It was a very scattershot affair at 70th Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday night in Beverly Hills. You can call the Hollywood Foreign Press a lot of things, but predictable isn't one of them.
The big-screen adaptation of the longtime Broadway smash "Les Miserables" won three trophies, including best musical or comedy, while the best film drama was "Argo," something that isn't likely to happen at the Oscars. Ben Affleck, who was snubbed by the Academy Awards, was named best director for the film, a thriller about the rescue of six U.S. diplomats from Iran during the 1979 hostage crisis.
In the biggest no-surprise of the night, Daniel Day Lewis won the Golden Globe for his portrayal of the 16th president of the United States in "Lincoln." He thanked screenwriter Tony Kushner for "immeasurable wealth of your language" and director Steven Spielberg for "an experience I will treasure the rest of my life." This was the only win for the film many consider an Oscar favorite. Perhaps .
Hugh Jackman was named best actor in a musical or comedy for his role as Jean Valjean in "Les Miserables." "My wife is the greatest woman in the world," he said, adding that when he thought about quitting the film, she talked him out of it. He thanked her "for always being right."
Jessica Chastain, who plays a CIA analyst on the hunt for Osama Bin Laden in "Zero Dark Thirty," was finally rewarded by Hollywood with the Globe for best actress in a drama. She credited the film's director Katheryn Bigelow for championing "powerful, fearless women."
Meanwhile, Jodie Foster's speech accepting her lifetime achievement award proved to be the emotional highlight of the evening. The actress, who began her career when she was 3 years old on a commercial as The Coppertone Girl, sat with her friend Mel Gibson during an introduction by Robert Downey Jr.
"Forty-seven years in the film industry is a long time," she said, and then launched into a winding speech that seemed to announce her retirement. Later on backstage, she denied that and said she plans to continue acting and directing. In a part of the speech that was blipped out, Foster addressed the fact that she is gay. "I am single," she joked as a confession. Then she talked about the right to privacy.
Jennifer Lawrence was named best actress in a comedy or musical for her role as a dysfunctional young widow in David O' Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook."
"What can I say but I beat Meryl?" she quipped after accepting the trophy. (One of her competitors was Meryl Streep.)
"And Harvey, thank you for killing whoever you had to kill to get me up here today," she joked to Harvey Weinstein. The legendary producer is notorious for his endless awards campaigning. The young actress eventually did get a bit more serious, but her speech was refreshingly fun.
Weinstein had a decent night, as Quentin Tarantino won the best movie screenplay for the Weinstein-produced "Django Unchained."
"This is a damn surprise," said Tarantino. You think? Maybe not. The evening began with an upset when Christoph Waltz won best-supporting actor for "Django," beating favorites Tommy Lee Jones from "Lincoln" and "Django" co-star Leonardo DiCaprio. It was Waltz's second win.
Anne Hathaway was named best supporting actress in a film for her role in "Les Miz." She thanked Sally Field, a fellow nominee, for being a role model in her fight against typecasting women.
Globe hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler had a genuinely funny opening segment.
"Only at the Golden Globes do the beautiful people of film rub shoulders with the rat-faced people of television," quipped Poehler.
And unlike with Ricky Gervais — the host of the last two years — no one in the audience seemed to feel uncomfortable about the duo's jabs at the HFPA.
There were few real humorous moments after that, except for Will Ferrell's and Kristen Wiig's introduction to the best actress in a drama award. The show itself had a disjointed quality in the way it handed out trophies, as if somebody was randomly picking categories out of a hat. It did, however, stick to its three-hour schedule. And former president Bill Clinton made a surprise appearance, introducing the "Lincoln" film clip.
Lena Dunham won best actress in a comedy series for a role she created on HBO's edgy "Girls." She thanked her fellow nominees, which included the two hosts, Fey and Poehler. "This award is for every woman who never felt there was a space for her," she said.
Dunham then became a two-time winner when "Girls" was named best TV comedy.
Don Cheadle was the best actor in a comedy series for his role as a leader of a group of a morally dubious management consultants on the Showtime's "House of Lies." Like many others in the night, he was an unexpected winner.
Showtime's thriller "Homeland" took home three awards, winning the best TV drama. New mom Claire Danes was named best actress. Pregnant during the filming, she thanked the costume crew for taking her pants out every week. British actor Damian Lewis won as best lead actor in a TV drama. He dedicated his win to his late mother.
As he was after his Emmy win, Kevin Costner was gracious when he won as best actor in a TV movie/miniseries for the miniseries, "Hatfields and McCoys."
"It's a great night to celebrate movies people might not have seen otherwise," he said.
Last year's Grammy darling and another new mom Adele took how the trophy for the best score for the title song to the James Bond film "Skyfall."
"I never thought I'd be saying thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press," she said.
Mychael Danna, who had no previous Globe or Oscar nominations, won the best score award for "Life of Pi" over Hollywood legend John Williams and his score of "Lincoln."
Veteran actress Maggie Smith, who was not there, won best-supporting actress for her role of the dowager countess on "Downton Abbey," the only win for the series.
The Globes got it right when it named the Emmy-winning "Game Change" — about Sarah Palin's vice presidential campaign — as best TV movie/miniseries. Julianne Moore won best actress for playing Palin in the HBO film (she also won an Emmy for the performance.) The actress gave a shout-out to Fey, who parodied the former Alaskan governor on "Saturday Night Live." Ed Harris, who portrayed John McCain, was named best supporting actor.
Oscar best picture nominee "Amour" was named best foreign film, while Pixar/Disney's "Brave," about a young Scottish heroine, was named best animated film.
This year the Golden Globes are more irrelevant than usual, thanks to the Oscars; in a stroke of one-upmanship, the Academy Award nominations were announced before the Globes ceremonies. Only seven of the nine Oscar best-picture nominees are among the 10 that landed on the Globes drama and music/comedy lists.
Some people, however, have always considered the Globes irrelevant. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has some 84 voting members with mixed pedigrees.
As a predictor of the Oscars, the Globes are somewhat spotty. They have only been right once in the past seven years about best picture, "Slumdog Millionaire," although they were 10 out of 11 before that. Overall, in the past 20 years, the Globes in all the major categories — picture, director, actors — are right about 60 percent of the time. There is way too much television left for the Globes to have any impact on the Emmys.