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Golden Globes 2013

poehler-fey‘Les Miserables’ is the big film winner with additional nods for Hugh Jackman as lead actor and Anne Hathaway for supporting actress. Ben Affleck wins for best director for ‘Argo.’

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Receiving the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award during the Golden Globes telecast is usually a time for some  benignly pleasant remarks. Jodie Foster, however, used the platform Sunday night to publicly address her sexuality and private life.

Introduced by Robert Downey Jr., who captured the freewheeling, slightly needling spirit one might more typically expect, Foster declared what “feels like the end of one era and the beginning of something else.” The actor-director seized the moment for an obliquely playful, complex and emotional speech in the middle of an evening otherwise reserved for glitzy Hollywood puffery.

In her spellbinding remarks that clocked in at more than 6½ minutes, Foster began by jokingly referring to a “Saturday Night Live” character, proclaiming “I’m 50!” “I’m 50! “I’m 50!” before mentioning how she felt like the “prom queen” in the room that night.

Then the speech took a surprising turn, “I just have a sudden urge to say something that I’ve never really been able to air in public. So, a declaration that I’m a little nervous about but maybe not quite as nervous as my publicist,” Foster said. “But I’m just going to put it out there, right? Loud and proud, right? So I’m going to need your support on this.

“I am single,” she continued. “Yes, I am, I am single. No, I’m kidding. But I mean I’m not really kidding, but I’m kind of kidding.”

Speaking of her lifelong place in the public eye, some 47 years in show business, she noted that privacy is the thing she values above all else, which is why she has never before addressed the issue of her sexuality.

“Now, apparently, I’m told that every celebrity is expected to honor the details of their private life with a press conference, a fragrance, and a prime-time reality show,” she said.

Foster never actually used the words “lesbian” or “gay,” but she said she did her “coming out” about “a thousand years ago back in the Stone Age” to family, friends and those she worked with. She then paid tribute to Cydney Bernard, whom  she called, “one of the deepest loves of my life, my heroic co-parent, my ex-partner in love but righteous soul sister in life… Thank you Cyd, I am so proud of our modern family,” including their two sons, Charlie and Kit.

As if that wasn’t enough news for one speech, Foster seemed to announce her retirement, though she pulled back from that idea later backstage, when she continued her remarks with, “I may never be up on this stage again, on any stage, for that matter. Change, you gotta love it.

“I will continue to tell stories, to move people by being moved, the greatest job in the world,” she added. “It’s just that from now on, I may be holding a different talking stick. And maybe it won’t be as sparkly, maybe it won’t open on 3,000 screens, maybe it will be so quiet and delicate that only dogs can hear it whistle. But it will be my writing on the wall.”

Concluding her speech, she added, “Jodie Foster was here, I still am, and I want to be seen, to be understood deeply and to be not so very lonely.”

Foster’s speech left those in the room surprised, simply because no one would have expected such a public announcement from the intensely private star. “I have more questions than answers,” said Aaron Sorkin. “Did she just retire?”

After the speech, Downey said, “No one ever wants to admit whether they are transitioning into anything else or letting go of something, whatever it may be, but Jodie is so classy that she would share that.”

Backstage after the speech, Foster was asked what she most hoped to get across. “That people change. That change is important,” she said. She noted that her award “feels like a graduation. I feel like I’m graduating from something. It’s a big moment, and I wanted to say what most was in my heart.”

As to whether she was concerned at all that the speech’s rather indirect nature would be misinterpreted, she said, “No, not really. It stands for itself. It’s an expression of who I am and what I’m thinking and feeling.”

-Los Angeles Times

BEVERLY HILLS — The epic musical “Les Miserables” dominated the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night with three trophies, including one for best musical or comedy. But the evening belonged to Ben Affleck.

Affleck’s political thriller “Argo,” about a CIA plot to rescue Americans trapped in Iran in 1979-80, won for best dramatic film and director for Affleck.

It was a bit of vindication, perhaps, for the filmmaker, who was surprisingly absent last week when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its Oscar nominations for director.

Since the Oscar snub Thursday, Affleck has not only won a Golden Globe but he also received a Critics’ Choice Movie Award for directing as well.

“Les Miz” was the most honored film of the ceremony held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel’s International Ballroom and telecast live on NBC.

Besides best musical or comedy, it won lead actor for Hugh Jackman, who admitted in his acceptance speech that at one point he almost quit the project after a grueling rehearsal.

And Anne Hathaway sang her way to a supporting actress win as the tragic Fantine.

With her pixie haircut and tasteful white gown, Hathaway was reminiscent of a young Audrey Hepburn.

“Thank you for this lovely blunt object,” Hathaway told the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. “I’ll forever use it as a weapon against self-doubt.”

