Ben Affleck won best director for "Argo" during the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Affleck’s now in an unusual position during Hollywood’s long awards season, taking home the top filmmaking trophy at the second-highest film honors knowing he does not have a shot at an Oscar.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — The Iran hostage thriller Argo was a surprise best-drama winner at Sunday’s Golden Globes, beating out the Civil War epic Lincoln, which had emerged as an awards-season favorite.
GOLDEN GLOBE WINNERS
List of winners at the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards, announced Sunday in Beverly Hills, Calif.:
Supporting Actor, Movie: Christoph Waltz, "Django Unchained."
Supporting Actress, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey.
Miniseries or Movie: Game Change.
Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Julianne Moore, Game Change.
Actor, Drama: Damian Lewis, Homeland.
Series, Drama: Homeland.
Original Score: Mychael Danna, Life of Pi.
Original Song: Skyfall (music and lyrics by Adele and Paul Epworth), Skyfall.
Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys.
Actress, Musical or Comedy: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook.
Supporting Actor, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Ed Harris, Game Change.
Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables.
Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained.
Actor, Musical or Comedy: Don Cheadle, House of Lies.
Foreign Language: Amour.
Actress, Drama: Claire Danes, Homeland.
Animated Film: Brave.
Actress, Musical or Comedy: Lena Dunham, Girls.
Director: Ben Affleck, Argo.
Series, Musical or Comedy: Girls.
Actor, Musical or Comedy: Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables.
Picture, Musical or Comedy: Les Miserables.
Actress, Drama: Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty.
Actor, Drama: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln.
Picture, Drama: Argo.
Argo also claimed the directing prize for Ben Affleck, a prize that normally bodes well for an Academy Award win — except he missed out on an Oscar nomination this time.
Affleck’s now in an unusual position during Hollywood’s long awards season, taking home the top filmmaking trophy at the second-highest film honors knowing he does not have a shot at an Oscar.
And the night left Argo taking home the top prize at the Globes but standing as a long shot for best picture at the Feb. 24 Oscars, where films almost never win if their directors are not nominated.
In a breathless, rapid-fire speech, Affleck gushed over the names of other nominees presenter Halle Berry had read off: Steven Spielberg for Lincoln, Ang Lee for Life of Pi, Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty, and Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained.
“Look, I don’t care what the award is. When they put your name next to the names she just read off, it’s an extraordinary thing in your life,” Affleck said.
Les Miserables was named best musical or comedy, while Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway claimed acting prizes.
Besides the three wins for Les Miserables and two for Argo, the show was a mixed bag, with awards spreads around a number of films. Lincoln came in leading with seven nominations but lost all but one, for Daniel Day-Lewis as best actor in the title role.
“If I had this on a timeshare basis with my wonderful gifted colleagues, I might just hope to keep it for one day of the year, and I’d be happy with that,” said Day-Lewis.
Zero Dark Thirty star Jessica Chastain won the Globe for dramatic actress as a CIA agent obsessively pursuing Osama bin Laden.
Show hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live alums, had a friendly rivalry at the Globes. Both were nominated for best actress in a TV comedy series, Fey for 30 Rock and Poehler for Parks and Recreation.
“Tina, I just want to say that I very much hope that I win,” Poehler told Fey at the start of the show.
“Thank you. You’re my nemesis. Thank you,” Fey replied.
Neither won. Lena Dunham claimed the comedy series Globe for Girls.
After that, Fey and Poehler showed up on stage with cocktail glasses, Fey joking that it was time to start drinking.
“Everyone’s getting a little loose now that we’re all losers,” Poehler said.
Among other TV winners, Julianne Moore won a best-actress Globe for her role as Sarah Palin in Game Change, which also was picked as best TV miniseries or movie and earned Ed Harris a supporting-actor prize.
Best actor in a miniseries or movie went to Kevin Costner for Hatfields & McCoys. Homeland was named best TV drama series, and its stars Claire Danes and Damian Lewis received the dramatic acting awards. Maggie Smith won as supporting actress for Downton Abbey.