in The Aviator in 2005.

Amy Adams won best actress in a musical or comedy for her role as the scheming partner to a con-man played by Christian Bale in the film, while Jennifer Lawrence took best supporting actress for her turn as his wife.

Jared Leto took home the trophy for his role as Rayon in “Dallas Buyers Club,” beating out Daniel Bruhl in “Rush,” Bradley Cooper in “American Hustle,” Michael Fassbender in “12 Years A Slave” and Barkhad Abdi in “Captain Phillips.”

Matthew McConaughey’s extreme transformation, brought him the award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for “Dallas Buyers Club”.

This marks McConaughey’s first Globe nomination or win. He’s seen a steep career surge over the past couple of years, choosing to distance himself from the fluffy rom-coms he was previously known for in favor of dramatic work like “Buyers Club,” “Mud” and last year’s “Magic Mike.”

When accepting the award for Best Movie Drama, “12 Years a Slave” director Steven McQueen repeatedly asked one of his stars to smack him so he could remember what it is he wanted to say.

“I’m forgetting someone. I’m so sorry. I wasn’t expecting this. Please hit me,” he said.

Bryan Cranston rightfully won for his role of Walter White in Breaking Bad, for Best Actor in a TV Drama – his first ever Golden Globe. Breaking Bad was on a roll as it then scooped the award for Best TV Drama, accepted by creator Vince Gilligan.

Host of the night, Amy Poehler won Best Actor in a TV Drama for Parks and Recreation, beating the likes of Lena Dunham and Zooey Deschanel.

The whole list of winners you may see here.

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