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Golden Globes 2013: Les Miserables wins three awards

Golden Globes 2013: Les Miserables wins three awards

• Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway take home gongs
• Ben Affleck awarded best director for the thriller Argo
• Jennifer Lawrence wins for Silver Linings Playbook
Les Miserables was named best musical or comedy at the 2013 Golden Globes, while Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway claimed acting prizes, honours that could boost the lush stage adaptation's prospects at next month's Academy Awards.

Ben Affleck won the best director Globe for his Iran hostage thriller Argo, a prize that would normally bode well for an Academy Award win, except he missed out on an Oscar nomination this time.

Affleck is now in an unusual position during Hollywood's long awards season, taking home the top film-making trophy in the second highest film honours knowing he does not have a shot at an Oscar.

Other acting prizes went to Jennifer Lawrence as best musical or comedy actress for Silver Linings Playbook and Christoph Waltz as supporting actor for Django Unchained.

The musical based on Victor Hugo's classic novel earned Jackman the Globe for musical or comedy actor as tragic hero Jean Valjean. Hathaway won supporting actress as Fantine.

"Thank you for this lovely blunt object that I will forevermore use as a weapon against self-doubt," Hathaway said.

Jackman was a bit hoarse from the flu, but his Globe win seemed to be the right antidote. "I was kicking myself for not getting the flu shot, but it appears that you don't need one. I feel great," Jackman said.

But when it comes to Hollywood's highest honours, Les Miserables already has a big obstacle after failing to earn a best director nomination for Tom Hooper at the Oscars. Films almost never win best picture at the Oscars if their directors are not nominated.

In a breathless, rapid-fire speech, Affleck gushed over the names of the other nominees read out by Halle Berry, the award's presenter: Steven Spielberg for Lincoln, Ang Lee for Life of Pi, Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty and Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained.

"Look, I don't care what the award is. When they put your name next to the names she just read off, it's an extraordinary thing in your life," Affleck said.

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