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Another year, another Golden Globes. Usually filled with surprising and oftentimes controversial moments, the Golden Globes are typically thought of as the wild younger brother to the Oscars. Hosts have gotten in trouble over their comments, presenters have made rough jokes, and Los Angeles just recently investigated the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for its severe lack of diversity. For these reasons, especially the last reason, they declined to televise it in 2022. The Globes needed to take a year off to recalibrate and find their footing again. This is the first year officially back, so the anticipation was pretty intense. What would they look like this year? Who would present? Would they follow in Ricky Gervais’ footsteps or Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh’s?
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On the 11th, we finally got these answers. Turns out, it’s somewhere in between. Jerrod Carmichael hosted this year, and he had plenty of insightful commentary about the Golden Globes itself, as well as about the nominees up for awards that night. He blended his typical dry incisive jokes (including a particularly searing one regarding Tom Cruise and Shelly Miscavige) with a gentler, more self-aware tone. Basically, he ended up being the perfect host to reboot the Globes. While the Globes ceremony wasn’t as nearly as crazy as in recent years, there’s still much to talk about. The winners, the shocks, and everything in between is all worthy of conversation.
Let’s start with the most obvious, that being the winners of each category. There were plenty of choices that surprised no one. Perhaps the easiest winner to predict beforehand was Michelle Yeoh. Nabbing the award for ‘Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy’ is an enormous deal, and Yeoh knows it. She’s been the talk of Hollywood ever since the release earlier in the year of ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once,’ the closest a movie has ever come to a pure distillation of kindness. The constant raving throughout 2022 is starting to pay off in the current awards season, and this is proof. Her co-star in the film Ke Huy Quan found himself in a similar situation when he won the award for ‘Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture.’ His speech was incredibly emotional, detailing the 20-year-long career difficulties and his newfound confidence in his abilities after being chosen to play Waymond, Michelle Yeoh’s character’s silly yet strong husband. He gave special thanks to the man who gave him his first opportunity (Steven Spielberg), the two Daniels, and his wife Echo.
The cast from the Daniels’ magnum opus wasn’t the only sure bet: Jennifer Coolidge won after being praised for her portrayal of ‘White Lotus’ character Tonya, a lost middle-aged woman in search of true fulfillment through luxury hotel hopping (her heart is in the right place, if a little misguided). Her speech was hilarious and powerful, adding some colorful language to the night that the Golden Globes are occasionally known for. She won ‘Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series.’ Another surefire win was the show ‘Abbott Elementary,’ which won ‘Best Comedy Series.’ Its main stars, Quinta Brunson and Tyler James Williams, each won awards for their respective roles. There was no shock about that, since ‘Abbott Elementary’ has been nothing short of a critical and commercial cornerstone of 2022. In her speech, Quinta Brunson claimed that, “During a very tough time in this country, I’m happy that ‘Abbott Elementary’ is able to make people laugh.” Right on, Quinta.
Among the shocks were some of the biggest awards of the night. Most people imagined the commercial behemoth ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ would be the winner for ‘Best Drama Motion Picture.’ The latest Tom Cruise vehicle has been hailed as a savior of movie theaters and blockbusters on a massive scale. This part of its success story was bound to push it to be favored as the winner of the biggest award of the night. However, ‘Best Drama Motion Picture’ went to none other than ‘The Fablemans.’ While ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ had commercial and critical success, ‘The Fablemans’ had one major thing that made it irresistible to Golden Globes voters: it’s a movie about movies. Not only that, but it’s based on Spielberg’s life and early love of them as well. In his speech, Spielberg talked about his real-life experience with John Cassavetes, the director featured in the film.
Another upset of the night was ‘Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.’ Colin Farrell won for his hilariously dark turn in ‘The Banshee of Insherin.’ Most people were expecting Daniel Craig to win for his amazing sleuthing skills in ‘Glass Onion: A Knives Out Story.’ It may be a surprise to be sure, but in the grand scheme of things, both were equally deserving of that award.
Of course, there were also plenty of highlights. Many celebrities had fun with their award speeches. For instance, Michelle Yeoh had a few choice words for the conductor trying to play her off-stage: she pointed out, “I could beat you up!” It got a huge laugh from the audience. Jennifer Coolidge showcased her colorful vocabulary after thanking all the people who gave her small acting jobs that “kept her going.” She joked about a hook taking off stage at the Emmys, and how it prevented her from praising Mike White.
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But the biggest laugh of the night had to come from Eddie Murphy. He was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award, which is probably the most famous award the Golden Globes provides. At the end of his speech, he gave his three biggest pieces of advice. Pay taxes, mind your business, and keep Will Smith’s wife’s name out of your mouth. Eddie Murphy later said that the joke was good fun and that sometimes a person should just make a comment and then move on.
The Golden Globes are back, new and improved. The HFPA has tried making up for its controversial and spotty past, the winners in each category had strong speeches, and there were plenty of joyous moments to be celebrated. Overall, it was a pretty good first time back.
All Golden Globes 2023 Winners:
Best Motion Picture – Drama
‘The Fabelmans’ – Universal Pictures
Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture – Drama
Cate Blanchett – ‘Tár’
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Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture – Drama
Austin Butler – ‘Elvis’
Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
‘The Banshees of Inisherin’ – Searchlight Pictures
Best Performance By An Actress in A Motion Picture – Musical and Comedy
Michelle Yeoh – ‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’
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Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Colin Farrell – ‘Banshees of Inisherin’
Best Motion Picture – Animated
‘Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio’- Netflix
Best Motion Picture – Non-English Language
‘Argentina,1985’ – Argentina – Amazon Prime Video
Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role In Any Motion Picture
Angela Bassett – ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’
Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role In A Motion Picture
Ke Huy Quan – ‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’
Best Director – Motion Picture
Steven Spielberg – ‘The Fabelmans’
Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Martin McDonagh – ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’
Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Justin Hurwitz -‘Babylon’
Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“Naatu Naatu” – ‘RRR’
Music by: M.M. Keeravani
Lyrics by: Chandrabose
Best Television Series – Drama
‘House of Dragon’ – HBO Max
Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series – Drama
Zendaya – ‘Euphoria’
Best Performance By An Actor In A Television Series – Drama
Kevin Costner – ‘Yellowstone’
Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
‘Abbott Elementary’ – ABC
Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Quinta Brunson – ‘Abbott Elementary’
Best Performance By An Actor In A Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Jeremy Allen White -‘The Bear’
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Best Television Limited Series, Anthology Series, or Motion Picture Made For Television
‘The White Lotus: Sicily’ – HBO Max
Best Performance By An Actress In A Limited Series, Anthology Series, or Motion Picture Made For Television
Amanda Seyfried – ‘The Dropout’
Best Performance By An Actor In A Limited Series, Anthology Series, or Motion Picture Made For Television
Evan Peters – ‘Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story’
Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role In A Limited Series, Anthology Series, or Motion Picture Made For Television
Jennifer Coolidge – ‘The White Lotus’
Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role In A Limited Series, Anthology Series, or Motion Picture Made For Television
Paul Walter Hauser – ‘Black Bird’
Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role In A Musical -Comedy or Drama Television Series
Julia Garner – ‘Ozark’
Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role In A Musical -Comedy or Drama Television Series
Tyler James Williams – ‘Abbott Elementary’
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