BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (CBSNewYork/AP) —  “Boyhood” took the top honor of best drama at the Golden Globes Sunday night.

Director Richard Linklater received the best director award and Patricia Arquette took the best supporting actress nod for the 12-years-in-the-making film.

Taking out her written speech, Arquette apologized: “I’m the only nerd with a piece of paper.”

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“Bottom line is we’re all flawed in this world. No one’s perfect,” said Linklater. “I want to dedicate this to parents that are evolving everywhere and families that are just passing through this world and doing their best.”

The night seemed to be setting up for the top two Oscar contenders _ “Boyhood” and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Birdman” — to lead the Globes’ twin categories of drama and comedy.

But to the surprise of many, Wes Anderson’s “Grand Budapest Hotel” swooped in to win best picture, comedy or musical.

Anderson listed a mock thank you to the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press, the collection of mostly freelance foreign journalists who put on the Globes, naming “Yorum and Dagmar and Yukiko and Mounawar.”

Still, Michael Keaton won best actor in a comedy or musical for his role in “Birdman,” in which he plays a former superhero star mounting a serious play on Broadway, and best screenplay.

Keaton’s voice broke up as he thanked his son, whom he called his best friend.

Hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler wasted no time in skewering Hollywood’s most tender subjects at the start of the awards show: the hacking of Sony Pictures over “The Interview,” the sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby and television’s rise as a cultural rival to movies.

The pair welcomed Hollywood’s “despicable, spoiled, minimally talented brats” to the Globes to celebrate “all the movies that North Korea was OK with.”

Several times during the broadcast, Fey and Poehler visited with a North Korea government character, played by Margaret Cho, who voiced her displeasure with all aspects of the show.

Also reverberating throughout the ceremony was the phrase “Je Suis Charlie.”

From signs held aloft on the red carpet by the likes of Helen Mirren to the speeches of Cecil B. DeMille winner George Clooney, who evoked the name of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo that was recently attacked by deadly terrorists. HFPA President Theo Kingma drew a standing ovation for pledging support to free speech “from North Korea to Paris.”

At 53, Clooney is a young lifetime achievement honoree. He had also been among Hollywood’s most vocal about preserving free speech after hackers threatened violence over “The Interview.”

“It’s a good chance for us to meet face to face and apologize for all those snarky things we said to each other,” said Clooney, referring to the embarrassing emails leaked by the hackers. He also spoke sincerely about his new wife, Amal Clooney: “It’s a humbling thing when you find somebody to love.”

Eddie Redmayne took home one of the night’s most hotly contested categories: best actor in a drama. Redmayne beat out the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Imitation Game”), Steve Carell (“Foxcatcher”), David Oyelowo (“Selma”) and Jake Gyllenhaal (“Nightcrawler”) for his performance as Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything.”

Best actress in a drama went to Julianne Moore for her startling performance as an academic with early on-set Alzheimer’s in “Still Alice.”

“I didn’t even reapply lip gloss,” said an unprepared Amy Adams after winning best actress in a comedy or musical for her performance in “Big Eyes.”

The first award of the evening went to J.K. Simmons for best supporting actor for his performance as a domineering jazz teacher in the acclaimed indie “Whiplash.”

The night had an orchestrated but carefree spirit, filled with the usual high dose of glamour, celebrity cameos and even the drink-swilling return of an old Globes villain, the former host Ricky Gervais.

As the only major awards show to honor both movies and TV, the Globes have also benefited from television’s rise. Fey and Poehler alluded to that by leading the crowd in a call-and-response cheer, chanting “Movies — Awesome! TV — Better!”

Amazon celebrated its first — and second — Golden Globe for the sexual identity comedy “Transparent,” which won best TV series, musical or comedy.

The show’s star, Jeffery Tambor, also landed best actor in the category. He dedicated his award to the transgender community.

AMC’s adaptation of the Coen brothers’ acclaimed 1996 film, “Fargo,” came in the leading TV contender with five nominations and won best miniseries or movie, as well as best actor, miniseries or movie, for Billy Bob Thornton.

“You can say anything in the world and get in trouble. I know this for a fact,” said Thornton. “So I’m just going to say thank you.”

Accepting the Globe for best original song for “Glory” in the civil rights drama “Selma,” the rapper Common raised the status of the group behind the Globes even higher: “I want to thank God and the Hollywood Foreign Press.”

Led by Fey and Poehler, the Globes have been on a terrific upswing in recent years. Last year’s awards drew 20.9 million viewers, the most since 2004.

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