Jennifer Lawrence beat veterans like Meryl Streep and Judi Dench to win the best actress trophy in the musical or comedy category for “Silver Linings Playbook” while Hugh Jackman won the best actor trophy for his role of Jean Valjean in “Les Miserables”.
The best supporting actress honour went to Anne Hathaway for her portrayal of a dying prostitute, Fantine, in “Les Miserables” while Christoph Waltz won the supporting actor trophy for his role as Dr King Schultz in slave-revenge drama “Django Unchained”.
Jackman piped Jack Black for “Bernie”, Bradley Cooper for “Silver Linings Playbook”, Ewan McGregor for “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” and Bill Murray for “Hyde Park on Hudson”.
Lawrence, 22, was one of the early winners in the Best Performance in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy category.
Others vying for the trophy in the list were Emily Blunt for “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”, Judi Dench for “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”, Maggie Smith for “Quartet” and Meryl Streep for “Hope Springs”.
Lawrence played a troubled widow opposite Bradley Cooper in “Silver Linings Playbook”, which also starred Indian actor Anupam Kher in a key role. She is also in the race for the best actress trophy at the Oscars on February 24 for the David O Russell directed movie.
“What does this say? I beat Meryl,” Lawrence joked as she picked up her award.
Hathaway, who starved herself to play the role of the doomed single mother in Tom Hooper’s musical, gushed, “Thank you for this lovely blunt object that I will forever more use as a weapon against self-doubt,” Hathaway said.
Ben Affleck may have failed to get an Oscar nomination in the directing category but he won the best director Golden Globe for “Argo”, his film on Iranian hostage drama of US diplomats in 1979.
The young director beat out competition from Steven Spielberg civil war story “Lincoln”, Ang Lee’s India-centric film “Life Of Pi”, Kathryn Bigelow’s Osama bin Laden movie “Zero Dark Thirty”, and Quentin Tarantino’s quirky slavery-revenge saga “Django Unchained”.
Affleck, who played real-life CIA agent Tony Mendez in the film, paid tribute to real-life heroes.
“Really this award is about Tony Mendez. You saw him.
“He’s an American hero. He represents the (US) foreign service making sacrifices every day for Americans. Our troops overseas. I want to thank them very much,” Affleck said.
Tarantino beat “Argo” to win the best screenplay Golden Globe for “Django”. The other nominees were – Tony Kushner “Lincoln”, Russell “Silver Linings Playbook“and Mark Boal “Zero Dark Thirty”.
Austria’s “Amour” won the Golden Globe for best foreign language film beating competition from “Rust and Bone”, “The Intouchables”, “A Royal Affair” and “Kon-Tiki”. The Michael Haneke directed film is also a strong contender at Oscars.
Best Animated Feature Film Globe went to “Brave”. The other nominees in the category were “Frankenweenie”, “Hotel Transylvania”, “Rise of the Guardians”, “Wreck-It Ralph“.
In the television category “Homeland” won the best series Golden Globe in the drama category while “Girls” won in the musical or drama category.
“Homeland” was also a winner in the best actor and actress category with the awards going to Damian Lewis in the drama for his role as Nicholas Brody and for Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison.
The television award for best performance in a television series – musical or comedy went to actor Don Cheadle for “House of Lies” and Lena Dunham for “Girls”.
“Game Change” won Best Miniseries. Supporting performance in series, miniseries, or television film went to British actress Maggie Smith for her role as Dowager Countess of Grantham in “Downton Abbey” and Ed Harris for “Game Change”.
Best Performance in a Miniseries or Television Film went to actress Julianne Moore for her knock-out performance as Sarah Palin in “Game Change”. Kevin Costner won the best actor nod in the same category for “Hatfields & McCoys”.