Golden Globes 2013: ‘Argo,’ ‘Les Miserables’ Win Best Picture Honors [Video]

Ben Affleck rebounded from the mother of all snubs at the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony Sunday evening in Beverly Hills, Les Miserables nabbed three honors, and Daniel Day-Lewis, Jennifer Lawrence and Anne Hathaway all garnered important wins on the road to next month’s Oscars.

The annual honors by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association unofficially launches the movie industry’s awards season. The Golden Globes are chosen by fewer than 90 self-described L.A.-based entertainment journalists who often favor films with an international flair and big-name stars. Though their tastes do not align perfectly with Oscar voters’, the HFPA can give a boost to late-charging awards contenders.

The night truly belonged to co-hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler whose good-natured irreverence was a welcome balance after the last three years when British comedian Ricky Gervais turned the show into a roast.

“Argo,” the retelling of the dramatic rescue of American diplomats during the Iran hostage crisis, and “Les Miserables,” a big-screen adaptation of the Broadway musical, were the big winners at this year’s Golden Globes.

“Argo,” directed by Ben Affleck, defeated “Django Unchained,” “Lincoln,” “Life of Pi” and “Zero Dark Thirty” for the honor.

“I truly to God never thought I could be in the same breath as them,” Affleck said.

This was a big week for “Argo.” The film also received multiple Oscar nominations on Thursday, including one for Best Picture. However, Affleck was snubbed in the category for Best Director.

Affleck is now in an unusual position during Hollywood’s long awards season, taking home the top filmmaking trophy at the second-highest film honors knowing he does not have a shot at an Oscar.

Les Miserables picked up wins for  best musical or comedy, beating out “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,”“Moonrise Kingdom,” “Silver Linings Playbook” and “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.”

It also got best actor (Hugh Jackman) and best supporting actress for Hathaway. Its total tied for the most of the night with the HBO TV movie Game Change and Showtime drama Homeland.

“Thank you for this lovely blunt object that I will forevermore use as a weapon against self-doubt,” Hathaway said. She also thanked her husband, telling him, “Thank you for the best string of yesterdays I have ever had.”

Besides the three wins for “Les Miserables” and two for “Argo,” the show was a mixed bag, with awards spread around a number of films. “Lincoln” came in leading with seven nominations but lost all but one, for Daniel Day-Lewis as best actor in the title role of “Lincoln.”

“If I had this on a timeshare basis with my wonderful gifted colleagues, I might just hope to keep it for one day of the year, and I’d be happy with that,” said Day-Lewis, who previously won a Globe for “There Will Be Blood” and is a two-time Oscar winner with a strong shot at taking a third, says the CNS News.

Day-Lewis also lauded his director, Steven Spielberg, who the actor called “a humble master with a quicksilver imagination. You’ve given me an experience I’ll treasure to the end of my life.”

“Zero Dark Thirty” star Jessica Chastain won the Globe for dramatic actress as a CIA agent obsessively pursuing Bin Laden.

Lawrence beat out the likes of Meryl Streep, Maggie Smith and Judi Dench to take home the prize for best actress in a comedy or musical for Silver Linings Playbook.

Last year at the Golden Globes, “The Descendants” won Best Picture, Drama, beating “The Help” and “Hugo” among other films.

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