The Golden Globes went off without pomp in a hall devoid of celebrities, red carpets and glowing media coverage. Instead, the winners were tweeted live on the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s social media channels, with the show focusing on philanthropy.
Netflix was the big winner on the night at the movies, while HBO was ahead in television, and yet neither of them can even take the ball for a touchdown. Netflix landed Best Picture (Drama) for the first time for “The Power of the Dog,” while also picking up director (Jane Campion) and supporting actor (Kodi Smit-McPhee).
20th Century Studios, under the Disney umbrella, won three major awards for “West Side Story,” including acting awards for Rachel Zegler in lead actress comedy and Ariana DeBose for supporting actress. Zegler is the first Latina to win the category, while DeBose is the second after her co-star Rita Moreno won for playing the same character in the 1961 version of the musical. Additionally, the animated feature “Encanto” added a big trophy as it continues to impact the music charts. The official “Encanto” Twitter page posted a congratulatory graphic for the victory.
Will Smith landed his first major award for “King Richard” for lead actor drama, while Andrew Garfield walked away unsurprisingly with the same comedy / musical award for “Tick, Tick… Boom!” The big shock came in the drama of the lead actress, which went to Nicole Kidman for her performance as Lucille Ball in “Being the Ricardos”.
Already immensely insignificant, the tweets were further drowned out by the tragic and shocking news of the death of TV star Bob Saget.
The show began at 6 p.m. PT, with a video on the official Golden Globes Twitter and YouTube channel “welcoming” people to the 79th annual ceremony. Newly elected HFPA President Helen Hoehne shared a statement via her Twitter feed: “The #GoldenGlobes are a bridge to a global audience of many colors, many religions and many cultures, all united by the same passion – a love of movies. Unfortunately, since the organization also recognizes TV shows, they seemed to exclude half of an entertainment industry that they reward. Considering the multiple mistakes the group have made over the past year, this should come as no surprise.
“Last year the Hollywood Foreign Press Association was challenged to change – and we did,” Hoehne said in a statement after the ceremony.
One talented publicist said: “If you’ve been on Zoom calls where they keep talking offensively, everyone would know that’s not true at all.”
Jamie Lee Curtis may have “broken the barrier”, so to speak, of celebrity talent within the HFPA. In a one-minute pre-recorded video, she read a speech about the organization’s philanthropic efforts throughout the year, particularly at their annual banquet which usually takes place in August. Curtis called the event a “very low-key and unofficial giveaway.”
Curtis adds, “I just wanted to honor and support them in this continuing advocacy of great need and great support that the HFPA continues to serve and provide with its generosity. I am proud to be associated with them in this adventure.
It could be a massive victory for the organization which has only faced a boycott of studios and celebrities since last March. When the nominations were announced in December, no formal statements were made by any of the nominees except people like Jessica Chastain, who simultaneously tweeted about her Globe and Critics Choice Awards nominations, who were revealed the same day.
The tweets announcing the winners made attempts at insolence, but former hosts Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were sorely missed.
“It was essentially the most expensive Instagram production of all time,” a presenter said. Variety.
The Golden Globes are usually a valuable stop on the awards circuit leading up to the Oscars. For the Emmys, they have a lot less impact, mainly due to their different eligibility timelines. In a vague attempt to repair their public image following revelations that the organization had no black members while demonstrating unethical and inappropriate behavior, the 103-member organization attempted to move from the front. It’s safe to say that their efforts were met with a half-hearted thud.
On the TV side, the Globes gave series wins to HBO (drama, for “Succession”), HBO Max (comedy, for “Hacks”) and Amazon Prime Video (limited series, for “The Underground Railroad”) on Sunday night – but whether they can really boast of these great victories remains the unanswered question.
