BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.
T he film Slumdog Millionaire has lived up to its underdog theme at the Golden Globes, sweeping all four of its categories, including best drama and director for Danny Boyle.
Kate Winslet won two Globes, best dramatic actress for Revolutionary Road and supporting actress for The Reader.
Slumdog Millionaire also won best screenplay and musical score, firming up its prospects for the Academy Awards.
"Golden Globes, or the GGs as we very affectionately refer to them — your mad, pulsating affection for our film is much appreciated. Really, deeply appreciated," Boyle said.
Also among its four nominations was the evening's top honor, best drama, the last award of the night.
Slumdog Millionaire features a generally unknown cast in the story of an orphan boy in Mumbai who rises from terrible hardship to become a champ on India's version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, all the while trying to reunite with a lost love from his childhood.
"We really weren't expecting to be here in America at all at one time, so it's just amazing to be here," said Simon Beaufoy, whose winning script was adapted from Vikas Swarup's novel Q & A.
Woody Allen's Spanish romance Vicky Cristina Barcelona won for best musical or comedy film.
As expected, the late Heath Ledger earned the supporting-actor Globe for his diabolical turn as the Joker in the Batman blockbuster The Dark Knight. The award was accepted by The Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan.Other acting winners included Mickey Rourke as dramatic actor for his comeback role in The Wrestler," playing a former star with one last shot at glory in the ring.The robot romance "WALL-E" won for best animated feature.
Among TV categories, 30 Rock won best comedy series, with stars Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin earning the acting Globes in a musical or comedy. Mad Men won best TV drama.
The Globes serve as a barometer for Oscar contenders. This year's Oscar ceremony comes on Feb. 22. The Globes are presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.