BEVERLY HILLS (CNS) – AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” which ended its critically acclaimed run in the fall, was named best television drama tonight at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards, while Bryan Cranston was named best actor for his portrayal of the show’s teacher-turned-drug-lord.
The 1970s-era film “American Hustle” also earned a pair of early awards, with Amy Adams collecting a best actress in a comedy or musical prize, while Jennifer Lawrence was named best supporting actress.
“Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan said the best thing about the award was that it gave him and the show’s crew a chance to thank all of its fans.
“Thank you for helping us get to here,” he said while accepting the prize at the Beverly Hilton.
Cranston was honored for his portrayal of Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with cancer and turns to cooking methamphetamine — first to cover his medical expenses but later for the money and power.
“This is such a wonderful honor and such a lovely way to say goodbye to the show that meant so much to me,” he said while accepting his first Globe for the role, despite being nominated the past three years.
He also joked: “I was always so grateful the show resonated with American audiences, but now … everyone around the world will be able to share in ‘Breaking Bad’s’ mirth and merriment.”
Cranston thanked AMC for being “courageous” enough to air the hard- edged show.
Robin Wright was named best actress in a drama series for her work opposite Kevin Spacey in Netflix’s “House of Cards.” She thanked series creator/producer David Fincher “for convincing me to do this.”
“Because he said you can create her and let her come out of marble if you want,” she said, adding to Spacey, “Kevin, you’re the best play date ever.”
Andy Samberg scored a surprise win for best actor in a comedy series for his work in the new series “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” besting last year’s winner Don Cheadle of “House of Lies” and Emmy winner Jim Parsons of “The Big Bang Theory.”
“I guess I’ll just thank everyone,” the former “Saturday Night Live” regular said as he took the stage, showing genuine surprise at the honor.
Amy Poehler, who co-hosted the ceremony with pal Tina Fey, was named best actress in a comedy series for “Parks & Recreation.” It was her first career Golden Globe.
“I never win, so I can’t believe I won,” she said. “Thank you so much for including me, Hollywood Foreign Press.”
She praised her colleagues on the show as “the best cast in comedy and drama as far as I’m concerned.”
On the motion picture side of the awards, Adams hailed “American Hustle” writer/director David O. Russell while accepting her best comedy/musical actress prize.
“David, you write such amazing roles for women,” she said. “Thank you so much for letting the world know a princess can punch and wear a low-cut (dress).”
Lawrence’s win for supporting actress in the film marked her second globe in two years stemming from a Russell film. She won best actress last year for “Silver LInings Playbook.”
Jared Leto won the Globe for best supporting actor for his work in “Dallas Buyers Club.”
“This is incredible,” he said. “I didn’t make a film for almost six years. I was pursuing other dreams and I just have to say it’s more than an honor to come back and have this love and support. I never expected it. I never even dreamed of it.”
The Italian film “The Great Beauty” won the Globe for best foreign- language film, while “Frozen” was named best animated film.
Spike Jonze won the Globe for best screenplay for his offbeat film, “Her.”
Composer Alex Ebert won for best score for “All is Lost,” while U2 won for best original song for “Ordinary Love” from the film “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.”
“We wrote a love … song, because its kind of what’s extraordinary about the film, it’s kind of a dysfunctional love story,” U2 lead singer Bono said. “It’s about the man (Mandela), that’s why you should see this film.”
Jacqueline Bisset gave the ceremony one of its more bizarre moments while collecting the award for best supporting actress in a series, miniseries or TV movie for “Dancing on the Edge.” Bisset, 69, appeared disoriented after making a lengthy walk to the stage. She let out a series of profanities when she began talking, at least one of which made it onto broadcast television.
After gathering herself and delivering some disjointed remarks, she wrapped up her comments saying, “I love my friends, I love my family and you’re so kind.”
HBO’s “Behind the Candelabra” continued to collect awards, earning the Globe for best made-for television movie or miniseries, and a best actor award for Emmy-winner Michael Douglas for his portrayal of Liberace.
He said director Steven Soderbergh brought up the idea of the film in 1999 when he and Douglas were working on “Traffic,” asking him during a break in filming if he “ever thought about Liberace.”
“I said no, Steven, I really haven’t,” Douglas said. “Now, of course, the paranoid actor that I was I thought maybe I was mincing a little bit in the part I was doing.”
But he said more than a decade later, he was given “an incredible gift” with “Behind the Candelabra.” He hailed his co-star, who was also nominated in the same category, Matt Damon.
“The only reason you’re not here is I had more sequins,” he said.
Elisabeth Moss won the award for best actress in a TV movie or miniseries for “Top of the Lake.”
Jon Voight was named best supporting actor for his work in “Ray Donovan.”
“I’m truly humbled to be among my talented peers,” Voight said. “Working with the cast of ‘Ray Donovan’ is an endless joy and I’m very grateful for that.”
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