'Return of the King' dominates Golden Globes
One award for nomination leader 'Cold Mountain'
Charlize Theron holds her award for best actress in a movie drama ("Monster").
CNN's Daryn Kagan reports on the Golden Globes and the big night enjoyed by 'The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.'
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(CNN) -- Hollywood's A-list turned out Sunday for the Golden Globes -- the ceremony often seen as a precursor to Oscar success -- and "The Return of the King" walked off with four awards.
The epic fantasy won in every category in which it had been nominated. Its haul included best dramatic film and best director. "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" also won for best original score in a motion picture and best original song.
Director Peter Jackson, accepting the best director trophy, said he was "honored" to be in the company of Sofia Coppola, Clint Eastwood, Anthony Minghella and Peter Weir, who were competing in the same category.
Charlize Theron won the trophy for best actress in a drama for her role in "Monster," in which she portrayed prostitute-turned-serial killer Aileen Wuornos.
Sean Penn won the best actor-drama award for his role as a grieving, vengeful father in "Mystic River."
It was also a winning night for Sofia Coppola, whose "Lost in Translation" earned three globes. It took home best musical or comedy film, as well as best screenplay, which went to Coppola, and best actor in a musical or comedy, for Bill Murray.
Coppola, daughter of "The Godfather" director Francis Ford Coppola, thanked her family and her father, whom she described as "a great screenwriting teacher."
"There are so many people taking credit for this that I don't know where to begin," Murray said. He also thanked director Sofia Coppola "for writing a film that was so good that everybody in this room says, 'That lucky son of a bitch: It could have been me.' "
Diane Keaton was named best actress in a comedy or musical for "Something's Gotta Give."
The Golden Globes, which are given out by the 90 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, is one of the most-watched awards shows in entertainment, and winners often go on to earn Oscars, the U.S. film industry's top honors, handed out by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on February 29.
Tim Robbins won the first globe of the night for his supporting role in the drama "Mystic River."
"Every day has been a joy on this movie," Robbins said in accepting the honor.
"Cold Mountain" had a leading eight nominations, including best drama. Its only globe went to Renee Zellweger, who won best supporting actress.
"Sex and the City" star Sarah Jessica Parker took the prize for best actress in a television drama series.
"My God, it's happening, thank you, thank you very much," she said.
One of the big surprises of the night was a British victory in the competitive American TV field.
Ricky Gervais was honored for his role as a smug, annoying boss in "The Office," a BBC America series that has attracted a cult following.
Gervais, mimicking the role for which he got the prize, said during his acceptance, "I'm from a little place called England ... We used to run the world before you."