'Argo,' 'Les Mis,' 'Girls' & 'Homeland' Get Golden
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Some big surprises and lots of humor kept the 70th Annual Golden Globes fun, interesting and fast-moving Sunday night in Hollywood. On the film side, Argo was named Best Picture of the Year - Drama, while Les Miserables was named Best Picture of the Year - Comedy or Musical, with Daniel Day-Lewis, Hugh Jackman, Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence and Anne Hathaway among the stars taking home trophies. On the TV side, Showtime's Homeland scored big and so did HBO's Girls, with Lena Dunham, Claire Danes and Damien Lewis among those recognized.
Get the complete list of winners HERE.
The Best in Movies
In addition to Best Pictures Argo and Les Mis, Amour was named Best Foreign Language Film (Austria) and Disney-Pixar's Brave was named Best Animated Feature Film. A shocked Ben Affleck was named Best Director for Argo, quite the vindication after being snubbed for a Best Directing Oscar nom, and a very jovial Quentin Tarantino got the Best Screenplay award for Django Unchained.
Daniel Day-Lewis picked up the Best Actor - Drama award for his turn as Lincoln, and was quick to credit the other actors in the room: "Such beautiful performances this year; I'm very proud to be one amongst you." He also singled out director Steven Spielberg, "a humble master with a quicksilver imagination. ... You've given me an experience that I will treasure until the end of my life." Day-Lewis beat out Richard Gere, John Hawkes, Joaquin Phoenix and Denzel Washington.
Hugh Jackman was named Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical for Les Mis, beating out Jack Black, Bradley Cooper, Ewan McGregor and Bill Murray. Thanking the "most amazing cast in the world" and his "visionary director," he also singled out his wife for "talking him off the cliff" when he doubted his singing abilities during rehearsals.
Jessica Chastain was named Best Actress - Drama for her role as a tenacious CIA analyst in Zero Dark Thirty. Calling her win a dream come true, the emotional and proud actress she pointed out that she's "been on the sidelines for years, and to be here at this moment, it's a beautiful feeling to receive this encouragement and support." She also told her director Kathryn Bigelow, "You've done more for women in cinema than you've taken credit for." Chastain bested Marion Cotillard, Helen Mirren, Naomi Watts and Rachel Weisz.
Silver Linings Playbook star Jennifer Lawrence was named Best Actress - Comedy or Musical over tough competition Emily Blunt, Judy Dench, Maggie Smith and Meryl Streep. Joking, "Oh, what does [the statuette] say? I beat Meryl!" She went on to thank her co-star Bradley Cooper, "who made me better every day," and surprisingly started to choke up while thanking her family.
Les Mis star Anne Hathaway was named Best Supporting Actress, and practically had to pinch herself to see if the moment was real. She excitedly said, "Thank you for this lovely blunt object I will forevermore use as a weapon against self-doubt," and gave a shout-out to the "great and gutsy actresses" (Amy Adams, Helen Hunt, Sally Field, Nicole Kidman) in her category as well as her "fearless" cast and director.
Christoph Waltz owes a lot of gold to Quentin Tarantino: He was named Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Django Unchained, his second nom and win following his audacious Inglourious Basterds introduction to the mainstream film world. The Austrian actor told his director, "My gratitude knows no words," and concluded, "This journey was incredible. To borrow a sentence from my character … The North Star is that one. Ta-da." Waltz bested co-star Leonardo DiCaprio, Alan Arkin, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Tommy Lee Jones.