BILL ZWECKER: Globe voters love ‘Argo,’ Adele and all that ‘Django’
By Bill Zwecker January 13, 2013 10:36PM
70th Annual Golden Globe Awards - Show
Updated: February 15, 2013 6:26AM
From the very start of the Golden Globe Awards Sunday night, it was clear the upcoming — far more important — Academy Awards are likely going to provide more surprises than usual.
While the buzz for Tommy Lee Jones as best supporting actor has been very strong, the Hollywood Foreign Press voters went with Austrian star Christoph Waltz — like Jones, a previous Globe and Oscar winner.
A major Hollywood Foreign Press insider, reached Sunday night, texted a possible reason for for the actor from Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained”: “The HFPA LOVES Christoph. Tommy Lee Jones doesn’t court them, as he doesn’t court anyone in the press — foreign or domestic.”
The source added, “The Hollywood Foreign Press has been in love with Christoph — even before the rest of America discovered him in ‘Inglorious Basterds.’ ”
A second text added, “The HFPA also loves Tarantino, so that was a factor.”
Considering Waltz was also competing with his “Django Unchained” co-star Leonardo DiCaprio, a second source added, “Waltz’s win is all the more amazing, since you generally would think they would split the pro-‘Django’ vote.
“Of course, considering you have something like 80 voters in the Hollywood Foreign Press, all it takes is one or two votes.”
† The affection the Hollywood Foreign Press has for Tarantino was proven when voters gave him the screenplay award at the Globes. “Quentin’s win tonight means a lot of Oscar voters are going to go back and read his screenplay — giving him a better chance at winning the original screenplay Oscar,” said a longtime Academy member.
LOOKING TO OSCARS: The Golden Globes are always looked at as a precursor to the Academy Awards — and the win by “Les Miserables” in the musical/comedy category certainly gives it a major boost in its Oscar race for best picture. The same goes for Hugh Jackman, now seen as the leading competition for Daniel Day-Lewis’ “Lincoln.”
However, considering that “Argo” and Day-Lewis won drama categories at the Globes, it’s clear this is a true horse race for the Oscars, since both films and actors will be competing in the same category.
“Clinton’s enthusiastic support for the film gives Steven a huge boost for the Oscars,” texted one of the biggest producers in Hollywood not affiliated with either Spielberg or “Lincoln.”“Hollywood — and Oscar voters
in particular — adore the Clintons, both Bill and Hillary, and his appearance at the Globes to support “Lincoln” will definitely have an impact. … when the voting is expected to be very close,” added a second observer, on the scene at the Beverly Hilton.
However, the HFPA honored only Day-Lewis from that film. Said one observer, “They, the Hollywood Foreign Press, are much more into international stories. ... Hence the spotlight — and Globes — for ‘Argo.’ ”
HANGING OUT: Reportedly, the seating of Robert Downey Jr. and Mel Gibson at the same table was not an accident. “At a party where an enormous amount of drinking takes place, it’s good to have a couple of guys sitting together to support each other in their sobriety,” said a veteran Hollywood publicist.
Both were at Jodie Foster’s table — as Downey was there to present her with the Cecil B. DeMille Career Achievement Award.
Sources at the Globes were unanimous in reporting the room was overwhelmed by Foster’s not-so-subtle “outing” of herself in her deeply moving speech. While Foster stressed she remained committed to the right to privacy — even for entertainers in the public eye — no one listening could not understand she was revealing she was a lesbian.
† Tarantino certainly had NO complaints about his seating arrangements at the Globes — at a table adjacent to Sofia Vergara’s. “Now that’s the best view in the room,” Tarantino was overheard saying with a big smile — looking directly at the “Modern Family” actress’ backside.
† One observation from inside the inner circle at the Globes: “It was hilarious watching Dax Shepard, who was seated directly behind Daniel Day-Lewis. The whole night he had this ‘OMG! What the [expletive] am I doing sitting next to the greatest living actor on the planet?’ … It was a riot watching his expression!”
SOUR NOTE? While the ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel exploded with cheers when Adele’s name was called out by Jennifer Lopez and Jason Stratham for co-writing and performing the best song “Skyfall” in the most recent James Bond film, several close observers noted Taylor Swift didn’t look too happy.
While Swift herself was nominated in that category for “Safe & Sound” from “The Hunger Games,” one BZ spy sitting near the singer zinged, “Taylor looked stunned for a second. You could tell she was about to jump up — thinking her name was about to be called. … And then she had this frozen smile on her face as she applauded Adele. But her eyes were definitely NOT smiling.”
According to several others in the room, Adele’s win was the least surprising win of the night. “It would have been a shock if Adele HADN’T won,” emailed one source. “Taylor should have known that.”
FUNNY LINE: As he walked across the ballroom at the Golden Globes, Jay Leno quipped, “You know this is quite the party when I’m the least famous person here!
But as far as being a presenter at the Globes, Leno had his doubts. “What? Getting up in front of a bunch of rich people who are eating and more interested in talking to the other rich famous people in the room. That’s not exactly the best comedy crowd in the world,” Leno quipped.
DEEPLY TOUCHED: “I have to go find her, to thank her,” Sally Field was heard saying after she was moved to tears by Anne Hathaway’s emotional tribute to Field for being in the forefront of actresses breaking Hollywood stereotypes. The “Les Miserables” winner compared her “Princess Diaries” films (which easily could have stereotyped her) to Field’s “The Flying Nun” — which didn’t prevent her going on to winning two Oscars, so far.
Of course, the two actresses are both up for Academy Awards in the supporting category.
WARMING UP: The first thing Jennifer Lawrence did when she entered the Golden Globes ballroom — shivering from the cold red carpet outside — was beg, “Please! Get me a coat!” That took no time at all — with about three or four coats suddenly materializing to slip over the actress’ shoulders.
Of course, she quickly slipped it off in time to run up to the stage to accept her Golden Globe for best actress in a musical or comedy for “Silver Linings Playbook.”
LET’S DO LUNCH: While it often appears the stars and major filmmakers like Spielberg, Tarantino and Affleck are engaged in deep conversation at the Golden Globes — especially as the cameras catch them after commercial breaks — it’s not like “you’re watching deals being done here,” said a veteran producer Sunday night.
“But it’s a great place to make a date to make a deal. Someone like a Spielberg or Tarantino may be working on something and suddenly see an actor or actress and think – ‘Oh, my God! He or she would be perfect to play that arrogant, deceptive CEO.’ ”