Golden Globes Awards

Eddie Redmayne

British actors Eddie Redmayne, Ruth Wilson and Joanne Froggatt were the toast of Hollywood at the Golden Globes as awards season began in earnest in Los Angeles.

Redmayne scooped the award for best actor in a movie drama for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything, beating fellow British superstar Benedict Cumberbatch for one of the top honours of the night.

The actor, who married his partner Hannah Bagshawe just before Christmas, said the award made cutting his honeymoon short worthwhile.

Speaking to a packed ballroom at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, he said: "Hannah, my wife of a couple of weeks, we had to cut our honeymoon short so I would like to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (who vote for the awards) for giving us a night at the end of our honeymoon that we will remember."

The actor also paid tribute Stephen Hawking, saying the time he spent with him "was one of the great honours of my life".

Downton Abbey star Joanne Froggatt was an early winner during the three-hour ceremony, picking up best supporting actress in a TV series for her role as Anna Bates in the ITV drama.

She beat veterans including American Horror Story star Kathy Bates and Mom actress Allison Janney to the award and failed to contain her surprise when she said: "This is the most shocking moment of my life."

Luther actress Ruth Wilson also seemed surprised by her win for best actress in a TV drama series for The Affair, in which she stars opposite Dominic West.

She beat popular choices including Homeland star Claire Danes and The Good Wife actress Julianna Margulies for the honour.

The Affair was also the unexpected winner in the best TV drama series category, beating Game Of Thrones, House Of Cards, Downton Abbey and The Good Wife.

On the red carpet all eyes were on Amal Clooney, the British-Lebanese wife of George Clooney.

The human rights lawyer excited fashion pundits and channelled old Hollywood with her classic black Dior couture gown and elbow length white gloves, teamed with a black clutch bag bearing a "Je suis Charlie" badge in reference to the recent tragedy in Paris.

Her husband, who wore the same badge on his lapel, was the recipient of the Cecil B DeMille Award during the ceremony and paid tribute to his new wife in an emotional speech, saying: "It's a humbling thing when you find someone to love and even better when you've been waiting your whole life.

"Whatever alchemy it is that brought us together, I couldn't be more proud to be your husband."

Clooney also referenced the people of all religions who marched in Paris yesterday, saying: "We will not walk in fear."

Among the other big winners at the star-packed ceremony were best drama movie Boyhood and best comedy/musical movie The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Birdman star Michael Keaton scored the best actor award for a comedy/musical while Julianne Moore picked up best actress in a drama movie for her role as a woman suffering early onset Alzheimer's in Still Alice while Amy Adams won best actress in a comedy/musical movie for her portrayal of artist Margaret Keane in Big Eyes.