The wins for “Les Miz” and “Argo” as well as the two Golden Globes for “Django Unchained” help give those films momentum leading to the Oscars on Feb. 24.

But those honors do little to bring clarity to a topsy-turvy awards season that has seen plenty of outstanding movies to choose from — but few clear-cut front-runners.

For example, Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” went into the evening with seven Golden Globes nominations — more than any other film.

Former President Bill Clinton even appeared to a standing ovation and thunderous applause to introduce the clip for the historical epic. But instead of “Lincoln” by a landslide, the film about the 16th president’s struggle to end the Civil War and slavery won only one honor: lead actor in a drama for Daniel Day-Lewis.

One of the most stunning moments came courtesy Jodie Foster, who took to the stage to give a … retirement speech? A coming-out speech? It was hard to tell.

She was receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement when she ramped up to confess that she was … single.

And while she seemed to take pains to sidestep addressing her sexual orientation she did thank her ex-partner and co-parent of her two boys, Cydney Bernard.

Her speech was also a rant in favor of privacy that brought many people to its feet. Foster noted that she has lived virtually her entire life in the public eye yet wanted to keep some things private.

“I have given everything up there from the time I was 3 years old,” she said. “That is reality enough.”

Even backstage, talking face-to-face with the media, she was cryptic about what, exactly, she was trying to say with her speech.

In other film awards, Jessica Chastain won lead actress in a drama for her role as a CIA operative who helps track down Osama bin Laden in “Zero Dark Thirty.”

Jennifer Lawrence won lead actress in a comedy or musical for “Silver Linings Playbook” for her performance as a widow in the quirky romantic comedy.

“I beat Meryl!” Lawrence joked as she accepted the trophy. (Meryl Streep was nominated in the same category, for “Hope Springs.”)

Among Lawrence’s thank-yous: “Thank you, Harvey Weinstein, for killing whoever you had to kill to get me up here.”

Christoph Waltz won for supporting actor for playing a bounty hunter in Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained.”

The maverick filmmaker was a surprise screenplay winner for the controversial spaghetti Western set during the slavery era, beating out such favorites as the writers of “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Lincoln,” “Argo,” and “Silver Linings Playbook.”

“Wow, I wasn’t expecting this,” said an effusive Tarantino. “I’m happy to be surprised.”

Austria’s “Amour” won foreign language film, and “Brave” won for animated film.

Mychael Danna won for writing the score for Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi.”

Original song went to pop singer Adele and Paul Epworth for “Skyfall,” the title tune for the latest James Bond installment.

On the TV side, the Golden Globes honored Showtime’s “Homeland” and HBO’s “Game Change” and “Girls” with multiple trophies.

“Homeland,” the political thriller that counts President Obama as one of its biggest fans, won its second consecutive award for drama series. Claire Danes won her second-in-a-row Globe for lead dramatic actress in the series. Her co-star Damian Lewis took lead actor.

“Game Change,” the drama about then-Gov. Sarah Palin’s run for the vice presidency in 2008, also performed well.

It snapped up three awards: miniseries or TV movie, supporting actor for Ed Harris, and lead actress for Julianne Moore for her uncanny channeling of Palin.

“Girls” won best comedy series while its young star and creator, Lena Dunham, won for lead actress. Don Cheadle won lead actor in a comedy series for Showtime’s “House of Lies.”

Kevin Costner won lead actor in a miniseries or TV movie for History Channel’s “Hatfields & McCoys.”

Maggie Smith won for supporting actress in a TV series, miniseries or movie for playing the acerbic dowager in PBS’ “Downton Abbey.”

After a controversial three-year stint as host, Ricky Gervais turned over the emcee duties to Globe nominees Amy Poehler (“Parks & Recreation”) and Tina Fey (“30 Rock”).

The pair were only slightly less irreverent, skewering Hollywood by poking fun of pill-popping Hollywood and “rat-faced” TV types and joking about the controversy surrounding Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty.”

Cracked Poehler: “When it comes to torture, I trust the woman who spent three years married to James Cameron.”

-Los Angeles Times

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Red Carpet Hits, Misses at the Golden Globes

Stars dazzled and disappointed on the red carpet at the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards.  Jessica Holmes reports.

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Who Got Gold at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards?

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association handed out its annual accolades to members of the television and film industry.  Sam Rubin reports.

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Red Carpet Arrivals at the Golden Globe Awards

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards, which are set to take place Sunday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.  Sam Rubin reports.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards, which are set to take place Sunday night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Christina Pascucci has a preview of the big show.

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards, which are set to take place Sunday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

For those tuning in on TV, the Hollywood party/awards show will begin at 5 p.m. Pacific (8 p.m. Eastern) on Sunday and will be aired live across the country on NBC. The red carpet officially starts at 2:30 p.m. Pacific (5:30 p.m. Eastern) and the pre-show will air on NBC at 4 p.m. Pacific (7 p.m. Eastern).

