Although it has never reached the prestige of the Oscars, the Golden Globes has been one of the most prestigious film and television awards in the US since 1944.
The 78th Golden Globe Awards was held in an unusual way, as expected under the era of the pandemic. This time it was a 90-minute closed-door event, with no nominees, no red carpet, no press and no live coverage. Golden Globe, known as the first awards ceremony of the season, was held almost two months later than in previous years due to Covid-19. The two hosts were the well-known duo of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, for the fourth time.
Everyone is wondering why the gala was even organized, not only because of the diversity and corruption scandals surrounding the award-giving organisation (Hollywood Foreign Press Association), but also because of the omicron wave, as Hollywood and other US festival and event organisers have already cancelled a number of events or rescheduled them onto online forms, such as the Grammy Awards and the Sundance Film Festival.
Yet the HFPA still held a closed-door event, even though they could have used the Covid to buy some time, sort things out and wait for the scandal to die down.
NBC, which owns US TV rights, announced well in advance that this year’s gala would not be broadcast, to give the organisation some time until 2023 to rectify the problems. The lack of black voters during the last 20 years who also decide on the awards, has been a topic of discussion for about a year now, so as the question how corruptible the organization itself is.
The HFPA is on the way, changes have been made. However, the US film industry is hardly convinced, with several film and TV series companies, studios, streaming providers and PR agencies boycotting this year’s gala.
In the end, the HFPA decided to organize it, but only its members and the organisations they support will attend, and the event will not be broadcast in any form, instead the winners will be announced on their Twitter page (and later on their website).
The most awards went to Netflix‘s “The Power of the Dog” and Steven Spielberg‘s “West Side Story”, both of which won 3-3 awards. In the TV categories, it was Warnermedia‘s HBO and HBO Max took the show, with “Succession” winning the most awards. The full list of winners:
Best Film (drama): “The Power of the Dog”
Best Actress (drama): Nicole Kidman (“Being the Ricardos”)
Best Actor (drama): Will Smith (“King Richard”)
Best Film (musical or comedy): “West Side Story”
Best Actress (musical or comedy): Rachel Zegler – “West Side Story”
Best Actor (musical or comedy): Andrew Garfield (“Tick, tick… BOOM!”)
Best Animated Feature: “Encanto”
Best Foreign Language Film: “Drive My Car”
Best Supporting Actress: Ariana DeBose – “West Side Story”
Best Supporting Actor: Kodi Smit-McPhee – “The Power of the Dog”
Best Director: Jane Campion – “The Power of the Dog”
Best Screenplay: Kennet Branagh – “Belfast”
Best Original Score: Hans Zimmer – “Dune”
Best Original Soundtrack: Billie Eilish, Finneas O’Connell – “No Time to Die”
Best Series (drama): “Succession”
Best Actress (drama Series): Michaela Jaé Rodriguez – “Pose”
Best Actor (drama series): Jeremy Strong – “The Power of the Dog”
Best Series (comedy or musical): “Hacks”
Best Actress (comedy or musical series): Jean Smart – “Hacks”
Best Actor (comedy or musical): Jason Sudeikis – “Ted Lasso”
Best Miniseries, Anthology Series or TV/streaming Film: “The Underground Railroad”
Best Actress (miniseries, anthology series or TV/streaming): Kate Winslet – “Mare of Easttown”
Best Actor (mini, anthology series or TV/streaming): Michael Keaton – “Dopesick”
Best Supporting Actress (series, TV/streaming): Sarah Snook – “The Power of the Dog”
Best Supporting Actress (series, TV/streaming): O Yeong-su – “Squid Game”