Once derided as something of a joke during his acting career for flops like Gigli, Affleck had the last laugh when he was named best director at the Golden Globes for his Iran hostage-crisis drama Argo, which also picked up best film. There was also glory for best actor Daniel Day-Lewis for his portrayal of the former US president in Lincoln, while Les Miserables stars Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman also picked up best acting awards.
Alice Tai Yuen-ying
The outspoken former ombudsman returned to the spotlight when the government appointed her to head a panel to resolve education disputes. The 63-year-old was a frequent critic of government policies before stepping down as ombudsman in 2009, but has now been tapped to lead a board to deal with conflicts in schools.
The 21-year-old from Wuhan made history when he became the first Chinese man to play in a grand-slam tournament in the Open era. Chinese tennis fans have to look back as far as 1959, when Mei Fuchi took part in Wimbledon, for the last male player at a grand slam. Alas, the dream didn't last long - Wu was beaten 7-5, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, by Croatia's Ivan Dodig in the first round.