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Argo and Girls Surprise at the Golden Globes

Lena Dunham accepts an award for GIRLS, joined by cast members and producers of the show

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It was a night of surprises at the Golden Globes. After just its first season, Lena Dunham’s Girls won best TV comedy. Though she’s perhaps known primarily for her writing and directing, Dunham also won best actress in a TV comedy, beating out hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. To close out the night, Argo won Best Motion Picture – Drama, shortly after Ben Affleck beat out Steven Spielberg and others for best director.

Argo’s big win comes as a strong reminder that the Globes are not a good predictor of who will win at the Oscars. Argo remains a long shot for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, where Affleck isn’t even nominated for Best Director. (In the last 80 years, only one film was won Best Picture without being nominated for best director.)

Les Misérables
won Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, along with expected awards for best actor in a comedy or musical (Hugh Jackman) and best supporting actress (Anne Hathaway). Homeland won Best Television Series – Drama, while Game Change dominated the category of best TV mini-series or movie.

Other surprises included Jodie Foster’s sort-of-coming-out speech, given in cagey fashion, and the appearance of Bill Clinton, to introduce Lincoln. Less surprising was the winning performance of the show’s hosts, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who were among the funniest and most charming emcees in recent memory. After Clinton’s appearance, Poehler gushed, “That was Hillary Clinton’s husband!”

Here’s the complete list of winners:


Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Zero Dark Thirty

Comedy or musical
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
*Les Misérables
Moonrise Kingdom
Silver Linings Playbook
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

*Ben Affleck, Argo
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

Actor, comedy or musical
Jack Black, Bernie
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
*Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables
Ewan MacGregor, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Bill Murray, Hyde Park on Hudson

Actress, comedy or musical
Emily Blunt, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
*Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Judi Dench, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Maggie Smith, Quartet
Meryl Streep, Hope Springs

Actor, drama
*Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Richard Gere, Arbitrage
John Hawkes, The Sessions
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Denzel Washington, Flight

Actress, drama
*Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone
Helen Mirren, Hitchcock
Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea
Naomi Watts, The Impossible

Supporting actor
*Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Alan Arkin, Argo
Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln

Supporting actress
Amy Adams, The Master
Sally Field, Lincoln
*Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy

Chris Terrio, Argo
*Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
Tony Kushner, Lincoln
David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty

Original score
Alexandre Desplat, Argo
Dario Marianeli, Anna Karenina
Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil, Cloud Atlas
*Mychael Danna, Life of Pi
John Williams, Lincoln

Best Original Song
Keith Urban, “For You” (Act of Valor)
Taylor Swift, “Safe & Sound” (The Hunger Games)
Hugh Jackman, “Suddenly” (Les Misérables)
*Adele, “Skyfall” (Skyfall)
Jon Bon Jovi, “Not Running Anymore” (Stand Up Guys)

Animated feature film
Hotel Transylvania
Rise of the Guardians
Wreck-It Ralph

Foreign film
The Intouchables
A Royal Affair
Rust & Bone


Miniseries or TV movie
*Game Change, HBO
Hatfields & McCoys, History
The Girl, HBO
The Hour, BBC America
Political Animals, USA

Boardwalk Empire, HBO
Breaking Bad, AMC
Downton Abbey, PBS
*Homeland, Showtime
The Newsroom, HBO

Comedy or musical
The Big Bang Theory, CBS
Episodes, Showtime
*Girls, HBO
Modern Family, ABC
Smash, NBC

Actor, drama series
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire, HBO
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad, AMC
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom, HBO
Jon Hamm, Mad Men, AMC
*Damian Lewis, Homeland, Showtime

Actress, drama series
Connie Britton, Nashville, ABC
*Claire Danes, Homeland, Showtime
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey, PBS
Glenn Close, Damages, DirecTV
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife, CBS

Actor, comedy or musical series
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock, NBC
*Don Cheadle, House of Lies, Showtime
Louis C.K., Louie, FX
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes, Showtime
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory, CBS

Actress, comedy or musical series
Zooey Deschanel, The New Girl, Fox
*Lena Dunham, Girls, HBO
Tina Fey, 30 Rock, NBC
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep, HBO
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation, NBC

Supporting actor, series, miniseries or movie
Max Greenfield, New Girl, Fox
*Ed Harris, Game Change, HBO
Danny Huston, Magic City, Starz
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland, Showtime
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family, ABC

Supporting actress
Hayden Panettiere, Nashville, ABC
Archie Punjabi, The Good Wife, CBS
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story, FX
*Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey, PBS
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family, ABC

Actor, miniseries or TV movie
*Kevin Coster, Hatfields & McCoys, History
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock, PBS
Woody Harrelson, Game Change, HBO
Toby Jones, The Girl, HBO
Clive Owen, Hemingway & Gellhorn, HBO

Actress, miniseries or TV movie
Nicole Kidman, Hemingway & Gellhorn, HBO
Jessica Lange, American Horror Story, FX
Sienna Miller, The Girl 
*Julianne Moore, Game Change, HBO
Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals, USA

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