* Affleck wins big after Oscar snub
- Last Updated: 5:51 AM, January 14, 2013
- Posted: 2:11 AM, January 14, 2013
The Oscars may have snubbed Ben Affleck, but the Golden Globes showed they love him last night as he took home best directing and best picture honors for “Argo.”
Just days after his Academy Awards directing nod fell through amid cries of Hollywood politics, the Globe’s Beverly Hills ballroom erupted in cheers as Affleck was honored for his direction of the Iranian hostage drama.
As he accepted the award, he didn’t mention the Oscar snub — which some have attributed to bias against the conservative perspective of the film. He instead paid tribute to his fellow nominees, Kathryn Bigelow, Ang Lee, Steven Spielberg and Quentin Tarantino.
“I don’t care what the award is. When they put your name next to the names [presenter Halle Berry] just read off, it’s an extraordinary thing in your life,” said Affleck.
He credited the real-life CIA operative who helped sneak Americans out of Iran. “This award is about Tony Mendes,” Affleck said. “The troops serving overseas, I want to thank them very much.”
Meanwhile, “Les Misérables” and the epic’s star Hugh Jackman took home top honors for a musical or comedy movie and actor.
Daniel Day-Lewis won for best actor in a drama, for his work in “Lincoln.”
Jessica Chastain was honored as best actress in a dramatic movie role for “Zero Dark Thirty,” playing the CIA analyst credited with pinpointing Osama bin Laden’s whereabouts in Pakistan.
“Silver Linings Playbook” star Jennifer Lawrence won for best actress in a musical or comedy, but needed help with her acceptance speech.
She bested such big-screen stars as Emily Blunt, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Meryl Streep in her category and tried to make a joke of her vaunted competition.
“I beat Meryl” Lawrence said, in an awkward joke that fell flat on the Globe audience.
A huge show stopper last night was former President Bill Clinton, who introduced “Lincoln” as a nominee for best dramatic film.
Another major moment came when actress and director Jodie Foster was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award and came close to coming out for the first time as gay during her acceptance speech.
“It is the most fun party of the night and tonight I feel like a prom queen,” she said.
She thanked presenter Robert Downey Jr. and Mel Gibson, rocks of Tinseltown stability for keeping her spirits.
Foster also made vague references to her sexuality
“I guess I have a sudden urge to say something that I’ve never been able to air in public that I’m a little nervous about — but maybe not as nervous as my publicist,” she said,
“So I’m just going to put it out there, loud and proud, right? I’m going to need your support on this: I’m single.”