Hobbits ruled the Golden Globes on Sunday as The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King won four trophies including best dramatic film.
Lost in Translation, a story of two lonely Americans who find friendship in a Tokyo hotel, collected three awards, including best comedy film, best comedy actor for Bill Murray and best screenplay for Sofia Coppola, who wrote, produced and directed the film.
Rings master Peter Jackson was recognized as best director, and the film won two musical awards.
"I never realized that seven years on this movie would end up turning me into a Hobbit," Jackson said, referring to the shortish, big-footed magical characters in the J.R.R. Tolkien stories. "To all of the actors, our magical cast, you just gave so much to the movies and equally importantly you made it so much fun to work on." Theron’s Killer Role Hailed
Among TV nominees, HBO's six-hour adaptation of playwright Tony Kushner's Angels in America won five trophies, including best miniseries or TV movie.
But movies gathered most of the attention as Sean Penn collected best movie drama actor for playing an emotionally ravaged father seeking revenge for his daughter's murder in Mystic River, and Charlize Theron won the drama actress honor for Monster, the story of a prostitute serial killer.
Theron thanked writer-director Patty Jenkins for believing she could play the role: "There's only so much you can do, but if somebody doesn't give you a chance there is nothing you can do."
Murray thanked Coppola and went on to dryly mock Hollywood award speeches, declaring he had fired all his agents and representatives and had no one else to thank.
He also poked fun at the idea that comedy performers are overshadowed by dramatic stars. "Too often we forget our brothers on the other side of the aisle — the dramatic actors," he said.
"I'd just like to say: Where would our war, our miseries and our psychological traumas come from?"
Keaton: ‘I Know I Got Lucky’
Coppola, collecting the best screenplay trophy, thanked her father — The Godfather director and co-writer Francis Ford Coppola, calling him "a great screenwriting teacher."
Diane Keaton as an older woman in love in Something's Gotta Give collected a Golden Globe for lead comedy performances. "Getting to play a woman to love at 57 is like reaching for the stars with a stepladder. I know I got lucky," said Keaton.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association event is regarded by many in Hollywood as one of the year's biggest parties, but it's also a way to generate frontrunner buzz for the Oscars.
The Globes are distributed by a relatively small group, about 90 journalists who cover entertainment for foreign-based media outlets.
Tim Robbins and Renee Zellweger collected supporting movie performer honors.
Robbins' supporting role as a grown child-abuse survivor suspected of murder in Mystic River earned him the first trophy of the evening. "Wow! We just sat down. The good thing about this coming early is that I get to drink now," Robbins joked.
Later in his acceptance speech he shouted to director Clint Eastwood: "Clint, you are the man! I have never felt so trusted and in such good hands as when we were on the set for that movie."
Eastwood accepted the drama actor award on behalf of Penn, who did not attend, and described his Mystic River star as an actor who has been too often taken for granted.