Bill Clinton appeared to present an award at the Golden Globes on Sunday night, earning a standing ovation before he even spoke.
The 42nd President was on hand to introduce "Lincoln," Steven Spielberg's take on the fight to abolish slavery.
"A tough fight to push a bill through a bitterly divided Congress," Clinton began before describing how difficult it was for Lincoln to pass the 13th amendment. "Winning it required the president to make a lot of unsavory deals that had nothing to do with the big issue. I wouldn't know anything about that," Clinton quipped, much to the delight of the crowd. Several actors and actresses were spotted taking cell phone photos of Clinton.
"President Lincoln's struggle to abolish slavery reminds us that enduring progress is forged in a cauldron of both principle and compromise," Clinton continued. "This brilliant film shows us how he did it, and gives us hope that we can do it again."
"That was Hillary Clinton's husband," host Amy Poehler exclaimed after the surprise guest left the stage. "That was Bill Rodham Clinton!" Tina Fey exclaimed.
The introduction was immediately read as a positive indicator for "Lincoln" to win an Oscar. The film is currently nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.
The Golden Globes awards ceremony took place at Los Angeles' Beverly Hilton Hotel, where it has lived since 1961. Winners are chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a group of mostly freelance journalists that was founded during World War II. More information about the organization can be found at the group's website.
A gallery of the awards -- and HuffPost's liveblog of the proceedings -- can be found below.
Best Picture, Motion Picture Drama
Best Actor Motion Picture Drama
Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln"
Best Actress In A Drama
Jessica Chastain, "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best Actor, Musical Or Comedy
Hugh Jackman, "Les Miserables"
Best Comedy or Musical
Ben Affleck , "Argo"
The Cecil B. DeMille Award
Best Actress In A Comedy
Lena Dunham, "Girls"
Best Animated Feature
Best Actor in a TV Comedy
Don Cheadle, "House of Lies"
Best Actress, TV Series Drama
Claire Danes, "Homeland"
Best Foreign Film
Quentin Tarantino, "Django Unchained"
Best Supporting Actress
Anne Hathaway, "Les Miserables"
Best Supporting Actor In TV Series, Miniseries Or Movie
Ed Harris, "Game Change"
Best Actress Musical Or Comedy
Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook"
Best Actor In TV Miniseries Or Movie
Kevin Costner, "Hatfields & McCoys"
Best Original Song
Best Original Score Motion Picture
"Life of Pi"
Best TV Series Drama
Best Actor TV Series Drama
Damian Lewis, "Homeland"
Best Actress In A Miniseries Or TV Movie
Julianne Moore, "Game Change"
Best Miniseries or TV Movie.
Best Supporting Actress In A TV Series, Miniseries Or Movie
Maggie Smith, "Downton Abbey"
Best Supporting Actor
Christoph Waltz, "Django Unchained."
Ryan Seacrest, Julianne Hough
Megan Fox, Brian Austin Green
Isla Fisher in Reem Acra
Lena Dunham in Zac Posen
Claire Danes in Versace
Amy Adams in Marchesa
Zooey Deschanel in Oscar de la Renta
Ariel Winter in Valentino
Michelle Dockery in Alexander Vauthier
Nicole Richie in Naeem Khan
We'll see you at the Grammy Awards on Feb. 10!
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It was a big night for "Girls," "Homeland," "Argo," Ben Affleck, "Les Miserables," Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Jodie Foster.
For a full list of winners from the 2013 Golden Globes, click here.
More on Jodie Foster's big night at the Golden Globes:
After being introduced by Robert Downey Jr., Foster coyly said, "While I’m here being all confessional, I just have the sudden urge to say something I’ve never been able to air in public. A declaration that I’m a little nervous about. Not quite as nervous as my publicist, huh, Jennifer? But uh, you know, I’m just going to put it out there. Loud and proud. I’m going to need your support. I am -- single!"
More here, from HuffPost Gay Voices.
|@ m1keh0gan : J-Law rocks. I think she wins Best Actress next month on the strength of being awesome tonight.|
|@ mattsinger : SALMON FLAVORED JELL-O SHOTS! #salmonfishingintheyemengoldenglobesafterparty|
|@ Breznican : Most interesting theory heard at Globes: Argo gets Best Picture Oscar as rest of Academy overcompensates for directors' Affleck snub.|
|@ AmyKinLA : Affleck just WON'T say he's upset about the Oscar snub. Says he's a member of the Academy & so are the filmmakers he admires. #GoldenGlobes|
Remember when Jennifer Lawrence said "I beat Meryl" and everyone thought she was slamming Meryl Streep and not referencing "First Wives Club."
Some stars didn't make the best-dressed list. From HuffPost Style:
The 2013 Golden Globes took place on Sunday night in Los Angeles, and true to form, brought out the very best in fashion and style. As it happens, they also brought out the worst in red carpet dresses, from misplaced cutouts to heavy fabric to frocks that don't belong at a prestigious awards ceremony.
From the red carpet, some of the Golden Globes best-dressed celebrities. Via HuffPost Style.
The 2013 Golden Globes had us jumping for joy. Not because some of our favorite TV shows and movies won (yay, "Homeland"), but because actresses took style chances on the red carpet this year, making for an interesting awards show (and an amazing best-dressed list).
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler say goodnight.
We'll find out on Feb. 24. More here on the film's Golden Globes win.
"Argo" beats "Lincoln," "Zero Dark Thirty," "Django Unchained" and "Life of Pi." Can it win the Oscar?
Julia Roberts is here to end this shindig by handing out the Best Motion Picture, Drama award.
That was a fun 20 minutes. More on the controversy here.
They're playing off Daniel Day-Lewis right now. Get worse, Golden Globes.
More on Daniel Day-Lewis' Best Actor win here. Now, now, now, the dude is spry.
Daniel Day-Lewis beat Denzel Washington, Richard Gere, Joaquin Phoenix and John Hawkes for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama.
"Are you sure there's room for another ex-president on the stage?" Day-Lewis says.
It's Jennifer Lawrence vs. Jessica Chastain at the Academy Awards. Who you got?
More on Chastain's win here. She compared her character, Maya, to director Kathryn Bigelow.
Chastain wins for "Zero Dark Thirty." She beats Helen Mirren, Marion Cotillard, Naomi Watts, Rachel Weisz.
|@ EDouglasWW : So if Argo wins the GG, is it still in the game for Best Picture at Oscars or is it another movie to end its run on GG night?|
"Les Miserables" beat "Silver Linings Playbook," an upset, of sorts, considering the power Harvey Weinstein usually has at the Golden Globes. More on the "Les Mis" win here.
|@ mattsinger : In a bold move, the creators of LES MISERABLES are singing their acceptance speech LIVE.|
Can you hear the people sing? "Les Miserables" wins Best Musical or Comedy from the Golden Globes, beating "Silver Linings Playbook," "Moonrise Kingdom," "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" and "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen."
|@ lisaschwarzbaum : Hey, Seth MacFarlane and the Oscar boys: the girls of the Golden Globes say you got SERVED.|
More on Jackman's Best Actor win. Will he beat Daniel Day-Lewis at the Academy Awards on Feb. 24? (Probably not.)
First time Tom Hooper has been called a visionary.
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