Golden Globes: Wins for Ben Affleck, Anne Hathaway and Adele, as Jodie Foster comes out

view gallery VIEW GALLERY


Los Angeles

Ben Affleck won a surprise double at last night’s Golden Globes, securing the Best Film (Drama) and Best Director prizes for his Iran hostage drama, Argo.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which awards the Globes, preferred Affleck’s optimistic depiction of the CIA to the agency’s darker, more ambivalent portrayal in Zero Dark Thirty. Kathryn Bigelow’s controversial film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden took home just one award: Best Actress (Drama), for Jessica Chastain.

Affleck was left out of the Best Director category in last week’s Oscar nominations, but the 40-year-old star is having a successful awards season nonetheless; on Thursday, he also accepted the Best Director and Best Picture prizes from the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. This is his first victory at the Golden Globes since he and Matt Damon became the youngest winners of the Best Screenplay prize for Good Will Hunting, 15 years ago.

On a night where no single film swept the board, the British-made Les Misérables came away with the heaviest armful, winning three Globes for Best Picture (Musical or Comedy); Best Actor (Musical or Comedy) for Hugh Jackman; and Best Supporting Actress for Anne Hathaway. Its director Tom Hooper, like Affleck and Bigelow, was denied a place in the Oscars’ Best Director race.

Hollywood’s favourite living president, Bill Clinton, received a standing ovation as he appeared to introduce Steven Spielberg’s biopic of America’s favourite dead president, Lincoln. Daniel Day-Lewis was named Best Actor (Drama) for his performance in the title role; he remains hotly-tipped to win a record third Academy Award next month. But Spielberg and co will go away less confident about their Oscar chances, despite Lincoln’s 12 nominations.

Quentin Tarantino’s blood-soaked slavery revenge yarn, Django Unchained, was rewarded with a brace of Globes: Best Supporting Actor, for Christoph Waltz, and Best Screenplay, which Tarantino called “a damn surprise”. Jennifer Lawrence won in the last of the major categories, Best Actress (Musical or Comedy), for her work in David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook. Acknowledging producer and seasoned awards campaigner Harvey Weinstein in her acceptance speech, she said, “Harvey, thank you for killing whoever you had to kill to get me up here today.”

In the television categories, it proved to be another good year for America’s premium cable channels, which triumphed once again over their network rivals. HBO garnered three Globes for its TV movie Game Change, about the 2008 presidential election; and two for hipster dramedy Girls, including Best Actress in a Television Comedy for its 26-year-old creator and star, Lena Dunham. Showtime managed a hat-trick with Homeland, which won Best Television Drama, as well as acting honours for its two leads, Claire Danes and Damian Lewis.

Lewis was among a handful of British winners. Dame Maggie Smith was nominated in a film category for her role in Quartet, but won in a television category, as Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries, for her perpetually scene-stealing turn as the Dowager Countess of Downton Abbey. Meanwhile Adele added to her nine Grammys with a Golden Globe for Best Original Song – her Bond theme, “Skyfall”.

Arts and Entertainment
The starship in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
filmsThe first glimpse of JJ Abrams' new film has been released online
The Speaker of the House will takes his turn as guest editor of the Today programme
arts + ents
Arts and Entertainment
The cast of Downton Abbey in the 2014 Christmas special
Arts and Entertainment
Jude Law in Black Sea


In Black Seahe is as audiences have never seen him before

Arts and Entertainment
Johnny Depp no longer cares if people criticise his movie flops


Arts and Entertainment
Scare tactics: Michael Palin and Jodie Comer in ‘Remember Me’

TVReview: Remember Me, BBC1
Arts and Entertainment
Carrie Hope Fletcher
booksFirst video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment

ebooksNow available in paperback
Arts and Entertainment

Arts and Entertainment
Damien Hirst
artCoalition's anti-culture policy and cuts in local authority spending to blame, says academic
Arts and Entertainment
A comedy show alumni who has gone on to be a big star, Jon Stewart
tvRival television sketch shows vie for influential alumni
Arts and Entertainment
Jason goes on a special mission for the queen
tvReview: Everyone loves a CGI Cyclops and the BBC's Saturday night charmer is getting epic
Arts and Entertainment
Image has been released by the BBC
Arts and Entertainment
Will there ever be a Friends reunion?
Harry Hill plays the Professor in the show and hopes it will help boost interest in science among young people
arts + ents
Arts and Entertainment
A Van Gogh sold at Sotheby’s earlier this month
Arts and Entertainment

MusicThe band accidentally called Londoners the C-word

Arts and Entertainment
It would 'mean a great deal' to Angelina Jolie if she won the best director Oscar for Unbroken

Film 'I've never been comfortable on-screen', she says

Arts and Entertainment
Winnie the Pooh has been branded 'inappropriate' in Poland
Arts and Entertainment
Lee Evans is quitting comedy to spend more time with his wife and daughter

Arts and Entertainment
American singer, acclaimed actor of stage and screen, political activist and civil rights campaigner Paul Robeson (1898 - 1976), rehearses in relaxed mood at the piano.
filmSinger, actor, activist, athlete: Paul Robeson was a cultural giant. But prejudice and intolerance drove him to a miserable death. Now his story is to be told in film...
Arts and Entertainment
Taylor Swift is dominating album and singles charts worldwide

Arts and Entertainment
Kieron Richardson plays gay character Ste Hay in Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks

Arts and Entertainment
Midge Ure and Sir Bob Geldof outside the Notting Hill recording studios for Band Aid 30

Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

ES Rentals

    Independent Dating

    By clicking 'Search' you
    are agreeing to our
    Terms of Use.

    Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

    Christmas Appeal

    Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
    Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

    Is it always right to try to prolong life?

    Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
    Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

    What does it take for women to get to the top?

    Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
    Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

    Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

    Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
    French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

    French chefs campaign against bullying

    A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
    Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

    Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

    Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
    Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

    Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

    Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
    Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

    Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

    Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
    Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

    Paul Scholes column

    I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
    Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

    Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

    So what must the red-rose do differently? They have to take the points on offer 
    Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

    Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

    It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
    Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

    Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

    The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
    Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

    Sarkozy returns

    The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
    Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

    Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

    Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
    Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

    Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

    Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game