Golden Globe Awards: Argo and Les Miserables triumph in film categories

The glitz and glamour of award season finally took centre-stage as the stars came out for the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards which took place last night.

Starting with the film categories, the race for Oscar continued to go in favour of political thriller Argo as it secured the Best Film (Drama) award and a Best Director accolade for Ben Affleck. It is clear that the film is still popular with voters despite Affleck’s shock omission by the academy last week as he won the award ahead of Steven Spielberg, Kathryn Bigelow and Ang Lee. Argo itself beat off solid competition from the likes of Life of Pi, Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty.

Lincoln’s only success on the night came to Daniel Day-Lewis who breezed to another Best Actor (Drama) win for his role as President Abraham Lincoln. His opponents included Joaquin Phoenix (The Master) and Denzil Washington (Flight).

The most refreshing win of the night saw Jessica Chastain secure the Best Actress (Drama) gong for her role as the CIA analyst who led the hunt for Osama Bin Laden in the war-thriller Zero Dark Thirty. She overcame other great female performances such as Marion Cotillard (Rust and Bone) and Naomi Watts (The Impossible).

Violent western Django Unchained did surprisingly well with two awards for Quentin Tarantino in the Best Screenplay category and another Best Supporting Actor accolade for German actor Christoph Waltz whose tough competition included his co-star Leonardo Di-Caprio as well as Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master) and Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln).

In the comedy/musical category, Tom Hooper’s epic Les Miserables won three awards including Best Film against the likes of Silver Linings Playbook (a stronger contender to win at the Oscars) and British dramedy The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. It also won Best Actor (Comedy/Musical) for its lead star Hugh Jackman in his role as Jean Valjean (beating off Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings and Jack Black in Bernie amongst others) and an easy Best Supporting Actress victory for Anne Hathaway in her role as the tragic Fantine (ahead of Amy Adams for The Master, Sally Field for Lincoln and Nicole Kidman for The Paperboy).

Silver Lining’s only win came in the Best Actress (Comedy/Musical) award for young star Jennifer Lawrence who comfortably won against British veterans Judi Dench (Marigold Hotel) and Maggie Smith (Quartet) plus Hollywood legend Meryl Streep (Hope Springs).

British singer Adele claimed Best Original Song (ahead of Taylor Swift and Keith Urban) for her rendition of ‘Skyfall’ from the James Bond blockbuster Skyfall while the Best Original Score award went to Mychael Danna for his glorious music in Life of Pi as he beat off renowned composer John Williams (Lincoln).

Pixar’s Brave was the shock victor in Best Animated Film ahead of predicted favourites Frankenweenie and Wreck-It-Ralph while acclaimed Austrian drama Amour won Best Foreign Language Film.

Two time Oscar-winning actress Jodie Foster (Taxi Driver, The Accused, The Silence of the Lambs) was awarded the Cecil B. DeMille award for her contribution to cinema, delivering a highly-charged emotional speech in the process.

The Globes were hosted exquisitely by female comedians Tina Fey and Amy Poehler who both injected similar dark humour to previous host Ricky Gervais as they poked fun at James Cameron, Taylor Swift and Anne Hathaway.

The full list of winners are below:

BEST FILM (DRAMA)
Argo

BEST FILM (COMEDY/MUSICAL)
Les Miserables

BEST DIRECTOR
Ben Affleck – Argo

BEST ACTOR (DRAMA)
Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln

BEST ACTOR (COMEDY/MUSICAL)
Hugh Jackman – Les Miserables

BEST ACTRESS (DRAMA)
Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty

BEST ACTRESS (COMEDY/MUSICAL)
Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christoph Waltz – Django Unchained

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Anne Hathaway – Les Miserables

BEST SCREENPLAY
Quentin Tarantino – Django Unchained

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Mychael Danna – Life of Pi

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
‘Skyfall’ – Skyfall

BEST ANIMATED FILM
Brave

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Amour

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