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Bill Clinton, Golden Globes: President Appears To Present 'Lincoln'

01/13/2013 09:07 pm ET | Updated Jan 13, 2013

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.

A full list of nominees can be found on the the Golden Globes website and The Huffington Post.

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.

Golden Globes Winners And More

01/13/2013 11:49 PM EST

Good Night From The HuffPost Golden Globes War Room

We'll see you at the Grammy Awards on Feb. 10!

@ m1keh0gan :

Trying to persuade @Kia_Mak and @chrisjrosen that IT AIN'T YOU, ABE is a great headline that we need to use right now.

01/13/2013 11:48 PM EST

Golden Globes Winners

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.

01/13/2013 11:37 PM EST

Did Jodie Foster Come Out?

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.

01/13/2013 11:31 PM EST

We Agree On This

@ m1keh0gan :

J-Law rocks. I think she wins Best Actress next month on the strength of being awesome tonight.

01/13/2013 11:25 PM EST

In An Alternate Reality ...

@ mattsinger :

SALMON FLAVORED JELL-O SHOTS! #salmonfishingintheyemengoldenglobesafterparty

01/13/2013 11:24 PM EST

Gaining Momentum

@ Breznican :

Most interesting theory heard at Globes: Argo gets Best Picture Oscar as rest of Academy overcompensates for directors' Affleck snub.

01/13/2013 11:24 PM EST

Staying Classy

@ 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

01/13/2013 11:22 PM EST

She Beat Meryl

Remember when Jennifer Lawrence said "I beat Meryl" and everyone thought she was slamming Meryl Streep and not referencing "First Wives Club."

01/13/2013 11:20 PM EST

Flashback!

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.

01/13/2013 11:19 PM EST

Flashback!

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).

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