Watch the best speeches, jokes and moments from the Golden Globes ceremony 2015

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Some people may think it was all about the awards and the dresses, but the Golden Globes ceremony threw up many more exciting moments.

From important speeches from winners and presenters alike, to hilarious jokes from our favourite-ever presenters Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the ceremony was a celebration of solidarity and change in Hollywood today.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's opening monologue for the show was full of hilarious and topical jokes about the past year in TV, film, as well as pop culture moments like George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin's wedding, the supposed hacks of Sony execs by North Korea and even the allegations currently surrounding American entertainer Bill Cosby. A few of our favourite jokes included:

"Jennifer Aniston is here tonight, nominated for the film Cake. We should explain for the Hollywood people in the room: cake is like a fluffy desert that people eat on their birthdays. And birthdays are thing people celebrate when they admit that they’ve aged."

"George Clooney married Amal Almuddin this year. Amal is a human rights lawyer who worked on the Enron case, was an adviser to Kofi Annan regarding Syria, and was selected for a three-person UN commission investigating rules of war violations in the Gaza Strip. So tonight... her husband is getting a lifetime achievement award."

Talking about Patricia Arquette's role in Boyhood, which was filmed over 12 years, the hosts said: "She's proved that there are still great roles for women over 40 as long as you get hired when you’re under 40."

Their intro for the first award was presented as a competition to jump up and present an award with Jennifer Aniston, which Benedict Cumberbatch 'won' in a typically charming manner.

Benedict Cumberbatch 'wins a competition' to present an award with Jennifer Aniston

Downton Abbey's Joanne Froggatt took a moment to mention the women who had written to her after her difficult storyline of Anna Bates' rape, which had helped her win her award for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Television Film.

"After this storyline aired I received a small number of letters from survivors of rape and one woman summed up the thoughts of many by saying she wasn't sure why she'd written but she just felt in some way she wanted to be heard. And I'd just like to say I heard you and I hope that saying this so publicly means you feel that the world heard you too."

Joanne Froggat's moving speech about her rape storyline on Downton Abbey

George Clooney and Jared Leto used their time on stage to mention the atrocities in Paris during the run-up to the ceremony and the march that took place to show solidarity with France on the day of the awards. 

Clooney said, "Today was an extraordinary day, there were millions of people who marched, not just in Paris but around the world. [...] They didn't march in protest, they marched of the idea that we will not walk in fear. So, je suis Charlie."

He also mentioned how important his marriage has been to him as he accepted his Cecile B DeMille award: "It's a humbling thing when you find someone to love. Even better when you've been waiting your whole life" 

George Clooney shows solidarity with victims of the Paris attacks, as well as celebrating his marriage

Maggie Gyllenhaal meanwhile commended the amount of inspiring roles for "actual women" that exist in film and TV at the moment as she accepted her Best Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Television Film award for The Honorable Women.

"I've noticed a lot of people talking about the wealth of roles for powerful women in television lately. And when I look around the room at the women who are in here, and when I think about the performances I've watched this year what I see actually are women who are powerful and sometimes not, sometimes sexy, sometimes not, sometimes honourable, sometimes not... and what I think is new is the wealth of roles for actual women in television and in film. That's what I think is revolutionary and evolutionary, and it's what turning me on."

"Roles for actual women" - Maggie Gyllenhaal commends the change in portrayals of women this year in her acceptance speech

Amy Adams also celebrated the inspiring female role models in Hollywood today as she picked up her award for her role in Big Eyes.

"I have so many female role models here tonight, it's so wonderful that women today have such a strong voice. I have a four-and-a half year old, and I'm so grateful to have all the women in this room - you speak to her so loudly. She watches everything she sees everything and I'm so grateful to the women in this room who have such a lovely voice, thank you so much"

Amy Adams thanks the actresses in the room for being inspirational role models

Meanwhile, on the red carpet before the ceremony, Lena Dunham made a strong statement about internet trolls and mentioned that she has removed herself from Twitter. She later Tweeted to mention the new series of Girls that was premiering that night, but has stopped using the site for personal updates.

"I deleted Twitter because I'm trying to create a safer space for myself emotionally. People threaten my life and tell me what a cow I am, so I decided I was gonna... I check it occasionally, but it's not the same co-dependence Twitter and I once shared. It's the dark side of the Internet. There's a lot of people I love on Twitter, but unfortunately you can't read those without reading deranged Neocons telling you you should be buried under a pile of rocks."

And Amy Poehler's Smart Girls at the Party project carried out a successful campaign to ask the women on the red carpet about more than just what they were wearing. Using the hashtag #askhermore, readers submitted questions like "What is your favourite book?" or "What else would you like to achieve in your career?" to counteract the usual "Who made your dress?" interviews stars normally undertake. 

Words: Victoria Gray, Images and videos: Rex Features/Youtube

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Victoria is a contributor for She covers lifestyle and food pieces for the site. When on the internet she can be found tweeting feverishly about Great British Bake Off, and offline she is never happier than when in the company of some wine and cheese.