Yesterday the winners of the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards were announced. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has been the brunt of criticism over the last few years, notorious for nominating and inviting along to the ceremony celebrities they’d like to meet and party with, rather than worthy nominees. This year though, the field was very strong. Save for the dubious classification of films like Her, Nebraska, Inside Llewyn Davis and The Wolf of Wall Street as ‘comedies’, both the Dramatic and the Comedic categories were competitive. Some of the winners, as you will see, certainly a surprise. You can check out the full list of nominees here. Listed below are the winners for film:

Best Original Song, Motion Picture: U2, "Ordinary Love," Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

I expected ‘Let it Go’ (Frozen) to take out this award, but U2 have been a class rock act for decades. A Globe (and an Oscar, potentially) would be a fitting addition to their legacy.

 Best Original Score, Motion Picture: Alex Ebert, All Is Lost

 Many critics had picked Alex Ebert as a favourite for some time. Not a surprise to see his work recognised, but I am yet to see the film. He had tough competition in Steven Price for Gravity too.


Best Screenplay, Motion Picture: Spike Jonze, Her

Terrific choice by the HFPA. It was the best screenplay nominated. A victory for either 12 Years A Slave or American Hustle, as good as those films are, would have been disappointing.


Best Animated Feature Film: Frozen

Understandable. Frozen is likely to come up against The Wind Rises for the Oscar, which could prove its foil. But I enjoyed Frozen. It’s a worthy winner.


Best Foreign Film: The Great Beauty

The Oscar favourite now, certainly. After cleaning up the European Film Awards The Great Beauty’s closest competition (Blue is the Warmest Colour) is ineligible.


Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

Deserved. She’s the Oscar favourite. A victory by anyone else would have been a shock.


Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

Wow. Good on you Matthew McConaughey. You have owned the screen for the last two years. Chiwetel Ejiofor has been heavily favoured in this category, and I thought he’d win. This Best Actor race is extremely competitive.


Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical: Amy Adams, American Hustle

Okay, lets lock in Amy Adams for a Best Actress nomination. It seemed like she might be just outside contention, but beating out Meryl Streep here suggests she has a lot of support. American Hustle does, anyway.


Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street

Leo. When I heard this news I was surprised. Isn’t Bruce Dern the second favourite for the Oscar after Ejiofor? But Phoenix was so good? Then I watched The Wolf of Wall Street last night and I understood. What a performance from Leo. I would feel terrible for him if he isn’t nominated again for an Oscar. I can’t see how he could top this performance.


Best Supporting Actress, Motion Picture: Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle

A surprise. I love Jennifer Lawrence and she’s great in American Hustle. But is it the best supporting female performance of the year? No.


Best Supporting Actor, Motion Picture: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Great for Leto. I still haven’t seen his film, but he has been cleaning up. I still can’t see how Fassbender could be overlooked.


Best Director, Motion Picture: Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity

Yep. Spot on here.


Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy: American Hustle

It isn’t the best film in this VERY strong pack, but it is gaining serious momentum. With the two ladies winning earlier, this was a given.


Best Motion Picture, Drama: 12 Years a Slave

I was getting ready to say that 12 Years A Slave went home empty handed. I thought Gravity would win this pre-Ceremony and was certain when Slave had won nothing. This is a surprise, considering.

What are your thoughts on the Globe winners?

Andrew Buckle - follow Andy on Twitter here: @buckle22

Andy Buckle is a passionate Sydney-based film enthusiast and reviewer who has built a respected online voice at his personal blog, The Film Emporium. Andy will contribute reviews, features and be our resident film festival, and awards expert.