The Golden Globe Awards: The good, the bad and Jodie Foster
From Ben Affleck winning the Best Director for his movie Argo to Jodie Foster almost revealing she is a lesbian, the 70th annual Golden Globe awards provided high drama of their own
Making us laugh
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler won rave reviews as the hosts of the Golden Globes. The duo drew the biggest gasp of the night when Poehler made a joke about Avatar director James Cameron, whose ex-wife Kathryn Bigelow was nominated for best director for Zero Dark Thirty.
Poehler said: ‘It was a great year for women in film. Kathryn Bigelow [is] nominated tonight. I haven’t really been following the controversy over Zero Dark Thirty [it has been criticised over its torture scenes] but when it comes to torture, I trust the lady who spent three years married to James Cameron!’
The Indian connect
Life of Pi director Ang Lee posed with Suraj Sharma before the awards. However, for the director, the night wasn’t that great as his movie was only able to win the Best Original Score.
Did she or didn’t she?
Jodie Foster was the talk of the Golden Globes after her speech while accepting the lifetime achievement award. Foster broached the subject of her sexual orientation (or did she?). “But, you know, I’m just going to put it out there, loud and proud, right?” I’m gonna need your support on this. I am single. Yes I am. No, I’m kidding, but I’m not really kidding, but I’m kind of kidding. Thank you for the enthusiasm. I already did my coming out about a 1,000 years ago, back in the stone age. In those very quaint days when a fragile young girl would open up to trusted friends and then gradually, proudly, to everyone who knew her, to everyone she actually met.”
A fashion miss
Jessica Chastain, who won the Best Actress Award for her portrayal as Maya in Zero Dark Thirty, lost out on the fashion awards. Dressed in a blue Calvin Klein, the star’s hair and make-up looked like she was planning to wear a different dress, then changed her mind at the last minute. A shame because her final choice was the ill-fitting gown which did her zero favours.
Pulling off a Jolie
Angelina Jolie’s right leg became an unlikely comedy figure at last year’s Oscars, when she made every effort to stick it out of her high-split dress. And at Sunday night’s Golden Globes, Eva Longoria decided to see if she could go one better as she took to the red carpet in sleek in a black lace dress with a slit cut up to her hip and not content with having the highest leg split, she also showed off her cleavage and most of her back with her dress’ daring cut-out sections.
Forget the Oscars, Affleck scores big
Ben Affleck hit the jackpot yesterday when he was awarded Best Director for his Iran hostage thriller Argo. The thriller also won Best Movie beating out the Civil War epic Lincol. Affleck, who was snubbed by the Oscars, shared some jokes with his producers Grant Heslov and George Clooney backstage.
Bill Clinton gets a standing ovation
Bill Clinton made a surprise appearance at the Golden Globes. The former US president was given a standing ovation as he appeared on stage at the awards in Los Angeles to present best drama nominee Lincoln. He boosted the already high Oscar hopes for the Civil War drama by Steven Spielberg — describing it as “brilliant” in his introductory speech. “A tough fight to push a bill through a bitterly divided House of Representatives. Winning it required the president to make a lot of unsavoury deal that had nothing to do with the big issue. I wouldn’t know anything about that,” Clinton said to laughs from the crowd. Co-host Amy Poehler was impressed by the surprise appearance. “Wow, what an exciting special guest,” she said "That was Hillary Clinton's husband.”
And the winners are...
Motion Picture, Drama: Argo
Actor, Drama: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Actress, Drama: Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Director: Ben Affleck, Argo
Musical or Comedy: Les Miserables
Actor, Musical or Comedy: Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
Actress, Musical or Comedy: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Supporting Actress, : Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Original Song: Skyfall (music & lyrics by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth), Skyfall