'Les Miserables' wins musical-comedy Globe
This image released by NBC shows Anne Hathaway with her award for best supporting actress in a motion picture for her role in "Les Miserables" during the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 13, 2013, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/NBC, Paul Drinkwater)
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — "Les Miserables" was named best musical or comedy at Sunday's Golden Globes, while Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway claimed acting prizes, honors that could boost the lush stage adaptation's prospects at next month's Academy Awards.
Ben Affleck won the best-director Globe for his Iran hostage thriller "Argo," a prize that normally bodes well for an Academy Award win — except he missed out on an Oscar nomination this time.
Affleck's now in an unusual position during Hollywood's long awards season, taking home the top filmmaking trophy at the second-highest film honors knowing he does not have a shot at an Oscar.
Other acting prizes went to Jennifer Lawrence as best musical or comedy actress for the oddball romance "Silver Linings Playbook" and Christoph Waltz as supporting actor for the slave-revenge tale "Django Unchained."
Actor Hugh Jackman arrives at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday Jan. 13, 2013, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
The musical based on Victor Hugo's classic novel earned Jackman the Globe for musical or comedy actor as tragic hero Jean Valjean. Hathaway won supporting actress as a single mom forced into prostitution.
"Thank you for this lovely blunt object that I will forevermore use as a weapon against self-doubt," Hathaway said.
Jackman was a bit hoarse from the flu, but his Globe win seemed to be the right antidote.
"I was kicking myself for not getting the flu shot, but it appears that you don't need one. I feel great," Jackman said.
But when it comes to Hollywood's highest honors, "Les Miserables" already has a big obstacle, also failing to earn a best-director slot for filmmaker Tom Hooper at the Feb. 24 Oscars. Films almost never win best picture at the Oscars if their directors are not nominated.