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Globes set the bar for award season

The 70th annual Golden Globes, which aired live on Sunday, Jan. 13, were anything but dissapointing.

The star-studded evening kicked off with hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who successfully kept guests on their toes with endless jokes that poked fun at some of the biggest names in Hollywood.

Despite the wide range of nominees, the biggest winners of the night were “Les Misérables” and “Argo.” “Les Misérables” earned awards for Best Musical, Best Supporting Actress (Anne Hathaway) and Best Actor (Hugh Jackman).

It was a bittersweet win for the director of “Argo,” Ben Afleck, because, although he took home the award for Best Director and Best Drama, he stands a slim chance at taking home a major award at the upcoming Oscars.

Normally, if a movie receives an Oscar nomination for Best Picture as well as a separate nomination for its director, it nearly always takes home the prize for Best Picture.
Unfortunately for Afleck, he did not receive a directing nomination for the Oscars. Despite Afleck’s domination at the Globes, the Oscars may not be as favorable.

Surprisingly, Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” lost six out of its seven nominations this year and only took home the award for Best Actor in the title role for Daniel Day-Lewis’s performance.

The award show also took time to honor the musical contributions of top artists like Adele, who won her first Golden Globe for Best Original Song, Skyfall, in the latest James Bond flick.

One of the most talked about events of the night was Jodie Foster’s acceptance speech after winning the Cecil B. Demille lifetime achievement award. Foster used her time on stage to address several questions about her personal life, such as her sexuality.
While she did not explicitly use the words gay or lesbian in her speech, her orientation was confirmed by the shout out in gratitude that she made to her former partner and movie producer, Cydney Bernar.

Foster took time to reflect upon her accomplished career and announced that she may be retiring this year.
In spite of the major changes taking place in Foster’s life, her speech served to show that she welcomes this next phase of her life with open arms.

Sadly, one of Hollywood’s leading actresses, Meryl Streep, was noticeably absent at the Globes this year due to the flu. She was nominated for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical for her role in “Hope Springs.”

However, the “Hunger Games” actress Jennifer Lawrence took home the award for her performance in “Silver Linings Playbook” and made a slight dig at Streep when she read the award plaque and asked, “What does it say? I beat Meryl!” After receiving some backlash for the comment, Lawrence went on “The Late Show with David Letterman” and said that she meant it jokingly and did not intend for it to be an insult to Streep.

Overall, it seems like the Hollywood Foreign Press association was fair and thoughtful with their distribution of awards this year.

The Golden Globes were a great beginning to what may very well be a promising award season.



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