• VIDEO: Les Miserables, Argo Big Winners at Golden Globes

    BEVERLY HILLS (CNS) – “Les Miserables,” the big-screen adaptation of the wildly popular stage musical, was the big winner at tonight’s Golden Globe Awards, earning three prizes including best comedy or musical, while the political thriller “Argo” won for best drama film and best director for Ben Affleck.

    Daniel Day-Lewis took home the Globe for best actor in a drama for his role as Abraham Lincoln in the sweeping epic “Lincoln,” while Jessica Chastain was named best drama actress for her work in “Zero Dark Thirty,” spearheading the hunt for Osama bin Laden.

    “I’ve wanted to be an actor since I was a little girl, and I worked for a really long time,” Chastain said as she accepted her award at the Beverly Hilton during the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony. “… To be here now in this moment, it’s a beautiful feeling to receive this encouragement and support. Thank you so much.”   Day-Lewis heaped praise on “Lincoln” director Steven Spielberg, calling him “a humble master with a quicksilver imagination.”

    “As a friend, loving and kind, and by your generosity … you’ve given me an experience I will treasure ’til the end of my life,” he said.   The prize for Day-Lewis was the only one earned by “Lincoln,” although it entered the ceremony as the top nominee with seven.

    The upstart drama “Argo,” documenting the undercover operation to rescue six diplomats from Iran following the storming of the American Embassy, earned two Globes, including the top prize of best drama.   ”I want to thank all the thousands of people who work in our diplomatic services who are putting their lives on the line every day of the week,” the film’s co-producer, Grant Heslov, said.   For Affleck, the win was the second major prize of the Hollywood awards season, even though he was snubbed for an Oscar nomination earlier this month. He won a Critics Choice Award for best director last week. He gave credit for the film to Tony Mendez, the CIA operative he portrays in the film and who made an appearance as a presenter at the Globes ceremony.

    But the big winner of the night was “Les Miserables,” the epic re- imagining of the stage musical, taking home Globes for best musical/comedy, best actor for Hugh Jackman and supporting actress for Anne Hathaway.

    Jackman, who portrayed Jean Valjean, said he was getting over the flu as he accepted the award, and had been kicking himself for not getting a flu shot.   ”It turns out you don’t need one,” he said. “I feel great.”

    “‘Les Miserables’ is a project of passion and it took a lot of courage to make it,” he said, thanking the film’s cast and crew.

    He gave special praise to his wife, saying he felt during early rehearsals that he wasn’t right for the role, but she “talked me off that cliff.”   ”Baby, thank you for always being right,” he said.

    A breathless Hathaway heaped praise on the filmmakers and her cast- mates, and on the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.   ”Thank you so much for having me in this room full of extraordinary artists who have changed my life with their work,” she said.

    She called the award a “lovely blunt object that I will … use as a weapon against self doubt.”

    Hathaway also thanked her fellow nominee, Sally Field of “Lincoln,” for being a “vanguard against typecasting,” noting that she went from playing the Flying Nun to Mary Todd Lincoln.

    Jennifer Lawrence scored the Globe for best actress in a musical or comedy for her role opposite Bradley Cooper in “Silver Linings Playbook.” When she walked on stage to accept the award, Lawrence joked, “I beat Meryl,” referring to fellow nominee Meryl Streep of “Hope Springs.”

    She praised director David O. Russell, Cooper and the rest of the cast.

    “You guys are the heartbeat of this film, and it wouldn’t be the same without you guys — because there wouldn’t be a cast,” Lawrence said.

    Christoph Waltz took home the Globe for best supporting actor for his work in director Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained.” It was the second time Waltz has won the award, and the second time he won for his role in a Tarantino movie. Waltz was named best supporting actor in 2010 for “Inglourious Basterds,” and he went on to win the Oscar.   ”Quentin, you know that my indebtedness to you … knows no words,” Waltz said as he accepted the prize.

    Tarantino won the Globe for best original screenplay for the script, which has earned some criticism for its violence and portrayal of slavery. He thanked the film’s cast and crew, and also his close friends he reads scenes to as he writes.   ”You guys don’t know how important you are to my process,” he said. “I don’t want input, I don’t want to be told if I’m doing anything wrong. … But when I read it to you I hear it through your ears and it lets me know I’m on the right track.”

    English songstress Adele won the Globe for best original song for penning the theme song to the James Bond hit “Skyfall.” Composer Michael Danna won for best original score for “Life of Pi.”

    The Globe for best animated film went to Disney’s “Brave.”     On the television side of the awards, Showtime’s “Homeland” took home the Golden Globe for best television drama, while Damian Lewis won the prize for best actor and Claire Danes was named best actress in a drama series.

    “All of us at ‘Homeland,’ we’ve been on the most wonderful, extraordinary journey,” Lewis said as he accepted his award.

    “I want to dedicate this to my mom, who I know is out there tonight looking down on me, bursting with pride, telling everyone around her how well her son is doing in acting,” he said.   Danes praised the other nominees, calling them “so bad-ass, so brilliant” for their portrayals of strong female characters.

    “I’m very proud to be working in this medium, in this moment, in this company,” she said.

    Executive producer Alex Gansa said the entire production crew on the show worked to live up to the expectations it built in its first season.   ”This award tells us that maybe we didn’t screw it up,” he said.   HBO’s “Girls” also had a big night, earning the prize for best television comedy and winning the Globe for best comedy actress for series co-creator Lena Dunham.

    “This award is for every woman who’s ever felt there wasn’t a space for her,” Dunham said while accepting her best-actress award. “This show’s made a space for me.”

    When the show was named best comedy, she called it “the most validating thing I’ve ever felt.”   ”It’s made me feel so much less alone in this world,” she said.

    Don Cheadle was named best actor for his work in “House of Lies.”

    HBO’s “Game Change,” a portrait of Sarah Palin’s selection as John McCain’s presidential running mate, was named best miniseries or television movie. Julianne Moore was named best actress in a miniseries or television movie for her portrayal of the former Alaska governor, while Ed Harris was named best supporting actor in a series, miniseries or television movie.   Kevin Costner was named best actor in a miniseries or television movie for his work in “Hatfields & McCoys.”

    Veteran actress Maggie Smith was named best supporting actress in a series, miniseries or television movie for her work in the critically acclaimed “Downton Abbey.”

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