“Les Miserables,” “Argo” top winners at Golden GlobesSouce:Xinhua Publish By Gloria C. Gonzales Updated 15/01/2013 1:54 am in Entertainment / no comments
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 13 — “Les Miserables” and “Argo” were the big winners at the 70th Golden Globe Awards ceremony on Sunday night, beating formidable rivals including “Lincoln” and “Life of Pi” to claim top awards.
“Les Miserables,” a musical directed by Tom Hooper, harvested best picture in comedy or musical, best actor for Hugh Jackman and best supporting actress for Anne Hathaway.
The star-studded film became a dark horse, beating “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Moonrise Kingdom” and other films to claim the title.
” ‘Les Miserables’ is a project of passion and it took a lot of courage to make it,” said Jackman, who portrayed a convict at large.
Hathaway, 30, called the award a “lovely blunt object that I will …use as a weapon against self-doubt.”
The Iran hostage thriller “Argo” was honored with best picture in drama and best director for Ben Affleck, a prize he already knows he cannot win at the Oscars, where he was snubbed in nominations.
This is Affleck’s second major win in the week. He also took home best picture and director at the 18th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards on Thursday.
“Lincoln,” Steven Spielberg’s biopic about the 16th U.S. president, came in leading the Globes with seven nominations but won only one award — best actor in a drama for Daniel Day-Lewis.
Calling Spielberg “a humble master with a quicksilver imagination,” Day-Lewis, who was a two-time best actor Oscar winner, thanked the director for giving him “an experience I will treasure until the end of my life.”
Another front-runner, Ang Lee’s 3-D fantasy film “Life of Pi,” also underperformed. Composer Michael Danna won for best original score for composing the melody.
Jessica Chastain, who played a young CIA analyst tracking down al-Qaida mastermind Osama bin Laden in “Zero Dark Thirty,” garnered best actress in a drama accolade.
Chastain, 35, thanked Bigelow for helping women forging ahead in Hollywood. “You’ve done more for women in cinema than you take credit for,” she said.
Jennifer Lawrence was recognized with the best actress in a musical or comedy for her role opposite Bradley Cooper in “Silver Linings Playbook.”
The 22-year-old upstart actress heaped praises on director David O. Russell and fellow cast members.
Quentin Tarantino’s slavery epic “Django Unchained” garnered a pair of minor awards. Christoph Waltz took home the Globe for best supporting actor for his role in the film, and Tarantino took the best original screenplay for the script.
English songstress Adele won best song for the theme tune from the 23rd James Bond blockbuster “Skyfall.”
Austrian French-language drama “Amour” garnered best foreign language film, while the Globe for best animated film went to Disney/Pixar’s “Brave.”
Jodie Foster won the Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement. The 50-year-old actress, long rumored to be lesbian, surprised the audience by admitting her sexuality for the first time in public.
On television front, Showtime’s “Homeland” scored the Globe for best television drama while HBO’s “Girls” won for best comedy.
“Game Change,” an HBO drama which follows John McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate during his 2008 presidential campaign, walked home with best miniseries or television movie.