Golden Globes Mark Big Night for Lena Dunham, Adele, and Jennifer Lawrence

The 70th annual Golden Globes opened last night with a historic twist as the awards ceremony featured its first—and second– female hosts.

Comedienne pals Tina Fey and Amy Poehler shared the honor of being the first women to preside over the event, which honors the best of film and television.

Both were actually nominated in the same category, for best actress in a TV comedy series, but ended up losing to “Girls” breakout star Lena Dunham. When Dunham thanked fellow nominees, including Fey and Poehler, for getting her through middle school, Poehler picked up a drink and sardonically joked, “Congratulations Lena, I’m glad we got you through middle school.”

Another big winner was Jennifer Lawrence, who was named best lead actress in a musical or comedy at the for her turn as the depressed widow Tiffany in “Silver Linings Playbook.”   “I beat Meryl!” Lawrence squealed, referring to veteran actress Meryl Streep, who was nominated for “Hope Springs.” Streep did not attend the awards.

Ex-president Bill Clinton also made an appearance, to introduce the best picture nominee, Lincoln, which profiles the iconic President as he tries to build support for the 13th amendment. Lincoln’s effort was “forged in a cauldron of both principle and compromise,” Clinton said. “This brilliant film shows us how he did it and gives us hope that we can do it again.”

After Clinton’s appearance, Poehler, quipped to Fey, “Wow, what an exciting special guest! That was Hillary Clinton’s husband!”

Towards the end of the evening, Jodie Foster took home the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement and gave a long-awaited coming out speech.

The Globes also marked the first public appearance of Adele since the singer gave birth last summer. Adele and co-writer Paul Epworth won for best song for the theme to latest James Bond installment Skyfall. Dressed in all black, the British songstress accepted the award, noting “I’d like to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press. I never thought I’d say that.”

2013 Golden Globe winners include:

– Best motion picture – drama: Argo

– Best performance by an actor in a motion picture – drama: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

– Best performance by an actress in a motion picture – drama: Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty

– Best motion picture – comedy or musical: Les Misérables

– Best performance by an actress in a motion picture – comedy or musical:  Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

– Best performance by an actor in a motion picture – comedy or musical: Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables

– Best original song – motion picture: “Skyfall”  (Adele, Paul Epworth) – Skyfall

– Best TV series – comedy: Girls

– Best TV series – drama: Homeland

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