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Golden Globes 2013: Argo and Affleck triumph


Story by Jack Foley

BEN Affleck’s Argo has emerged as the big winner at the Golden Globes, taking Best Film and best director.

The Iranian hostage crisis drama beat the heavily tipped Lincoln to best dramatic picture, while Affleck himself beat Steven Spielberg to the filmmaking prize.

The latter award, in particular, is a remarkable turn of events for Affleck, who was snubbed last week in the director category at the Oscars. He has since won the Critics’ Choice Award and now the Golden Globe.

Upon picking up the director trophy, Affleck paid tribute to CIA operative Tony Mendez, who he plays in the film and who was present at the ceremony, saying: “Really this award is about Tony Mendez. He is an American hero.”

Other top prizes on the night went to Les Miserables, which was named best comedy or musical, while two of its stars – Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway – were named best actor in a comedy or musical and best supporting actress.

Zero Dark Thirty was recognised with a best dramatic actress prize for Jessica Chastain, while Lincoln earned Daniel Day Lewis the best dramatic actor prize – his second after There Will Be Blood.

Upon receiving his trophy from former US President Bill Clinton, Day-Lewis quipped: “Are you sure there is room for another ex-president on the stage?”

He then went on to pay tribute to his fellow nominees, to the film’s scriptwriter Tony Kushner, saying, “every day I have to live without the immeasurable wealth of your language which reminds me of the impoverishment of my own”, and to director Steven Spielberg, describing him as “a humble master with a quicksilver imagination”.

Chastain, for her part, said: “I’ve wanted to be an actor since I was a little girl, and I worked for a really long time. To be here now in this moment, it’s a beautiful feeling.”

Jennifer Lawrence claimed the first Golden Globe of her career after being named best actress in a comedy or musical for Silver Linings Playbook.

And Christoph Waltz took home the award for best supporting actor for his performance as a bounty hunter in Django Unchained. The film’s director, Quentin Tarantino, won the best motion picture screenplay, prompting him to say: “This is a damn surprise, and I’m happy to be surprised!”

Another British success came for singer Adele, who won best song for the theme to the James Bond film Skyfall.

Collecting her trophy, she said: “Honestly, I’ve come out for a night out with my friend Ida – we’re new mums – I have literally come for a night out. I was not expecting this.”

Amour, directed by Austria’s Michael Haneke, won best foreign film, while Pixar/Disney’s Brave was named best animated feature.

Jodie Foster, a seven-time Globe nominee and two-time Oscar winner, received the Cecil B DeMille Award for lifetime achievement.

The awards ceremony, which took place on Sunday, January 13, 2013, was hosted by comedy actresses Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, who took over from Britain’s Ricky Gervais, who had hosted the ceremony for the last three years.

View the main winners in full