British stars soar at Golden Globes

Hillingdon Times: Adele won an award for best original song in a motion picture for Skyfall (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) Adele won an award for best original song in a motion picture for Skyfall (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

British stars have been honoured at this year's Golden Globes with singer Adele, veteran actress Dame Maggie Smith and actor Damian Lewis all collecting gongs so far.

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

Singer 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."

Homeland star Damian Lewis dedicated his win for best actor in a television drama 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," Lewis said.

British blockbuster Les Miserables took centre stage at the awards, with the adaptation taking home three gongs.

It continued a night of success, which also saw Irish actor Daniel Day-Lewis collect best actor in a drama for his starring role as Abraham Lincoln in rival film Lincoln.

Les Miserables, directed by British filmmaker Tom Hooper, scooped the best movie, musical or comedy while leading man Hugh Jackman collected best actor in a musical or comedy for his role as Jean Valjean. Anne Hathaway also picked up the gong for best supporting actress for her part as Fantine.

Ben Affleck won the Golden Globe for best director for his film Argo. The movie also won for best dramatic film.

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