In an evening with some mild surprises, two favorites won the top actor honors at the Golden Globes: Daniel Day-Lewis for “Lincoln” and Hugh Jackman for “Les Miserables.”
For playing the 16th president of the United States, Day-Lewis won for best actor in a drama. Clips from the movie were introduced earlier by former President Bill Clinton. “Are you sure there’s room for another ex-president on this stage?” the actor said in accepting the prize from the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.
Day-Lewis, who won the same Golden Globe for 2007’s “There Will Be Blood,” thanked “Lincoln” director Steven Spielberg. “You’ve given me an experience that I’ll treasure until the end of my life.”
Jackman won for best actor in a musical or comedy for starring as the prisoner turned humanitarian Jean Valjean in “Les Miserables.” He thanked director Tom Hooper, adding that he nearly pulled out of the project.
“I never told you this,” Jackman told Hooper from the stage, “but three weeks in, we had a terrible rehearsal, and I was going to call you and tell you someone else had to play this role. My wife talked me out of it.”
Jackman and Day-Lewis are also nominated for the actor honor in this year’s Oscars. They will square off against Bradley Cooper for “Silver Linings Playbook,” Denzel Washington in “Flight” and Joaquin Phoenix in “The Master.”