Golden Globes 2013 winners: Ben Affleck's 'Argo', 'Les Miz' win big

Gloden Globes 2013: Adele, "Homeland," Christoph Waltz take early awards. (AFP)

Iran hostage drama "Argo" and musical "Les Miserables" were the big winners at the Golden Globes on Sunday, while presumed front-runner "Lincoln" received just one trophy.

Producer and director Ben Affleck (L) poses with "Argo" producers Grant Heslov (C) and George Clooney after Affleck won Best Director and "Argo" won the award for Best Motion Picture Drama at the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 13, 2013. (REUTERS)

Actor-director Ben Affleck, winner of Best Director of a Motion Picture for "Argo," poses in the press room during the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 13, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (AFP/GETTY)

"Argo" won the top prize, best dramatic movie, and Ben Affleck was named best director for the film, three days after he failed to get an Oscar nomination in the same category. 

Daniel Day-Lewis won the award for best actor in a drama for his performance in "Lincoln," Steven Spielberg's film about President Abraham Lincoln's battle to end slavery. It was the only win for the movie, which received seven Golden Globe nominations.

The cast of "Les Miserables" (From L:) Helena Bonham Carter, Sasha Baron Cohen, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman, celebrate their win for Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical backstage at the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, January 13, 2013.  (REUTERS)

"Les Miserables," the big screen version of the hit stage show about French revolutionaries, won three Golden Globes - best comedy or musical, and acting honors for Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman.

Jessica Chastain won for her role as a young female CIA agent who tracks down Osama bin Laden in thriller "Zero Dark Thirty'.

Actress Jessica Chastain poses with Best Actress in a Drama Award in the press room during the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 13, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (AFP)

In the best comedy or musical category, Jennifer  Lawrence won best actress for "Silver Linings Playbook."

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton caused jaws to drop and got a standing ovation from the A-list Hollywood stars when he appeared to introduce clips from "Lincoln."

The Golden Globes, handed out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), has become the entertainment industry's second-biggest awards show after February's Oscars, or Academy Awards.

The HFPA showed off its maverick side when it gave its screenplay award to Tarantino, rather than the screenwriters of "Lincoln" or Osama bin Laden thriller "Zero Dark Thirty."

"Wow! ... This is a damn surprise, and I am happy to be surprised," Tarantino said, accepting his award.

Austrian actor Christoph Waltz, who plays a dentist-turned-bounty hunter in "Django," took home the best supporting actor trophy.

Comedians Poehler and Tina Fey, hosting the Globes for the first time, scattered jokes about some of the top Hollywood stars in the audience, with impersonations of Johnny Depp and Julianne Moore.

Jodie Foster, 50, who won Oscars for "Silence of the Lambs" and "The Accused" was given a lifetime achievement award, and publicly acknowledged that she is gay.

Foster said she had been upfront about her sexual orientation for years to friends and co-workers, but had never felt the need to bare her soul in public.

Actor Hugh Jackman poses with Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy Award in the press room during the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 13, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (AFP)

Unlike the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes also honor television dramas and comedies.

On Sunday they chose Showtime terrorism thriller "Homeland" as best drama series, and the show's Damian Lewis and Claire Danes as best actor and actress.

"Girls" won best comedy series and Lena Dunham, its star and creator, won best comedy actress. Don Cheadle was named best actor in a comedy series for playing a devious management consultant in "House of Lies."

HBO's drama "Game Change" about Sarah Palin's 2008 run for U.S. vice president won best TV film, while Moore won for her portrayal of the polarizing former Alaska governor, and Ed Harris won for his portrayal of Republican presidential contender John McCain.

As expected, Anne Hathaway won Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for her portrayal of Fantine, an ill-fated factory worker forced into a life of prostitution, in "Les Misérables." "Thank you for this lovely blunt object that I will forever more use as a weapon against self-doubt," she said to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which administers the Golden Globe awards.

Quentin Tarantino, winner of Best Screenplay - Motion Picture, for "Django Unchained" on stage at the Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 13, 2013, in this picture provided by NBC. (REUTERS)

Quentin Tarantino was an upset winner for Best Screenplay, a category many assumed would yield an Oscar-foreshadowing victory for "Lincoln" screenwriter Tony Kushner. "This is a damn surprise, and I'm happy to be surprised!" Tarantino exclaimed as he claimed his trophy.

In the TV categories, the HBO miniseries "Game Change" and the Showtime series "Homeland" led the field with five and four nominations, respectively. "Homeland" won Best TV Series, Drama, for the second year in a row, beating out "Breaking Bad," "Boardwalk Empire," Downton Abbey" and "The Newsroom." "Maybe, maybe we just didn't screw it up," series co-creator Alex Gansa said, referring to claims that the show jumped the shark during its second season. And "Homeland" star Damian Lewis won the award for Best Actor, TV Series, Drama, on a day when rumors of his possible departure from the show swirled.

"Game Change," written by Danny Strong and starring Julianne Moore as vice-presidential hopeful Sarah Palin, racked up a string of awards, collecting victories for Best Miniseries or TV Movie as well as Best Actress in a TV Movie or Miniseries, for Moore, and Best Supporting Actor, for Ed Harris. "This was one of my favorite jobs, ever," Moore said of portraying Palin in the often scathing TV movie. (For complete coverage of TV winners, visit HuffPost TV.)

Christoph Waltz was the evening's first winner, taking home Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for his portrayal of a bounty hunter in Tarantino's "Django Unchained." And Dame Maggie Smith won Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for her role as the Dowager Countess in "Downton Abbey." Don Cheadle was a surprise winner in the Best Actor, Comedy or Musical category, beating out Alec Baldwin, Louis C.K. and Jim Parsons on the strength of his work on Showtime's little-seen "House of Lies."

Adele accepted the award for Best Original Song on behalf of her James Bond theme, "Skyfall," and tipped her hand to the evening's festive atmosphere. "We've been pissing ourselves laughing," she said.

The Golden Globes awards ceremony takes place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, its home since 1961. The awards are bestowed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a group of mostly freelance journalists that was founded during World War II. More information about the organization can be found here.

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