In this landmark year for the Golden Globes – with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association returning from exile after weathering a number of scandals of its own making – the ceremony actually managed to be fun, with host Jerrod Carmichael drags the HFPA to hell and back in his opening monologue.
As for the awards themselves, the HFPA seemed to play it safe on Tuesday night. Award after award, logic prevailed: Colin Farrell won for ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’, Jennifer Coolidge won for ‘The White Lotus’, Steven Spielberg won Best Director – and Cate Blanchett won for “Tár”, although she was not even rewarded. there to receive the award. Gone are the days, perhaps forever, when an Aaron Taylor-Johnson (for his role in “Nocturnal Animals”) could seduce future Oscar winner Mahershala Ali (for “Moonlight”). (Are we a little sad about a ruthless Globes in the future? Yes. Yes, we are.)
The highlights of the evening were Carmichael’s fearless welcome and stunning outfits, and Jennifer Coolidge’s tearful, hilarious and heartfelt speech.
Among the winners, well-deserved honors were bestowed, with Michelle Yeoh, Angela Bassett, Ke Huy Quan and Zendaya taking home well-deserved prizes. And yet, there were also surprise winners – and unexpected omissions! Which we explore below. (For the full list of winners, click here.)
“The Fabelmans” wins the prize for best dramatic film
Monday, The varietyClayton Davis, esteemed editor of Baz Luhrmann’s awards, predicted that Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis” would win Best Drama, which seemed surprising! So we asked him about it, and he explained that the conventional wisdom was that Steven Spielberg’s “The Fabelmans” was the small favorite to win here, but he saw “Elvis” as a surprise “Bohemian-style” win. Rhapsody”, with the HFPA. go for a screaming musical show over a sweet family drama.
Beyond Clayton trying to read HFPA tea leaves, “Top Gun: Maverick,” the theatrical hero of the year, has been an industry favorite for all awards season. But star and producer Tom Cruise helped push the Globes to the brink when he returned all three of his trophies in 2021, and Cruise refused to attend the ceremony. Carmichael even used a comedy about those trophies to make a shocking joke about Scientology figure Shelly Miscavige.
And so, having already won the Director’s Award, Spielberg’s winning night continued – and the HFPA may have put ‘The Fabelmans’ back in the running for the Oscars!
Bob Odenkirk missed his last chance to win a Globe for “Better Call Saul”
Best Actor in a Television Drama was originally slated to be one of the first awards of the night, but instead it was pushed to be the last acting award of the night, which meant that five-time Globe nominee Bob Odenkirk, had to wait much longer. to finally be recognized for his all-time performance in AMC’s “Better Call Saul.” And then he lost to “Yellowstone” star Kevin Costner, who wasn’t even there to accept! As presenter Regina Hall (laughing) said of Costner, “Due to unprecedented weather and flooding, he must shelter in place in Santa Barbara.” Meanwhile, Odenkirk survived a massive heart attack! What more should it do for you? Aren’t you amused?!
‘House of the Dragon’ wins hotly contested TV drama category
Two of the HFPA nominees – HBO’s “House of the Dragon” and Apple TV+’s “Severance” – are first-year shows that have been widely acclaimed, and the Globes I love to reward buzzing recruits (“The Handmaid’s Tale”, “Mr. Robot”, “The Affair”). Two other nominees — AMC’s “Better Call Saul” and Netflix’s “Ozark” — ended their runs this year with some of their strongest and most famous episodes; similar circumstances led “The Americans” to win in this category for its final season. And the fifth nominee, Netflix’s “The Crown,” has been nominated for its five seasons so far and won twice.
All this to say that any of these shows could have won here and it would have been a surprise, but the victory of “House of the Dragon” was particularly unexpected given that its predecessor, “Game of Thrones”, was nominated five times. in this category and has never won. Executive producer Miguel Sapochnik — who’s actually gone since Season 1 and left showrun duties to Ryan Condal, who wasn’t even present — was so certain the show wouldn’t win that he had already removed his tie for the evening. Not a crazy shock, but still, huh!
