'Argo' Upsets, 'Lincoln Upset,' Golden Globe Surprises

Ben Affleck's 'Argo' wins big, 'Lincoln' loses all but one and a new generation of TV winners is on the rise. Photo: Argo, Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty - Golden Globes

BEIJING, January,14th, 2012 - It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Award season is in full swing and it officially kicked off with this year’s Golden Globes. Television and cinema’s most talented and most elaborately dressed competed with the fiercest of humility at the lavish Beverly Hilton. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted.

The night of surprises and upsets was led by Argo, winning best picture and its director, Ben Affleck awarded best director. The 1970’s period piece is based on the true story of a rescue mission by the CIA under the pretence of filming a science fiction movie.

In his awards speech the Boston boy said: “I truly to God never thought I would be (mentioned) in the same breath as (Spielberg, Bigelow, Tarantino and Ang Lee).

Now if we’ve learned anything from the history it’s this: don’t bet against Honest Abe or Daniel Day-Lewis for that matter. He won best actor for his performance as the nation’s 16th president but a part of me feels he also won for looking just like the guy and pulling off a flawless American accent.

On the women’s side Zero Dark Thirty’s Jessica Chastain won for her portrayal of the obsessed CIA agent who eventually took down Osama Bin Laden… oops, spoiler, he dies in the end.

The small screen wasn’t lacking in surprises either. Homeland crushed the competition, winning the triple crown, Best Actress: Claire Danes, Best Actor: Damian Lewis and the granddaddy of them all, Best TV Series Drama. Breaking Bad went home empty handed for the first time since the series’ induction.

Modern Family’s three year streak of Best TV Series Comedy was cut short by a newbie, and not the one in Apartment 23. Girls won for best TV Series Comedy and its star Lena Dunham won for Best Actress in a TV series, Comedy or Musical.

Les Misérables and Django Unchained competed for box office dominance on Christmas day (Django won, but barely). Now, both have copped awards for supporting roles. Anne Hathaway won for her role as a prostitute in Les Misérables and Christoph Waltz beat out co-star Leonardo DiCaprio for Django Unchained.

The importance of the Golden Globes is in the precedent that this event can set for that much larger beast known as the Oscars. So stay tuned folks, and for all the Oscar and award season news, keep clicking right here at Washington Times Communities

Meanwhile, the complete list of Golden Globe nominees and winners appears below. Winners are in bold:

Best Motion Picture, Drama
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Les Misérables
Moonrise Kingdom
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Silver Linings Playbook

Best Foreign Language Film
Amour (Austria)
A Royal Affair (Denmark)
The Intouchables (France)
Kon-Tiki (Norway/U.K./Denmark)
Rust and Bone (France)

Best Director, Motion Picture
Ben Affleck, Argo
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Richard Gere, Arbitrage
John Hawkes, The Sessions
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Denzel Washington, Flight

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone
Helen Mirren, Hitchcock
Naomi Watts, The Impossible
Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
Jack Black, Bernie
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables
Ewan McGregor, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Bill Murray, Hyde Park on Hudson

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
Emily Blunt, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Judi Dench, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Maggie Smith, Quartet
Meryl Streep, Hope Springs

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Amy Adams, The Master
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Alan Arkin, Argo
Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Best TV Series, Comedy or Musical
The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family

Best TV Series, Drama
Breaking Bad
Boardwalk Empire
Downton Abbey
The Newsroom

Best TV Movie or Miniseries
Game Change
The Girl
Hatfields and McCoys
The Hour
Political Animals

Best Performance by an Actress in a TV series, Drama
Connie Britton, Nashville
Glenn Close, Damages
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series, Drama
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Damian LewisHomeland

Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical
Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Lena Dunham, Girls
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Louis CK, Louie
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie
Kevin Costner, Hatfields and McCoys
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
Woody Harrleson, Game Change
Toby Jones, The Girl
Clive Owen, Hemingway and Gellhorn

Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie
Nicole Kidman, Hemingway and Gellhorn
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story
Sienna Miller, The Girl
Julianne Moore, Game Change
Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or TV Movie
Hayden Panettiere, Nashville
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
Sarah Paulson, Game Change
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or TV Movie
Max Greenfield, New Girl
Ed Harris, Game Change
Danny Huston, Magic City
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family

Best Animated Film
Hotel Transylvania
Rise of the Guardians
Wreck-It Ralph

Best Screenplay for a Motion Picture
Zero Dark Thirty (Mark Boal)
Lincoln (Tony Kushner)
Silver Linings Playbook (David O. Russell)
Django Unchained (Quentin Tarantino)
Argo (Chris Terrio)

Best Original Song, Motion Picture
“For You” - Act of Valor
“Not Running Anymore” - Stand Up Guys
“Safe & Sound” - The Hunger Games
“Skyfall” - Skyfall
“Suddenly” - Les Miserables

Best Score for a Motion Picture
Life of Pi (Mychael Danna)
Argo (Alexandre Desplat)
Anna Karenina (Dario Marianelli)
Cloud Atlas (Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil)
Lincoln (John Williams)


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