Jacqueline Bisset is Britain’s first actress to triumph at the Golden Globes in a night which is expected to be dominated by British success.
The 69-year-old won her gong for best supporting actress in a series, mini-series or movie in the BBC’s Dancing On The Edge, beating fellow Brit and White Queen star Janet McTeer.
Bisset told the Associated Press: "I didn’t think I was going to win. Sorry it took so long (to get on stage) I was in a daze."
Stars have flocked in their finest couture to the Los Angeles show, organised by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), which are seen as a pointer for who will challenge for Oscars honours in March.
A host of British talent is tipped for recognition but it is actors Idris Elba and Chiwetel Ejiofor who really lead the charge with two nominations each.
Elba, who rose to fame as ruthless drug dealer Stringer Bell in US drama The Wire, is nominated for best actor in a motion picture for his performance as Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.
He is also recognised in the best actor in a mini-series or TV movie category for his role as the troubled detective in the BBC’s Luther.
Ejiofor is nominated in the same category for another BBC drama – Dancing On The Edge – while his role in Steve McQueen’s epic 12 Years A Slave gets him a nod for best actor in a motion picture.
The film, based on the true story of New Yorker Solomon Northup who was kidnapped and sold into slavery as an adult, is tied with crime caper American Hustle for the most nominations with seven each.
Ejiofor said: "It is such a huge honour to be nominated for two Golden Globes and I would like to thank the members of the HFPA for this incredible recognition. The response to 12 Years A Slave and Dancing On The Edge from the public and media alike has been overwhelming and I am so very grateful. To have been a part of these amazing projects was a gift in itself, that the HFPA have responded in this way, truly means so much."
Among its nominations are best motion picture drama, best original score, best motion picture screenplay and best supporting actor for Michael Fassbender – as well as a nod to British director McQueen for best director.
The nominees for best actress in a motion picture drama reads like a roll call of UK acting talent with nods for Emma Thompson in Saving Mr Banks, Kate Winslet in Labor Day and Dame Judi Dench for Philomena.
UK-based Cate Blanchett is also nominated for her performance in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine and Sandra Bullock is recognised for Gravity.
Winslet said she was "extremely surprised and absolutely thrilled" to be nominated.
The other nominees for best motion picture drama are Gravity, Captain Phillips, Rush and Philomena.
Alan Partridge star Steve Coogan also picked up a nomination with writing partner Jeff Pope for their work on Philomena – the true story of Philomena Lee’s search for the son she was forced to give up for adoption in 1950s Ireland.
Michael Sheen’s performance in Masters Of Sex is shortlisted for best actor in a TV series drama along with Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston, James Spader, Liev Schreiber and House Of Cards star Kevin Spacey.
Helena Bonham Carter’s portrayal of Elizabeth Taylor in BBC4’s Burton And Taylor sees her nominated for best actress in a mini-series or TV movie along with White Queen star Rebecca Ferguson.
Also nominated are Jessica Lange, Dame Helen Mirren and Elisabeth Moss for Top Of The Lake.
Three of the five nominees for best mini-series or movie were from the BBC with Dancing On The Edge, Top Of The Lake and White Queen all recognised.
BBC drama controller Ben Stephenson said: "BBC Drama’s ten nominations in today’s Golden Globes reinforces our international reputation and position as the very best producers of drama both at home and across the pond."
ITV’s Downton Abbey received a nomination for best TV series drama along with Breaking Bad, The Good Wife, Masters Of Sex and the US remake of 1980s political thriller House Of Cards.
Coldplay are nominated for original song for Atlas, which featured in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, along with Ordinary Love by U2 from Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.
Also nominated is Justin Timberlake for Please Mr Kennedy which he co-wrote with the Coen Brothers for their folk film Inside Llewyn Davis.
Blue Jasmine star Sally Hawkins lost out in the best supporting actress category to Jennifer Lawrence, who collected the award for her role in American Hustle.
Despite its latest series breaking audience records on the other side of the pond, the BBC’s Downton Abbey failed to win best TV series drama after coming up against the gritty Breaking Bad.
Star Bryan Cranston also picked up best actor in a drama for his role as Walter White in the series, four months after its final episode.
U2 and Danger Mouse won the award for best original song for "Ordinary Love," recorded for the Nelson Mandela biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom – the band’s first recording since 2010.
U2 singer Bono said working on the film completed a decades-long journey with Mandela, having played an anti-apartheid concert some 35 years ago.
"This man turned our life upside down, right-side up," said Bono of the South African leader who died last month.
"A man who refused to hate not because he didn’t have rage or anger or those things, but that he thought love would do a better job."
It meant Coldplay missed out with their chart hit Atlas for the US blockbuster Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
Writers Jeff Pope and Steve Coogan watched on as their hit film Philomena lost out to futuristic romance Her, written by Spike Jonze, in the best screenplay category.
Nominee Christian Bale has been left empty handed after Leonardo DiCaprio took home the Golden Globe for best actor in a comedy or musical for The Wolf Of Wall Street.
Bale was shortlisted for his starring role as conman Irving Rosenfeld in American Hustle.
Gravity won one of the first big battles of the night after Alfonso Cuaron scooped best director.
It was a blow to British director Steven McQueen, who had gone head-to-head with the Hollywood blockbuster with his powerful film 12 Years A Slave.