LOS ANGELES, USA – For the 80th edition of the Golden Globe Awards, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association gave a lot of love to a quirky motion picture with mostly Asian faces and a television anthology with a revolving cast.
Everything Everywhere All at Once, the universe-jumping, action-comedy directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (a.k.a. Daniels), won two major awards resulting in heartwarming speeches for Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan.
Yeoh won Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy as Chinese immigrant and dissatisfied laundromat owner Evelyn Wang (as well as other versions of Evelyn from other universes). Celebrating being an Asian actress who just turned 60 last year, Michelle acknowledged how significant this role was for Asian and older actors in the future.
Other nominees in her category were Lesley Manville for Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris, Margot Robbie in Babylon, Anya Taylor-Joy in The Menu, and Emma Thompson for Good Luck to You, Leo Grande.
Playing her meek and somewhat henpecked husband Waymond was Ke, the former child star who Hollywood seemingly forgot for decades after starring in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and The Goonies.
He also portrayed other versions of Waymond to earn Best Supporting Actor honors. Ke Huy Quan made sure to thank the man who gave him his first break as Indiana Jones’ sidekick Short Round, director Steven Spielberg, as well as the two Daniels for remembering him after most no longer did.
Also nominated for Best Supporting Actor were Brendan Gleeson and Barry Keoghan for The Banshees of Inisherin, Brad Pitt for Babylon, and Eddie Redmayne in The Good Nurse.
Other honors for film
The Irish dark comedy The Banshees of Inisherin wasn’t shutout from the Globes, however. Colin Farrell won Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for the film, topping Diego Calva in Babylon, Daniel Craig in Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, Adam Driver in White Noise, and Ralph Fiennes in The Menu.
The Banshees of Inisherin also won Best Film – musical or comedy in a stacked category. Also nominated were Glass Onion, A Knives Out Mystery, Everything Everywhere All at Once, Triangle of Sadness, and Babylon.
Best Actor in a Drama saw a big upset pulled off by a biographical film. Although Austin Butler received a lot of praise for playing Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis, most expected Brendan Fraser to win the Golden Globe for The Whale. Austin Butler also beat out Hugh Jackman’s performance in The Son, Bill Nighy in Living, and Jeremy Pope in The Inspection.
In a first for any movie from the highly successful Marvel Studios, veteran actress Angela Bassett took home the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Her performance as Queen Ramonda earned her a second Golden Globe after winning for What’s Love Got to Do With It back in 1993.
Angela Bassett held off Filipina actress Dolly de Leon in Triangle of Sadness, Kerry Condon in The Banshees of Inisherin, Jamie Lee Curtis in Everything Everywhere All at Once, and Carey Mulligan in She Said.
Cate Blanchett won Best Actress in a Drama as fictional conductor Lydia Tar of the Berlin Philharmonic in Tar. This was Cate’s third Golden Globe in the category and fourth overall. Viola Davis in The Woman King, Ana de Armas in Blonde, Olivia Colman in Empire of Light, and Michelle Williams in The Fabelmans were also nominated.
Already a recipient of countless accolades, Spielberg’s most personal film yet was also recognized by the HFPA. The Fabelmans won Best Film – drama, over Elvis, Tar, Top Gun: Maverick, and Avatar: The Way of Water. Stephen Spielberg himself won Best Director over Daniels, Baz Luhrmann, Martin McDonagh, and James Cameron.
Limited series and TV drama
The HFPA also honors television annually, thus handing out a slew of Golden Globes for both network and streaming shows. Showrunner Mike White is the man behind HBO’s The White Lotus anthology who basically had to shoot the first season in the early days of the pandemic.
For its second season shot in Sicily, The White Lotus won Best Limited Series, Anthology Series, or TV Movie as an entirely new cast of misfits and undesirable people were featured. Black Bird, Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, Pam and Tommy, and The Dropout were the other nominees.
After being nominated for a Golden Globe in the show’s first season last year and winning a Primetime Emmy Award, Jennifer Coolidge won Best Supporting Actress for Limited Series, Anthology Series, or TV Movie. Her performance as the naïve and often troubled Tanya in the Sicily branch of The White Lotus saw her top co-star Audrey Plaza, Niecy Nash-Betts in Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, Daisy Edgar-Jones in Under the Banner of Heaven, and Claire Danes in Fleishman Is In Trouble.
Paul Walter Hauser won Best Supporting Actor for Limited Series, Anthology Series, or TV Movie for Black Bird. He topped F. Murray Abraham in The White Lotus, Seth Rogen in Pam and Tommy, Domhnall Gleeson in The Patient, and Richard Jenkins in Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.
In her final turn as the complicated Ruth Langmore on Ozark, Julia Garner added a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series to her three Primetime Emmy wins. She beat out Sheryl Lee Ralph and Janelle James of Abbott Elementary, Hannah Einbinder of Hacks, and Elizabeth Debicki for The Crown.
Evan Peters portrayed a chilling version of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer to earn Best Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie in Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story. Colin Firth in The Staircase, Sebastian Stan in Pam and Tommy, Andrew Garfield in Under the Banner of Heaven, and Taron Egerton in Black Bird were the other nominees.
For her part, Amanda Seyfried won Best Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie for The Dropout. The other nominees in the category were Jessica Chastain in George and Tammy, Julia Garner in Inventing Anna, Lily James in Pam and Tommy, and Julia Roberts in Gaslit.
TV comedy honors
Tyler James Williams won Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series for Abbott Elementary over Henry Winkler in Barry, John Lithgow in The Old Man, Jonathan Pryce in The Crown, and John Turturro in Severance.
Adding to the wins for Abbott Elementary was Quinta Brunson. She won Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy. The stacked category also featured Jenna Ortega in Wednesday, Jean Smart in Hacks, Kaley Cuoco in The Flight Attendant, and Selena Gomez in Only Murders in the Building.
Jeremy Allen White’s performance as talented but self-destructive and domineering chef Carmy Berzatto on The Bear earned him Best Actor in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy. White was also in a highly competitive category against veteran performers Steve Martin and Martin Short of Only Murders in the Building, Bill Hader for Barry, and Donald Glover in Atlanta.
Winners for drama in TV
Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama was yet another stacked category with all nominees bringing stellar credentials. The award eventually went to veteran Kevin Costner in the sprawling Western Yellowstone. Diego Luna in Andor, Adam Scott in Severance, Bob Odenkirk in Better Call Saul, and Jeff Bridges in The Old Man rounded out the nominees.
For her portrayal of drug addict Rue on Euphoria, Zendaya won Best Actress in a TV series, Drama. Also nominated were Imelda Staunton for The Crown, Laura Linney in Ozark, Hilary Swank in Alaska Daily, and Emma D’Arcy for House of the Dragon.
Despite being a sequel to Game of Thrones and despite facing heavy hitters in The Crown, Better Cal Saul, Ozark, and Severance, House of the Dragon still took home Best TV Series, Drama for its first season.
The Best Animated Film went to the stop motion masterpiece that is Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio. Argentina, 1985 won Best Non-English Language Film.
For his outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment, the 2023 Cecil B. DeMille Award was given to legendary comedian Eddie Murphy. After receiving his trophy from former co-star Jamie Lee Curtis and fellow comedian Tracy Morgan, Eddie inserted a little humor into the ceremony by referencing the infamous Oscars slap that Will Smith gave to Chris Rock last year.
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