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
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
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
Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios; Walt Disney Pictures
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
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
BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE BEN AFFLECK
BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE QUENTIN TARANTINO
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE MYCHAEL DANNA
BEST ORIGINAL SONG – MOTION PICTURE
Music & Lyrics by: Adele and Paul Epworth
BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA HOMELAND
SHOWTIME, Teakwood Lane Productions, Cherry Pie Productions, Keshet, Fox 21; Showtime