Hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler made sure the night was full of laughter with their show stealing charisma. Fey and Poehler, a dashing duo, poked fun at a variety of stars throughout the night, including Sarah Palin and Julianne Moore, but their mild digs did nothing to compare to Ricky Gervais’ abrasive humor. Besides Fey and Poehler, Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig also provided loads of laughs when they presented the award for best supporting actress in a film.
The night was filled with surprises, including a guest appearance by Bill Clinton. Clinton was welcomed by standing ovation as he introduced the Golden Globe Best Picture nomination “Lincoln.”
Another highlight of the night was the emotional acceptance speech from Jodie Foster. Foster accepted the Cecil B. DeMille award for her role as an inspirational actress in Hollywood. Foster has been an actress for 47 years. She surprised the audience by officially coming out as a lesbian even after the known split from her partner of 15 years in 2008. Foster expressed nerves and anxiety accompanied by nervous chatter and pauses; however, the audience cheered her on with applause and whistles.
Even after her public announcement, Foster continued to discuss the importance of privacy in everyday life, poking at what she considers to be unnecessary reality television. She also provided the audience with words of advice, “Love people and stay beside them.” Foster, of course, had several recognitions of gratitude to her children, her former partner Cydney Bernard, Mel Gibson, friends and family. She became visibly emotional after making a very personal thank you to her mother, who was not present.
“You did good in this life. You are a great mom,” Foster said. Needless to say, there was not a dry eye in the house by the end of her speech.
The surprises continued when Best Director was awarded to, also with a standing ovation, Ben Affleck. Affleck’s film “Argo” won Best Picture in the Drama category, another surprise due to the high media coverage of every film in the Drama category.
“The surprise victory of Argo for Best Picture in a Drama category has reopened the door for Oscar season in regards to contending with ‘Lincoln’ and ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ for Best Picture. It should be interesting to see who comes out on top,” senior Josh Pazderka said.
Expected wins included the much talked about film “Les Miserables,” which earned three awards for Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress in the musical or comedy category. Another expected win was for “Lincoln,” which won the award for best actor in a drama series, Daniel Day-Lewis.
Big winners of the night for television included “Homeland,” accepting three awards for Best Series, Best Actress and Best Actor in the drama category. The widely talked about HBO series “Girls” went home with two awards for Best Series and Best Actress in a musical or comedy.
The fashions of the night among the women had a single stand out theme: nude or flesh-toned dresses. Stars including Megan Fox, Amy Adams, Julianne Hough, Michelle Dockery, Hayden Panettiere, Isla Fisher and several others took this trend to the red carpet.
Despite the unexpected and expected wins, the Globes are no prediction for what will occur on Feb. 24, 2013 at the 85th annual Academy Awards.