The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. hands out the annual accolades to members of the television and film industry. Fey, of NBC’s “30 Rock,” and Poehler, of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” are both up for lead actress in a television series — comedy or musical. When Fey and Poehler teamed up in 2008 they performed their viral parodies of Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton, respectively, on “Saturday Night Live.” Will we see more of that hilarity as they replace comedian Ricky Gervais as Globes host after a controversial three-year run?

Leading the pack of film nominees this year is Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” which scored a record seven nominations, including best dramatic film, director and acting nods for Daniel Day-Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones and Sally Field. “Lincoln” also led Thursday’s Academy Award nominations with 12 nods.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. nominated a selection of dramatic films that focus on other U.S.-centered themes too. The category includes Quentin Tarantino’s spaghetti western “Django Unchained,” Ben Affleck’s Iranian hostage crisis drama “Argo” and Kathryn Bigelow’s account of the search for Osama bin Laden in “Zero Dark Thirty”. Ang Lee’s shipwreck epic “Life of Pi” is also nominated for dramatic film.

In TV land, HBO’s “Game Change” and “The Girl,” BBC’s six-part period piece “The Hour,” History Channel’s “Hatfields & McCoys” and USA Network’s “Political Animals” are up for best TV miniseries or movie.

“The Big Bang Theory,” “Episodes,” “Girls” and “Smash” are up against reigning TV comedy winner “Modern Family.”

In the TV drama category, “Breaking Bad,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Downton Abbey: Season 2″ and “The Newsroom” are up against last year’s winner, “Homeland.” “Downton Abbey’s” first season took home the Golden Globe for best miniseries, but the “Masterpiece Classic” series is now being categorized with the best TV drama label.

Los Angeles Times

Here are the nominees for the 2013 Golden Globe Awards:

Best motion picture – drama

“Django Unchained”
“Life of Pi”
“Zero Dark Thirty”

Best performance by an actress in a motion picture – drama

Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty”
Marion Cotillard, “Rust and Bone”
Helen Mirren, “Hitchcock”
Naomi Watts, “The Impossible”
Rachel Weisz, “The Deep Blue Sea”

Best performance by an actor in a motion picture – drama

Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”
Richard Gere, “Arbitrage”
John Hawkes, “The Sessions”
Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master”
Denzel Washington, “Flight”

Best motion picture – comedy or musical

“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
“Les Misérables”
“Moonrise Kingdom”
“Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”
“Silver Linings Playbook”

Best performance by an actress in a motion picture – comedy or musical

Emily Blunt, “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”
Judi Dench, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Maggie Smith, “Quartet”
Meryl Streep, “Hope Springs”

Best performance by an actor in a motion picture – comedy or musical

Jack Black, “Bernie”
Bradley Cooper, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Hugh Jackman, “Les Misérables”
Ewan McGregor, “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”
Bill Murray, “Hyde Park on Hudson”

Best animated feature film

“Hotel Transylvania”
“Wreck-It Ralph”
“Rise of the Guardians”

Best foreign language film

“Amour” (Austria)
“A Royal Affair” (Denmark)
“The Intouchables” (France)
“Kon-Tiki” (Norway/U.K./Denmark)
“Rust and Bone” (France)

Best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a motion picture

Amy Adams, “The Master”
Sally Field, “Lincoln”
Anne Hathaway, “Les Misérables”
Helen Hunt, “The Sessions”
Nicole Kidman, “The Paperboy”

Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a motion picture

Leonardo DiCaprio, “Django Unchained”
Alan Arkin, “Argo”
Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”
Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”
Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained”

Best director – motion picture

Ben Affleck, “Argo”
Kathryn Bigelow, “Zero Dark Thirty”
Ang Lee, “Life of Pi”
Steven Spielberg, “Lincoln”
Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained”

Best screenplay – motion picture

Mark Boal, “Zero Dark Thirty”
Tony Kushner, “Lincoln”
David O. Russell, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained”
Chris Terrio, “Argo”

Best original score – motion picture

Mychael Danna, “Life of Pi”
Alexandre Desplat, “Argo”
Dario Marianelli, “Anna Karenina”
Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil, “Cloud Atlas”
John Williams, “Lincoln”

Best original song – motion picture

“For You” (Music by Monty Powell, Keith Urban; Lyrics by Monty Powell, Keith Urban) – “Act of Valor”
“Not Running Anymore” (Music by Jon Bon Jovi; Lyrics by Jon Bon Jovi) – “Stand Up Guys”
“Safe & Sound” (Music by Taylor Swift, John Paul White, Joy Williams, T. Bone Burnett; Lyrics by Taylor Swift, John Paul White, Joy Williams, T. Bone Burnett) – “The Hunger Games”
“Skyfall” (Music by Adele, Paul Epworth; Lyrics by Adele, Paul Epworth) – “Skyfall”
“Suddenly” (Music by Claude-Michel Schonberg; Lyrics by Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schonberg) – “Les Misérables”

