January 13, 2013 6:11pm PT by Borys Kit , Michael O'Connell, Sophie Schillaci
Golden Globes 2013: The Winners' Reactions
Winners for the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards were announced Sunday evening at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
PHOTOS: Complete Golden Globes Winners List
Best motion picture, drama, and best director, Argo: Ben Affleck had his game face on as the filmmaker, who had won best director and his film best picture, found himself, time after time in the backstage press room, asked how he felt being snubbed by the Oscar in the directing category. Affleck, standing with Argo producers George Clooney and Grant Heslov, gave the usual platitudes. Variations of “tonight is purely wonderful.” “If you can’t be happy with a best picture nomination, your figure prospects are pretty dim.” Part of the interest is that the Academy rarely honors a film with best picture if there isn’t a best director to go along with that. It was Clooney who finally cracked -- a little -- admitting less-than-stellar feelings on the snub. “I’m disappointed … he should have been nominated,” Clooney said, adding that it's hard to figure out what the Academy does sometimes. He said the Argo makers talked about the snub the next day and figured to look on the positives: The film received seven nominations and is winning other awards, meaning the movie is still in the race. “It’s disappointing, but we’re not dead yet,” Clooney said. The trio was later joined by castmembers including Alan Arkin, John Goodman and Bryan Cranston as well as composer Alexandre Desplat and Tony Mendez, the real-life CIA agent who ran the Argo affair. Clooney also praised Affleck for his instincts, which will ensure the man works for a long time. Her pointed out that Affleck was in actor jail before turning to filmmaking. “It’s how you handle yourself when (in a bad spot) that creates a career and not just a great run,” Cloone remarked. “He directed his way out.” Affleck, meanwhile, talked of how All the President’s Men was an inspiration for the film, informing the Washington D.C. segments, and said one the most important things he learned over the years is to wisely pick your collaborators. “Work with people who make you better,” he said. “And I did that on this movie.”
Best comedy or musical, Les Miserables: "The idea that singing and dance is not masculine is the craziest thing I've ever heard." Those were Hugh Jackman's strong words for one reporter, inquiring whether the actor's friends back home ever poke fun at him for singing and dancing "in tights" on film. "50 years ago, if you couldn't sing and dance you basically were never going to get a girl." Just moments earlier, director Tom Hooper interrupted a story Jackman was telling about going without water for 42 hours in order to appear emaciated on film. "Any suggestion Hugh is making that he was grumpy is a complete lie," zinged Hooper. Between declarations of love for the music, for Anne Hathaway's rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream" and for the audiences that are shelling out millions of dollars to see the film in theaters, the cast kept the mood light backstage at Sunday's Globes with sarcasm and a bit of banter. "Only one man proved himself not to have the vocal stamina to do the entire part, ladies and gentlemen, Sacha Baron Cohen," cracked Hooper at the expense of his actor, fielding a question about temporarily shutting down production due to Cohen's failing vocals. Hathaway and on-screen daughter Amanda Seyfried told fashion reporters that they designed each other's respective dresses and for good measure, Hathaway added: "I painted her nails."
Jodie Foster, Cecile B DeMille Award: The actress drew a visible, emotional reaction from many colleagues and cohorts in the auditorium (including a wide-eyed stare, immortalized by television cameras, from longtime friend Mel Gibson). Backstage, Foster was equally thoughtful and well-spoken as she fielded questions from reporters. "My work has evolved," she said of gravitating towards directing in recent years after a long and storied career as an actress. "Hopefully I'll be doing different things than I did when I was 3 years old and 6 years old and 20 years old." As a child of show business, Foster recalled being told by her mother (whom she graciously addressed in her acceptance speech) at a young age that her acting career would be done by 18, and then, by 40. "I never thought this was what I would do, but I realize that I get to exercise so many other aspects. Literature, psychology, philosophy," she said, referencing the film industry. "It has the depth that you bring to it and i didn't realize that when I was little, but now I do."
