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Shut out all night at the Golden Globes Sunday, the historical drama “12 Years a Slave” eked out the night’s top honor, best film drama, while the con-artist caper “American Hustle” landed a leading three awards, including best film comedy.

David O. Russell’s “American Hustle” had the better night overall, winning acting awards for Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence. Best picture was the only award for “12 Years a Slave,” which came in with seven nominations, tied for the most with “American Hustle.”

Awards were otherwise spread around.

Matthew McConaughey took best actor in a drama for his performance in the Texas HIV drama “Dallas Buyers Club.” Leonardo DiCaprio, a nine-time Golden Globe nominee, won his second Globe for best actor in a comedy for his work in “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

Alfonso Cuaron won best director for the space odyssey “Gravity,” a worldwide hit and critical favorite.

The night’s biggest winners may have been hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, whose second time hosting the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Beverly Hills, Calif., ceremony was just as successful as last year’s show. Fey concluded the night by toasting the awards as “the beautiful mess we hoped it would be.”

Adams, in a low-cut dress evocative of her character’s ’70s style, won her first Golden Globe for best actress in a comedy or musical. Lawrence took best supporting actress for her performance in David O. Russell’s fictionalized Abscam tale.

The award returned Lawrence, a winner last year for Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook,” to the stage for an acceptance speech – something she said was no easier a year later.

“Don’t ever do this again,” she told herself. “It’s so scary.”

Leonardo DiCaprio, a nine-time Golden Globe nominee, won his second Globe for his best actor in a comedy for his work in “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Accepting the award, he thanked director Martin Scorsese, which whom he’s made five films, for his mentorship and “for allowing me to stalk you to make this film.”

Alfonso Cuaron won best director for the space odyssey “Gravity,” a worldwide hit and critical favorite.

Fey and Poehler, last year’s co-hosts, picked up where they left off, starting the 71st annual ceremony with a torrent of punch lines that lambasted Matt Damon, Meryl Streep and, naturally, George Clooney. The audience roared most of all when Fey described “Gravity,” which co-stars Clooney.

“George Clooney would rather float away in space and die than spend one more minute with a woman his own age,” said Fey.

Many of the night’s surprise winners were literally caught speechless. Andy Samberg (best actor in a comedy series, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), Elisabeth Moss (winner of best actress, miniseries or movie, for “Top of the Lake”), Robin Wright (best actress in a TV series, drama) and even Poehler, herself (best actress in a TV series, comedy), appeared particularly shocked to win and each stumbled through their thank you’s. Poehler celebrated by making out with Bono.

Spike Jonze was also blindsided by his best screenplay win for his futuristic romance “Her.”

“I’m a terrible public speaker,” said Jonze. “And I’m bad at English. And it’s the only language I know.”

As expected, the Emmy-winning HBO film “Behind the Candelabra,” the acclaimed Liberace drama directed by Steven Soderbergh, won for best movie or miniseries, as well as best actor in a TV film for Michael Douglas. He thanked his co-star Damon, saying “The only reason you’re not here is I had more sequins.”

The playful interplay of Fey and Poehler again stole the show in the early going. The “SNL” duo, signed up to host next year, too, brought last year’s Globes’ telecast to a six-year ratings high of 19.7 million.

“This is Hollywood,” explained Fey. “If something kind of works, they’ll just keep doing it until everyone hates it.”