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  • 14 January 2013, 13:17

Golden Globes: Affleck's Argo Wins Top Awards

Hostage drama Argo has landed two of the top honours at the Golden Globe Awards, taking home best picture and best director.

The win marked a double triumph for Ben Affleck, who directed and acted in the film about a true-life plot to rescue US diplomats from Iran.

There were also three gongs for Les Miserables, directed by British filmmaker Tom Hooper, which took best musical or comedy film as well as acting honours for Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway.

Elsewhere, there was more British success, with Adele, Dame Maggie Smith and Damian Lewis all picking up awards.

Homeland star Lewis dedicated his win for best television actor 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," he said.

The hit US series later won best drama.

Dame Maggie was the first Briton of the night to win, as she took best supporting actress in a TV miniseries for her role as Violet Crawley inITV'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.

Adele 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."

Daniel Day-Lewis took home best actor in a drama for Lincoln but the pre-awards frontrunner failed to win in any of the six other categories it had been nominated in.

Jessica Chastain won, as expected, best actress in a drama for her role as a young female CIA agent who tracks down Osama bin Laden in thriller Zero Dark Thirty.

Quentin Tarantino took best screenplay for his film Django Unchained, whileChristoph Waltz took best supporting actor for his role in the film.

Amour, directed by Austria's Michael Haneke, won best foreign film.

Jodie Foster, a seven-times Globe nominee and two-times Oscar winner, received the Cecil B DeMille Award for lifetime achievement.

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