After their respective directors failed to land Academy Award nominations, "Argo" and "Les Misérables" got a nice boost from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association on Sunday night by winning best picture--"Argo" for drama, "Les Misérables" for comedy/musical at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards. While it's important to note that the less than 100 voters that make up the HFPA are not in the Academy, the Globes do often predict who will go on to win the Oscar. That can't happen in the director category--that honor went to "Argo" helmer Ben Affleck, who failed to score an Oscar nomination for directing. Backstage, Affleck made light of the fact he didn't land a directing nomination from the Academy by pointing out he also starred in "Argo." Said Affleck, "I also didn't get the acting nomination; no one's saying I got snubbed there!"
The biggest winner was "Les Miz" with honors for picture, supporting actress Anne Hathaway, and lead actor (musical/comedy) Hugh Jackman. But it was also a good night for "Argo" with wins for picture and director and "Django Unchained," which scored supporting actor honors for Christoph Waltz and a screenplay win for writer-director Quentin Tarantino. Tarantino beat out such heavyweights as Tony Kushner for "Lincoln." However, the two won't have to compete at the Oscars--Tarantino is nominated in original screenplay, while Kushner is in adapted.
Other big winners were Jessica Chastain for actress in a drama in "Zero Dark Thirty," playing a CIA Agent known as Maya who spends a decade hunting down Osama bin Laden. Chastain is busy appearing on Broadway in "The Heiress," and has been racking up frequent flier miles this week--she was in L.A. for the Critics Choice Awards on Thursday, but made it back to New York to do shows Friday and Saturday before returning today for the Globes. In her speech, she thanked director Kathryn Bigelow, who also failed to land an Oscar nomination for directing, going so far as to compare her to Maya. Daniel Day-Lewis won for playing the title role in "Lincoln," and thanked director Steven Spielberg, noting, "you have given me an experience that I will treasure for the rest of my life." Actress in musical/comedy was awarded to Jennifer Lawrence for her work in "Silver Linings Playbook."
Though "Lincoln" didn't win the top prize, it was the film everyone was talking about, as former President Bill Clinton came out to introduce the film's clip reel. Other surprises: Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Jodie Foster's did-she-or-didn't-she coming out speech, which was alternately peculiar and beautiful. "I already did my coming out about a thousand years ago back in the stone age, in those very quaint days when a fragile young girl would open up to trusted friends and family, and co-workers and gradually probably to everyone who knew her," Foster said, before thanking her "heroic co-parent, my ex-partner-in-love, my righteous soul sister in life, my confessor...most beloved BFF for 20 years, Cydney Bernard."
On the TV side, the big winners were HBO's "Girls," which scored statues for best comedy and lead actress Lena Dunham, and Showtime's "Homeland," which won best drama and awards for leads Claire Danes and Damian Lewis.
The evening was hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler; the general consensus seemed to be that the two were excellent and took hilarious jabs at everyone from Taylor Swift (Fey to Swift: "You stay away from Michael J. Fox's son!") to James Franco (Fey to Hathaway on her "Les Miz" role: "I have not seen somebody so totally alone and abandoned like that since you were on stage with James Franco at the Oscars.") Poehler closed out the night by announcing: "We're going home with Jodie Foster!"
A full list of winners follow:
Best Drama: "Argo"
Best Comedy or Musical: "Les Misérables"
Best Actress, Drama: Jessica Chastain, "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best Actor, Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln"
Best Actress, Comedy or Musical: Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook"
Best Actor, Comedy or Musical: Hugh Jackman, "Les Misérables"
Best Director: Ben Affleck, "Argo"
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, "Les Misérables"
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, "Django Unchained"
Best Foreign Language Film: "Amour"
Best Animated Film: "Brave"
Best Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, "Django Unchained"
Best Original Score: Mychael Danna, "Life of Pi"
Best Original Song: "Skyfall" (music and lyrics by Adele and Paul Epworth), "Skyfall"
Best Series, Drama: "Homeland," Showtime
Best Series, Musical or Comedy: "Girls," HBO
Best Actress, Drama: Claire Danes, "Homeland"
Best Actor, Drama: Damian Lewis, "Homeland"
Best Actress, Comedy or Musical: Lena Dunham, "Girls"
Best Actor, Comedy or Musical: Don Cheadle, "House of Lies"
Best Miniseries or Movie: "Game Change"
Best Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Julianne Moore, "Game Change"
Best Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Kevin Costner, "Hatfields & McCoys"
Best Supporting Actress: Maggie Smith, "Downton Abbey"
Best Supporting Actor: Ed Harris, "Game Change"