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The country — geographically and musically — won over the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. this awards season as “Walk the Line” and “Brokeback Mountain” departed the Beverly Hilton with a bounty of Golden Globes.

“Brokeback Mountain,” a love story set in remote areas of Wyoming and Texas, lead the way with four wins at the 63rd Golden Globe Awards, nabbing dramatic film, director, screenplay and song honors. “Walk the Line,” the Johnny Cash biopic, won three awards, every top honor in the musical/comedy categories.

A night of only one major surprise, it’s quite possible March’s Oscarcast could align with the Globes in the top category (last year “The Aviator” and “Sideways” won the Globes and “Million Dollar Baby” took home the Oscar). Acting categories, director and writer awards had significant overlap at the 2005 ceremonies.

Cementing their position as leading contenders for the Oscar were Reese Witherspoon, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Felicity Huffman, Ang Lee, George Clooney, Rachel Weisz, Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, and, of course, “Brokeback.”

“Desperate Housewives” thesp Huffman, rewarded with the drama actress trophy for “Transamerica,” missed out on her chance to become the first actor to win in film and TV in the same year.

Two ABC series won top TV honors: “Desperate Housewives” nabbed the comedy award for the second year in a row and “Lost,” now in its second season, won the drama Globe.

The Globes were big on non-fiction Monday, rewarding the actors portraying Truman Capote (Hoffman), Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash (Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon, respectively). It marked the second year in a row that biopic of a musician was afforded the top comedy or musical acting prize. (Jamie Foxx won last year for “Ray.”)

“Brokeback” helmer Ang Lee won his second trophy — the first came in 2001 for “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” — and he used the winner’s podium to praise “the power of movies to change the way we’re thinking” as well as salute “an amazing year for American cinema.”

The surprise, if there was one, was handing “Paradise Now” the foreign film award. The first picture from Palestine to win a Golden Globe, pic has been released in 60 countries, according to its producer, including domestically via Warner Independent. It was named best foreign film by the National Board of Review, received the Amnesty International Film Prize and has been submitted as Palestine’s official entry for the Oscars.

“Crash,” “Mrs. Henderson Presents,” “Good Night, and Good Luck” and “Match Point,” all of which had multiple nominations, were shut out.

Evening’s first winner, George Clooney, delivered the first of a handful of amusing speeches, stringing together non-sequitors until he landed on disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. “Who would name their kid Jack with the last word off at the end of their last name? No wonder that guy’s screwed up,” said the actor-director, who won the supporting actor nod for “Syriana.”

McMurtry, co-writer of “Brokeback Mountain,” thanked his typewriter — a Hermes 3000 — and lyricist Bernie Taupin dedicated his award to Martin Luther King Jr. Presenter Dennis Quaid attempted some ill-conceived innuendo regarding “Brokeback Mountain” that was received rather poorly.

Many of the recipients were taking home their first Golden Globes, among them Witherspoon, Phoenix and Hoffman. “Memoirs of a Geisha” composer John Williams, on the other hand, won his fifth Globe. It had been 23 years since his last win, which was for “E.T.”

Anthony Hopkins, who saluted film crews and his longtime stand-in in his acceptance speech, received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement.

See running commentary of event including full list of nominees

And the winners are…

MOTION PICTURE

DRAMA
“Brokeback Mountain” — Focus Features/River Road Entertainment; Focus Features

ACTRESS (DRAMA)
Felicity Huffman, “Transamerica”

ACTOR (DRAMA)
Philip Seymour Hoffman, “Capote”

MUSICAL OR COMEDY
“Walk the Line” — 20th Century Fox; 20th Century Fox

ACTRESS (MUSICAL OR COMEDY)
Reese Witherspoon, “Walk the Line”

ACTOR (MUSICAL OR COMEDY)
Joaquin Phoenix, “Walk the Line”

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM
“Paradise Now” (Palestine) – Augustus Film/Lama Films/Razor Films/Lumen Films/Arte France Cinema/Hazazah Film; Warner Independent PicturesSUPPORTING ACTRESS
Rachel Weisz, “The Constant Gardener”

SUPPORTING ACTOR
George Clooney, “Syriana”

DIRECTOR
Ang Lee, “Brokeback Mountain”

SCREENPLAY
Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana, “Brokeback Mountain”

ORIGINAL SCORE
John Williams, “Memoirs of a Geisha”

ORIGINAL SONG
“A Love That Will Never Grow Old” — “Brokeback Mountain”
Music by: Gustavo Santaolalla, Lyrics by: Bernie Taupin

TELEVISION

DRAMA
“Lost” — Touchstone Television (ABC)

ACTRESS (DRAMA)
Geena Davis, “Commander in Chief”

ACTOR (DRAMA)
Hugh Laurie, “House”

MUSICAL OR COMEDY
“Desperate Housewives” — Touchstone Television (ABC)

ACTRESS (MUSICAL OR COMEDY)
Mary-Louise Parker, “Weeds”

ACTOR (MUSICAL OR COMEDY)
Steve Carell, “The Office”

MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE
“Empire Falls” — Mark Platt Prods., Aspetuck and Stone Village Pictures Prods. in association with HBO Films (HBO)

ACTRESS (MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE)
S. Epatha Merkerson, “Lackawanna Blues”

ACTOR (MINISERIES OR TV MOVIE)
Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, “Elvis”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Sandra Oh, “Grey’s Anatomy”

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Paul Newman, “Empire Falls”

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