Jan 14, 2013
By Jane Brown
It’s a film that had its debut here in Toronto. “Argo” was named best film at the Golden Globe Awards last night. The story of the 1980 joint CIA-Canadian secret operation to get six fugitive American diplomatic personnel out of revolutionary Iran made a strong showing at the Beverly Hills ceremony. Ben Affleck was awarded best director, after he was snubbed in the Academy Award nominations for the same category. He was up against a field that included Steven Spielberg for “Lincoln”, Ang Lee for “Life of Pi” and Quentin Tarantino for “Django Unchained”. Affleck was clearly shocked by his win. “These nominees are exceptional talent. I truly to God never thought I would be in the same breath as them. ”
Also winning a lot of attention from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association was “Les Miserables”. It won best comedy or musical and acting awards for Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway.
In the movie drama categories, Oscar front-runner “Lincoln” only received one major Golden Globe for Daniel Day-Lewis’ performance in the title role. Best actress went to Jessica Chastain for “Zero Dark Thirty”.
There was a big win for Canada at the Golden Globes. Toronto composer Mychael Danna took best score for his work on “Life of Pi”. In accepting, he said, “I felt very very blessed even before this. And I speak for the whole cast and crew.” Danna also thanked his friends and family back in Toronto, “and most of all, in a room full of starlets, the most beautiful woman here, my wife Aparna. Thank you for your years of support, patience and love. It gets me through everyday.”
Among the television awards at the Golden Globes, Maggie Smith won for her role of the Dowager Countess in the hit British drama “Downton Abbey” which is seen in Canada on Vision TV. She was not at the ceremonies to accept her award.