Hollywood stars are returning to the Golden Globes — but host Jerrod Carmichael didn’t hesitate to tackle the diversity controversy that has clouded the awards.
On a night when TV shows “White Lotus,” “Abbott Elementary” and “House of the Dragon” won big — Inishering’s Banshee and Steven Spielberg’s “The Fabermans” won The top film award – one of the main talking points ahead of the ceremony was the question of who would show up.
last year Golden Globes The event was held in private, without televised coverage, and the winners were announced on social media – with many stars choosing not to acknowledge their success.
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Previously, the Los Angeles Times exposed organizers of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) in 2021 that no black members voted for the award. The investigation also includes allegations of improper “giveaways” to influence votes.
“I’ll tell you why I’m here — I’m here because I’m black,” American comedian Carmichael said at the opening in Los Angeles last night.
“This show, the Golden Globes didn’t air last year because of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, I wouldn’t say they’re a racist organization, but they didn’t have a single black member before George Floyd died – do that message is what you want need.
“One minute I’m home making mint tea and the next minute you’re being invited to be the black face of an embattled white group. Life really flies by.”
He added: “I took this job on the assumption that they haven’t changed at all. Regardless of HFPA’s past, this is a night we can celebrate. I think the industry deserves a night like this. And I’m glad to be here. to here.”
Who’s there – who won what?
include stars Margot Robbie, rihanna, brad pittViola Davis, Michelle Williams, Lily James, Eddie Murphy, Selena GomesA-list stars including , Jessica Chastain and Eddie Redmayne attended the ceremony.
The Banshees of Inisherin won Best Film (Comedy or Musical) – and Colin Farrell was named Best Actor in the same category.
In the drama category, the Fabermanns took the top spot—Spielberg also won best director for the film, loosely based on his childhood growing up in Arizona after World War II.
Austin Butler won Best Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Elvis Presley in the biopic “Elvis Presley,” while Michelle Yeoh won Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy for “Everything Is Everywhere.”
On TV, “White Lotus” won best limited series, anthology series or TV movie, while star Jennifer Coolidge won best supporting actress.
Abbott Elementary Takes Three Awards – Best TV Comedy or Musical, Best Actress for Quinta Brunson and Best Supporting Actor for Tyler James Williams — and “Game of Thrones” prequel “House of the Dragon” was named best TV series.
Cate Blanchett, Kevin Costner and Zendaya were also honored in the acting category but did not attend the ceremony.
Five-time Golden Globe Winner and 16-Time Nominated Television Writer, Director and Producer Ryan Murphy Receives Carol Burnett Special Award for Excellence in Television At the time, the controversy of last year’s drama was mentioned.
He applauded Michaela Jae Rodriguez, who made history last year by becoming the first transgender actress to win the award — best actress in a TV series — for her role on the show “Pose “Housewife” Blanca Rodriguez – because she never got sometime in 2022.
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The Golden Globes also honored Eddie Murphy with a special gong, honoring the star with the Cecil B DeMille Career Achievement Award.
Murphy, known for films such as “Trading Places,” “Beverly Hills Cop,” “Coming to America,” “The Mad Professor” and the “Shrek” franchise, mentioned in his acceptance speech Will Smith’s 2022 The infamous slap at the Oscars.
“I want you to know that there is a clear blueprint that you can follow to achieve success, prosperity, longevity and peace of mind,” he told the audience. “There’s a blueprint, and I’ve followed it throughout my career, and it’s pretty simple. …
“Just do these three things: Pay your taxes. Mind your own business and don’t let the name of Will Smith’s wife come out of your fucking mouth!”
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The ceremony, attended by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, was more serious and was introduced on screen by actor and activist Sean Penn – nearly a year since the Russian invasion Since then, he has visited Ukraine several times.
Mr Zelensky told the audience that it was “obvious that the tide is turning” in his country’s ongoing war and that Ukraine would emerge victorious.
Analysis: Globes seem to have accomplished the impossible
For all intents and purposes, this year’s Golden Globes felt like the good old days when it came to A-list names. Few have confirmed their attendance in advance, but their presence may be evidence of Hollywood’s selective amnesia during a box-office slump.
Globe seems to have done the impossible – accepted again after being “cancelled”. Two years after the HFPA was exposed for its embarrassing lack of diversity and alleged “ethical failures,” its problematic past practices appear to be unofficially on hold. There was even a laugh at one point during the show, when Tom Cruise decided to return his old award.
The Globe’s voting body admits it has to be seen to take some beatings – blasted from the start by this year’s presenter Jerrod Carmichael – but rather than focus on their off-screen failures, The huge strides made in on-screen representation are due rewards. On stage, we see Michelle Yeoh mention her “incredible battle” for recognition, and Ryan Murphy impassionedly explain his mission to “make invisible men heroes” .
While it wasn’t the wild party of previous days, luckily it was still full of humor – from Colin Farrell’s joke about the cereal and Eddie Murphy’s “ultimate blueprint” for success. Of course, it’s in the interests of the Hollywood ecosystem to rerun movies — but ratings may ultimately determine whether the future of the Golden Globes is forgiven.
Golden Globes controversy explained
Last year’s event was turned into a “private event” by the HFPA at the last minute after it was heavily criticized for its lack of black members.
Since the fallout, the group has attempted to rebuild the award’s reputation from the top down, adding more than 100 new voters to its voting body, which it says is “now 52 percent female and 51.5 percent racially and ethnically diverse.” For the first time, journalists from other countries can also participate.
Twenty-one new members joined the HFPA last year, six of them black, and membership expanded from Los Angeles to anywhere in the United States.
Tom Cruise, nominated for best drama for “Top Gun: Maverick,” and Brendan Fraser, nominated for best actor for his performance in “Whale,” were absent this year after controversy activity.
Cruise famously returned his three Golden Globes after the HFPA revelations. Fraser has said he will not attend the alleged incident at the 2003 Golden Globe Awards.