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This week’s Notebook pages are dedicated to the 70th Golden Globes Awards.

My two favourite nights of the year are the Oscars night and the Golden Globes night. I’ve been watching the Oscars ceremony live (our local time 3 a.m.) since I was in school, even if I had classes in the morning and even if now I have to wake up at 7. I’ve started to watch the Golden Globes for far fewer years, but I’m enjoying them almost just as much.

I have to start with my favourite part of this Golden Globes Awards edition: Ben Affleck’s Argo won the Best Motion Picture award and he won for Best Director. I simply jumped for joy. I was hoping Ben would win in both categories, but I wasn’t expecting it. One of the rare pleasant surprises when it comes to American awards (yes, I know this is the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, but still). I’m a huge fan of Affleck’s directorial work (have you seen The Town and Gone Baby Gone?) and Argo is a tremendously accomplished political thriller, based on a true story (declassified by Bill Clinton in 1997): the 1979 Iran hostage crisis and the covert operation of extracting six US embassy staffers from Tehran. Other highlights of the night:

• Ben Affleck looking so upset after having forgotten to thank George Clooney (co-producer) and another person from his team in his acceptance speech. He made sure his wife, Jennifer Garner, took care of that when she was on stage to present the next award.
• Quentin Tarantino winning for Best Screenplay for Django Unchained
• Bill Clinton presenting the film Lincoln
• Naomi Watts absolutely wonderful in Zac Posen, Lorraine Schwartz jewels and a Salvatore Ferragamo clutch: I loved the entire look
• Anne Hathaway in Chanel
• Jennifer Lawrence’s styling of her Dior dress
• I still don’t know what to think about Jodie Foster’s speech. And speaking of her and the Cecil B. DeMille Award she received, although I do admire her work and although I think she is a good actress, I find it so hard to place some of the most recent recipients of this award next to names like Alfred Hitchcock, Bette Davis, Kirk Douglas, Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Crawford, Frank Sinatra, Henry Fonda, Lawrence Olivier, Paul Newman, etc. The values have changed, but this much?
• Does everyone agree that George Clooney and Ben Affleck were the best looking men in the room?


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