A Separation, the highly praised Iranian film by Asghar Farhadi, has won the Golden Globe Award for best foreign-language film.

The Golden Globes Award ceremony was held last night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

Other films in the category were the The Land of Blood and Honey (U.S.), The Flowers of War (China), The Kid with a Bike (Belgium) and The Skin I Live In (Spain).

The Golden Globes, given out by the Hollywood Foreign Press, are considered the second-most important U.S. film award, after the Oscars.

A Separation also won the Golden Bear Award, the top award at the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival, while the male and female acting ensembles won Silver Bear awards for best acting: Sarina Farhadi, Sareh Bayat, Leila Hatami, Peyman Moadi, Babak Karimi and Ali Asghar Shahbazi.

The film has claimed several other international film awards and will also compete at the Oscars in the category of best foreign film.