Argo beats Lincoln for Best Picture, Jodie Foster makes surprise announcement.
The first major awards show of the season is officially over, and some of the best and brightest from movies and television are celebrating their wins.
Don Cheadle scored a surprise win for Best Actor in a TV Comedy Series for House of Lies, beating out 30 Rock's Alec Baldwin and Louie's Louis C.K. Django Unchained scored the win for Best Screenplay, leaving Quentin Tarantino visibly surprised. "Wow, I wasn't expecting this," the bold and controversial director said sincerely. "I'm happy to be surprised."
The night's most nominated film, Lincoln, was largely shut out from its seven nominations but did score a win for lead actor Daniel Day-Lewis, whose portrayal of the 16th president beat out Denzel Washington's turn as an alcoholic pilot in Flight.
Steven Spielberg's biopic also got a boost from former president Bill Clinton, who introduced the film. Clinton's appearance remained a well-kept secret and the audience of Hollywood luminaries were clearly shocked by his presence. "That was Hillary Clinton's husband!" exclaimed host Amy Poehler, "That was exciting!"
Homeland swept on the television front, scoring a Best Actress win for lead Claire Danes, Best Actor for Damian Lewis and Best Television Series – Drama. It's the second year of awards sweeps for the Showtime drama, which President Barack Obama acknowledged is one of his favorite shows.
Other highlights of the telecast include Jennifer Lopez and boyfriend Casper Smart's standing ovation for Ben Affleck's win for Best Director. The Argo director and Lopez infamously dated several years ago and have remained on friendly terms. Halle Berry presented the award to the A-lister, who was controversially shut out from an Oscar nomination for his critically-acclaimed film. Argo also scored a victory by winning Best Picture – Drama, beating Oscar nominee Lincoln.
Django stars Kerry Washington and Jamie Foxx also presented awards, though they were not acknowledged for their performances.
But the most memorable moment of the night was Jodie Foster's surprising, and seemingly unplanned, speech about her sexuality. "I just have the sudden urge to say something I've never been able to say in public," Foster began. "I am...single," she joked, before she — sort of — came out. ”I already did my coming out about a thousand years ago, back in the Stone Age. In those very quaint days when a fragile young girl would open up to trusted friends and family, coworkers and then gradually, proudly, to everyone who knew her. To everyone she actually met."
After commenting on the media pressure to make big announcements about private matters, she added, “If you had been a public figure since the time you were a toddler, if you had to fight for a life that felt real and honest and normal against all odds, then maybe you too would value privacy above all else."
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