Foster, accepting a Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award at the ripe old age of 50, gave a rambling but heartfelt acceptance speech about everything under the sun: being in show business all her life, guarding her privacy, being a mother, being a daughter. It was very moving — and utterly baffling. It will take many days for a full exegesis of the text, so everyone get to work on that.
Oh, and the awards? Big wins in the film categories went to “Argo” for best picture (drama) and to Daniel Day-Lewis for his portrayal of the 16th president in “Lincoln.” Also, a few awards for (hold your applause, haters) “Les Miserables” for best picture (musical/comedy) and acting awards to its stars Hugh Jackman (best actor) and Anne Hathaway (best supporting actress). Ben Affleck won for directing “Argo”; Quentin Tarantino got the screenwriting award for “Django Unchained”; Jessica Chastain won a best actress (drama) prize for “Zero Dark Thirty.”
Amid all the Golden Globes’s noisy chatter, bungled cues and awkward technical glitches (real-life “Argo” agent Tony Mendez couldn’t be heard during his moment onstage) that have come to define this opening rite of the awards season, Fey and Poehler administered the requisite stage slaps at Hollywood with fairly tame jokes that came at completely affordable expense to James Cameron and James Franco, as well as Meryl Streep, who, Poehler said, “is not here tonight. She has the flu — I hear she’s amaaaaayzing in it.”
And, of course, there was a joke about the host of the previous three Golden Globes, Ricky Gervais, who “could not be here tonight because he is no longer technically in show business,” Fey said.
“We have no intention of being edgy or offensive tonight,” Poehler added, “because, as Ricky learned the hard way, when you run afoul of the Hollywood Foreign Press [Association], they make you host [the Golden Globes] two more times.”
Perish the thought, ladies. You’ve done your duty.
In television categories, winners included the stars and makers of Showtime’s hit “Homeland,” which, in an echo of the Emmys, won best drama, as well as best actor (Damian Lewis) and actress (Claire Danes). Yes, even with all that implausible nonsense fans suffered near the end of Season 2. Go figure.
HBO’s uncomfy but often brilliant show “Girls” won best TV comedy (because sometimes “Girls” is funny). Its creator/writer/star, Lena Dunham, also won a best-actress prize. “It took a village to raise this very demented child,” Dunham said, about herself. (Or about her show?) That upbringing seems unfinished; Dunham, in a charming way, is a woman who really does come across as a girl.