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The musical “ Les Miserables ” picked up three Golden Globes on Sunday night, including for best musical or comedy, lead actor for Hugh Jackman and supporting actress for Anne Hathaway.

Jackman’s win for playing Jean Valjean in the epic musical based on Victor Hugo’s novel was seen as something as an upset, because Bradley Cooper was seen as a favorite for his role as a bipolar young man in the quirky romantic comedy “Silver Linings Playbook.”

Daniel Day-Lewis won lead actor for playing the nation’s 16th president in “Lincoln.” Steven Spielberg’s historical epic went into the ceremony leading with seven nominations. Until Day-Lewis, the historical epic has been shut out.

Jessica Chastain won for her role as a CIA operative who helps track down Osama bin Laden in “Zero Dark Thirty.” Earlier in the evening, Ben Affleck won a standing ovation, and a Golden Globe, for directing “Argo” — a bit of vindication, perhaps, for being overlooked for an Oscar nomination for the film about a CIA plot to rescue Americans trapped in Iran in 1980.

Since he was snubbed by the movie academy last week, he has won the Critics’ Choice Movie Award for best director for the film as well.

Affleck followed Jodie Foster, who took to the stage to give a … retirement speech? A coming-out speech? It was hard to tell. She was receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement when she ramped up to confess that she was single …  and seemed to sidestep directly addressing any questions about her sexual orientation.

Her acceptance speech at the 70th annual awards was also a rant in favor of privacy that brought many people to its feet. Foster noted that she has lived virtually her entire life in the public eye yet wanted to keep some things private. “I have given everything up there from the time I was 3 years old,” she said. “That is reality enough.” (Memo to Foster: Nothing will destroy an attempt at privacy like telling the world you want to keep your life private.)

She did thank her ex-partner and co-parent, Cydney Bernard, and suggested that she was embarking on Act 2 of her career. In some ways in sounded like a retirement speech. She seemed to say that from now on, she will only take projects that tap into her creativity.

Earlier in the evening, maverick filmmaker Quentin Tarantino was a surprise screenplay winner for “Django Unchained,” his controversial spaghetti Western set during the slavery era, beating out such favorites as the writers of “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Lincoln,” “Argo,” and “Silver Linings Playbook.”
“Wow, I wasn’t expecting this,” said an effusive Tarantino. “I’m happy to be surprised.”

Tarantino’s win meant one more loss for Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” which had gone into the ceremony leading with seven nominations. So far, the historical epic has been shut out.

Meanwhile, Anne Hathaway sang her way to a Golden Globe for supporting actress in a movie as the tragic Fantine in the musical “Les Miserables.”

With her pixie haircut and tasteful white gown, Hathaway was reminiscent of a young Audrey Hepburn, charming viewers as she thanked her co-stars, family and friends — and had a special thanks for Sally Field, nominated in the same category for “Lincoln.” She noted that Field forged a career that resisted typecasting — something Hathaway has struggled with as well. Field had played the Flying Nun on TV but went on to play Norma Rae and, more recently, Mary Todd Lincoln.


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.”

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