‘Almas en tormento de Inisherin’ and ‘The Fabelmans’ by Spielberg triumph in the most diverse edition of the Golden Globes

“I’m here because I’m black.” The first words of comedian Jerrod Carmichael broke the ice and referred to the elephant in the room, the controversial that already marked the Golden Globes last year. The presenter kicked off the 80th edition of the awards, considered the prelude to the Oscars, with a scathing monologue that left many speechless, including Brad Pitt. He explained the moral dilemma he experienced when a producer called him on behalf of the organizers — the Hollywood Foreign Press Association — to essentially whitewash an organization struggling for its lack of diversity. “I wouldn’t say they’re racist, but they didn’t have a single black member before George Floyd died. I’m going to let you judge,” said Carmichael, who revealed that he was paid half a million dollars to stand there on Tuesday night. “I accepted this job believing that they have not changed much,” he said as a final touch. The Show in Hollywood it had to continue.

Banshees by Inisherin has been the big winner of a night where the industry has lifted the punishment to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA, for its acronym in English). The Globes distinguish between dramatic films and comedic musicals, but playwright Martin McDonagh’s latest black comedy, about a dispute between two old friends in a small Irish island town, picked up three awards. The one for best comic actor went to Colin Farrell, one of its protagonists, along with Brendan Gleeson. McDonagh also won the award for best screenplay.

Colin Farrell and Martin McDonagh, two winners for the film ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’.Chris Pizzello (Invision)

This Tuesday night can mark the path of Steven Spielberg to a new statuette from the Hollywood Academy, which will announce its nominations on Tuesday the 24th. The 74-year-old veteran director has won the awards for best dramatic film and best direction with his most personal work, The Fabelmans. On the tape, he talks about his parents’ divorce and the moment his love for cinema was born. “I have been hiding from this story since I was 17 years old… I have told it in parts in many of my films: ET it has a lot of it”, revealed the filmmaker, who was competing in a category where there were no women nominees. The media director began developing the idea with his producer, Tony Kushner, almost 20 years ago. Finally, it was the coronavirus crisis that convinced him. “We didn’t know if we could tell another story… Nobody knows who we are until we have the courage to say who we are,” he said. At another point, he recalled how he was a personal assistant to the legendary independent film pioneer John Cassavetes, an experience where he learned to treat his assistants as people.

One of the big questions of the night was whether the members of the HFPA were going to award Brendan Fraser for The Whale (The Whale), a performance that has been critically acclaimed. He was one of the few actors who boycotted the this year’s ceremony for having been sexually harassed in 2003 by the former president of the organization, Philip Berk. HFPA voters have made it clear that their absence did not take well (Zendaya and Cate Blanchett, who were also not present, won). Austin Butler, 31, was chosen for the male award of the night for embodying Elvis Presley in the biopic by Baz Luhmann.

The Mexican Guillermo del Toro got a new Golden Globe for the adaptation he made for Netflix of pinocchio. The director thanked him for meeting again in person with his professional colleagues in what he considered “a great year” for cinema. More euphoria was shown by the Argentines Santiago Miter and Ricardo Darín, who won the award for best foreign language film for Argentina, 1985, the only Latin American in competition, and which deals with the first trials of the military junta (1976-1983) in democracy. “After the world championship, this is another great joy”, managed to say who brought the prosecutor to life on screen Julius Caesar Strassera. The producers brought him down from the stage with the piano music that served as a soundtrack to the verbiage of the night.

Michelle Yeoh poses with her award.
Michelle Yeoh poses with her award.CAROLINE BREHMAN (EFE)

Other great favorites came out with the prizes that everyone predicted for them. Especially, Michelle Yeoh, the actress who has taken her first Globe at age 60 for her Everything at once everywhere. Is Independent science fiction work about parallel universes caused a furore in theaters. “It was a dream to come to Hollywood until I got here,” she said with a laugh. “Here someone told me: you are a minority. I replied that this was impossible. They also told me to learn English,” she continued.

Spielberg’s has not been the only recognized career. Eddie Murphy, one of the first blacks to succeed in comedy along with Richard Pryor and Bill Cosby, was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for his more than 40 years in the industry. In one of his shorter speeches, Murphy humorously revealed the secret to success. “There are only three things to do: pay your taxes, focus on your business and keep the name of Will Smith’s wife out of your fucking mouth,” he yelled to laughter from the audience. Ryan Murphy, the television blockbuster producer and gay activist, won the Carol Burnett Award for his work, which has placed gay and trans actors at the forefront of series like glee, Pose Y american horror story.

One of Murphy’s series took one of the television awards of the night thanks to the performance of Evan Peters as serial killer jeffrey dahmer, the Milwaukee butcher. The television categories, however, showed the wide dominance of two series: Abbott Collegefrom ABC (Disney) and The White Lotus (HBO). The first, a mockumentary of one of the worst elementary schools in the United States, took home three statuettes, including best musical or comedy series. Tyler James Williams won Best Supporting Actor and Quinta Brunson, series creator and lead, was Best Comedy Actress.

after sweeping on Emmy nightthe social satire of The White Lotus won the award for best miniseries. Jennifer Coolidge, one of the leads, was also proclaimed best supporting actress in a miniseries after losing in 2022 to Sarah Snook, from succession. Coolidge won this Tuesday, but before a packed Beverly Hilton and where the champagne flowed. Last year, the ceremony was not televised and many stars supported the boycott. The presenter of the gala, Jerrod Carmichael, mocked this punishment by carrying three Golden Globes, the same number that Tom Cruise returned in the midst of the controversy. “Perhaps we could return them in exchange for the safe return of Shelly Miscavige (the wife of the leader of the Church of Scientology, who has not been traced for 15 years),” he said in another surprising joke. the house of the dragon also from HBO, it won the lone award for best drama series.

Actress Jennifer Coolidge (‘The White Lotus’) presents the Best Supporting Actor Globe to Tyler James Williams, for ‘Abbott Elementary’.Photo: Reuters

Diversity: the thread of the night

Since Carmichael’s presentation, the night passed with diversity as the common thread. The first two awards of the night went to non-white actors, underscoring the organization’s message of change. Vietnamese-born American actor Ke Huy Quan won best supporting actor for his role in Everything at once everywhere. On stage, she thanked the first person who gave her a movie role, Steven Spielberg. The director included it in the second installment of Indiana Jones, in 1984. “For a long time I thought that I would never get over what I did as a child. More than 30 years later, two guys remembered me [Daniel Kwan y Daniel Scheinert, los directores] and they gave me a new opportunity”, he mentioned in an emotional speech. The award was followed by Angela Bassett, who has won her second Globe for her appearance in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. The last time she was on stage was in 1994, when she played Tina Turner in a biopic. She tonight she dedicated a few words to the late Chadwick Boseman. “We have shown the world what black unity, leadership and love can achieve behind and in front of the camera,” he said.

The first white to win came when the gala was over half an hour. It went to composer Justin Horowitz, the musician and frequent collaborator of Damien Chazelle, the director of Babylon. Horowitz took his fourth Globe last night. Following his and Jeremy Allan White’s award, who won for his performance as chef Carmy Berzatto on the television phenomenon The Bear (Disney+) , the recognitions for minorities returned. Indian singer Chandrabose won the best song award for the song he composed for the epic three hour RRR tapein what has been the most diverse gala in its 80-year history.

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