Spielberg steals the show as Golden Globes return with focus on diversity

By Mónica Rubalcava
Los Angeles, United States, Jan 10 (EFE).- The 80th Golden Globe Awards returned on Tuesday as an ode to diversity and Steven Spielberg, as the stars from Asian, Black and Latino communities took the centerstage and shared the hardships they have faced in making a place for themselves in Hollywood.


The awards, which seemed on the brink of extinction after two years of intense criticism and boycotts due to accusations of corruption and lack of diversity, tried to bounce back in style as the organizers tackled these questions with self-deprecating humor.


African-American comedian Jerrod Carmichael, who hosted the event at the Beverly Hilton, was the first to comment that last year’s awards were not televised because the Hollywood Foreign Press Association – the organizers – “didn’t have a single Black member until George Floyd died.”


Steven Spielberg and his autobiographical drama “The Fabelmans” – inspired by his childhood, stole the night by winning the best drama film and best director awards.

A visibly emotional Spielberg said he had been hiding the story since he was 17.


“Everybody sees me as a success story (…). But nobody really knows who we are until we’re courageous enough to tell everyone,” he said.

“The Banshees of Inisherin” was the most awarded film of the night

(L-R) Peter Czernin, Colin Farrell, Martin McDonagh, Kerry Condon, Brendan Gleeson, Graham Broadbent, and Barry Keogha pose with the award for Best Picture – Musical/Comedy in the press room during the 80th annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony in Beverly Hills, California, USA, 10 January 2023. EFE-EPA/CAROLINE BREHMAN


Mexican director Guillermo del Toro, who received the best animated film award for his Pinocchio, said he was happy to be present at the ceremony in an “incredible year for cinema.”


In one of the most emotional speeches of the night, Argentine filmmaker Santiago Mitre – who received the best foreign film prize for “Argentina, 1985” – highlighted the importance of continuing to fight for democracy.

Argentine film director Santiago Mitre poses with the award for Best Picture in non-English language in the press room during the 80th annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony in Beverly Hills, California, USA, 10 January 2023. EFE-EPA/CAROLINE BREHMAN


He dedicated the award to the people “who have fought for democracy in Argentina since the dictatorship and continue to do so,” in the backdrop of his film that follows the trial of those responsible for the oppressive Argentine dictatorship in the 1980s.


Martin Mcdonagh’s “The Banshees of Inisherin” was the most awarded film of the night, winning the best picture, comedy and musical award along with best screenplay (Mcdonagh himself) and Colin Farrel grabbing the best performance in a musical or comedy prize for the film.


“Everything Everywhere All at Once” star Michelle Yeoh received the best actress in a comedy or musical award, and narrated in her acceptance speech how difficult her career had been as a Chinese origin Malaysian woman in Hollywood.


The best actor in a drama picture award went to Austin Butler for his performance as Elvis Presley in “Elvis,” while Cate Blanchett took the best drama actress prize for “Tár.”


The diversity of this year’s awards was once again on display when Indian composer MM Keeravani edged past pop superstars like Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and Rihanna to lift the best original score Golden Globe for “Natuu Natuu” from Indian blockbuster “RRR.”


In the television awards, “Abbott Elementary” (best musical and comedy series) and “The White Lotus” (best limited series) were the most awarded series with three and two prizes respectively, “Game of Thrones” prequal “House of the Dragon” won the best drama series award at a night when Zendaya received the best TV actress in a drama prize for the second season of “Euphoria,” while Kevin Costner took the best TV drama actor award for “Yellowstone.”


“The Bear”, “Dahmer Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story”, “Ozark”, “The Dropout” and “Black Bird” figured among the other notable TV series to be honored during the night.


Producer Ryan Murphy, who received the Caroll Burnett award, highlighted how difficult it is to be a part of the LGBT community in the United States as well as any other part of the world.


“For those kids watching tonight, I offer up MJ (Rodriguez) and Billy (Porter) and Niecy (Nash) and Matt (Bomer) and Jeremy (Pope) as examples of possibility. There is a way forward, use them as your North stars,” he said, pointing to celebrity members of the community present at the ceremony. EFE
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