Jessica Chastain, best actress in a motion picture, drama, Zero Dark Thirty: Chastain says she sees her career as a marathon, not a race. “I want to be working when I'm 80 years old. I look at Vanessa Redgrave and I think, ‘Wow what an amazing woman.’” She said she had no interest in meeting Maya, the CIA analyst she portrays in the movie, because it would be illegal, but offered some thoughts into what she thought the woman is like. “For me, Maya is like a computer. She's the smartest person in the room; she probably always was the smartest person in the room even when she was a little girl. What does that mean? She's probably not the most fun person to be around. She has difficulty making friends because there is this single-mindedness to her drive. “
Daniel Day-Lewis, best actor in a motion picture, drama, Lincoln: Before winning the Globe on Sunday, Day-Lewis famously turned down the role of Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's film. "Fear was something that I certainly was aware of," Lewis told reporters, explaining that he was at first terrified of damaging the legacy of the "greatest president" in the history of the U.S. "I suppose the thing is that it's the work that takes over. Once that decision seems to make itself, which if you're lucky, it does at some point, the curiosity and the work takes over." And aside from bringing home some new hardware after the ceremony, Lewis will take with him the memory of speaking with Bill Clinton backstage. "I was very honored to have a conversation with him afterwards and to hear his thoughts about the man about his achievements," said Lewis. "What an incredible privilege."
Christoph Waltz, best supporting actor in a motion picture, Django Unchained: Waltz said he was not surprised by any controversies surrounding Django Unchained, given its subject matter, specifically that of slavery. “It should be controversial if you make a movie about a story against the backdrop of slavery,” he said. “You better be prepared for a controversial discussion. I wish more movies gave us an opportunity to talk about subjects that matter to us today.” He added that he learned quite a bit about slavery during his preparation for his part of the bounty hunter who trains slave Jamie Foxx -- but his biggest surprise was slavery’s current state. “This problem, and it should be called a problem, is still somewhat alive of the minds and hearts of America. I thought it was it was as much a historical fact as it was for me.”
The cast and crew of Game Change, winner of best TV movie or miniseries: "This is what my friends and I talk about all of the time," said director and EP Jay Roach of the political thread through Game Change and 2008's Recount. "It's a constant source of anxiety for me. These films are about exploring those questions." Roach added that his next HBO collaboration with writer Danny Strong and EP Gary Goetzman would come when Game Change book writers Mark Halperin and John Heilemann finished their next work. Roach also paid special compliment to lead Julianne Moore, who played Sarah Palin. "[Her] commitment to getting it right... I've never seen anyone work as hard," he said. "I've never shared or collaborated with someone who was so committed to getting it right. We could have imagined making this film with anyone else."
Julianne Moore, best actress in a TV movie or miniseries, Game Change: "I was actually glad I got a chance to mention her in my speech tonight," Moore said of Golden Globes host Tina Fey, the first actress to famously lampoon Sarah Palin. "What she and Katie Couric did in their industries that year was incredible." Speaking to the controversy of playing a living celebrity with quite a few plans, Moore was quick to point out the movie was not about Palin. "In no way was this a biopic or a character assassination. This was about our political process. The conclusion that I drew was that she was simply unprepared for the vice presidency. I don't know why I said yes, maybe it was vanity. But the great thing was the tremendous amount of support I had."
The cast and crew of Homeland, best TV drama: Talking about the night's other terrorist-related work, Zero Dark Thirty, the Homeland team admitted that their treatment of secret ops has yet to draw any ire or scrutiny from the government. "We haven't actually heard from our agency consultants after we blew up the agency ant the end of last season... they've been Zero Dark Thirty," said EP and showrunner Alex Gansa. "We have not been in trouble, but we have not addressed the torture issue either."
Damian Lewis, best actor in a TV drama, Homeland: Briefly appearing backstage, the Showtime star spoke of one of his favorite scenes of the past season. "It actually was a gift," Lewis said of the show's grueling episode, which saw hid character take a knife through the hand. " Lesli Linka Glatter, the director, she allowed us to run like a piece of theater -- and coming from the theater, that is the most productive way to work. We were running multiple takes with multiple actors. We were running takes that were lasting 20 minutes long. That's probably why it came out as richly as it did."
Jennifer Lawrence, best actress in a motion picture, comedy, Silver Linings Playbook: In Silver Linings Playbook, Bradley Cooper’s character goes aggressively berserk when he hears "My Cherie Amour." Lawrence revealed that the song that sets her of is The Door’s "Light My Fire." It dates back to a tennis match she was playing -- and losing -- and she admitted she threw a tantrum. “Every time I hear that songs I want to throw a tennis racket,” she said. Lawrence, new to the awards circuit, was a bit discombobulated in the backstage press room, shoved onto a stage without much instruction. “What do I do?” she asked, looking around. She quickly got the hang of it and answered questions, thoughtful and silly, like a seasoned vet. She admitted that she though about the Oscars during the making of the movie, but only in terms of her co-stars, not herself. Even now, thinking about that gold statuette makes her nervous. “Me and the Oscars together gives me a lot of anxiety.” One journalist asked her what she thought of critics who initially said she was too young for the part. “I was too young for the part,” she admitted. “But I guess we turned that around. Fixed it in post, as they say.”
