BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - The Iran hostage thriller Argo was a surprise best-drama winner at last night's Golden Globes, beating out the Civil War epic Lincoln, which had emerged as an awards-season favorite. Argo also claimed the directing prize for Ben Affleck, a prize that normally bodes well for an Academy Award win - except he missed out on an Oscar nomination.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — The Iran hostage thriller Argo was a surprise best-drama winner at last night’s Golden Globes, beating out the Civil War epic Lincoln, which had emerged as an awards-season favorite.
Argo also claimed the directing prize for Ben Affleck, a prize that normally bodes well for an Academy Award win — except he missed out on an Oscar nomination.
And the night left Argo taking home the top prize at the Globes but standing as a long shot for best picture at the Feb. 24 Oscars, where films almost never win if their directors are not nominated.
In a breathless, rapid-fire speech, Affleck gushed over the names of other nominees presenter Halle Berry had read off: Steven Spielberg for Lincoln, Ang Lee for Life of Pi, Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty and Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained.
“Look, I don’t care what the award is,” Affleck said. “When they put your name next to the names she just read off, it’s an extraordinary thing in your life.”
Les Miserables was named best musical or comedy, while HughJackman and Anne Hatha-way claimed acting prizes.
Besides the three wins for Les Miserables and two for Argo, the show was a mixed bag, with awards spread around a number of films. Lincoln came in leading with seven nominations but lost all but one, for Daniel Day-Lewis as best actor in the title role of Lincoln.
Zero Dark Thirty star Jessica Chastain won the Globe for dramatic actress as a CIA agent 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 Christoph Waltz as supporting actor for the slave-revenge tale Django Unchained.
Les Miserables, the musical based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel earned Jack-man the Globe for musical or comedy actor as tragic hero Jean Valjean. Hathaway won supporting actress as a single mom forced into prostitution.
Tarantino won the screenplay prize for Django Unchained.
Former President Bill Clinton upstaged Holly-wood’s elite with a surprise appearance to introduce Spielberg’s Civil War epic Lincoln.
Amy Poehler, co-host of the Globes with Tina Fey, gushed afterward, “Wow, what an exciting special guest! That was Hillary Clinton’s husband!”
Fey and Poehler, who co-starred in the 2008 big-screen comedy Baby Mama, had a friendly rivalry at the Globes. Both were nominated for best actress in a TV comedy series, Fey for 30 Rock and Poehler for Parks and Recreation.
Neither won. Lena Dun-ham claimed the comedy series Globe for Girls.
Among other TV winners, Julianne Moore won a best-actress Globe for her role as Sarah Palin in Game Change, which also was picked as best TV 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.
Maggie Smith won as supporting actress for Downton Abbey.