The ceremony saw Ben Affleck get some vindication and Jodie Foster make a revelation as Hollywood’s awards season kicked off.
Affleck’s Argo earned him best motion picture drama and director honours at Sunday night’s ceremony. The awards came just a few days after Affleck was omitted from the best director category in the Academy Award nominations. Affleck also stars in the real-life drama as the CIA operative who orchestrated a daring rescue of six American embassy employees during the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis.
These wins seem to shake up the Oscar race, in which Steven Spielberg’s historical epic Lincoln was looking like a juggernaut. Despite seven Golden Globe nominations, Lincoln earned just one award: best actor for Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role. Lincoln heads into the Feb 24 Academy Awards with a leading 12 nominations.
The other big winner was Les Misérables. Based on the musical and Victor Hugo’s novel, it won best picture musical or comedy, best actor for Hugh Jackman and best supporting actress for Anne Hathaway.
But the biggest news of the night was from Foster, who came out without really coming out. She was this year’s recipient of a lifetime achievement award.
The 50-year-old Oscar winner, who has been protective of her private life and reluctant to discuss her sexuality publicly, used the opportunity to speak from the heart in a rambling speech that confirmed what long had been an open secret. Foster took control a noisy, boozy ballroom; the crowd of A-listers quieted down as it became apparent she had something serious to say.
“I’m just going to put it out there, loud and proud... I am, uh, single,” said Foster, pausing for dramatic effect.
“I hope you’re not disappointed that there won’t be a big coming-out speech tonight. I already did my coming out about a thousand years ago.”
Co-hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler signed off the awards joking: “We’re going home with Jodie Foster!”
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