Quentin Tarantino

The “Django” scribe/helmer was nonplussed to win the screenplay award. “Wow, I wasn’t expecting this … this is a damn surprise. He went on to thank the people he reads his scripts to when he’s writing. “You guys don’t know how important you are to my process. I don’t want input. I don’t want you to tell me if I’m doing anything wrong. Heaven forbid. When I read it to you, I hear it through your ears, and it lets me know I’m on the right track.” Backstage, Tarantino shook things up by dropping the n-word and blasting its critics. “What they’re actually saying is I should soften it, I should lie, I should massage and whitewash these characters.”

Don Cheadle

The “House of Lies” thesp, who took home the Globe for actor in a TV comedy, followed Tarantino and told reporters, “please no n-word questions.”

Christoph Waltz

The “Django Unchained” supporting actor winner addressed the pic’s race controversy: “It should be controversial.”

Anne Hathaway

The “Les Miserables” thesp told the HFPA: “Thank you for this lovely blunt object that I will forever use as a weapon against self-doubt.” She went on to thank fellow supporting actress, film nominee and “Lincoln” star Sally Field, by noting that the two-time Oscar-winner had taught others to shun typecasting by going from “Gidget” and “The Flying Nun” to roles like “Norma Rae.” As reporters backstage asked what she was working on next, Hathaway joked: “My tan … and it’s not going well.”

Julianne Moore

“In no way was this a biopic or a character assassination,” said the “Game Change” star on her portrayal of vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin. “This was a story about political process.” She also acknowledged the election’s other Palin impersonator, Tina Fey. “I thought what she and Katie Couric did in 2008 changed that election.”

Jennifer Lawrence

The “Silver Linings Playbook” star teased perennial winner Meryl Streep when she came onstage to accept her actress in a comedy or musical award. “Oh, what does it say, ‘I beat Meryl’? Jokes aside, I am so honored to be in a film like this. Harvey, thank you for killing whoever you had to kill to get me up here today,” she continued, thanking the film’s producer, Harvey Weinstein. Backstage, Lawrence was a deer in the headlights, coming up to the microphone to say “What am I supposed to do?”

Mychael Danna

The composer won the prize for his score for “Life of Pi.” He said he shared the award with helmer Ang Lee. “Ang, I will always treasure this voyage we made together. Thanks for guiding us all to shore safely.”

Damian Lewis

After winning the award for TV actor, drama, the “Homeland” star took a moment to thank his late mother. “I want to dedicate this to my mom who I know is up there tonight looking down on me bursting, telling everyone how well her son is doing at ‘acting. ‘ ”

Alex Dansa

The “Homeland” creator/exec producer felt a little validated with the show’s TV drama win: “We fairly killed ourselves trying to live up to the hype of that first season and this award tells us that maybe, maybe, we didn’t screw it up,” he said.

Lena Dunham

The creator of “Girls,” which won the award for top TV comedy as well as a kudo for the leading lady herself, gave a shout out to HBO. “Cable television was the only place where I could tell stories I wanted to tell.” She also told reporters backstage that she’s not getting married “until all gay people can get married.”

Hugh Jackman

The thesp was ready to party after his win for actor in a comedy or musical film. “I think Tom Hooper and the gang have redefined the movie musical. As for how I’m going to celebrate, I’m Australian, come on!”

Amy Poehler

The Globes co-host was star-struck by President Bill Clinton’s surprise appearance: “Wow, what an exciting special guest! That was Hillary Clinton’s husband!”

Adele

The “Skyfall” thrush took home the prize for song and high-fived Daniel Craig, James Bond himself, on her way to the podium. “Honestly I’ve come out for a night out with my friend Ida, we’re new mums … I was not expecting this! Thank you so much for letting me be a part of your world for a night. It’s amazing, we’ve been pissing ourselves laughing, all of you.”

Jodie Foster

The Cecil B. DeMille honoree celebrated her lifetime achievement award by coming out — as a single woman. Onstage, she hinted that she may be retiring from acting. “It’s just that from now on, I may be holding a different talking stick.” But she clarified backstage when reporters asked if she was retiring. “Oh, that’s so funny. You couldn’t drag me away. And I’d like to be directing tomorrow.”

Jessica Chastain

The “Zero Dark Thirty” star hailed helmer Kathyn Bigelow after snagging the award for film drama actress. “To powerful, fearless women! You’ve done more for women in cinema than you take credit for.”

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