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George Clooney and Stacy Keibler at the 2013 Golden Globes
George Clooney and Stacy Keibler at the 2013 Golden Globes
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner at the 2013 Golden Globes
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner at the 2013 Golden Globes

There were tons of surprises and highlights in tonight’s Golden Globes ceremony, an awards show that has mainly been known for partying. Not so this year, where the winners are serious Oscar contenders.

The biggest winner tonight was Ben Affleck for “Argo.” The film was named best film by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, who also gave him their best director award. This must have been really sweet for Affleck, who was snubbed Thursday by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, when he was left off their best director list.

Best actress honors for musical/comedy, predictably, went to Jennifer Lawrence. “What does it say?” Lawrence said, looking over the trophy. “I beat Meryl!” she exalted. Streep was nominated for “Hope Springs.”

Lawrence thanked director David O. Russell, “You are the best!” And to producer Harvey Weinstein, “Thank you for killing whoever you had to kill for getting me up here today.” She also thanked her brothers, whom she credited with making her tough. “I wouldn’t be here today without you being mean.”

Hugh Jackman won for best actor in a comedy or musical for “Les Miserables.” I thought Bradley Cooper would win this category, so this has just made the best actor Oscar race a little more of a toss-up.

It was a good night for director Tom Hooper. “Les Miserables” won for best film, musical or comedy. Hooper has promoted the film non-stop since he finished it the day after Thanksgiving. The win doesn’t clarify the film’s chances for an Oscar since the Globes gives two awards for best picture and the Oscars only one. The movie has gotten some pans from the critics, but box office has remained strong.

The cast of Les Miserables at the 2013 Golden Globes
The cast of Les Miserables at the 2013 Golden Globes

While this award was announced, the camera panned to Jack Black, who was nominated in this category for “Bernie.” He had his arm draped around his mother in one of the sweeter moments of the show.

Jessica Chastain won best actress honors in a drama for “Zero Dark Thirty.” She was a frontrunner, and now she is the actress to beat Oscar night.

“I wanted to be an actress since I was a little girl,” Chastain said, with a catch in her throat. She gave special thanks to director Kathryn Bigelow and repeated much of what she’d said earlier in the week at the New York Film Critics Circle, where she said her character, a CIA operative by the name of Maya, reminded her of Bigelow, who was strong and independent.

Chastain referred to the controversy the film has received, including for its scenes of torture. She ended by telling Bigelow, “You do more for women in cinema than you realize.”

George Clooney and Stacy Keibler at the 2013 Golden Globes
George Clooney and Stacy Keibler at the 2013 Golden Globes

One genuine surprise and highlight of the evening was the appearance of former president Bill Clinton, who introduced  “Lincoln” as one of the five movies nominated for best film and said of Steven Spielberg’s film, “We see a man more interesting than the legend.”

Clinton received a standing ovation, and the camera went to Lena Dunham, whose mouth was open wide in stunned surprise by Clinton’s appearance at the Globes.

Daniel Day-Lewis won for best actor for “Lincoln,” and he embraced George Clooney on his way to the stage. He quipped, “Are you sure there’s room for another ex-president on the stage?” Day-Lewis added, “The queen is about to parachute in to make a last-minute pitch for “Skyfall.”

The camera panned to Rachel Weisz and husband, Daniel Craig, who both laughed.

Anne Hathaway won the best supporting actress award, beating out Sally Field, who was considered a frontrunner. In her speech she said of the trophy, “Thank you for this weapon I will use against self doubt.” She also graciously paid tribute to her fellow nominees, and she thanked Field for “being in the vanguard against typecasting. I can’t tell you how encouraging it was to hear that the Flying Nun grew up to be Norma Rae.”

The evening began with a supporting actor nod to Christoph Waltz for “Django Unchained.” Waltz looked stunned and surprised. Waltz thanked the cast, especially Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio, and the crew, but sent special gratitude to director Quentin Tarantino, who he embraced on his way to the stage. “If there are any astronomy aficionados amongst you, the North Star is that one,” he said, pointing to Tarantino, who later won the award for for best screenplay.

