In general indifference, the Golden Globes unveil their winners

Under the fire of criticism for more than a year and dropped by their usual broadcaster, the Golden Globes unveiled the winners of this largely redesigned 79th edition overnight from Sunday to Monday.

Despite the boycott of a large majority of Hollywood, the Golden Globes ceremony, which traditionally marks the start of the awards season and launches the race for the Oscars, was held this year under rather special conditions: no red carpet, no celebrities, no television coverage… the HFPA (Hollywood Foreign Press Association) contented itself with revealing the winners of the 79th Golden Globes in dribs and drabs on Twitter and on its website, with a few support videos (likeArnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis) and promotional messages aimed at highlighting the organization’s associative commitments. The organizers were certainly able to justify the absence of a ceremony by the explosion of Covid-19 cases in the United States, which continues to impact many cultural events across the Atlantic (Grammy Awards, Sundance Festival, etc.). But that obviously hasn’t quelled the controversy surrounding the HFPA – accused of racism, corruption and sexism since the revelations of Los Angeles Times – which notably led NBC, the historic broadcaster of the Golden Globes (for broadcasting rights all the same bordering on 60 million dollars), to give up broadcasting the ceremony.

Benedict Cumberbatch in The Power of the Dog ©Netflix©Netflix

On the side of the winners – without awarding therefore, nor speeches -, The Power of the Dog and West Side Story share the most high-profile awards, winning the Golden Globes for Best Drama Picture and Best Comedy or Musical, respectively. On this occasion, Jane Campion becomes only the second woman to win the award for best director after Chloé Zhao and Nomadland. Kodi Smit-McPhee won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in The Power of the Dog, while Andrey Garfield wins Best Actor in a Comedy for Tick, Tick… ​​Boom! (Netflix). In the other categories, the prize for best actor in a dramatic film was awarded to Will Smith for The Williams Method, while drive my car (Ryusuke Hamaguchi) walks away with the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film. Belfast, film directed by Kenneth Brannagh, leaves with only one award – best screenplay – despite its seven nominations.

On the series side, the prize for the best dramatic series was awarded to Succession (HBO / OCS), which also won the Golden Globes for Best Actor for Jeremy Strong and Best Supporting Actress for Sarah Snook. The Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama Series went to Mj Rodriguez for her role in Pose (FX/Canal+), thus becoming the first transgender actress to win an award of this magnitude. A major turning point for the LGBTQ + community in the Hollywood landscape, which however will not be enough to get the Golden Globes out of the turmoil.

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In general indifference, the Golden Globes unveil their winners