‘Life of Pi’ wins best original score at Golden Globes

Staff writer, with CNA, and AFP, LOS ANGELES

Tue, Jan 15, 2013 - Page 7

The 3-D film Life of Pi by Taiwanese director Ang Lee (李安) won the Best Original Score at the 70th Golden Globe Awards on Sunday.

Canadian film composer Mychael Danna said he wanted to share the award with Lee.

“Ang, I will always treasure this voyage we made together. Thank you for guiding us all to shore so safely,” Danna said in his acceptance speech.

“Life of Pi, adapted from Canadian novelist Yann Martel’s best-selling, Man Booker Prize-winning 2001 novel of the same name, explores faith through tales of a shipwrecked boy adrift on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger.

The movie, more than 70 percent of which was shot in Taiwan, scored Golden Globe nominations for the best motion picture (drama), best director and best original score.

Life of Pi had earned more than US$450 million at box offices worldwide as of Jan. 11, making it Lee’s highest-grossing film.

It has also garnered 11 Academy Award nominations, more than any other film this year except for Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, which scored 12.

Ben Affleck’s Iran hostage drama Argo and musical Les Miserables were the big winners at the Golden Globes, while Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln went home with only one award.

Affleck won both best dramatic film and director for his movie about a CIA mission to rescue diplomats in Tehran in 1979, while Les Miserables won best film, actor and supporting actress in the musical/comedy category.

As expected, Daniel Day-Lewis won best drama actor for his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln, but that was the only top award for Spielberg’s film, which had topped the nominations tally with seven at the 70th annual Globe awards.

Favorite Jessica Chastain, meanwhile, won best drama actress as a relentless CIA agent tracking down Osama bin Laden in Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty, while Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained won two key prizes.

However, the night, to the surprise of some, belonged to Affleck, who took the top two prizes. The actor-director, who plays a CIA agent who rescues six US diplomats from the Canadian ambassador’s residence in Tehran in 1979, paid tribute to real-life agents and diplomats, including the character he played.

“Really this award is about Tony Mendez. You saw him. He’s an American hero. He represents the [US] foreign service making sacrifices every day for Americans. Our troops overseas. I want to thank them very much,” he said.

The movie has been accused of taking liberties with history, notably by exaggerating the role of the CIA in getting the US diplomats out, at the expense of the Canadian envoy in Tehran at the time.