“Amour” was named best foreign film by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone. Austrian director Michael Haneke, who is known for his dour and dark sense of humor, accepted the award with, “I never thought I’d get an award in Hollywood by an Austrian.”

The best-animated film award went to the Walt Disney Pictures film “Brave.”

Best score went to “Life of Pi” and composer Mychael Danna.”

Adele received the best song trophy for the Bond theme song to “Skyfall.” She looked terrific in an elegant high-necked black dress by Burberry, her hair piled high on her head. Her win is sure to be echoed at the Oscars.

“Oh my God!” Adele yelped about her win, which surprised no one but her. “Honestly I’ve come out for a night out with my friend,” she said. “I wasn’t expecting this,” she said. She thanked her “boyfriend Simon who convinced me to do it, and my lovely son.”

Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy at the 2013 Golden Globes
Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy at the 2013 Golden Globes

On the small screen, some of the big winners included “Homeland,” for best drama and best acting honors for its stars Damian Lewis and Claire Danes.

The biggest winner on the small screen was HBO’s “Girls.” The show won for best television series – musical or comedy, and creator and star Lena Dunham won for best actress in a television series – musical or comedy.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were both nominated for best actress in a comedy for the NBC’s “30 Rock” and “Parks and Recreation” respectively. They had a hilarious comedy scene going on when this award was announced. Fey clutched Jennifer Lopez’s hand in mock nervousness at one table, while Poehler relaxed with a drink in Clooney’s lap in another corner of the room.

Also in this category were Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep) and Zooey Deschanel (“New Girl).

Dunham, a Native New Yorker, was stunned and shaken by her win. “I thought I would be a cooler customer if this happened, but I wasn’t,” she said.

A few minutes later she was back on the stage to win the award for best comedy show. She brought “Girls” producer Judd Apatow and many of her fellow cast members to the stage, including Zosia Mamet, Jemima Kirke and Allison Williams, along with executive producer Jenni Konner.

“This award is for every woman who felt like there wasn’t a space for her. This show has made a space for me,” Dunham said.

A note about her shout out to Chad Lowe, who Dunham said she had promised herself and her Mom she wouldn’t forget to thank. This is a comical reference to Hillary Swank, who forgot to thank her then-husband when she won the Academy Award for “Million Dollar Baby.” (This would prove to be a kiss of death for the marriage.)

Lowe has been trending on Tweeter since Dunham’s speech. He responded through twitter, “Dearest @lenadunham, YOU COMPLETE ME.”

Here’s the complete list of Golden Globe winners:

Best Motion Picture – Drama
WINNER: “Argo”
» “Django Unchained”
» “Life of Pi”
» “Lincoln”
» “Zero Dark Thirty”

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
WINNER: “Les Miserables”
» “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
» “Moonrise Kingdom”
» “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”
» “Silver Linings Playbook”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
WINNER: Daniel Day-Lewis – “Lincoln”
» Richard Gere – “Arbitrage”
» John Hawkes – “The Sessions”
» Joaquin Phoenix – “The Master”
» Denzel Washington – “Flight”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
WINNER: Jessica Chastain – “Zero Dark Thirty”
» Marion Cotillard – “Rust and Bone”
» Helen Mirren – “Hitchcock”
» Naomi Watts – “The Impossible”
» Rachel Weisz – “The Deep Blue Sea”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
WINNER: Hugh Jackman – “Les Miserables”
» Jack Black – “Bernie”
» Bradley Cooper – “Silver Linings Playbook”
» Ewan McGregor – “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”
» Bill Murray – “Hyde Park on Hudson”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
WINNER: Jennifer Lawrence – “Silver Linings Playbook”
» Maggie Smith – “Quarter”
» Emily Blunt – “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”
» Judi Dench – “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
» Meryl Streep – “Hope Springs”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
WINNER: Christoph Waltz – “Django Unchained”
» Alan Arkin – “Argo”
» Leonardo DiCaprio – “Django Unchained”
» Philip Seymour Hoffman – “The Master”
» Tommy Lee Jones – “Lincoln”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
WINNER: Anne Hathaway – “Les Miserables”
» Amy Adams – “The Master”
» Sally Field – “Lincoln”
» Helen Hunt – “The Sessions”
» Nicole Kidman – “The Paperboy”

