It was a surprise for most that Clinton was on stage, but not for those who know Steven Spielberg, the director of Lincoln. Spielberg and Clinton have had a long relationship
January 15, 2013 – President Bill Clinton surprised an audience full of Hollywood stars when he appeared on stage to present Lincoln, one of the films that was vying for Best Drama Picture at the Golden Globe Awards. Clinton was appearing on the Golden Globes, but was hoping to be heard by the Academy Awards’ voters who will soon be voting for the Oscars.
It was a surprise for most that Clinton was on stage, but not for those who know Steven Spielberg, the director of Lincoln. Spielberg and Clinton have had a long relationship. In Little Rock, Arkansas where the Clinton Presidential Center is located, there is a Norman Rockwell painting of New York Harbor’s Statue of Liberty, which Spielberg gave as a gift to Clinton and during Clinton’s presidency it hung in his Oval Office.
Following Clinton’s short stay on stage Amy Poehler reappeared on stage and told the audience the person who just appeared had been Hillary Clinton’s husband. Tina Fey then added that it was Bill Rodham Clinton. Both remarks received laughter and applause.
No details were discussed by DreamWorks officials when asked about the arrangements that were necessary for Clinton to appear. Officials would only say that Clinton arrived by plane around 5 p.m. and was there as the show began. Clinton also came to attend another charity event.
Rupert Murdoch, the media icon, who attended the awards show with his wife, did not seem wowed by the former president’s appearance. Murdoch said Spielberg wanted to win so bad he called in all of his favors and flew Clinton in to appear.
When asked after the awards show how he arranged for Clinton to appear, Spielberg sidestepped the question by saying you will have to refer to the Hollywood Foreign Press for that.
The HFP Association cast ballots over a week ago for the show therefore Clinton’s appearance did not influence the outcome of the voting. Lincoln did not win the best drama trophy that went to Argo, directed by Ben Affleck.