We offer you the hottest moments of the night (and there were a lot of them):
- Bill Clinton! Nothing like getting a president to introduce your movie about a president. "Let's take a look at Steven Spielberg's extraordinary Lincoln," said Clinton as he took the Globes stage.
"Wow, what an exciting special guest!" said Amy Poehler. "That was Hillary Clinton's husband!" (Poehler, of course, did a mean Hillary impersonation on SNL.)
Daniel Day-Lewis, who won a Globe for playing Abraham Lincoln in the drama, called it "an incredible privilege to have him, a Lincoln scholar in his own right, speak about our film."
And did Day-Lewis feel the weight of responsibility in playing Lincoln? "Ya," he said backstage, "to the extent I really circled it for seven years before finally saying yes. I think I was pretty much convinced I wasn't the person (Spielberg) needed to help him tell the story. The last thing I wanted to do was to go down in flames having desecrated the greatest president in the history of this country. It's the work that takes over."
- Jodie Foster, accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award, gave a long, fiery, pointedly self-revelatory speech about being private, getting old, her ailing mother and Honey Boo Boo.
She started by quoting Molly Shannon's old Saturday Night Live character Sally O'Mally: "I'm 50! I'm 50!" She worked her way up to a big revelation. "I have a sudden urge to say in public something I have never been able to say. ... I'm sort of nervous but not as much as my publicist. ... I am ... single." She went on to acknowledge that people may have been expecting her to declare something else. But, "there's no big coming-out speech tonight," she said. "I did my coming out a thousand years ago back in the stone age." Now, she says, celebrities are expected to reveal all the details of their private life. But she made it clear she wouldn't be going the whole "make the public revelation, followed by the tabloid cover and reality show" route "because my life is so boring." She continued, "You might be surprised but I am not Honey Boo Boo child. That's not me. And never will be. My reality show would be so boring." She finished up by thanking her former partner, Cydney Bernard, her sons and her mom, evoking tears from the audience.
Twitter blew up with chatter that it all meant she was retiring, but backstage, she said that wasn't the case at all, reports USA TODAY's Bryan Alexander. "I could never stop acting. You'd have to drag me behind a team of horses. I'm not retiring. I'd like to be directing tomorrow. I'm actually more into than I have ever been."
What was she trying to say? "People change. Change is important. And your work evolves. My work is evolving."
Evolving into what? "I feel like acting has been this amazing film school for me. I'm really looking forward to directing more. And using all the things I have learned. And the things I feel."
Beyond that, she said, "The speech speaks for itself. It's been a long career. It's not just a career. It's friendships and relationships. This is one of the first lifetime achievement awards I have gotten. It feels like a graduation. I feel like I'm graduating from high school. Or college. It's a big moment."
- Tina Fey and Amy Poehler opened the show with non-stop laughs and kept them coming all night long with hilarious bits and one-liners about just about every star in the room.
They started with:
Tina: "I wish you could feel the excitement in the room."
Amy: "You can smell the pills from here."
Tina: "Ricky Gervais could not be here tonight because he is no longer technically in show business."
Amy: "We have no intention of being offensive because as Ricky learned last year, when you run afoul of the Hollywood foreign press, they make you host the show two more times."
Amy on director Kathryn Bigelow: "I don't know that much about Zero Dark Thirty, but when it comes to torture I trust the lady who spent three years married to James Cameron." (Lots of "oohs" for that one.)
Tina on Anne Hathaway's profound Les Miserables performance: "I have never seen anyone alone and so abandoned like that since you were on stage with James Franco at the Oscars." Anne hung her head and smiled.
Amy: "Ang Lee has been nominated for the Life of Pi, which is what I'm gonna call the six weeks after I take this dress off!"
Tina: "Quentin Tarantino is here -- the star of all my sexual nightmares."
Amy: "Meryl Streep is not here. She has the flu and I hear she is amazing in it."
Amy: "Julianne Moore is here. She's nominated for Game Change." Said Tina: "I used to get prizes for that." She then did her Sarah Palin impersonation but couldn't quite get it. "I can't do it anymore."
- Amy and Tina kept posing as random nominees, sprinkled throughout the audience.
- As the night wore on, the two took the stage with drinks in hand. "Everybody's getting looser here, now that we're all losers." Added Tina, "Taylor Swift, you stay away from Michael J. Fox's son! Or, go for it!"
And at the end of the night, they yelled goodbye, with Poehler adding, "We're going home with Jodie Foster!"
- Jennifer Lawrence caused buzz all night long. First, with her dress. Her Dior Haute Couture gown was reminiscent of Madonna's cone bras, but not quite as perky. "I don't really know what 'haute' means," she told Ryan Seacrest during E!'s red carpet. She told USA TODAY's Bryan Alexander that she had to have it altered, pointing to the bodice. "Obviously I'm pointing to my breasts." And to USA TODAY's Andrea Mandell, she said, "It's filthy on the bottom. Don't look!"
