Golden Globes shine bright in new format

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Madelaine Vikse, Lifestyle Editor

The Annual Golden Globe Awards looked different this year. Instead of airing live on NBC, the winners were released in real time over the Golden Globe Awards website as well as their Twitter.

The Golden Globe Awards are presented by The Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The association faced criticism in February of 2021 since the group of around 90 journalists had no Black members. In May of 2021, it was announced that the 2022 Golden Globe Awards would not air on live TV, after being dropped by NBC. 

Despite not being televised, the awards show took a different approach and throughout the night included the actions the HFPA is taking to become a more inclusive and diverse association

In an effort to respond to outcry over the association’s lack of inclusivity, the HFPA has given out over $50 million in scholarships and equipment and has restored around 130 films. The association now has a Board of Directors where two-thirds of the members are women and one third is made up of people of color. There is also a new Chief Diversity Officer and CEO. 

The HFPA and NAACP have partnered up to create the Reimagine Coalition. Both organizations aim to “support scholarships, fellowships, internships, and mentorship programs for people of color seeking careers in journalism and the entertainment industry, and to help place them in jobs, in addition to other initiatives such as restoring and digitizing Black films,” according to the Golden Globe Awards website.

The winners of the night

Ariana DeBose won Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for her role as Anita and Rachel Zegler won Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for her role as Maria in the 2021 remake of “West Side Story.” The Steven Spielberg adaption also snagged the Globe for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.

“The Power of the Dog,” a drama film, and “Succession,” a drama television series, came out successful at the Globes.

“The Power of the Dog,” a Western psychological film, won Best Motion Picture Drama and Jane Campion won Best Director – Motion Picture. Kodi Smit-McPhee won Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Drama for his role in the film.

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language went to the Japanese drama “Drive My Car,” based on a short story of the same name, and Best Animated Motion Picture went to “Encanto,” Disney’s first Latino film set in Colombia.

Will Smith won Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama for his role as Richard Williams in “King Richard,” Nicole Kidman won Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama for her role as Lucille Ball in “Being the Ricardos” and Andrew Garfield won Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for the musical drama “Tick, Tick… Boom!” 

Director Kenneth Branagh won Best Screenplay – Motion Picture for “Belfast,” a film that takes place in the 1960s in Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland and stars Jamie Dornan, Caitriona Balfe and Jude Hill.

History was made when Michaela Jaé Rodriguez won the Globe for Best Actress in a TV Drama, making her the first trans actress to win a Golden Globe for her performance in the FX series “Pose.”

“This is for the LGBTQAI Black, Latino, Asian (communities), the many multi beautiful colors of the rainbow,” Rodriguez said in an Instagram Live. “This is not just for me, this is the door that opens for y’all.”

“There are going to be so many young individuals, young, talented, thriving individuals that are going to be able to trail in and storm in through the door.”

The TV series “Succession” began in 2018 and follows the powerful Roy family. The series won the Globe for Best Television Series – Drama, with Sarah Snook winning Best Actress in a Limited TV Series or Movie and Jeremy Strong winning Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series Drama.

“Squid Game” became incredibly popular after premiering on Netflix in September of 2021. Actor O Yeong-su won Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for his role as Oh Il-nam in “Squid Game.” The series itself was up for Best Television Series Drama, but lost to “Succession.”

Jason Sudeikis won a Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy for his role as main character Ted Lasso in the sports dramedy of the same name. The show, while a comedy, is also known for its handling of sensitive issues and topics.

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy went to “Hacks.” Actress Jean Smart won Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy for her role in the series.

The Golden Globe Awards for Best Performance by an Actor and Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television went to Michael Keaton for his role in “Dopesick” and Kate Winslet for her role in “Mare of Easttown.”

“The Underground Railroad,” a fantasy historical drama miniseries, took home the Globe for Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television. The show, based on a novel of the same name by author Colson Whitehead published in 2016, is about a woman who escapes a plantation and ends up being hunted.

It’s no surprise that Best Original Score went to “Dune,” as Hans Zimmer was the composer for the film, while Best Original Song – Motion Picture went to “No Time to Die” by Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell from the film of the same name.

While some may be upset that the awards show was not available to watch on NBC, the more important thing is that the HFPA is working on becoming more diverse, inclusive and aware. 

No official announcement has been made as to if the 2023 Golden Globe Awards will be televised.