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Golden Globes Winners: 'Argo,' 'Les Miserables' Take Home Top Awards

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 14, 2013 at 5:10AM

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association gave out its awards Sunday for the best in film and television in 2012. The surprise winners for best picture and director in a drama were "Argo" and Ben Affleck--the actor-director who was not nominated for the best director Oscar.
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Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association gave out its awards Sunday for the best in film and television in 2012. The surprise winners for best picture and director in a drama were "Argo" and Ben Affleck--the actor-director who was not nominated for the best director Oscar. President Bill Clinton turned up to lend his weight by introducing pal Steven Spielberg's drama contender "Lincoln," which did not win.

Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" won best original screenplay and supporting actor Christoph Waltz; his screenplay competitor Michael Haneke accepted the best foreign film prize for "Amour" from fellow Austrian Arnold Schwarzenegger.

As expected, "Les Miserables" won the Musical/Comedy category with wins for Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway, making it the big winner of the night with three Globes, while Jennifer Lawrence won for "Silver Linings Playbook." "Zero Dark Thirty" won best actress drama for Jessica Chastain. Daniel Day-Lewis continued his unstoppable winning streak for best actor in drama "Lincoln."

At the lively after-parties throughout the Beverly Hilton, the show was deemed entertaining and unexpected, for once, with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler earning high marks as hosts, and life achievement award-winner Jodie Foster giving what amounted to a coming out speech.

Still, the HFPA of about 90 voters neither represents nor forecasts what the 5700 members of the Academy will do when they cast their final Oscar votes.

More analysis to come.

BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
ARGO
Warner Bros. Pictures, GK Films, Smokehouse Pictures; Warner Bros. Pictures

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
JESSICA CHASTAIN Zero Dark Thirty

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
DANIEL DAY-LEWIS Lincoln

BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
LES MISERABLES
Universal Pictures, A Working Title Films/Cameron Mackintosh Productions; Universal Pictures

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
JENNIFER LAWRENCE Silver Linings Playbook

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
HUGH JACKMAN Les Miserables

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
BRAVE
Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios; Walt Disney Pictures

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
AMOUR (Austria)
Les Films Du Losange, X Filme Creative Pool, Wega Film; Sony Pictures Classics

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
ANNE HATHAWAY Les Miserables

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
CHRISTOPH WALTZ

BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE BEN AFFLECK

BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE QUENTIN TARANTINO

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE MYCHAEL DANNA

BEST ORIGINAL SONG – MOTION PICTURE
“Skyfall”
Music & Lyrics by: Adele and Paul Epworth

BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA HOMELAND
SHOWTIME, Teakwood Lane Productions, Cherry Pie Productions, Keshet, Fox 21; Showtime

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.