Claire Danes, best actress in a TV drama, Homeland: Danes, no stranger to the Globes press room after wins the last two years for Homeland and Temple Grandin (2011), brought up her first Globes when she came backstage: a win for My So-Called Life in 1995. "Do you know what's funny? I remember it vividly," she said. "I was so green at that point, I didn't know what the Golden Globes were. I remember when we arrived, seeing Quentin Tarantino talking to David Hasselhoff. Funnily enough, the first person I see when I come backstage is Quentin Tarantino, and I just got to tell him that story."
Adele, best original song, Skyfall: The first question Adele fielded backstage at the Golden Globes following her best original song win for Skyfall: Would she ever be a Bond girl? Laughing hysterically, the outspoken Brit was quick with a "No!" As for Bond, himself, Adele had nothing but praise for Daniel Craig. "Pierce Brosnan was my first Bond, but Daniel Craig will be my Bond forever," she gushed. The publicity-shy songstress, politely declining to reveal her newborn son's name, appeared light-hearted and thrilled to be spending a Hollywood night out. "I feel a little bit overexcited," she confessed. "It's absolutely amazing [to be here]. It's very surreal and quite hilarious because it's not my field." And while Adele has garnered countless accolades for her latest album, 21, she may need to find a new source of inspiration for her next project. "My inspiration usually comes from heartbreak, but I don't think I'm ever going to be devastated anymore," she said with a smile.
Mychel Danna, best original score, Life of Pi: Danna, shares a common thread with Life of Pi director Ang Lee. "I think he is the master of subtlety, and wants emotion to be built up and be held and held, and then at certain very key moments released, and I think that's something musically that I've also worked on. That sense of holding back emotion that becomes submerged and then released at the right moment." Danna, a fan of the book, also told reporters that he spent more than one year on the score. "I felt really obligated to bring that essence to life and not shortchange the magic of the book and to recapture how I felt when i read the book."
Lena Dunham, best actress in a TV comedy and best TV comedy, Girls: "I think that when you get criticism, you have to be elegant about it and appreciate it," Dunham said of her HBO comedy's divided viewers. "It's part of the gift of getting to put your work out there in the world. I'm sure people don't like the show for a lot of reasons." On the subject of bringing her series to the small screen, the indie filmmaker echoed the words of one of the night's earlier winners. "I realized very quickly through talking to a variety of people that cable television was the only place that was going to get to tell the stories that I wanted to," she said. "Claire Danes put it beautifully. I'm just really lucky to be working in this medium, with these people, right now."
Judd Apatow, EP of best TV comedy, Girls: "I don't think she's the voice of any generation, but I think she has a very strong voice," said the EP of star Lena Dunham -- an the words her character uttered in the series' pilot. "The world is too diverse for there to be one voice."
Mark Andrews, best animated move, Brave: Andrews doesn't view growing up as a "trap," but as a "necessity." "I am still 12 years old and 16 years old sometimes inside," he said. "You change from being adolescents to an adult, but only on the outside." As his film earned the Golden Globe for best animated feature Sunday night, Andrews recalled creating his heroine and revealed that she could have, in fact, been a hero instead. "When we're telling stories and we're making up characters, it doesn't start with who they are on the outside," he told reporters backstage. "At the heart of this character is this person's independence. Their fiery nature, their journey to explore what else is out there, to stand up for their own. That goes without gender." Adding: "She's a female, she's a princess, that goes on top."
Michael Haneken, best foreign language film, Amour: On the global success of his film Amour, Michael Haneken said that the story is relatable to anyone and everyone. "It's a universal theme," he said. "I do believe that everybody on Earth who has experienced this kind of dilemma or trauma in his own family or friends or whatever." The Austria-native, asked how he would celebrate his Sunday night win, said he planned to "follow the advice of Michel Parker from Sony because I really have no idea where to go here and he does."
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