Jodie Foster - I've loved her since her days as a child star in Taxi Driver, Bugsy Malone, and yes, Freaky Friday. She's been acting since she was three years old, so she definitely earned her honorary Cecil B. DeMille Award for Lifetime Achievement. Some people were confused by her seemingly rambling rant, but in my eyes her speech was emotional, heartfelt, and profound. I think there were many wonderful highlights in what she said, including when she spoke about her mom and when she thanked her ex-girlfriend, but the best was when she addressed, in her roundabout but effective way, the expectations of the public and the media for celebrities to divulge details about their personal, private lives: "There won't be a big coming out speech tonight, because I already did my coming out, about a thousand years ago, in the stone age, in those very quaint days when a fragile young girl would open up to friends, family, coworkers, and then gradually, proudly to everyone who knew her, to everyone she actually met." There was a moment when I thought she might be announcing her retirement from acting. As someone who loved her in Foxes, The Hotel New Hampshire, Stealing Home, The Accused, The Silence of the Lambs, Contact, The Inside Man, and basically everything she's done, including the flawed Maverick, I hope she still has a lot more ahead.
Ben Affleck - Maybe karma does exist in the universe. Days after being snubbed by the Academy when they overlooked him for an Oscar nomination for directing the criticially-acclaimed Argo, Affleck had the last laugh by winning both "Best Motion Picture - Drama" over the heavily favored Lincoln and "Best Director - Motion Picture," beating out Kathryn Bigelow, Ang Lee, Steven Spielberg, and Quentin Tarantino. He was gracious in his acceptance speech and blushed when his wife Jennifer Garner relayed his message later that he forgot to thank a few people. For a guy who hit it big with Good Will Hunting, winning an Oscar for the screenplay with his friend Matt Damon, and then hitting a low-point in his career after Daredevil and his tabloid-fueled Jennifer Lopez Gigli phase, it is remarkable and endearing to see him earn such accolades.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler - The co-hosts did great. The highest praise I can give them is that I wish they had more time on stage. The two have excellent chemistry together and I hope this isn't the last time they have hosting duties together.
Daniel Day-Lewis - During a night when Lincoln shockingly didn't win much, it was great to see the star of the biopic receive the top honor as "Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama." The man can do no wrong, delivering memorable performances in every project, fully transforming himself into the characters he plays -- Abraham Lincoln, Guido Contini, Daniel Plainview, Jack Slavin, Bill "The Butcher" Cutting, Danny Flynn, John Proctor, Gerry Conlon, Newland Archer, Nathaniel "Hawkeye" Poe, Christy Brown, and so many others.
Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell - I confess that early in their careers, I was perplexed by why so many found these two to be funny. Over the years, however, as I saw their comedy routines evolve on Saturday Night Live and then the big screen, I am becoming more and more of a fan. Their moment together was probably the humor highlight of the night at the Golden Globes.
The Stars of Homeland - I keep hearing so much positive feedback about this show that I'm eventually going to have to tune in and give it a shot. Even though Mandy Patinkin lost in the "Best Supporting Actor" category, both Damien Lewis and the lovely, talented Claire Danes won as the tops of their fields.
The Stars of Girls - I had heard mixed buzz about this show, but I kept seeing star Allison Williams everywhere. Now, with Lena Dunham surprisingly winning "Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy" and the show itself topping the competition for "Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy," I might have to give it a peek.
The Stars of Les Miserables - Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman both won; Sasha Baron Cohen drew some hearty laughs during his presentation; and when Les Miz won the big prize as Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical, with its cast of Amanda Seyfried, Helena Bonham Carter, and even Russell Crowe whose been getting some grief for his poor singing chops, it made me want to go to a theater and see this adaptation by Tom Hooper for myself.
There were a lot of other appearances that grabbed the attention of both the live audience and the viewers at home -- Bill Clinton, Jennifer Lawrence, Adele, and others. Who was your favorite?