Double victory for ‘Argo’
15 Jan 2013
BEVERLY HILLS — Iran hostage drama Argo scored a sweet double victory at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, winning best movie drama and best director for Ben Affleck on a night that left front-runner, Lincoln, with just one trophy.
Musical Les Miserables won the contest for best comedy or musical, as well as acting awards for stars Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway, on a night of surprises at Hollywood’s second biggest awards show, after the Oscars in February.
Actress Jodie Foster publicly acknowledged for the first time that she is gay, and former United States President Bill Clinton appeared at the glitzy ceremony.
But the big story was the defeat of Steven Spielberg’s drama about U.S. President Abraham Lincoln’s battle to end slavery, which went into Sunday’s ceremony with a leading seven nominations, and the triumph of Affleck in the director’s race.
Affleck was overlooked in the directing category when the Oscar nominations were announced last Thursday, although Argo was short-listed for best film for the ceremony on February 24.
Argo combines the true story of the rescue of United States diplomats from Tehran after the Islamic Revolution in 1979, under the guise of making a movie, with a satire on Hollywood.
Argo producer George Clooney told reporters backstage that he was disappointed at Affleck’s personal snub by the Academy Awards voters.
“I think he did a phenomenal job with the film. I felt that he should have been nominated, but you can’t figure out what goes on in the Academy, and he’s still nominated for best picture ... It’s disappointing, but we’re not out of the water just yet,” Clooney said.
British actor Daniel Day-Lewis, who plays Abraham Lincoln, got the only Golden Globe win for Lincoln, which has a leading 12 Oscar nominations.
Instead, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which organises the Golden Globes, showed their admiration for Quentin Tarantino’s slavery era Western, Django Unchained, which won two awards: one for Tarantino’s screenplay and another for Christoph Waltz’s supporting actor turn as a dentist turned bounty hunter.
“Wow ... This is a damn surprise, and I am happy to be surprised,” Tarantino said, accepting his screenplay award.
In other key races, Jessica Chastain, won, as expected, for her role as a young female CIA agent, who tracks down Osama bin Laden in the thriller Zero Dark Thirty.
“I have wanted to be an actor since I was a little girl ... To be here now is a beautiful feeling to receive this encouragement and support,” Chastain said.
In the best comedy or musical category, Jennifer Lawrence won best actress for Silver Linings Playbook while Anne Hathaway was named best supporting actress.
The actress, who lost 25 pounds in weight and chopped off her long brown hair to play tragic heroine Fantine in Les Miserables, said: “Thank you for this lovely blunt object that I will ever more use as a weapon against self-doubt.”
Foster (50), who won Oscars for Silence of the Lambs and The Accused, was given a lifetime achievement award, and publicly acknowledged that she is gay.
“I hope that you’re not disappointed that there won’t be a big coming-out speech tonight, because I already did my coming out about a thousand years ago [to friends and family],” Foster said.
She added that she had never felt the need to bare her soul in public, but praised her co-parent and the woman she called her “ex-partner in love.”
Comedians Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, hosting the Globes for the first time, scattered around jokes about some of the top Hollywood stars in the audience, and did impersonations of Johnny Depp and Julianne Moore.
The full list of winners in the films category at the Golden Globe Awards:
• best drama: Argo;
• best comedy or musical: Les Miserables;
• best actor, drama: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln;
• best actress, drama: Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty;
• best actor, comedy or musical: Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables;
• best actress, comedy or musical: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook;
• best supporting actor: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained;
• best supporting actress: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables;
• best director: Ben Affleck, Argo;
• best foreign language film: Amour ;
• best animated film: Brave;
• best screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained;
• best original score: Mychael Danna, Life of Pi; and
• best original song: Skyfall from the film Skyfall (Adele/Paul Epworth) – Reuters.