An early indicator of Academy Award potential, the Golden Globes have established Argo and Les Miserables as favorites in the Oscar race, much to the chagrin of fading-fast Lincoln. That much-ballyhooed historical drama prevailed only in an acting category (Daniel Day-Lewis), attendee President Clinton’s stamp of approval notwithstanding.
Les Mis won for Best Musical, with Hugh Jackman and Anna Hathaway’s performances also being feted. And Argo won for Best Drama and Best Director.
Meanwhile, in terms of television Homeland, Girls and the made-for-TV movie Game Change, walked away with the most trophies, with 3, 2 and 3, respectively.
The Globes were marked by its trademark, champagne-fueled informality, starting with co-hostesses Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s taking potshots during their dialogue at everyone from their predecessor (“Ricky Gervais could not be here tonight because he is no longer technically in show business.”) to Quentin Tarantino (“The star of all my sexual nightmares.”)
Some of the presenters proved to be just as hilarious, such as when their fellow, SNL alums Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig feigned familiarity with the Best Actress nominees’ performances. Later, Sly Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger exchanged barbs about each other’s poor command of English before opening the envelope for Best Foreign Language Film (Amour).
As for acceptance speeches, Lifetime Achievement Award-winner Jodie Foster came off as uncharacteristically-uncomfortable in front of the camera during a rambling rant during which she complained about her lack of privacy, came out of the closet, announced that she was available, and retired from show business. The camera caught several audience members crying in response to her emotional dump, although most appeared nonplussed.
As for sore losers, Taylor Swift frowned after losing to rival Adele as if the Best Original Song-winner had rushed to the stage and just pulled a Kanye West on her. Fey reacted equally-ungraciously to being beaten in the TV comedienne category when 26 year-old Lena Dunham thanked the also-rans for getting her through middle school.
In the end, co-host Poehler proved to be a better sport when she brought down the curtain on the festivities with the suggestive, less-catty sendoff, “Goodnight! We’re going home with Jodie Foster.”
Complete List of 2013 Golden Globe Winners
Picture, Drama: “Argo”
Picture, Musical or Comedy: “Les Miserables”
Actor, Drama: Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”
Actress, Drama: Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty”
Director: Ben Affleck, “Argo”
Actor, Musical or Comedy: Hugh Jackman, “Les Miserables”
Actress, Musical or Comedy: Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained”
Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables”
Foreign Language: “Amour”
Animated Film: “Brave”
Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained”
Original Score: Mychael Danna, “Life of Pi”
Original Song: “Skyfall” (music and lyrics by Adele and Paul Epworth), “Skyfall”
Series, Drama: “Homeland”
Series, Musical or Comedy: “Girls”
Actress, Drama: Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Actor, Drama: Damian Lewis, “Homeland”
Actress, Musical or Comedy: Lena Dunham, “Girls”
Actor, Musical or Comedy: Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
Miniseries or Movie: “Game Change”
Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Julianne Moore, “Game Change”
Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Kevin Costner, “Hatfields & McCoys”
Supporting Actress, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”
Supporting Actor, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Ed Harris, “Game Change”
CECIL B. DeMILLE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD