The Golden Globes

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Claire Danes accepts a Golden Globe Award for best actress in a television drama for her role in “Homeland.”
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Adele accepts a Golden Globe Award for best original song in a motion picture for “Skyfall.” Francesca Eastwood, Jason Statham, and Jennifer Lopez watch from the side.
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Co-hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler arrive on the red carpet.
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This year’s Golden Globes awards ceremony, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, aired Sunday night from Beverly Hills.

“Tonight we honor the television shows that have entertained us all year,” said Tina Fey, “as well as the films that have only been in theaters for two days.”

Beautiful actors and actresses sat at round tables alongside average-looking people, including their producers, directors and screenplay writers. Dressed in tuxedos and long gowns, they chatted over a light dinner and plenty of drinks while taking turns announcing awards on stage.

Zooey Deschanel, Melissa Rauch, and Taylor Swift were among the many actresses who opted for solid red gowns. Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, Hayden Panettiere, and Anne Hathaway were in the majority that opted for solid white gowns. Equally as impressive as their dresses was their lipstick. Shades ranged from nude on Megan Fox to poppy red on Angelina Jolie. Despite stars smooching their loved ones before accepting awards and sipping glasses throughout the occasion, their lipstick never smudged. The same titles were repeatedly up for nomination, including the films Lincoln, Argo, Django, Zero Dark Thirty, and Silver Linings Playbook and TV series Homeland, Girls, Breaking Bad, and Downtwon Abbey.

Argo won best drama and Les Misérables won best comedy or musical. Jessica Chastain won best actress in a drama for Zero Dark Thirty and Daniel Day-Lewis won best actor in a drama for Lincoln. Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig pretended to be awestruck at the theater and gave botch plot summaries of the films in their comedic announcement of Jennifer Lawrence as best actress in comedy or drama.

Former President Bill Clinton presented the clip of Lincoln: “A tough fight to push a bill through a bitterly divided House of Representatives. Winning required the president to make a lot of unsavory deals that had nothing to do with the big issue. I wouldn’t know anything about that.” As he left the stage, Poehler exclaimed, “Wow, what an exciting special guest! That was Hillary Clinton’s husband!”

Jodie Foster received the honorary Cecil B. DeMille Award for outstanding achievement to the entertainment world. It was a bit of a jolt to see someone so relatively young receive this award. Looking younger than her 50 years, she said she had been in the business for 47 years. While some thought she rambled, it seems that her speech was designed to be coy as she alluded to an announcement about her sexuality that she did not intend to make on stage at this event (other than that she is single). Rather, she promoted people’s paramount right to personal privacy, no matter how famous. It seemed like a pretty straight forward message from a private accomplished actress.

Hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were both nominated for best actress in a comedy or musical television series but the award went to Lena Dunham for her performance in Girls. Shaken, Lena tripped a little getting up to the stage. She later said, “If I was as cool as people think I should be, I’d be in flats. I drank the Kool-Aid. I’m wearing the high heels.” Fey and Poehler played the part of sore losers. With drinks in hand, they later announced, “Well, the show has really taken a turn. Everyone’s getting all loose now that we’re all losers.”

Fey and Poehler introduced George Clooney as an announcer: “So handsome, he makes young George Clooney look like garbage. Please welcome middle-aged George Clooney.”

Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon announced the best TV comedy series (Girls). “Winning a Golden Globe can propel an artist’s career forward, catapulting them toward new and exciting career paths,” said Fallon.

Leno continued, “Or, it can convince them to stay right where they are and keep doing exactly what they’re doing.”

“Or it could give them a little push they need to move on and give someone else a change at the spotlight.”

“Or maybe there’s a chance in hell that’s never gonna happen.”

Nearly everyone thanked Hollywood Foreign Press Association in their acceptance speeches.

Adele won best original song for “Skyfall,” beating Taylor Swift who gave her a bit of the cold-eye from the audience.

Stars washed off their makeup, and now Forever 21 and other knock-off designers are busy at work imitating the stunning gowns from the event.