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Published On: Mon, Jan 14th, 2013

Steven Spielberg linked to Bill Clinton appearance at Golden Globes

“Lincoln” director Steven Spielberg reportedly helped arrange for Bill Clinton to appear at Sunday’s Golden Globes.

Bill Clinton appeared at the 2013 Golden Globes thanks to director Steven Spielberg  photo screenshot of coverage

Bill Clinton appeared at the 2013 Golden Globes thanks to director Steven Spielberg photo screenshot of coverage

Sources tell Deadline that the former President’s introduction tonight of Spielberg’s film about Abraham Lincoln was an almost state secret.

“We had this on lockdown,” said DreamWorks co-chair/CEO Stacey Snider, one of the people who helped organize the appearance for the DreamWorks-Fox-Disney film. Only about a handful of people at the Globes knew the 42nd President was coming.

In fact, to keep things under wraps, Hollywood Foreign Press Association members who did know about the surprise were told to lie – and say that the special presenter was Prince Albert of Monaco.

Some of the HFPA hierarchy heard there would be a special guest in the first hour but didn’t know who it was. Certainly Golden Globes attendees dropping off their cars before the ceremony noticed that security was tighter than usual with rifles visible on authorities.

Clinton received the first standing ovation of the night when he came onstage.

Clinton called Lincoln a “brilliant film” in his remarks, and he also joked about some of the harsh realities of politics that Lincoln reveals in the Civil War era President’s desire to see slavery outlawed. “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,” he said to big laughs.

Lincoln’s only win was Daniel Day-Lewis for Best Actor In A Motion Picture – Drama.

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- Stephen is a contributor and writer on The Dispatch. Stephen is the founder and editor for the Steven Spielberg Fan Club website and contributes to pop culture stories on The Dispatch, especially upcoming movie news. Beginning in 2016, Stephen took the role of Managing Editor for the Tampa Dispatch.

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  6. Design Moves says:

    I was so surprised to see President Clinton (or “Hillary Clinton’s husband” as Amy said) Glad he presented the award.

    Thanks,
    Juan Gomez
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