(CNN) — “Breaking Bad” continued its triumphant final lap by winning best TV drama at Sunday’s 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards.
“The best thing about this is it gives us one more chance to thank the fans of the show,” said creator Vince Gilligan.
“Yeah, b***h, thank you,” added star Aaron Paul, echoing a line his character often said on the show.
Star Bryan Cranston, who played the show’s meth-mogul protagonist, won best actor in a TV drama.
Though barely an hour old, the show — the annual presentation of trophies by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association — had already had its share of talked-about moments:
Jacqueline Bisset, who won best supporting actress in a TV series, miniseries or TV movie for her performance in Starz’s “Dancing on the Edge,” seemed breathless as she accepted the honor, staring at the camera for long seconds. At one point, she tried to put a hold on her emotions by giving herself a pep talk; at another point, she apparently uttered an obscenity.
Jennifer Lawrence (“American Hustle”) won the first award of the evening, for best supporting actress in a motion picture.
“I’m sorry I’m shaking so much. Don’t ever do this again,” she said after praising the makers of her film, as well as all the other nominees.
She was just as loose backstage.
Asked how she would celebrate, she responded, “I need to catch up on my drinking.”
Even Nelson Mandela got a shout-out when U2 won for best original song in a motion picture for “Ordinary Love,” the song they wrote for “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.” The song took was 35 years in the works, said guitarist The Edge, noting the group’s longtime support for the South African leader.
And Tina Fey and Amy Poehler started the show by picking up where they left off last year.
The hosts immediately launched into jokes about the snubbed “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” Matt Damon and “Gravity,” which was about how “George Clooney would rather float into space and die rather than spend another minute with a woman close to his own age.”
They were particularly sharp about the often marginalized view of women in Hollywood: Matthew McConaughey losing 45 pounds for “Dallas Buyers Club,” the same as “every woman in Hollywood”; Meryl Streep’s nomination meaning there are still great roles for “Meryl Streeps over 60.”
Streep was already in the record books. She’s nominated for best actress in a comedy or musical for her performance in “August: Osage County,” which is her 28th nomination. She’s won eight times, also a record.
Before the show, celebrities made their way down the red carpet at the Beverly Hilton in their finest finery — dodging some stains left by a sprinkler malfunction. Among the fashion highlights: A revealing Amy Adams (a low-cut gown reminiscent of her outfits in “American Hustle”) and Lupita Nyong’o of “12 Years a Slave.”
Asked whether she felt pressure about choosing a dress, Nyong’o shook her head. “I only wear things that speak to me,” she said.
Most of Hollywood tends to show up for the Globes, drawn by the booze, the glamour, the publicity and the idea that a victory here may set the recipient on the road to that most coveted of Hollywood prizes, the Oscar.
As Goldderby.com awards expert Tom O’Neil observes, “The Golden Globe has often acted as a crystal ball revealing who’ll sang Academy gold next and maybe even helping them to get it.”
Funny how that works, considering that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association consists of about 100 entertainment journalists who sometimes have funny tastes. They were widely mocked after giving an award to Pia Zadora for new star of the year in the early ’80s against competition that included Elizabeth McGovern and Kathleen Turner. (A little schmoozing by Zadora’s producer husband, Meshulam Riklis, was said to have gone a long way.)
But in the ensuing years, the Globes have gotten to be a handy set of tea leaves, designating 17 of the past 20 best actor Oscar winners, for example. (It helps that the Globes give awards for dramas and comedy/musicals.)
The show is airing on NBC.