Adele wins Golden Globe for Skyfall theme tune
06:52 14 January 2013
Adele, Damian Lewis and Dame Maggie Smith were among those who scooped Golden Globes last night.
The London-based singer gushed “oh my God” repeatedly as she took to the stage with co-writer Paul Epworth to collect her award for best original song for a motion picture for their theme tune to the James Bond adventure Skyfall.
She then offered her gratitude to the group that presents the Globes, saying: “I’d like to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press. I never thought I’d say that.”
Dame Maggie was the first Briton of the night to win, collecting her award for best supporting actress in a TV miniseries for her role as Violet Crawley in ITV’s Downton Abbey.
But the veteran actress, who did not attend the ceremony in Los Angeles, missed out on a second gong for best actress in a comedy or musical in her latest film Quartet.
Homeland star Damian Lewis dedicated his win for best actor in a television drama to his mother.
“I’d like to dedicate this to my mum, looking down on me bursting with pride telling everyone around her how well her son is doing in acting,” Lewis said.
Former President Bill Clinton upstaged Hollywood’s elite with a surprise appearance to introduce Spielberg’s Civil War epic Lincoln, which was up for best drama.
The film chronicles Abraham Lincoln’s final months as he tries to end the war and find common ground in a divided Congress to pass the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery.
Lincoln’s effort was “forged in a cauldron of both principle and compromise”, Mr Clinton said.
“This brilliant film shows us how he did it and gives us hope that we can do it again.”
But the film lost out to Iran hostage thriller Argo, which was a surprise best drama winner. Argo also claimed the directing prize for Ben Affleck, a prize that normally bodes well for an Academy Award win - except he missed out on an Oscar nomination this time.
Lincoln’s lead actor, Daniel Day-Lewis, did collect the best actor in a drama for his role.
The actor, who joked that the Queen would be parachuting onto the stage in a few minutes, said: “If I had this on a timeshare basis with my wonderful gifted colleagues, I might just hope to keep it for one day of the year, and I’d be happy with that.”
British blockbuster Les Miserables took centre stage at the awards, with the adaptation taking home three gongs.
Les Miserables, directed by British filmmaker Tom Hooper, scooped the best movie, musical or comedy award.
Its leading man Hugh Jackman collected best actor in a musical or comedy for his role as Jean Valjean.
Anne Hathaway also picked up the gong for best supporting actress for her part as Fantine.