Golden Globes 2013: Former President Clinton makes surprise appearance

This image released by NBC shows former President Bill Clinton introducing best picture nominee "Lincoln" during the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 13, 2013, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/NBC, Paul Drinkwater)
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Former President Bill Clinton surprised Hollywood's Sunday night with a cameo at the Golden Globe Awards.

He was on hand to introduce Steven Spielberg's Civil War film, "Lincoln," which was up for best drama. The movie, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, follows Abraham Lincoln's final months in office as he tries to abolish slavery.

Clinton received a standing ovation when walked onstage.

"A tough fight to push a bill through a bitterly divided House of Representatives. Winning it required the president to make a lot of unsavory deal that had nothing to do with the big issue. I wouldn't know anything about that," he said.

"President Lincoln's struggle to abolish slavery reminds us that enduring progress is forged in a cauldron of both principal and compromise," Clinton continued. "This brilliant film shows us how he did it and gives us hope that we can do it again.

Amy Poehler, co-host of the ceremony, said after Clinton left the stage, "Wow, what an exciting special guest! That was Hillary Clinton's husband!" Poehler had portrayed Hillary Clinton several times while she was starring on "Saturday Night Live."