A visibly shocked Kate Winslet walked away with two gongs on the night while Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire won four. The ceremony ended a long wait for Winslet, who had been nominated five times without success since 1995, before walking away with awards for best actress and best supporting actress in
When collecting her first award, the 33-year-old began by saying: "You'll have to forgive me - I have a habit of not winning things." The star was breathless as she took to the stage to make her acceptance speech in which she said: "Sorry this is going on a bit, but it's just I'm going to make the most of it."
Slumdog Millionaire, a British movie about an Indian boy who appears on a reality TV show, was also successful, beating Hollywood efforts including Brad Pitt's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Angelina Jolie's Changeling. The film won all four of the awards it was nominated for: best motion picture, best director, best screenplay and best original score.
Other British winners at the 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards included Sally Hawkins, who won the gong for best actress in a musical or comedy for her role as Poppy in Mike Leigh's Happy-Go-Lucky and Tom Wilkinson, who won best supporting actor in a television mini-series or movie for his depiction of Benjamin Franklin in the HBO drama John Adams.