British stars and films dominated Sunday’s precursor to the Oscars, the Golden Globes, which were read out at a press conference rather than given the usual lavish awards ceremony.

World War One tragedy Atonement won best dramatic film, Sweeney Todd won best musical or comedy film, Brit Daniel Day-Lewis won best dramatic actor and veteran star Julie Christie won best dramatic actress.

The awards were simply read out by TV presenters following the cancellation of the ceremony due to the Hollywood writers’ strike. Organisers believed actors would have shown solidarity with the writers by not turning up.

Atonement producer Tim Bevan quipped: “I’ve sat through the ceremony many times and not won, so it’s pretty good not to sit through the ceremony and win.”

Other British Globe winners included Jim Broadbent and the drama Longford. It won best mini-series or made-for-TV movie, best actor for Broadbent and best supporting actress Samantha Morton.

Johnny Depp won best actor in a film or musical for Sweeney Todd, while Cate Blanchett won best supporting actress for her performance as Bob Dylan in I’m Not There.