U2 has won a Golden Globe Award for the Best Original Song from a Motion Picture for their song Ordinary Love.

The song was written in honour of the late Nelson Mandela for the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

Bono said working on the film completed a decades-long journey with Mr Mandela, having played an anti-apartheid concert 35 years ago.

"This man turned our life upside down, right-side up," said Bono of the South African leader who died last month.

"A man who refused to hate not because he didn't have rage or anger or those things, but that he thought love would do a better job."

The 71st Golden Globes ceremony also saw Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave named as best film drama.

It saw off competition from Captain Phillips, Gravity, Philomena and Rush.

American Hustle won the award for best comedy or musical movie.

Australian Cate Blanchett won best drama actress for Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine and Matthew McConaughey triumphed for best drama actor in Dallas Buyers Club.

The Wolf of Wall Street star Leonardo DiCaprio and Amy Adams from American Hustle won the top acting awards in the musical/comedy category.

Visit RTÉ ten for more reports and images from last night's Golden Globes