For Amazon, winning the Golden Globe limited series / TV movie for Barry Jenkins’ “The Underground Railroad” is a triumph and a bit of a redemption for the project, after the critically-acclaimed miniseries were empty at the Emmy Awards in September. But will there be any congratulatory ads or some sort of victory lap for the streamer? Maybe internally, but in an odd year for the Globes, it might be.
Meanwhile, in a normal awards season, HBO Max would rejoice over “Hacks” in the comedy series to win over Emmy winner “Ted Lasso.” And FX could highlight the dramatic actress’ victory for “Pose” star Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, who was nominated – but did not win – the Emmy in September.
For her part, Rodriguez posted the victory on her Instagram account – and it was indeed a landmark event, as Rodriguez is the first trans actress to win a Golden Globe.
Emmy-beloved HBO’s “Succession” won this year’s Globes for Best Drama, Dramatic Actor (Jeremy Strong) and Supporting Actress (Sarah Snook). Then the show is finally looking to make inroads at the SAG Awards – and a successful performance at the Globes would normally be part of that campaign.
And then there’s the unprecedented victory for “Squid Game” star O Yeong-su, who was named Best Supporting Actor. Netflix is hoping to keep up the “Squid Game” momentum as the show takes the angle of SAG and Emmy nominations. A victory at the Globes – considered to be the first acting victory on television for a non-English production – would normally be a big deal in “Squid Game” ‘s path to awards history. This year? Not really.
And then, also set up for the Emmy season, Hulu’s “Dopesick,” which earned a limited-series acting victory for Michael Keaton. Will Keaton’s Globes win help or hinder his chances later this year?
Overall, HBO and HBO Max are probably biting their tongues right now, eager to scream from the rooftops about their Globes dominance in TV categories – if this was a normal year. HBO led with four wins, followed by HBO Max with two. Amazon Prime Video, FX, Apple TV Plus, Hulu, and Netflix each left with one.
Here is the full list of winners:
- Film (Drama): “The Power of the Dog” (Netflix)
- Film (comedy or musical): “West Side Story” (20th century studios)
- Main actor (drama): Will Smith, “King Richard” (Warner Bros.)
- Main actor (comedy or musical): Andrew Garfield, “Tick, Tick… Boom! “(Netflix)
- Main actress (drama): Nicole Kidman, “Being the Ricardos” (Amazon Studios)
- Main Actress (Comedy or Musical): Rachel Zegler, “West Side Story” (20th Century Studios)
- Supporting Actor (Film): Kodi Smit-McPhee, “The Power of the Dog” (Netflix)
- Supporting Actress (Film): Ariana DeBose, “West Side Story” (20th Century Studios)
- Director (film): Jane Campion, “The Power of the Dog” (Netflix)
- Screenplay (film): “Belfast” (Focus Features) – Kenneth Branagh
- Original music: “Dune” (Warner Bros.) – Hans Zimmer
- Original song: “No Time to Die” from “No Time to Die” (MGM / United Artists Releasing) – Billie Eilish, Finneas
- Movie (animation feature): “Encanto” (Walt Disney Pictures)
- Film (foreign language): “Drive My Car” (Japan)
- TV Series (Drama): “Succession” (HBO)
- TV series (comedy or musical): “Hacks” (HBO Max
Alternative: “Only the murders in the building” (Hulu)
- TV Series (Limited): “The Underground Railroad” (First Video)
- TV Actor (Drama): Jeremy Strong, “Succession” (HBO)
- Television actor (comedy or musical): Jason Sudeikis, “Ted Lasso” (Apple TV Plus)
- TV Actor (Limited): Michael Keaton, “Dopesick” (Hulu)
- TV Actress (Drama): MJ Rodriguez, “Pose” (FX)
- Television actress (comedy or musical): Jean Smart, “Hacks” (HBO)
- TV Actress (Limited): Kate Winslet, “Mare of Easttown” (HBO)
- Supporting Actor (TV): O Yeong-su, “Squid Game” (Netflix)
- Supporting Actress (TV): Sarah Snook, “Succession” (HBO)