The award night is seen as a big clue as to what way the Oscars are likely to go especially with the major movie and acting awards.
The UK did well last night with a number of the big awards going our way, a fact that bodes well for the Oscars next month. Amongst the many UK winners was Adele whose theme song for the Bond movie Skyfall won her and co-writer Paul Epworth the award for Best Original Song. Adele said whilst accepting her award: ‘It’s very strange to be here and thank you so much for letting me be part of your world for a night. It’s amazing.
Another UK winner was Dame Maggie Smith who won the award for Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries for her role as Violet Crawley in ITV’s hit tv show Downton Abbey. She had also been up for the Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical but in the end this went to Jennifer Lawrence for the part of Tiffany in Silver Linings Playbook.
One UK award winner that came as no surprise to anyone was Damien Lewis who picked up a Best Actor in a Drama Series gong for his role of Nicholas Brody in the Showtime tv series Homeland. The series is famously known as President Obama’s favourite tv programme and he has admitted to sending his wife and children out so he can concentrate on the show properly. Homeland also won the Golden Globe for Best Television Drama beating Downton Abbey to the prize.
The only UK win that was even more nailed on was Daniel Day-Lewis, who took the Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama award for his role as Lincoln in the movie of the same name. Day-Lewis is already on very short odds with regard to Oscar honours for the role. Lincoln also took home what was arguably the biggest prize of the night, that of Best Movie Drama. This award was presented by former President Bill Clinton, who was greeted with a standing ovation by the audience last night.
Other UK linked successes were the 3 awards picked up by the movie Les Miserables which was directed by Brit Tom Hooper. The movie took the awards for Best Musical or Comedy Film beating the strongly tipped Silver Linings Playbook and also Uk movie The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
Les Miserables also took home the Best Actor and Actress categories with wins for Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway. Anne had to suffer the embarrassment of Sacha Baron Cohen referring to her wardrobe malfunction whilst he presented the Best Animated Feature Film award. With his usual less than subtle delivery he said: “Enough of me pulling back the curtain on Hollywood – and I am not referring to Anne Hathaway’s up-skirt shot.”
With regards to the night’s fashion wins, those who impressed most on the night included Jennifer Garner whose red Vivienne Westwood gown almost showed off more than it should have done as it started to slip down showing rather more cleavage than was planned. Jennifer had a great evening as husband Ben Affleck won the Best Director award for his movie Argo, a thriller about the rescue of 6 diplomats from Iran during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. Affleck gave a moving tribute to his wife whilst accepting the award saying: ‘I want to thank my wife, who is the reason why I’m standing here.
‘I adore you. I love you so much. Thanks for sitting through this. You are my everything. Thank you.’
Other hits on the night included Megan Fox in a nude Dolce & Gabbana gown which she matched with a Salvatore Ferragamo clutch bag and a pair of Jimmy Choos.
One of the nights most popular colours proved to be red with several stars including new mother Claire Danes in a red Versace number and Zooey Deschanel wearing a red Oscar de la Renta gown. As you would expect at a red carpet event several stars opted for a safe black number including Sofia Vergara, Rachel Weisz, Stacy Keibler and Eva Longoria.
One of the evenings most talked about speeches came from Jodie Foster who was presented with the Cecil B DeMille award for lifetime achievement. In a long and at times rambling acceptance speech Jodie talked about the oft hinted at topic of her sexuality and managed to let everyone know she was proud to be a lesbian without actually using any of those words.
Here is a list of the winners and the other nominees in some of the major categories:
Life of Pi
Zero Dark Thirty
WINNER: Ben Affleck (Argo)
Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty)
Ang Lee (Life of Pi)
Steven Spielberg (Lincoln)
Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained)
Best Comedy or Musical
WINNER: Les Miserables
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Silver Linings Playbook
Best Actor in a Drama
WINNER: Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
Richard Gere (Arbitrage)
John Hawkes (The Sessions)
Joaquin Phoenix (The Master)
Denzel Washington (Flight)
Best Actress in a Drama
WINNER: Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty)
Marion Cotillard (Rust and Bone)
Helen Mirren (Hitchcock)
Naomi Watts (The Impossible)
Rachel Weisz (The Deep Blue Sea)
Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical
WINNER: Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables)
Jack Black (Bernie)
Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook)
Bill Murray (Hyde Park on Hudson)
Ewan MacGregor (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen)
Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical
WINNER: Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)
Emily Blunt (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen)
Judi Dench (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel)
Maggie Smith (Quartet)
Meryl Streep (Hope Springs)