The Academy baffled everyone this past Thursday by stiffing Ben Affleck in the Best Director category for “Argo.” Even though the movie got some of the best reviews of the year, it seemed like the historical thriller’s award-season momentum had stalled in favorite of movies like “Lincoln” and “Silver Linings Playbook.” But tonight, Ben not only won a trophy for best director but “Argo” won the night’s top prize for Best Drama.
SURPRISE: “Django Unchained”
For an obscenity-laced, spectacularly violent revenge fantasy, Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” did surprisingly well, winning not only the Best Supporting Actor prize for Christoph Waltz but also the Best Screenplay trophy for Tarantino. Does this mean that the movie is now a serious contender for the Oscars?
“Lincoln” came into the Golden Globes looking like it was going to be an awards season powerhouse. It received some of the best reviews of the year, nabbed the most Oscar nominations of any movie earlier this week with 12, and it received 7 Golden Globe noms. But by the time the show wrapped up, Steven Spielberg’s sweeping biopic looked like it was anything but a juggernaut, winning only one Globe for Daniel Day-Lewis in the Best Actor in a Drama category. Spielberg, Sally Fields, Tommy Lee Jones and screenwriter Tony Kushner lost in their respective categories.
SNUB: Leonardo DiCaprio
Leo is having a bad week. Not only was he completely ignored by the Academy on Thursday for his turn as sadistic Southern plantation owner Calvin J. Candie, but he also lost the Golden Globe to his verbose German co-star Christoph Waltz. Perhaps he was too good at playing someone so profoundly reprehensible?