‘Power of the Dog’, ‘West Side Story’ take top Golden Globes at off-screen ceremony

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 10 (Reuters) – Dark Western “The Power of the Dog” and a “West Side Story” remake took home top awards on Sunday at a scaled-down Golden Globe ceremony held privately without the glitzy lineup usual for the best Hollywood TV and movie stars.

Actors, directors and movie studios largely ignored the Globes this year after criticism in 2021 that its organizers, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), were operating with questionable ethics policies and no black members. Longtime broadcaster NBC has chosen not to air this year’s awards.

The HFPA, which has broadened and diversified its membership and overhauled its practices, announced its choices at a ceremony in Beverly Hills that was held behind closed doors. HFPA philanthropic grant recipients sat in the audience and announced the winners. The winners were revealed via social media and a live blog.

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Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story”, a youthful love story set among rival street gangs, was named Best Musical or Comedy. Released by Walt Disney Co (DIS.N), the film won three awards in total, including Best Actress for Rachel Zegler.

Netflix’s “The Power of the Dog” also won three awards, including Best Director for Jane Campion.

Other acting honors went to Will Smith for playing the determined father of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams in “King Richard” and Nicole Kidman for his role as Lucille Ball in “Being the Ricardos”.

“Thanks for the recognition! Kidman, one of the few winners to recognize their award, wrote on Instagram. “Lucille, this is for you and all the other amazing nominated women.”

Andrew Garfield won the Best Actor award for his role as playwright Jonathan Larson in the musical “Tick, Tick … Boom!”

For television, the ferocious family business saga “Succession” received the award for best drama and “Hacks”, about a declining actress, was crowned best comedy.

Netflix topped all studios with four film awards. HBO and HBO Max (TN) landed the most television honors, with six.

“JOURNEY OF CHANGE”

The 78th Venice Film Festival – Screening of the film ‘The Power of the Dog’ in competition – Red carpet arrivals – Venice, Italy September 2, 2021 – Actress Kirsten Dunst, director Jane Campion and actor Benedict Cumberbatch pose. REUTERS / Yara Nardi

Mj Rodriguez, was named Best Actress in Television Drama for “Pose”. It was the first Golden Globe awarded to a transgender actress.

“Wow thank you!” she wrote on Instagram. “This is the door that will open the door to a lot more young talent.”

“West Side Story” stars Zegler and Ariana DeBose, who won the award for Best Supporting Actress, also acknowledged their victories.

“There is still work to be done, but when you’ve worked so hard on a project – steeped in blood, sweat, tears and love – seeing and acknowledging the work will always be special. Thank you,” DeBose tweeted. . .

The Globes normally draw millions of viewers to a celebrity-filled red carpet and a champagne dinner that creates a glamorous but informal contrast to the Oscars, the industry’s highest cinematic accolades.

In the past, winning a Globe has given Oscar-nominated films a boost. This year, the meaning is less clear. Awards Watchers will be closely following other upcoming awards ceremonies like the Screen Actors Guild and Producers Guild of America ahead of the March 27 Oscars.

Critics had objected to the HFPA’s lack of black members and questioned whether a close relationship with Hollywood studios influenced the selection of nominees and winners. In May, Tom Cruise returned the three Golden Globe statuettes he had won.

The HFPA responded by adding 21 new members, six of whom are black, banning gifts and favors, and implementing training on diversity and sexual harassment. The group now has 105 members and plans to grow this year.

“We are on a path of change and we are not going to rest,” HFPA President Helen Hoehne said in a statement.

At the ceremony, the HFPA released supporting videos from actors Jamie Lee Curtis, who praised the group’s charitable work, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, who said winning a Golden Globe in 1977 helped launch his career.

“They understand that to support the arts and creativity, you have to cultivate new, original and diverse voices,” he said of the HFPA.

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Reporting by Lisa Richwine; Additional reporting by Marie-Louise Gumuchian; Editing by Christopher Cushing, Karishma Singh and Gerry Doyle

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