BEVERLY HILLS, California: Sunday’s Globes left the Academy Awards picture still muddled, with the Iran hostage thriller “Argo” winning for best drama and director for Ben Affleck, a prize he already knows he can’t win at the Oscars, where he was not even nominated.
The night featured former President Bill Clinton getting a standing ovation after introducing “Lincoln” and Jodie Foster coming out without really coming out as this year’s winner of the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award.
Foster joked that celebrities are now expected to reveal they’re gay “with a press conference, a fragrance and a prime-time reality show ... My reality show,” she demurred, “is so boring.”
Besides the three wins for “Les Miserables” and two for “Argo,” the show was a mixed bag, with awards spreads around a number of films.
Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” came in leading the Globes with seven nominations but won only one award – best actor for Daniel Day-Lewis. “Lincoln” also leads the Oscars with 12 nominations, with Spielberg, Day-Lewis and co-star Sally Field all in the running for possible third Oscars.
“If I had this on a timeshare basis with my wonderful gifted colleagues,” Day-Lewis said, “I might just hope to keep it for one day of the year, and I’d be happy with that.”
“Les Miserables” won best musical or comedy and acting honors for Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway.
“Zero Dark Thirty” star Jessica Chastain won the Globe for dramatic actress as a CIA agent obsessively pursuing Osama bin Laden.
Other acting prizes went to Jennifer Lawrence as best musical or comedy actress for the oddball romance “Silver Linings Playbook” and Austrian Christoph Waltz as supporting actor for “Django Unchained.”
“Les Miserables” 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,” Hathaway said, cradling her trophy, “that I will forevermore use as a weapon against self-doubt.”
When it comes to Hollywood’s highest honors, “Les Miserables” has the same obstacle as “Argo,” also failing to earn a best-director slot for filmmaker Tom Hooper at the Oscars.
Clinton upstaged Hollywood’s elite with a surprise appearance to introduce Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” which was up for best drama. The film chronicles Abraham Lincoln’s final months as he tries to end the war and find common ground in a divided Congress to pass the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery.
Waltz won supporting actor for his role as a genteel bounty hunter who takes on an ex-slave as apprentice in Quentin Tarantino’s for “Django Unchained.” The win was Waltz’s second supporting-actor prize at the Globes, both of them coming in Tarantino films – he previously won for “Inglourious Basterds.”
Tarantino won the screenplay prize for “Django Unchained.” He thanked his cast and also the group of friends to whom he reads work-in-progress for reaction.
“Wow! ... This is a damn surprise,” Tarantino said, accepting his award, “and I am happy to be surprised.”
The Scottish tale “Brave” won for best animated film. It was the sixth win for Disney’s Pixar Animation unit in the seven years since the Globes added the category.
Austrian director Michael Haneke’s old-age love story “Amour,” a surprise best-picture nominee for the Oscars, won the Globe for foreign-language film. The top prize winner at last May’s Cannes Film Festival, “Amour” is a grim yet moving portrait of an elderly woman tended by her husband as she is incapacitated by age.
The prize was announced by Haneke’s compatriot, blockbuster actor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
“I never thought to get an award in Hollywood [from] an Austrian,” said Haneke, who beat fellow nominees “A Royal Affair” (Denmark), “The Intouchables” (France), “Kon-Tiki” (Norway) and “Rust and Bone” (France/Belgium).
Pop star Adele and co-writer Paul Epworth won for best song for their theme tune to the James Bond adventure “Skyfall.” The prize for musical score went to Mychael Danna for the lost-at-sea tale “Life of Pi.”
Show hosts, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, were both nominated for best actress in a television comedy series, Fey for “30 Rock” and Poehler for “Parks and Recreation.” Neither won. Lena Dunham claimed the comedy series Globe for “Girls.”
After that, Fey and Poehler showed up on stage with cocktail glasses, Fey joking that it was time to start drinking.
Among other television winners, Julianne Moore won a best-actress Globe for her role as Sarah Palin in “Game Change,” which also was picked as best television miniseries or movie and earned Ed Harris a supporting-actor prize.
Best actor in a miniseries or movie went to Kevin Costner for “Hatfields & McCoys.” “Homeland” was named best TV drama series, and its stars Claire Danes and Damian Lewis received the dramatic acting awards. – With Reuters