LOS ANGELES: Here are some key quotes from the 70th annual Golden Globes show, Hollywood's biggest pre-Oscars show, held Sunday at the Beverly Hilton hotel.
“I haven't really been following 'Zero Dark Thirty' but when it comes to torture, I trust a woman who was married to James Cameron for three years”, said co-host Amy Poehler, referring to director Kathryn Bigelow's ex-husband, whom she famously beat at the Oscars two years ago with her “Hurt Locker” which won the best picture award.
“Harvey, thank you for killing whoever you had to kill to get me up here today”, Jennifer Lawrence thanked legendary Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, as she accepted best musical/comedy actress Globe for her role in “Silver Linings Playbook.
“My fellow nominees, boys and girls, such beautiful performances this year. I'm very proud to be one amongst you … Steven Spielberg, director, humble master with a quicksilver imagination, as a friend, loving and kind, and by your generosity, a partner, you have given me an experience that I will treasure until the end of my life. Thank you so much. Thank you,” exclaimed Daniel Day-Lewis, paying tribute to “Lincoln” director Spielberg as he accepted best drama actor Globe, the top-tipped film's only award of the night.
“A tough fight to push a bill through a bitterly divided House of Representatives -- winning it required the president to make a lot of unsavory deals ... I wouldn't know anything about that,” former US president Bill Clinton joked about “Lincoln,” which tells the story of the 16th US president's scheming to abolish slavery and end the American Civil War.
“Really this award is about Tony Mendez. You saw him. He's an American hero. He represents the (US) foreign service making sacrifices every day for Americans. Our troops overseas. I want to thank them very much,” winner of best film and best director Ben Affleck proclaimed, paying tribute to the real-life character behind his Iran hostage drama film “Argo”, US diplomats and overseas agents generally.
“Seriously, I hope that you're not disappointed that there won't be a big coming-out speech tonight, because I already did my coming out about a thousand years ago, back in the Stone Age,” Jodie Foster, long rumored to be lesbian, teased in a coming-out-but-not-coming out speech while accepting the Cecil B DeMille award.
“Oh my God! Oh my God! Oh my God! Honestly, I came for a night out with my friend Ida, we're new mums. I was not expecting this,” gushed British songstress Adele, visibly overwhelmed at receiving best original song for the Bond theme “Skyfall”. This is her first red carpet appearance since giving birth to a baby boy in October.
“Three weeks before we started filming we had a terrible day of rehearsal. Humiliating day,” best musical/comedy actor Hugh Jackman shared. He told his wife, “It's time. I have to ring (the director), tell him someone else should play the role. I've bitten off more than I can chew.” But fortunately he did not give up his all-singing role in “Les Miserables” because, “my wife talked me off the cliff like she talks me (down) most days.”
“Anne Hathaway, you gave a stunning performance in “Les Miserables” I have not seen someone so totally alone and abandoned like that since you were on stage with James Franco at the Oscars,” mocked co-host Tina Fey, referring to the “Les Miserables” actress' hosting of the 2011 Academy Awards with actor Franco, widely ridiculed for being inexplicably wooden.
“As I disappear into the delta twilight ... allow me to say three little words to (heart-throb actor) Bradley Cooper .. Call me, maybe?” Dr. Aida Takla-O'Reilly, outgoing head of the Globes’ organizers and president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) asked. She has a reputation of being in thrall to celebrities.
“Goodnight! We're going home with Jodie Foster,” co-host Amy Poehler joked in reference to Foster's teasing speech about coming out as lesbian, when closing the show with Tina Fey.