Tonight’s Golden Globes telecast continued the entertainment industry’s tradition of heaping praise on its progressive product.
The night’s liberal schmoozing was thick even by Hollywood standards. Lena Dunham, star of the infamous “first time” campaign ad for President Barack Obama, picked up two awards. A guest appearance by former President Bill Clinton to introduce the film “Lincoln” earned a standing ovation. The Sarah Palin hit piece “Game Change” won a bevy of big honors, inspiring star Julianne Moore to use her acceptance speech to thank Katie Couric for being part of the media avalanche against the popular governor.
As for the other major awards, “Argo” auteur Ben Affleck continued to lick his wounds from missing out on a Best Director Oscar nod earlier this week. He picked up Best Director honors, and “Argo” beat “Lincoln” for Best Drama.
Jennifer Lawrence (“Silver Linings Playbook”) and Hugh Jackman (“Les Misérables”) won acting awards in the musical/comedy category, while Daniel Day-Lewis (“Lincoln”) and Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty”) were recognized for dramatic acting performances.
Golden Globes co-hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, taking over for Ricky Gervais, let loose with a few quality zingers. Presenter Sacha Baron Cohen took up Gervais’ mean-spirited posture, lobbing insults at Gerard Depardieu’s weight and fellow “Les Misérables” star Russell Crowe’s singing voice.
The most personal, and puzzling, moment of the telecast came with actress/director Jodie Foster accepted a lifetime achievement award. Her acceptance speech turned into a quasi-sexual confession, as the Oscar winner told the crowd she already came out “in the stone age” but still wanted to maintain a modicum of privacy.