Banned by NBC after the Los Angeles Times investigation revealed that no members of the black community sat on their jury, the Golden Globes returned to CBS in 2023 with the promise of encouraging diversity. By tripling the number of its voters, spread across five continents, the Golden Globes were able to form a more diverse jury with 47% women and 60% people from diverse cultural communities.
Thanks to these changes, more women competed in the Best Screenplay and Best Direction categories. Two actresses featured in foreign language films were in the Best Actress in a Drama category: Sandra Hüller, from Anatomy of a Fall, by Justine Triet, and Greta Lee, from Past Lives, by Celine Song. Furthermore, these two feature films were nominated in the Best Drama Film category.
To present the awards, we notably called on Issa Rae, David Oyelowo and Simu Liu. Proud of his Filipino origins, Jo Koy hosted the 81st Golden Globes. Those who expected a tidal wave of pink were treated to many twists and turns.
Barbie led the race with nine citations. However, Greta Gerwig’s comedy had to settle for Best Box Office and Best Original Song (What Was I Made For, by Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell). Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer won five of the eight awards he competed for: Best Supporting Actor (Robert Downey Jr.), Best Actor (Cillian Murphy), Best Original Score (Ludwig Göransson), Best Director and Best Picture.
Da’Vine Joy Randolph (Best Supporting Actress) and Paul Giamatti (Best Actor in a Comedy) were honored for Alexander Payne’s The Holdovers. Emma Stone was crowned Best Actress in a Comedy for Poor Things, by Yorgos Lanthimos, winner of the Best Comedy prize. Best film in a language other than English, Anatomy of a Fall allowed director Justine Triet to win the prize for Best Screenplay with Arthur Harari.
Killers of the Flower Moon, by Martin Scorsese, took home the award for Best Actress in a Drama for Lily Gladstone, while The Boy and the Heron, by Hayaho Miyazaki, was crowned Best Animated Feature Film.
Like Barbie, Succession competed in nine categories. The popular HBO series won four awards: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a TV Series (Matthew Macfadyen), Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series (Kieran Culkin), Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (Sarah Snook) and Outstanding Drama Series .
Respectively crowned Best Limited Series, Anthology Series or TV Film and Best Musical or Comedy Series, Beef and The Bear won two other awards each. The first with the Best Actress and Best Actor awards for Ali Wong and Steven Yeun. The second with the Best Actress and Best Actor awards for Ayo Edebiri and Jeremy Allen White.
The final season of The Crown won Best Supporting Actress in a Series thanks to Elizabeth Debicki. For the first time in their history, the Golden Globes awarded the prize for Best Stand-up on TV. It was Ricky Gervais, who was conspicuous by his absence, who had the honor of winning this prize for Armageddon.
Succeeding Afro-descendant comedian Jerrod Carmichael, comedian, actor and screenwriter Jo Koy hosted a ceremony of such magnitude for the first time in his career. “I didn’t see anything except Beef!” I love you, Ali Wong! “, he said before affirming that he had spent the holidays watching all the films and series named. “My resolution for 2024: finish watching Oppenheimer by 2025! I’m so excited for season two! »
Feverish, enthusiastic, the host made a few sexual jokes about Barbie, Saltburn and Maestro, as well as the geriatric paternity of Robert De Niro, star of Killers of the Flower Moon, which either fell flat or made raise eyebrows in the room. “The Golden Globes wanted to pay homage to my culture by serving sushi. I’m Filipino! Let’s cook the fish! “, he said later, once again creating unease. Please, bring back the incisive Ricky Gervais or the hilarious Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
The 81st edition of the Golden Globes will not go down in history for its thanks. Very moved, Lily Gladston spoke in the Blackfeet language and greeted her mother. “I cannot accept this award in my name alone, the role of a director is to bring people together around him. So I thank Robert Downey Jr. and Cillian Murphy, my faithful accomplices,” said Christopher Nolan before naming several members of his team.
“While writing, it was the pandemic. We were locked in an apartment; strangely, no one died. I told Arthur that no one would go see this film, because it’s too dark, too long, it talks about suicide, there’s a dog vomiting…”, read Justine Triet, while going to get the award for Best Screenplay for Anatomy of a Fall.
“Suck it, Pedro! “, exclaimed Kieran Culkin, winner of the award for Best Actor in a Drama Series (Succession), to the star of The Last of Us. As for Paul Giamatti, he dedicated his award to teachers, and Yorgos Lanthimos, to Bruce Springsteen.