Later, Lawrence caused more buzz when she accepted the award for motion picture comedy actress for Silver Linings Playbook. Looking at her trophy, she said, "What does it say???? I beat Meryl." And she said in it a sort of nyaa-nyaa playground tone of voice. But, it turns out, she may have been quoting the 1996 film The First Wives Club. In the film, Bette Midler's character says to Goldie Hawn's character, "Once you were a terrific actress. You even got an Oscar to prove it." Bette's character touches the statue in the scene, saying, "'I beat Meryl.' That's what it says."
Lawrence then made a nod to producer Harvey Weinstein, saying, "Thanks, Harvey, for killing whoever you had to to get me up here today."
Backstage, Lawrence was asked about the Oscars. "The Oscars? Me and the Oscars together, gives me lots of anxiety," she said, reports USA TODAY's Bryan Alexander.
- Ben Affleck was beside himself with happiness about Argo's win for best picture and his win for best director. "Tonight's just a purely wonderful night," he said backstage. "I'm so grateful we were honored." The last thing on his mind was any thought of being "snubbed" by the Oscars with no nomination for best director. "We got nominated for seven Oscars including best picture. I was thrilled. If you cannot be happy for that, your prospects for long-term happiness are pretty dim. I'm elated. I feel like the luckiest guy in the world."
But doesn't winning on Globe night kind of stick it to the Academy? "I am a member of the Academy. We got nominated for awards by the Academy. I'm an enormous admirer of the Academy. I'm also thrilled to this get this acknowledgment."
George Clooney weighed in on Affleck's snub, reports USA TODAY's Bryan Alexander, saying, "I'm disappointed. I think he did a phenomenal film and he should have been nominated. But I cannot figure out the Academy. And he's still nominated for Best Picture. And we have a shot at that. We talked about this the next day for a while. We got seven nominations. It's disappointing. But we're not dead yet."
- Lena Dunham, star of HBO's Girls, was the belle of the ball as she won for best actress in a comedy, and the show won, too. While she called her boyfriend, guitarist Jack Antonoff, "family" on stage, backstage, she said, "I am not engaged. I don't want to get married until all gay people can get married," she said, and smiled. She also said, "Jodie Foster's speech was mind-blowingly beautiful."
- Sasha Baron Cohen, presenting the award for animated film, took the stage carrying a drink. He talked about Hugh "Jackson" and how he lost 30 pounds for Les Miserables, "which for my friend Gerard Depardieu would be a trip to the toilet." And he mentioned Russell Crowe, "who had four months of singing lessons - that was money well spent."
- Quentin Tarantino dropped the n-word backstage. A reporter asked if hearing all those n-words in Django Unchained jangled him on set. "No, not really. If somebody is out there actually saying, when it comes to the word ni--er, that there I was using it in the movie more than it was used back in the antebellum South in Mississippi in 1858, then feel free to make that a case. But no one's actually making that case. In other words, what they're saying is I should lie. They're saying I should whitewash. They're saying I should massage. And I never do that when it comes to my characters."
- Don Cheadle followed him backstage, reports USA TODAY's Bryan Alexander. And Cheadle dropped it, too. "Please no n--- questions, black people questions are all right." Asked if he was offended by Django, he says: "I haven't seen the movie. Yet. I'm looking forward to it. Everyone says they really enjoy it. My daughter loved it. I'm 48 years old and when I look to the kids and the relationships they had, the people they relate to, the questions of racism that I dealt with growing up are completely foreign to them. The idea of not being in a relationship with someone because they are of another race. Or being a friend with someone because they are gay or whatever. Or the other prejudices I grew up with, a lot of those to a 14-year-old doesn't make sense, like the sort of questions of racism that I grew up." He added, "I thank hip-hop for sort of challenging those prejudices."
- Adele finally mentioned her baby son, born in October. It happened when she won a Globe for best original song for Skyfall. "Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god, oh my god," she said, full of excitement. "We've literally come for a night out, I was not expecting it. Thanks for letting me be part of your world." The singer also thanked her boyfriend Simon Konecki for "convincing me to do" the song and thanked her "lovely son."
When asked backstage about motherhood and how it's changed her, she said, "I'm exhausted, that's how it changed me. I've got eczema from sterilizing bottles pretty much all the time." But she was elusive about her newborn son's name, reports USA TODAY's Andrea Mandell. "I'm not revealing his name. I'm not ready, it's too personal. But thank you for asking."
- Hugh Jackman talked man business backstage after his Les Mis acting win, reports USA TODAY's Andrea Mandell. "For the record, the idea that singing and dancing is not masculine is about the craziest thought I've ever heard in my entire life. I don't know how in history we got off track. The thing about Valjean is, to me, he's one of the great literary characters of all time...it's really great to play someone who you look up to. To me, he's the epitome of a man."
