“Argo” and “Les Mis” win big at the Golden Globes

January 17, 2013

The stars were shining bright in Hollywood on Sunday as the film and television industry’s brightest talents and most celebrated A-listers gathered for the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards. As the Beverly Hilton ballroom in Beverly Hills buzzed with electrical cinematic energy, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s annual festivity of accolades kicked off the industry’s awards season. Hosted by comedic queens Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the show was a romp of witty humor and a good time – and illuminated the efforts of the this year’s best in film and TV.

Taking the top award for Best Picture: Drama was Argo – a badass film detailing the true story of a fake movie created to rescue six US diplomats in the midst of 1979’s Iran hostage crisis. Argo also won large when the award for Best Director was given to Ben Affleck for the film, who told reporters backstage that – despite his Oscar snub for the same nomination – is “thrilled”, calling himself “the luckiest guy in the world”.

Achieving just as much buzz was Les Miserables, this year’s film adaptation of the renowned musical. Taking not only the award for Best Picture: Musical or Comedy, but also Best Actor for Hugh Jackman’s performance as Jean Valjean and Best Supporting Actor for Anne Hathaway’s chilling portrayal of Fantine, the tremendous efforts given to the thrilling musical journey paid off. It was “a project of passion and it took a lot of courage to make it”, said Jackman, which was echoed by Hathaway giving a heartfelt tribute to actress Sally Field and addressing her newfound confidence in the ability to break typecasts.

More big wins went to Quentin Tarantino, whose latest bloody and delectable masterpiece, Django Unchained, won for Best Screenplay (awarded to Tarantino himself), and Best Supporting Actor for Christoph Waltz’s magnificent portrayal of Dr. King Schultz.

Daniel Day-Lewis won Best Actor for his portrayal of President Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln, while Jessica Chastain snagged Best Actress for her role as Maya in Zero Dark Thirty. Scooping Best Supporting Actress was Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook, who jokingly thanked producer Harvey Weinstein for “killing whoever you had to kill to get me up here today.”

But though the show dazzled from the mere presence of so many film and television legends, this year’s Golden Globes was perhaps made by the hosting jobs of Poehler and Fey as well as memorable guest appearances – including President Bill Clinton (“Wow, what an exciting special guest! That was Hillary Clinton’s husband!” cried Poehler) and a hilarious presentation by former Saturday Night Live stars Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell (though, amusingly, Tommy Lee Jones was shown on camera to be less than impressed, despite the rest of the room laughing hysterically).

In her acceptance speech for Best Actress in a TV Drama, Claire Danes acknowledged her fellow nominees with a statement which resonated for the remainder of the show, perhaps as an indication as to the progression the film and television industries has made and continues to make this year. According to Danes, the nominees are “so, so badass, so brilliant, and have all, in their own way, contributed to making television this wonderfully rich place for really dynamic, complex, bold female characters. I’m very proud to be working in this medium, in this moment, in this company.”

It was a night of glamor and celebration, as this year’s highest cinematic talents received the recognition they so rightly deserve. Here’s to the rest of awards season, and the promising future of the movies in 2013!


-Shelley DeHekker



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