Best TV series – drama

“Breaking Bad”
“Boardwalk Empire”
“Downton Abbey: Season 2″
“The Newsroom”

Best performance by an actress in a TV series – drama

Connie Britton, “Nashville”
Glenn Close, “Damages”
Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey: Season 2″
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”

Best performance by an actor in a TV series – drama

Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire”
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Damian Lewis, “Homeland”

Best TV series – comedy or musical

“The Big Bang Theory”
“Modern Family”

Best performance by an actress in a TV series – comedy or musical

Zooey Deschanel, “New Girl”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Lena Dunham, “Girls”
Tina Fey, “30 Rock”
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”

Best performance by an actor in a TV series – comedy or musical

Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
Louis C.K., “Louie”
Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”

Best miniseries or motion picture made for TV

“Game Change”
“The Girl”
“Hatfields & McCoys”
“The Hour”
“Political Animals”

Best performance by an actress in a miniseries or motion picture made for TV

Nicole Kidman, “Hemingway & Gellhorn”
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Asylum”
Sienna Miller, “The Girl”
Julianne Moore, “Game Change”
Sigourney Weaver, “Political Animals”

Best performance by an actor in a miniseries or motion picture made for TV

Kevin Costner, “Hatfields & McCoys”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock (Masterpiece)”
Woody Harrelson, “Game Change”
Toby Jones, “The Girl”
Clive Owen, “Hemingway & Gellhorn”

Best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a series, miniseries or motion picture made for TV

Hayden Panettiere, “Nashville”
Archie Panjabi, “The Good Wife”
Sarah Paulson, “Game Change”
Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey: Season 2″
Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”

Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a series, miniseries or motion picture made for TV

Max Greenfield, “New Girl”
Ed Harris, “Game Change”
Danny Huston, “Magic City”
Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland”
Eric Stonestreet, “Modern Family”

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2013 Golden Globes Nominations Announced

Steven Spielberg’s historical biography “Lincoln,” Quentin Tarantino’s slavery Western “Django Unchained” and Ben Affleck’s political thriller “Argo” scored big at the Golden Globe nominations Thursday morning. Jessica Holmes reports.

globes-picLOS ANGELES — Steven Spielberg’s historical biography “Lincoln,” Quentin Tarantino’s slavery Western “Django Unchained” and Ben Affleck’s political thriller “Argo” scored the lion’s share of Golden Globe nominations Thursday morning.

“Lincoln” earned seven nominations, including best director, best picture and best actor Daniel Day-Lewis.

“Django Unchained,” which opens Christmas Day, earned five nominations from the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., including best director, best picture and two supporting actor nominations for Leonardo DiCaprio and Christoph Waltz.

“Argo” also received five nominations, also including best director, best picture and best supporting actor for Alan Arkin.

LIST: The complete list of nominees

The nominations wrap one of the most closely watched weeks of the awards season, which kicked off Monday with the announcement of nominations for the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, followed by the SAG Award nominations.

The films and performers honored this week gain front-runner status leading up to the Academy Award nominations, which are to be announced Jan. 10.

Other films that performed well were “Les Miserables,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Life of Pi,” and “Zero Dark Thirty,” which all received four nominations each.

Swimming upstream with three nominations Thursday morning was one of the biggest surprises of the award season: “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.”

The quirky romantic comedy was nominated for best comedy or musical picture, and also earned best actor and actress nominations for stars Emily Blunt and Ewan McGregor.

On the TV side of the nominations, HBO’s drama “Game Change” — chronicling Sarah Palin’s 2008 vice presidential run — earned the most nominations with five, including a best actress nod for Julianne Moore.

“Homeland” followed with four nominations and “Downton Abbey,” “Modern Family,” and the TV movie “The Girl” picked up three apiece.

There’s also a suggestion that the love affair with “Mad Men” may be coming to an end.

The AMC period drama that has dominated award shows in recent years was noticeably missing from the best dramatic TV series nominees, although it did pick up a nod for star Jon Hamm.

Earlier this year, the show failed to take home a single Emmy.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. divides its honors between comedy and drama, an opening up of the field that led to nominations for such lighter fare as “Bernie,” “Moonrise Kingdom” and “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.”

Performers who earned Golden Globe nominations Thursday included Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones for “Lincoln,” Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence for “Silver Linings Playbook,” Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway for “Les Miserables” and Jessica Chastain for “Zero Dark Thirty.”

The Golden Globes are to be presented Jan. 13 live on NBC from the Beverly Hilton Hotel, with Amy Poehler and Tina Fey as hosts.

-Los Angeles Times