- What you didn't see on camera, courtesy of USA TODAY's Claudia Puig: True love is in the house. Nominee Anne Hathaway and hubby Adam Shulman were holding hands and whispering as they headed to their seats. Eddie Redmayne from Les Miserables and Robert Pattinson, from that little-known Twilight series, were spotted having a drink at the bar. Tim Burton, with wife Helena Bonham Carter, arrived with his arm in a sling.
Loyalty goes far in Hollywood. When no one else would stand by him, Mel Gibson supported a struggling Robert Downey Jr. and helped him get his role in The Singing Detective. Now, when Gibson is still something of a pariah, Downey planted a kiss on his check in the ballroom.
Argo producer John Goodman was on the smoking balcony after being booted out of a seat. "So I'm just drifting around," he said, proving that not even those in nominated films get special treatment. When it was suggested he insist on his seat and make a fuss, given his status and parts in two big movies, he said, "Nah, there are a lot of heavier hitters here." His favorites so far? Lincoln and Matt Damon's Promised Land. And on his must-see list: Silver Linings Playbook. Goodman said he was "dying to see Bradley's movie. He's such a great guy."
Louis C.K. passed a waiter carrying a tray of hors d'ouevres and hijacked him. "I haven't eaten yet," he said, and proceeded to pluck every one of them off the tray.
Is it romance? Single actress Eva Longoria and Bourne star Jeremy Renner were spotted chatting (flirting?) and dramatically hugging on the smoking balcony.
American Horror Story's Jessica Lange has been to quite a few Golden Globes. "Too many," she said, looking glamorous in her beaded L'Wren Scott dress and taking a drag from her cigarette. The difference this year? "It's cold! I got off the plane yesterday and it was colder than in New York!"
- The weather was unusually chilly for Los Angeles, so it was a constant topic of conversation. "Those are heaters," explained Ryan Seacrest to E! viewers, noting it's the first time heaters have been on the red carpet for the awards show. The forecast was for temps to drop into the mid-30s on Sunday night. "It's California cold," said Seacrest.
It's "the Cold-en Globes," said John Hamm, who told Seacrest, "It's L.A. When it hits 50 degrees, it's freezing."
"It's so cold," said Olivia Munn, but Hayden Panettiere was looking on the bright side. She told E!'s Giuliana Rancic, "It's nice not to be sweating profusely."
"I'm so excited to be here, I'm not feeling anything," said Katharine McPhee to Seacrest. Added Jodie Foster, "Actors, we're used to this. We're always in bikinis when it's 40 degrees out."
Jesse Tyler Ferguson of Modern Family told USA TODAY's Bryan Alexander, "It's freezing. A few years ago it was raining. Last year was hot. I blame global warming." Asked if he thought the show would win again tonight, he said. "We're not going to win this year. I'll be shocked if we do. At some point we're going to stop winning. We're really spoiled basically."
- Bicep curls? Francesca Eastwood, 19, Clint Eastwood's daughter and Miss Golden Globe 2013, will help hand out the awards tonight and had to prepare for the task. "Yes, I was doing some exercises," she told USA TODAY's Bryan Alexander on the red carpet. "They are really heavy."
- A surprise ending: Although Lincoln was up for seven Golden Globes, Steven Spielberg wasn't going to jinx the night by getting too excited. "I hold my expectations in check," he told USA TODAY's Andrea Mandell. Turned out he was surprisingly correct. Argo took home the Globe for best movie in the drama category.
- Aziz Ansari joked around all night. The Parks and Recreation star was funny when asked by Rancic "who" he was wearing. "I'm wearing Kevin Dior...oh wait, Christian Dior. Kevin Dior is his brother who works at a Home Depot in Burbank." Later, he cracked from the stage that the cast from Downton Abbey had some "good weed" backstage in the form of cookies, or biscuits. "They call cookies biscuits!" he said, laughing hysterically.
- Claire Danes was feeling that the celeb scene was somewhat surreal because she's been "wearing sweatpants" since the birth of her baby son, Cyrus, on Dec. 17, she told Seacrest. Her Homeland co-star, Mandy Patinkin, was casual and modest about the night. "I take a 10-minute shower and 10 minutes to get dressed," he told USA TODAY's Bryan Alexander. "All I have to do is comb my hair and brush my teeth and Hugo Boss took care of everything." On his excitement over the evening's event: "I work my butt off to keep from being competitive. I'm one of the luckiest people in the world just to be here."
- Judd Apatow had another award on his mind. He recently won the Genius Award at the 2013 Movie Critics' Choice Awards. But the director, who is married to actress Leslie Mann, told USA TODAY's Bryan Alexander, "Nothing has changed at home. I always win the Schmuck Award. I get that every day."
- Flashback!: ER stars George Clooney and Julianna Margulies hugged on the red carpet. "You look absolutely beautiful," he told her.
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