Ben Affleck, the actor who starred in the lead role of a comic superhero film “Daredevil”, was surprised when he won two categories for his Iran hostage drama, “Argo”, being the Best Film (Drama) and Best Director Golden Globes awards, on January 13th, Sunday, as reported.
The 40-year-old star’s optimistic portrayal and description of the CIA was preferred by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association responsible for the awarding of globes, over the agency’s sinister and controversial portrayal in “Zero Dark Thirty”.
Despite being left out of the Best Director category in last week’s Oscar nominations, together with Tom Hooper, director of “Les Miserables” and Kathryn Bigelow in her controversial film about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, Affleck likewise accepted the Best Picture and Best Director awards from the Critic’s Choice Movie Awards in January 10th, Thursday.
Since Affleck and Matt Damon won the Best Screenplay prize for “Good Will Hunting” 15 years ago, this was Affleck’s initial triumph at the Golden Globes.
Hooper’s “Les Miserables” won three Globes awards for Best Picture, Best Actor for Hugh Jackman and Best Supporting Actress for Anne Hathaway, all for Musical or Comedy categories, whereas, Bigelow’s film won just one award.
On Steven Spielberg’s biographical film “Lincoln”, America’s popular dead president, Daniel Day-Lewis in his portrayal in the title role earned the Best Actor (Drama) award. However, despite 12 nominations for the film, Spielberg and company are not optimistic on their chances in Oscar awards.
“Django Unchained” of Quentin Tarantino garnered the Best Supporting Actor award for Christoph Waltz and a surprising Best Screenplay award.
For her role in David O. Russell’s “Silver Lining Playbook”, Jennifer Lawrence got the Best Actress (Musical or Comedy) title.
HBO was once again victorious over their network rivals, on television categories, reaping three Globes awards for its TV movie “Game Change”, for its hipster drama/comedy “Girls”, and Best Actress in a Television Comedy category for its star, Lena Dunham.
Dame Maggie Smith who lost her quest in a film category for her role in “Quartet”, won in a television category in her role as the Dowager Countess of “Downton Abbey”, and landed as the Best Supporting Actress.