Hollywood’s 2013 awards season kicked off with the 70th annual Golden Globes show Sunday night hosted by sitcom stars Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
Their onstage humor was less brutal toward the celebrities than in the past three years when British comedian Ricky Gervais turned the show into a roast.
Poehler joked that Gervais proved that “when you run afoul of the Hollywood Foreign Press, they make you host the show two more times.”
Poehler’s best one-liner, based on the loud audience laughter, targeted Kathryn Bigelow, director of best movie nominee “Zero Dark Thirty,” which is controversial because of its portrayal of the torture of terror detainees. “When it comes to torture, I trust the lady who spent three years married to James Cameron,” Poehler said.
Quentin Tarantino, whose movie is up for best drama movie, used the controversial N-word backstage, explaining that critics were not accusing him of using it “more than it was used in the south in 1858,” when his film is set. Instead, they were “saying I should soften it… and I never do that when it comes to my characters.”
Christoph Waltz was awarded the Globe for best supporting actor in a movie for his role in Tarantino’s “Django Unchained.”
“Quentin, you know that my indebtedness to you knows no words,” Waltz said in his acceptance speech.
Waltz also won a Globe and an Oscar two years ago for his portrayal of a German colonel in Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds.”
Adele, who has not been seen on a red carpet since she gave birth to a son last October, won the best original song in a movie award for writing and singing “Skyfall,” the title song for the latest James Bond movie.
“Oh, my God! Oh, my God! Oh, my God! Oh, my God!” Adele exclaimed as she was handed the award. “It’s very strange to be here. Thank you for letting me be part of your world tonight.”
She told reporters backstage that she was “a little bit over excited,” noting it was her “first night out” since giving birth.
Mychael Danna, who composed the score for best movie nominee “Life of Pi,” won for best original score in a movie.
Anne Hathaway won her first career Golden Globe, for best supporting actress in a movie category. She played Fantine in “Les Miserables,” a role she saw her mother perform onstage when she was a child.
Hathaway thanked the Hollywood Foreign Press Association “for this lovely blunt object, that I will forever use as a weapon against my self-doubt.”
“Argo,” starring Ben Affleck, who also directed it, is nominated for five Globes, including best picture drama. The other contenders are Tarantino’s “Django Unchained,” Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty” and Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi.”
Affleck, Bigelow, Lee, Spielberg and Tarantino are also the five nominees for best movie director.
The best actor in a drama movie category includes Daniel Day-Lewis for his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln, Denzel Washington for “Flight,” Richard Gere for “Arbitrage,” John Hawkes for “The Sessions” and Joaquin Phoenix for “The Master.”
The best actress in a drama movie contender include Helen Mirren for her role as Alfred Hitchcock’s wife in “Hitchcock,” Jessica Chastain for her portrayal of a CIA analyst in “Zero Dark Thirty,” Marion Cotillard for “Rust and Bone,” Naomi Watts for “The Impossible” and Rachel Weisz for “The Deep Blue Sea.”