Argo is big with the Golden Globes, but not so much with the Academy Awards. Lincoln is sitting pretty with the Oscars but was mostly left out in the cold at the Globes.
The Globes have left next month's Academy Awards picture muddled, with the Iran hostage thriller Argo winning best drama and best director for Ben Affleck - a prize he can't win at the Oscars, where he has not been nominated.
Argo took home the top prize at the Globes but is still a long shot for best picture at the Oscars, where films almost never win if their directors are not nominated.
In a breathless, rapid-fire speech, Affleck gushed over the names of the other nominees presenter Halle Berry had read: Steven Spielberg for Lincoln, Ang Lee for Life of Pi, Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty, and Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained.
"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."
Lincoln led the Globes with seven nominations but won only one award - best actor for Daniel Day-Lewis.
Lincoln also leads the Oscars with 12 nominations, with Spielberg, Day-Lewis and co-star Sally Field all in the running for possible third Oscars.
The night featured former United States president Bill Clinton getting a standing ovation after introducing Lincoln, and Jodie Foster coming out without really coming out as this year's winner of the Cecil B DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award.
Foster joked that celebrities are now expected to reveal they are gay "with a press conference, a fragrance and a prime-time reality show". She declined. "My reality show is so boring."
Les Miserables was named best musical or comedy and won acting honours for Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway.
Besides the three wins for Les Miserables and two for Argo, the show was a mixed bag, with awards spread around a number of films.
Zero Dark Thirty star Jessica Chastain won the Globe for best dramatic actress as a CIA agent obsessively pursuing Osama bin Laden.
Other acting prizes went to Jennifer Lawrence as best musical or comedy actress for the oddball romance Silver Linings Playbook, and Christoph Waltz as best supporting actor for the slave revenge tale Django Unchained.
Les Miserables earned Jackman the Globe for best musical or comedy actor. Hathaway won best supporting actress.
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," he said.
But when it comes to Hollywood's highest honours, Les Miserables faces the same obstacle as Argo, also failing to earn a best director nomination for Tom Hooper at the Oscars.
Last week's Oscar nominations held other shockers, including the omission of Bigelow.
Clinton upstaged Hollywood's elite with a surprise appearance to introduce Lincoln, which was up for best drama.
Lawrence won best actress in a musical or comedy for her role as a troubled widow. The Globe winners in the musical or comedy categories often aren't factors at the Oscars, which tend to favour heavier dramatic roles.
But Silver Linings Playbook is a crowd-pleasing comic drama with deeper themes than the average comedy. Lawrence - a 2010 Oscar nominee for her breakout film Winter's Bone, and who shot to superstardom with The Hunger Games - delivers a nice mix of humour and melancholy.
Waltz won best supporting actor for his role as a genteel bounty hunter who takes on a former slave as his apprentice.
The win was Waltz's second supporting actor prize at the Globes, both of them coming in Tarantino films. He previously won for Inglourious Basterds.
The Scottish tale Brave won best animated film. It was the sixth win for Disney's Pixar Animation unit in the seven years since the Globes added the category.
Austrian director Michael Haneke's old-age love story Amour, a surprise best picture nominee for the Oscars, won the Globe for best foreign-language film.
The top prize winner at last May's Cannes Film Festival, Amour is a grim yet moving portrait of an elderly woman tended by her husband as she is incapacitated by age and illness. AP
- Manawatu Standard