Best Director – Motion Picture
WINNER: Ben Affleck – “Argo”
» Kathryn Bigelow – “Zero Dark Thirty”
» Ang Lee – “Life of Pi”
» Steven Spielberg – “Lincoln”
» Quentin Tarantino – “Django Unchained”

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
WINNER: Quentin Tarantino – “Django Unchained”
» Mark Boal – “Zero Dark Thirty”
» Tony Kushner – “Lincoln”
» David O. Russell – “Silver Linings Playbook”
» Chris Terrio – “Argo”

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
WINNER: “Skyfall” – “Skyfall”
» “For You” – “Act of Valor”
» “Not Running Anymore” – “Stand Up Guys”
» “Safe and Sound” – “The Hunger Games”
» “Suddenly” – “Les Miserables”

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
WINNER: “Life of Pi”
» “Argo”
» “Anna Karenina”
» “Cloud Atlas”
» “Lincoln”

Best Animated Film
WINNER: “Brave”
» “Frankenweenie”
» “Hotel Transylvania”
» “Rise of Guardians”
» “Wreck-It Ralph”

Best Foreign Language Film
WINNER: “Amour”
» “A Royal Affair”
» “The Intouchables”
» “Kon-Tiki”
» “Rust and Bone”

Best Television Series – Drama
WINNER: “Homeland”
» “Breaking Bad”
» “Boardwalk Empire”
» “Downton Abbey”
» “The Newsroom”

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
WINNER: “Girls”
» “Big Bang Theory”
» “Episodes”
» “Modern Family”
» “Smash”

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
WINNER: “Game Change”
» “The Girl”
» “Hatfields & McCoys
» “The Hour”
» “Political Animals”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama
WINNER: Damien Lewis – “Homeland”
» Steve Buscemi – “Boardwalk Empire”
» Brian Cranston – “Breaking Bad”
» Jeff Daniels – “The Newsroom”
» Jon Hamm – “Mad Men”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama
WINNER: Claire Danes – “Homeland”
» Connie Britton – “Nashville”
» Glenn Close – “Damages”
» Michelle Dockery – “Downton Abbey”
» Julianna Margulies – “The Good Wife”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
WINNER: Don Cheadle – “House of Lies”
» Alec Baldwin – “30 Rock”
» Matt LeBlanc – “Episodes”
» Louie C.K. – “Louie”
» Jim Parsons – “Big Bang Theory”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
WINNER: Lena Dunham – “Girls”
» Zooey Deschanel – “The New Girl”
» Julia Louis-Dreyfu – “Veep”
» Tina Fey – “30 Rock”
» Amy Poehler – “Parks and Recreation”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
WINNER: Kevin Costner – “Hatfields & McCoys”
» Benedict Cumberbatch – “Sherlock”
» Woody Harrelson – “Game Change”
» Toby Jones – “The Girl”
» Clive Owen – “Hemingway & Gellhorn”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
WINNER: Julianne Moore – “Game Change”
» Nicole Kidman – “Hemingway & Gellhorn”
» Jessica Lange – “American Horror Story”
» Sienna Miller – “The Girl”
» Sigourney Weaver – “Political Animals”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
WINNER: Ed Harris – “Game Change”
» Max Greenfield – “New Girl”
» Danny Huston – “Magic City”
» Mandy Patinkin – “Homeland”
» Eric Stonestreet – “Modern Family”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
WINNER: Maggie Smith – “Downton Abbey”
» Hayden Panettiere – “Nashville”
» Archie Panjabi – “The Good Wife”
» Sofia Vergara – “Modern Family”

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