Monday, April 22, 2024

Argo Gets Best Picture, Daniel Day Lewis Best Actor, Jessica Chastain Best Actress


The Golden Globes have rolled to an end, with Daniel Day Lewis winning Best Actor for Lincoln, Jessica Chastain is Best Actress for Zero Dark Thirty, and Ben Affleck is Best Director for Argo. Jennifer Lawrence won Best Actress for Silver Linings Playbook (Comedy), and Hugh Jackman won Best Actor for Les Miz (Comedy).

Les Miserables is Best Comedy or Musical, and Best Drama is Argo.

Jodie Foster came out, admitted what everyone in Hollywood and most of the world has known for years- she’s gay. It’s not big deal. But good for her.

I can’t say I’m surprised that Argo won the Golden Globe. First of all, I said right along that both “Lincoln” and “Silver Linings Playbook” were too American for the Golden Globes voters. They don’t care about American history and don’t understand football. On the other hand, they love Ben Affleck and “Les Miserables” is the perfect international movie.

Will this have much effect on the Oscars? No. In fact, the Academy tends to vote against the Globe winners. The real barometer of the Oscars comes on January 27th at the SAG Awards. Whichever movie wins Best Ensemble will take home Best Picture at the Oscars.

But for now, it’s great because the directors of “Argo” and “Les Miz” were shut out of Oscar nominations. However eccentric the Golden Globes voters are doesn’t matter. The wins are psychological boosts and were needed at exactly this moment.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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