The 10 most award-worthy moments of the 2013 Golden Globes

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    The 10 most award-worthy moments of the 2013 Golden Globes

    Best Swipe at a Past Winner Not There to Defend Himself
    Co-host Amy Poehler announced in the show's monologue that she was taking the side of embattled, and memorably married, director Kathryn Bigelow. "I haven’t really been following the controversy over 'Zero Dark Thirty,' but when it comes to torture, I trust the woman who was married to James Cameron for three years."

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    The 10 most award-worthy moments of the 2013 Golden Globes

    Best Performance in a Comedy by a Dramatic Actor
    Eventual Best Actor in a Drama winner Daniel Day-Lewis showed surprising good humor when Poehler and co-host Tina Fey asked him to re-enact the role he'd taken from Steven Spielberg before "Lincoln," as E.T. He even raised a finger, that surprisingly (given his artistic powers) didn't glow.

    The 10 most award-worthy moments of the 2013 Golden Globes

    Best Supporting Our Thesis That Movies Are Better Than Live TV
    Salma Hayek, we didn't expect you to be an ace improviser. But your co-presenter Paul Rudd should have taken a lesson from his umpteen Judd Apatow movies and made up something — anything! — funny when the TelePrompTer died, rather than seconds of dead air.

    The 10 most award-worthy moments of the 2013 Golden Globes

    Best Original Speech-Giving
    Accepting the trophy for Best Comedy Series, "Girls" creator Lena Dunham thanked Chad Lowe — the ex-husband Hilary Swank infamously forgot at the Oscars. If she'd called Mike Nichols "Daddy," she'd have won over awards junkies for life — but maybe she already has.

    The 10 most award-worthy moments of the 2013 Golden Globes

    Best Supporting Performance by a Lead Actor
    Former President Bill Clinton showed up, without explanation, to present a clip from "Lincoln," saving Catherine Zeta-Jones, who ill-advisedly sang a few bars from "Les Miserables," from being the most-talked-about presenter of the night.

    The 10 most award-worthy moments of the 2013 Golden Globes

    Best Shade Thrown
    Jennifer Lawrence, winner for best actress in a comedy for "Silver Linings Playbook," announced "I beat Meryl!" as she took the stage. (Meryl Streep was nominated for "Hope Springs," and neither campaigned nor showed up at the ceremony.) Lawrence might do well to be careful: A reaction shot of Tommy Lee Jones as presenters Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell joked about his movie "Hope Springs" indicated it's not funny business to him.)

    The 10 most award-worthy moments of the 2013 Golden Globes

    Best Choose-Your-Own-Adventure
    Ben Affleck won the Best Director award for "Argo" (a film that also won Best Drama) despite his lack of an Oscar Best Director nomination. Where do awards prognosticators go from here?

    The 10 most award-worthy moments of the 2013 Golden Globes

    Best Adapted-From-a-Bette-Davis-Film Reaction Shot
    Boy, Taylor Swift did not expect to lose the Original Song gong to Adele, did she?

    The 10 most award-worthy moments of the 2013 Golden Globes

    Best Performance by an Actress Sabotaging Her Limited Public Goodwill
    Anne Hathaway cut off the producer of "Les Miserables" to thank the very few people on Earth she didn't thank when she accepted the Best Supporting Actress trophy, then hugged co-star Amanda Seyfried for the diminished duration of the speech. We'd say "good luck," but we hope this is the last acceptance speech of yours we hear!

    The 10 most award-worthy moments of the 2013 Golden Globes

    Best Original
    Jodie Foster's lengthy coming-out-which-she-denied-was-a-coming-out had everything: a weird tease (she first came out as "single"), a name-check of Honey Boo Boo, lengthy thanks to Hollywood's "fathers," a shout-out to BFF Mel Gibson. But it was a healthy reminder of exactly how long the Cecil B. DeMille Award winner's been working, and just how much privacy she's given up — and guarded — to pursue a movie career.

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Last night’s Golden Globe Awards saw top honors go to “Les Misérables,” “Argo,” “Girls” and “Homeland” — and big laughs for co-hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (who were somewhat absentee after the monologue). Here are the top 10 moments worthy of a Globe themselves.

 

 

 

Daniel D'Addario is a staff reporter for Salon's entertainment section. Follow him on Twitter @DPD_

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