'Argo' & 'Les Miserables' big winners at Golden Globes

Both films beat out the Civil War epic "Lincoln,'' which had emerged as an awards-season favourite

The Iran hostage thriller Argo'' was a surprise best-drama winner at Sunday's Golden Globes, beating out the Civil War epicLincoln,'' which had emerged as an awards-season favourite.

``Argo'' also claimed the directing prize for Ben Affleck, a prize that normally bodes well for an Academy Award win, except he missed out on an Oscar nomination this time. Affleck's now in an unusual position during Hollywood's long awards season, taking home the top filmmaking trophy at the second-highest film honours knowing he does not have a shot at an Oscar.

The night left ``Argo'' taking home the top prize at the Globes but standing as a longshot for best picture at the Feb. 24 Oscars, where films almost never win if their directors are not nominated.

Les Miserables'' was named best musical or comedy, while Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway claimed acting prizes. Besides the three wins forLes Miserables'' and two for ``Argo,'' the show was a mixed bag, with awards spreads 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 ofLincoln.'' 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 forThere Will Be Blood'' and is a two-time Oscar winner with a strong shot at a third.

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

Other acting prizes went to Jennifer Lawrence as best musical or comedy actress for the oddball romance Silver Linings Playbook'' and Christoph Waltz as supporting actor for the slave-revenge taleDjango Unchained.''

``Les Miserables,'' the musical based on Victor Hugo's classic novel earned Jackman the Globe for musical or comedy actor as tragic hero Jean Valjean. Hathaway won supporting actress as a single mom forced into prostitution.

Former President Bill Clinton upstaged Hollywood's elite with a surprise appearance to introduce Spielberg's Civil War epic ``Lincoln,'' which was up for best drama. The film chronicles Abraham Lincoln's final months as he tries to end the war and find common ground in a divided Congress to pass the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery.

Jennifer Lawrence won as best actress in a musical or comedy for her role as a troubled widow in a shaky new relationship. The Globe winners in musical or comedy categories often aren't factors at the Oscars, which tend to favour heavier dramatic roles. Silver Linings Playbook'' is a crowd-pleasing comic drama with deeper themes than the usual comedy. And Lawrence, a 2010 Oscar nominee for her breakout filmWinter's Bone'' who shot to superstardom with ``The Hunger Games'' delivers a nice mix of humour and melancholy.

Django'' co-star Leonardo DiCaprio.Quentin, you know that my indebtedness to you and my gratitude knows no words.'' Tarantino won the screenplay prize for ``Django Unchained.'' He thanked his cast and also the group of friends to whom he reads work-in-progress for reaction.

Pop star Adele and co-writer Paul Epworth won for best song for their theme tune to the James Bond adventure ``Skyfall.''

The prize for musical score went to Toronto's Mychael Danna for the lost-at-sea tale ``Life of Pi.''

Show hosts Fey and Poehler, who co-starred in the 2008 big-screen comedy Baby Mama,'' had a friendly rivalry at the Globes. Both were nominated for best actress in a TV comedy series, Fey for30 Rock'' and Poehler for ``Parks and Recreation.''

Here's a complete list of winners: - Picture, Drama: "Argo." - Picture, Musical or Comedy: "Les Miserables." - Actor, Drama: Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln." - Actress, Drama: Jessica Chastain, "Zero Dark Thirty." - Director: Ben Affleck, "Argo." - Actor, Musical or Comedy: Hugh Jackman, "Les Miserables." - Actress, Musical or Comedy: Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook." - Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, "Django Unchained." - Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, "Les Miserables." - Foreign Language: "Amour." - Animated Film: "Brave." - Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, "Django Unchained." - Original Score: Mychael Danna, "Life of Pi." - Original Song: "Skyfall" (music and lyrics by Adele and Paul Epworth), "Skyfall."

TELEVISION - Series, Drama: "Homeland." - Series, Musical or Comedy: "Girls." - Actress, Drama: Claire Danes, "Homeland." - Actor, Drama: Damian Lewis, "Homeland." - Actress, Musical or Comedy: Lena Dunham, "Girls." - Actor, Musical or Comedy: Don Cheadle, "House of Lies." - Miniseries or Movie: "Game Change." - Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Julianne Moore, "Game Change." - Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Kevin Costner, "Hatfields & McCoys." - Supporting Actress, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Maggie Smith, "Downton Abbey." - Supporting Actor, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Ed Harris,"Game Change."

Previously announced: - Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award: Jodie Foster.

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