'Argo,' 'Les Mis,' 'Girls' & 'Homeland' Get Golden
By David Weiner
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.
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.
Homeland hit a major home run Sunday night, winning Best Television Series – Drama and beating out Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, The Newsroom and Mad Men, while seeing its two stars, Damian Lewis and Claire Danes, win Best Actor and Actress in the category. Calling the statuette a true "perk" to have picked up along the way, Lewis dedicated the win, "To my mom, who I know is out there looking down on me, bursting with pride and telling everyone how well her son is doing acting." For Danes, it was her fourth Globe win, and she thanked the Hollywood Foreign Press for being "so insanely generous for so many years now. I was up here when I was 15." She lauded the women in her category, saying, "I'm very proud to be working in this medium, in this moment, in this company," and thanked her co-workers for accommodating her pregnancy during the production of the show.
Girls was named Best TV Series - Comedy or Musical, and its star and executive producer Lena Dunham upset the competition to win Best Actress – Comedy or Musical. Besting Zooey Deshanel, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, she declared "I worship them" before sharing her award with "every woman who felt there wasn't a space for her; this show made a space for me."
Other Awards of the Night
HBO's Game Change also hit a triple, named Best Motion Picture Made for Television, with its star Julianne Moore landing Best Actress in the same category for her portrayal of Sarah Palin, and Ed Harris winning the Best Supporting Actor prize for his portrayal of presidential hopeful John McCain; Hatfields & McCoys star Kevin Costner was named Best Actor in a Mini-Series Made for Television; Don Cheadle was named Best Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical for his performance in House of Lies, while Maggie Smith was singled out for her Best Supporting Actress in a Series for her performance in Downton Abbey.
Best Original Score – Motion Picture went to Mychael Danna for Life of Pi, and Adele'sstirring Skyfall was named Best Original Song – Motion Picture. The new mom and multiple Grammy winner exclaimed, "Oh my God!!!!" when she hit the stage and candidly said that this was really just a fun night out with her friend, also a new mom: "We've been pissing ourselves laughing over there." She also thanked her "lovely Simon."
Co-hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler kept the proceedings full of laughs, with their opening monologue especially putting the celebrity audiences in stitches. Throughout the show, the pair also slipped into the audience, wearing goofy disguises as actors looking to accept faux nominations; Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell played clueless presenters who saw none of the movies in the Best Actress category -- but tried to fake it anyway when describing the performances; Tony Mendes, the real-life CIA agent behind the true story of Argo, took the stage with John Goodman to present Argo, and Bill Clinton also surprised the audiences to introduce Lincoln; Sacha Baron Coen roasted his Les Mis co-stars; and Francesca Eastwood, daughter of Clint Eastwood and Frances Fisher, and Sam Fox, son of Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan, were presented as Mr. and Miss Golden Globes.
And there wasn't a dry eye in the house when Jodie Foster was presented with the Cecil B. DeMille Award by good friend Robert Downey Jr. Starting with plenty of self-effacing comedy ("I'm 50! You know, I was going to bring my walker tonight, but it just didn't go with the cleavage."), Foster turned the podium into a confessional and half-joked about giving a big "coming out speech" before turning the focus to how important privacy truly is as a celebrity ("If you had been a public figure since the time that you'd been a toddler, you too would value privacy above all else.") and declaring how proud she is of her "modern family." Getting emotional, she concluded, "This feels like the end of one era and the beginning of something else."