Alas, the 81st Golden Globes have arrived – one of Hollywood’s most lavish celebrations of film and television. It is the first ceremony of its kind to take place since the SAG-AFTRA strikes.
The annual awards took place in Los Angeles, welcoming some of cinema and television's most celebrated talent including Timothée Chalamet, Margot Robbie, Barry Keoghan, and Pedro Pascal.
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The awards were hosted by comedian and actor Jo Koy - who proved to be rather discordant amongst attendees and viewers at home following some questionable ‘jokes’ cracked throughout the evening.
Koy reduced “Barbie” to just “a movie about a plastic doll with big boobies.” He further poked fun at Taylor Swift and her relationship with NFL star Travis Kelce, the star was filmed with an unimpressed expression afterward. A final blow was to “Oppenheimer,” as he exclaimed the film was “one hour too long,” while Christopher Nolan who sat in the front row, reacted bemusedly.
Despite this, the star-studded guest list still made the most of celebrating 2023’s monumental year of cinema.
To nobody’s surprise, “Oppenheimer” dominated the cinema segment of the evening: sweeping a grand total of five Golden Globe trophies. This included Best Drama, lead actor Cillian Murphy took home Best Actor, composer Ludwig Göransson attained Best Original Score and Robert Downey Jr. achieved Best Supporting Actor. Well deservedly, the man behind it all – Christopher Nolan secured the award for Best Director, thanking the Oppenheimer cast and remembering the late Heath Ledger in his acceptance speech.
Greta Gerwig’s “Barbie," nominated for nine categories overall, snatched the first-ever Cinematic and Box office achievement Golden Globe. Earning $1.4 million globally and $636 million in North America alone. Billie Eilish accepted the award for Best Original Song “What Was I Made For?” alongside her brother Finneas O’Connell – the soundtrack peaked at 14 on the Billboard Hot 100.
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HBO’s “Succession” took the lead in many wins in the television department. Sarah Snook won Best Actress, Kieran Culkin scored Best Actor and Matthew Mcfadyen received Best Supporting Actor. The series itself won a Globe for Best Drama. The show now holds the record for most wins in the Best Drama category.
FX’s drama “The Bear” ate up its competitors, winning three awards on the night including Best Comedy Television Series. Lead role actor Jeremy Allen White was triumphant in the Best Actor in a TV Comedy, as well as co-star Ayo Edebiri who took home her first ever Globe for Best Actress in a TV Comedy.
It is clear what series and motion pictures managed to seize our attention on the big screen this past year. Ceremonies like the Golden Globes are a testament to those who bring the movie magic to life. The endless hours of hard work, year after year, never go unnoticed.
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