After a while it grew monotonous: a steady stream of Golden Globe winners declaring surprise.
For the people behind Fox's detective comedy "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," it was genuine but not so with the victory lap for "Breaking Bad," and its team didn't pretend otherwise.
"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" won the Globe on Sunday for best television comedy, with star Andy Samberg winning best comic actor. "Breaking Bad" won best drama, a coda for AMC's epic tale of meth kingpin Walter White, with Bryan Cranston winning the award for best dramatic actor.
"I'm a terrible actor, so you can be assured I'm very surprised in real life," said "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" co-creator Dan Gore.
Samberg's a better actor, but he seemed stunned to win in a category that included Jim Parsons, star of television's most popular comedy "The Big Bang Theory," and sentimental favorite Michael J. Fox, who has his own NBC show.
Vince Gilligan, creator of "Breaking Bad," said the Globe gave the show's team another chance to thank its fans.
"Especially the early adopters, as they say in the electronics business, the folks who were watching since season one, the grim days when we had very little viewership," Gilligan said of his series, which ended last fall. "Thank you for helping us get to here."
Cranston's award came after losing four times in the category.
"This is such a wonderful honor and such a lovely way to say goodbye to the show that has meant so much to me," Cranston said. He joked that the honor by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association means more people around the world will be able to share in the "mirth and merriment" of "Breaking Bad."
The show was denied a sweep when Aaron Paul lost his bid to Jon Voight for a supporting actor award.
Actress Robin Wright won for her work in "House of Cards." She paid tribute to her co-star, Kevin Spacey, calling him "the best playdate, ever." Netflix's award for the show represented the first time a service other than a broadcast or cable network has won a major television award.
Movie star Michael Douglas donned the flamboyant costumes to play Liberace for "Behind the Candelabra" and the work brought him his fourth Golden Globe award. Earlier in the evening, the production won the award for best TV movie.
Douglas called his co-star, Matt Damon, "the bravest, talented actor I've ever worked with." Addressing Damon, he said "the only reason you're not here is I had more sequins."
Show co-host Amy Poehler capped her big night by winning the best actress award for NBC's "Parks & Recreation." For a joke, she was sitting on Bono's lap when the camera cut to her as nominees' names were read; she looked as though she didn't want to rush off when the announcement came that she won.
But she quickly recovered and turned into what even she recognized as a cliche - the flustered award winner who said she had not prepared to be an award winner.
"Woo," she said. "I've never won anything like this."
Elisabeth Moss gets a lot of publicity for her work on "Mad Men," but won a Golden Globe as best actress in a miniseries for playing a detective investigating the disappearance of a pregnant girl in the Sundance Channel miniseries, "Top of the Lake."
Like movie winner Jennifer Lawrence before her, Moss was visibly trembling as she accepted her trophy.
Veteran actress Jacqueline Bisset, a five-time nominee who won her first Golden Globe, savored the moment in getting a best supporting actress trophy. She played Lady Cremone in the BBC production of "Dancing on the Edge," shown on Starz.
Her acceptance was punctuated by silence, she kept talking when the music tried to usher her offstage and even forced the censor to press the "bleep" button after she uttered a profanity.
"I'm going to get this together," she said. "I want to thank the people who have given me joy, and there have been many. And the people who have given me (profanity), I say it like my mother - what did she say? She used to say, `Go to hell, and don't come back.'"
There was no profanity from Voight, another Hollywood veteran. He had been to the stage before. His supporting actor honor for his work in Showtime's "Ray Donovan" was his fourth Golden Globe.
"I'm truly humbled to be among my talented peers," he said.