They say the Golden Globes sets the stage for the Oscars. But this year, the big wins have only left us muddled.
Argo was the big winner at the Golden Globes, a film that doesn't feature much n the Oscar's list. And the Oscar favourite Lincoln was mostly left out in the cold at the Globes.
Sunday's Globes had the Iran hostage thriller Argo winning best drama and director for Ben Affleck, a prize he knows he can't win at the Oscars, where he wasn't even nominated.
Meantime, Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, which came in leading the Globes with seven nominations, won only one award - best actor for Daniel Day-Lewis.
Les Miserables was named best musical or comedy and won acting honors 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 spreads around a number of films.
Zero Dark Thirty star Jessica Chastain won the Globe for dramatic actress as a CIA agent obsessively pursuing 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 supporting actor for the slave-revenge tale Django Unchained.
The Scottish tale Brave won for 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 foreign-language film.
Pop star Adele and co-writer Paul Epworth won for best song for their theme tune to the James Bond adventure Skyfall.
The prize for musical score went to Mychael Danna for the lost-at-sea tale Life of Pi.
Lena Dunham claimed the comedy series Globe for Girls.
Among other TV winners, Julianne Moore won a best-actress Globe for her role as Sarah Palin in Game Change, which also was picked as best TV miniseries or movie and earned Ed Harris a supporting-actor prize.
Best actor in a miniseries or movie went to Kevin Costner for Hatfields & McCoys.
Homeland was named best TV drama series, and its stars Claire Danes and Damian Lewis received the dramatic acting awards.
Maggie Smith won as supporting actress for Downton Abbey.
In picture: Ben Affleck with his award for best director for Argo
Text and images: AP