Golden Globes 2013 Recap and Winners

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golden globesThe 70th Golden Globes aired and it’s a great one filled with surprises. Compared to last year, the caliber of films competing for the awards certainly helped.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler certainly weren’t shy as hosts and darted off one arrow after another, picking on select nominees, as well as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. At one point, they were holding glasses of liquor. I thought they struck the right balance by being entertaining but without being offensive.

“Ricky Gervais could not be here tonight because he is no longer technically in show business.”

“When left untreated, HFPA (Hollywood Foreign Press Association) can lead to cervical cancer.”

“When it comes to torture, I trust the lady (Kathryn Bigelow for “Zero Dark Thirty”) who spent three years married to James Cameron.”

“His (Ben Affleck) first two movies took place in Boston, but they moved this one to Iran because they wanted to film somewhere that was friendlier to outsiders.”

“I have not seen someone so totally alone and abandoned like that since you (Anne Hathaway in “Les Miserables”) were on stage with James Franco at the Oscars.”

President Clinton, hilariously referred to as “Hilary Clinton’s husband,” made a special appearance and was an appropriate special guest presenting the “Lincoln” clip to the audience. Tony Mendez, real-life CIA operative that “Argo” was based on, introduced “Argo.” Arnold Schwarzenegger read the winner of Best Foreign Language Film, “Amour,” both from Austria.

Daniel Day-Lewis, as the incomparable Lincoln, took home Best Actor award as predicted. But Christoph Waltz was a surprise win as Best Supporting Actor and Quentin Tarantino for screenplay for “Django Unchained,” bucking predictions that favored “Lincoln.”

I was overjoyed that “Argo” reeled in the big catch of the night.  Ben Affleck, unfairly snubbed by the Academy for Best Director nomination, was anointed Best Director, and his “Argo” as Best Picture. He looked genuinely taken back by the victory and was very humble in his acceptance speech. It’s simply wonderful to see that he got the recognition he so deserved. After seeing and reviewing many movies, and even though “Lincoln” may get the gold at the Oscars, I honestly still think “Argo” was the best film of 2012.

Adele was the inevitable winner for Best Original Song in “Skyfall.” I was hoping for “Cloud Atlas” to get Best Score nod, but it went to “Life of Pi.” With Scottish and scenery elements, Best Animated Feature fell on “Brave.”

Les Miserables” was the theater event of the year and a shoe-in for Best Picture under musical/comedy. Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway, the most talked about stars of the musical, claimed Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress, respectively.

Naomi Watts was robbed for Best Actress with her impossibly impressive performance in “The Impossible.” The prize went to Jessica Chastain for “Zero Dark Thirty”; she was sincerely appreciative in her speech, tipping her hat off to Kathryn Bigelow (director of “Zero Dark Thirty”), an expert filmmaker who goes against conventional wisdom and inspires women. Jennifer Lawrence as a grown-up in the “Silver Linings Playbook” not surprisingly was selected as Best Actress in the musical/comedy category, giddily mentioned that she beat Meryl Streep.

Jodie Foster received the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award. She had a lengthy rambling with some touching and funny moments, having been in the movie business since she was a toddler, proudly being 50 years old and “coming out.”

And the winners are…

Best Motion Picture – Drama
Winner: Argo

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Winner: Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Winner: Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Winner: Les Misérables

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Winner: Hugh Jackman for Les Misérables

Best Director – Motion Picture
Winner: Ben Affleck for Argo

Best Animated Film
Winner: Brave

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Winner: Django Unchained – Quentin Tarantino

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Winner: Anne Hathaway for Les Misérables

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Winner: Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
Winner: Skyfall – Adele, Paul Epworth (Skyfall)

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Winner: Life of Pi – Mychael Danna

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Winner: Christoph Waltz for Django Unchained

For a complete list of the winners, please check out the official website.

Stay tuned for the Oscars!

Copyright (c) 2013. Nathalia Aryani.

Nathalia Aryani is a business manager, foreign language translator, film columnist and lifestyle/travel writer.  She can be reached at  Nathalia owns a movies blog, The MovieMaven  ( Twitter:


Nathalia Aryani is a Rotten Tomatoes-approved film critic ( She has a movie blog, The MovieMaven ( Twitter: @the_moviemaven. She can be reached at [email protected].

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