Richard Linklater coming of age film Boyhood has taken top honours at the Golden Globe awards, the BBC reports.
The movie, which took 12 years to make, won best film drama, with Linklater named best director and Patricia Arquette best supporting actress.
British actor Eddie Redmayne won best actor in a drama for his role as physicist Professor Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.
British actresses Joanne Froggatt and Ruth Wilson also collected prizes.
The awards, which honour both film and TV, saw Froggatt win best supporting actress in a TV series for her role in Downton Abbey.
Wilson was named best actress in a TV drama for The Affair.
Collecting the best director award, Linklater said: “I want to dedicate this to parents that are evolving everywhere and families that are just passing through this world and doing their best.
“Bottom line is we’re all flawed in this world. No one’s perfect,” he said.
Redmayne beat competition from fellow Brits Benedict Cumberbatch and David Oyelowo to the best actor award.
The star revealed he cut short his honeymoon to attend the ceremony in Beverly Hills: “I promised her sunshine – it wasn’t so great today – but thanks for giving us a honeymoon we’ll remember.”
The actor was the only Briton to win an award in the film categories despite a strong showing in the nominations.
His co-star, Felicity Jones, missed out on the best drama actress award to Julianne Moore for her role in Still Alice.
Rosamund Pike and Keira Knightley were also nominated for their parts in Gone Girl and The Imitation Game but were both disappointed.
Comedy drama Birdman had led nominations going into the ceremony with seven nods. However, the film only collected two awards – one for Michael Keaton as best actor in a comedy or musical and one for best screenplay.
The Theory Of Everything also collected two of the four awards it was nominated for. Besides Redmayne’s prize, it was also award best original score by Johann Johannsson.
Despite being nominated for five awards, Alan Turing drama The Imitation Game came away empty- handed.