Quinta Brunson Wins TV Comedy Actress Awardand “Abbott Elementary” wins for TV comedy
Last year, “Hacks” and star Jean Smart won the Golden Globes for Best Musical or Television Comedy and Actress in a Musical or Television Comedy in a non-televised ceremony, but of course the creators of neither the show nor Smart were there to accept it. . You might have expected the Hollywood Foreign Press to give ‘Hacks’ and Smart the Globe again to get their catwalk moments, but first-time nominee Quinta Brunson was waiting backstage for her first victory for having played in elementary school. teacher Janine Teagues in “Abbott Elementary”, which of course she also created. She’s only the fourth – the fourth! — A black woman winner in this category, after Tracee Ellis Ross (for “Black-ish”, in 2015), Debbie Allen (for “Fame”, in 1982) and Diahann Carroll (for “Julia”, in 1968).
Brunson was back onstage when “Abbott” won for TV comedy, which also beat hit shows “Wednesday,” “The Bear” and “Only Murders in the Building.” A rare triumph for network television.
Jeremy Allen White Wins TV Comedy Actor Award
When FX released all eight episodes of “The Bear” on Hulu on June 23, less than a month after the Emmys deadline on May 31, pundits wondered if the network had underestimated how much audiences would become obsessed with this show, in which Jeremy Allen White plays Carmy, an upscale chef who returns to Chicago to take over his late brother’s restaurant.
And maybe they did! But that doesn’t matter now, because White’s win underscores that “The Bear” is a major contender for awards going forward, regardless of when the show premieres.
Julia Garner hadn’t finished winning for “Ozark” yet!
Ruth Langmore may not have survived ‘Ozark,’ but Julia Garner did! In the supporting actress in a drama or comedy category, in which the consensus choices were either Elizabeth Debicki for her portrayal of Princess Diana in “The Crown” or Sheryl Lee Ralph of “Abbott Elementary” (who previously won the Emmy for this role), Garner’s victory here was truly unexpected. Although she’s topped the drama supporting actress Emmy — yes, she’s won three times — she’s only been nominated by the HFPA once before (and lost). The hugely popular “Ozark” came to an end last year, and Garner’s win showed we shouldn’t have counted him. Whatever the reason, we were all wrong, which proves, as Ruth might have said, that we “don’t know shit.”
Tyler James Williams Wins TV Supporting Actor Role in a Comedy or Drama
First of all, damn yes! What a nice surprise. The ‘Abbott Elementary’ star – who plays former, now full-time substitute teacher Gregory Eddie – won in a category that in recent years has almost still went to actors in a drama. (The consensus pick among pundits this year was John Turturro for his role on Apple TV+’s twisty show “Severance.”)
In fact, the last time a male actor won for a comedy was for the 2010 Golden Globes, when Chris Colfer won for “Glee.” Williams gave a nice speech, saying of his character Gregory that he hopes the story of a Philadelphia public school teacher is seen as “just as important as all the other stories” there. Plus, Williams, who starred in ‘Everybody Hates Chris,’ was the night’s second ex-child actor to win — the first being ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once”s Ke Huy Quan — made this surprise even sweeter. .
‘Argentina, 1985’ wins non-English language film on ‘RRR’, ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ and ‘Decision to Leave’
On a night that was otherwise rather conventional, the Hollywood foreign press zigzagged difficult with the film he won in this category. Instead of the global sensation “RRR” (which won the original song), or the critics’ darling “Decision to Leave”, or the breathtaking war epic “All Quiet on the Western Front”, the HFPA has opted for “Argentina, 1985,” a slow-burning courtroom drama about the trial of Argentina’s civil-military dictatorship from 1976 to 1983. And then the telecast brutally played music about producer and star Ricardo Darín as he was trying to talk to the Argentine people. A moment of old-school Globes chaos!