By LINDSEY BAHR, AP screenwriter
The Golden Globe Awards, Hollywood’s so-called biggest party that has regularly drawn 18 million viewers, was reduced to a live blog on Sunday night for its 79th edition.
The struggling Hollywood Foreign Press Association gave its awards to films Sunday night without a TV show, nominees, red carpet, host, press, or even live. Instead, members of the HFPA and some of the group’s philanthropic grant recipients gathered at the Beverly Hilton Hotel for a 90-minute private event, announcing the names of the film and TV winners on social media. organisation.
Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” has won several major awards, for Best Comedy or Musical, Best Actress for Rachel Zegler and Best Supporting Actor for Ariana DeBose.
Netflix’s gothic western “The Power of the Dog” was named best dramatic film, along with other accolades for directing Jane Campion and supporting performance by Kodi Smit-McPhee.
Other winning films included Will Smith for “King Richard”, Nicole Kidman for “Being the Ricardos” and Andrew Garfield for “tick, tick … BOOM!” The Japanese film “Drive My Car”, also the darling of a group of critics, won the award for best non-English-speaking film, while “Encanto” won the animation award.
While announcing the winners on social media might seem like a straightforward task, those who follow only on Twitter can be somewhat confused at times. Tweets often left out the project someone won for.
To announce the winner for Best Actor, Musical or Comedy, the organization tweeted: “It takes 43 muscles to smile. Thanks for training Andrew Garfield and congratulations on winning the #GoldenGlobe for Best Actor — Cinema — Music / Comedy “, failing to mention that the award was in turn in” Tic, Tic … Boom! “
Other times the tweets were just baffling. Announcing the victory of “West Side Story,” the group first wrote, “If laughter is the best medicine, @WestSideMovie is the cure for your ailments” of the drama full of death and tragedy. They then deleted the tweet and wrote a new one about “music” being the best medicine.
Television winners included: Sarah Snook and Jeremy Strong for “Succession,” which won Best Television Drama, Jean Smart for “Hacks,” who also won Best Television Comedy, Jason Sudeikis for ” Ted Lasso, ”Kate Winslet for“ Mare of Easttown, “O Yeong-su for“ Squid Game ”and Michael Keaton for“ Dopesick. ”Barry Jenkins’“ The Underground Railroad ”got Best Limited Series. The group said on her website that “Pose” star Michaela Jaé Rodriguez had become the first trans person to win a Golden Globe.
None of the winners appeared to be in attendance at the event, and they did not immediately comment on their awards.
Jamie Lee Curtis, however, intervened with a video message shared on the group’s Twitter, speaking of the HFPA’s charitable work.
“I just wanted to honor them and support them in this ongoing advocacy,” Curtis said. “I am proud to be associated with them in this adventure.
The HFPA appealed to leaders of groups to which it has awarded grants to announce the winners. Arnold Schwarzenegger also intervened with a video message, thanking the group for recognizing him as “New Star of the Year” in 1977.
That the organization organized any type of event came as a surprise to many in Hollywood. The HFPA has come under fire after a Los Angeles Times investigation in February revealed ethical lapses and a startling lack of diversity – there was not a single black journalist in the group of 87. Studios and PR agencies threatened to boycott. Tom Cruise has even returned his three Golden Globes, while other A-listers have condemned the group on social media.
They pledged to reform last year, but even after a public statement on the 78th show, their longtime broadcast partner NBC announced in May that it would not broadcast the 2022 Golden Globes because “A change in this magnitude takes time and work “. The broadcaster typically pays around $ 60 million for the broadcast rights to the show, which ranks among the most-watched awards show behind the Oscars and Grammys.
Although often ridiculed, Hollywood had come to accept the Golden Globes as a legitimate and useful step in a competitive awards season. And for audiences around the world, it was a pretty lively evening, with glamorous fashion, major stars, the promise of champagne-fueled speeches, and hosts – from Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to Ricky Gervais – who regularly laughed at the HFPA.
After the NBC blow, it was widely expected that the HFPA would just sit there all year. Hollywood studios and publicists have also largely chosen not to engage with the group as they have in the past, with some declining to offer film reviewers for consideration. When the nominees were announced last month, few celebrated publicly.
The news organization claims that in the months following her 2021 show, she recovered. The group added a diversity manager; reshuffled its board of directors; inducted 21 new members, including six black journalists; brings the NAACP into a five-year partnership; and updated its code of conduct.
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