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But "Silver Linings Playbook" is a crowd-pleasing comic drama with deeper themes than the usual comedy. And Lawrence — a 2010 Oscar nominee for her breakout film "Winter’s Bone" who shot to superstardom with "The Hunger Games" — delivers a nice mix of humor and melancholy.
"What does this say? I beat Meryl," Lawrence joked as she looked at her award, referring to fellow nominee and multiple Globe winner Meryl Streep. Lawrence went on to thank her mother for believing in her and her father for making her maintain a sense of humor.
Golden Globe winners
Picture, Drama » “Argo.”
Picture, Musical or Comedy » “Les Miserables.”
Actor, Drama » Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln.”
Actress, Drama » Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty.”
Director » Ben Affleck, “Argo.”
Actor, Musical or Comedy » Hugh Jackman, “Les Miserables.”
Actress, Musical or Comedy » Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook.”
Supporting Actor » Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained.”
Supporting Actress » Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables.”
Foreign Language » “Amour.”
Animated Film » “Brave.”
Screenplay » Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained.”
Original Score » Mychael Danna, “Life of Pi.”
Original Song » “Skyfall” (music and lyrics by Adele and Paul Epworth), “Skyfall.”
Series, Drama » “Homeland.”
Series, Musical or Comedy » “Girls.”
Actress, Drama » Claire Danes, “Homeland.”
Actor, Drama » Damian Lewis, “Homeland.”
Actress, Musical or Comedy » Lena Dunham, “Girls.”
Actor, Musical or Comedy » Don Cheadle, “House of Lies.”
Miniseries or Movie » “Game Change.”
Actress, Miniseries or Movie » Julianne Moore, “Game Change.”
Actor, Miniseries or Movie » Kevin Costner, “Hatfields & McCoys.”
Supporting Actress, Series, Miniseries or Movie » Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey.”
Supporting Actor, Series, Miniseries or Movie » Ed Harris, “Game Change.”
Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award: Jodie Foster.
Waltz won supporting actor for his role as a genteel bounty hunter who takes on an ex-slave as apprentice.
The win was Waltz’s second supporting-actor prize at the Globes, both of them coming in Tarantino films. Waltz’s violent but paternal and polite "Django" character is a sharp contrast to the wickedly bloodthirsty Nazi he played in his Globe and Oscar-winning role in Tarantino’s 2009 tale "Inglourious Basterds."
"Let me gasp," said Waltz, whose competition included "Django" co-star Leonardo DiCaprio. "Quentin, you know that my indebtedness to you and my gratitude knows no words."
Tarantino won the screenplay prize for "Django Unchained." He thanked his cast and also the group of friends to whom he reads work-in-progress for reaction.
"You guys don’t know how important you are to my process. I don’t want input. I don’t want you to tell me if I’m doing anything wrong. Heavens forbid," Tarantino said. "When I read it to you, I hear it through your ears, and it lets me know I’m on the right track."
The Scottish tale "Brave" won for best animated film. It was the sixth win for Disney’s Pixar Animation unit in the seven years since the Globes added the category.
Austrian director Michael Haneke’s old-age love story "Amour," a surprise best-picture nominee for the Oscars, won the Globe for foreign-language film. The top prize winner at last May’s Cannes Film Festival, "Amour" is a grim yet moving portrait of an elderly woman tended by her husband as she is incapacitated by age.
Pop star Adele and co-writer Paul Epworth won for best song for their theme tune to the James Bond adventure "Skyfall."
"Oh, my God!" Adele gushed repeatedly, before offering gratitude to the group that presents the Globes. "I’d like to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press. I never thought I’d say that."
The prize for musical score went to Mychael Danna for the lost-at-sea tale "Life of Pi."
Show hosts Fey and Poehler, who co-starred in the 2008 big-screen comedy "Baby Mama," had a friendly rivalry at the Globes. Both were nominated for best actress in a TV comedy series, Fey for "30 Rock" and Poehler for "Parks and Recreation."
"Tina, I just want to say that I very much hope that I win," Poehler told Fey at the start of the show.
"Thank you. You’re my nemesis. Thank you," Fey replied.
Neither won. Lena Dunham claimed the comedy series Globe for "Girls."
After that, Fey and Poehler showed up on stage with cocktail glasses, Fey joking that it was time to start drinking.
"Everyone’s getting a little loose now that we’re all losers," Poehler said.
Among other TV winners, Julianne Moore won a best-actress Globe for her role as Sarah Palin in "Game Change," which also was picked as best TV miniseries or movie and earned Ed Harris a supporting-actor prize. Best actor in a miniseries or movie went to Kevin Costner for "Hatfields & McCoys." "Homeland" was named best TV drama series, and its stars Claire Danes and Damian Lewis received the dramatic acting awards. Maggie Smith won as supporting actress for "Downton Abbey."
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