The Banshees of Inisherin has received three major prizes at the Golden Globes’ comeback event in Los Angeles.
The film won awarded best comedy or musical film and best script, as well as best comic actor for its lead, Irish actor Colin Farrell.
“I never expect my films to find an audience, and when they do it’s shocking for me,” Farrell remarked.
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Steven Spielberg’s autobiographical The Fabelmans was also one of the big winners, scooping best drama film.
School-based comedy Abbott Elementary, Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon and satirical dark comedy The White Lotus were among the winners in the television categories.
Most of the winners collected their trophies in person, despite rumours that many stars would stay absent from this year’s ceremony owing to issues surrounding the organisation behind the Globes.
The event has been under a cloud since its organisers, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), were accused of ethical violations and a lack of diversity two years ago.
Set on a lonely island off the west coast of Ireland, The Banshees of Inisherin follows the story of two friends who fall out after one decides to abruptly stop their relationship.
The picture sees Farrell return with director Martin McDonagh and co-star Brendan Gleeson. The trio previously worked together on the 2007 cult film In Bruges.
Spielberg was chosen best director for The Fabelmans, which depicts a little kid – partially modelled on Spielberg himself – who falls in love with film-making.
“I placed a lot of things in my way with this story,” he remarked in his winning speech. “I told this story in parts and parcels all through my career but I never had the bravery to strike the story head-on.”
Other notable film awards included Everything Everywhere All at Once, which earned acting accolades for two of its actors, Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan.
The wacky sci-fi movie has Yeoh portray a laundrette woman who jumps through the cosmos investigating multiple versions of herself.
Hopes for an Oscar for Michelle Yeoh have been boosted.
Yeoh noted in her acceptance speech, “I turned 60 last year.” And I think many of you ladies can relate to this: as the days, years, and numbers become larger, it seems like opportunities shrink.
“And I probably was at a moment where I thought, ‘well hey, you had a very terrific run, you worked with some of the best people… then along came the best present – Everything Everywhere All at Once.”
While accepting an Emmy for her performance in The White Lotus, which also won for best limited television series, Jennifer Coolidge offered one of the night’s most hilarious remarks.
The 61-year-old man stated, “I had such high hopes and ambitions when I was younger, but they get sort of faded by life.” A other person became queen of Monaco, but I was sure it was going to be me. I had all these grand schemes, and then you get older…
It was White who gave Coolidge “hope, a new beginning,” as the former president put it.
Austin Butler, who played Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann’s biography, was also nominated for best film drama actor but ultimately won.
I had the confidence to take chances because I knew I would be supported, and I owe it to a film director who is both brave and visionary. “I love you, Baz Luhrmann,” Butler declared. “And lastly, Elvis Presley himself. “You were a revolutionary and a symbol.
Cate Blanchett won best drama actress for her role in Tar, although she was unable to accept the award in person since she was in the United Kingdom filming a play.
Kevin Costner, who won best actor in a drama series for Yellowstone, stated that he was “very sad” he wouldn’t make it because of the catastrophic flooding presently ravaging California.
Other winners who were not at the presentation included Zendaya, who won best TV drama actress for Euphoria.
Jay Ellis, who announced her award, told the audience: “She’s busy, she’s working, y’all. It’s a good thing.”
Angela Bassett was there to win the best supporting picture actress award for her work in Wakanda Forever, and used her remarks to pay respect to her late Black Panther co-star Chadwick Boseman.
“We were surrounded each and every day by the light and the spirit of Chadwick Boseman,” she remarked. “With this historic Black Panther series, it is part of his legacy that he helped to take us to.
We showed the world what black unity, leadership and love looks like beyond, behind and in front of the\sQuan, who starred as a boy opposite Harrison Ford in the Steven Spielberg-directed Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, became emotional as he won the medal for best supporting feature actor.
I was taught to always be grateful to those who helped me get started in life. I am extremely thrilled to see Steven Spielberg here tonight,” he stated.
Eddie Murphy accepted the coveted Cecil B DeMille award, one of the Globes’ exceptional achievement prizes, and mentioned Will Smith hitting Chris Rock at last year’s Oscars as he delivered advice to younger actors.
“To obtain success, prosperity and longevity… you just do these three things,” Murphy remarked. In other words, “Don’t bring up Will Smith’s wife, pay your taxes, and mind your own business.”
Abbott Elementary was voted best comedy series, while two of its performers, Tyler James Williams and Quinta Brunson, took home acting accolades.
Winners in the TV acting categories included Ozark’s Julia Garner, who called portraying Ruth Langmore, the show’s breakout star, “the greatest gift of my life,” and The Bear’s Jeremy Allen White.
British performers Olivia Colman, Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Lesley Manville, Bill Nighy, and Emma Thompson were all nominated but none of them took home an award.
Jerrod Carmichael is an open and honest host.
“I’ll tell you why I’m here, I’m here because I’m black,” said first-time presenter Jerrod Carmichael as he started the ceremony – referencing the lack of diversity within the Globes’ voting body which came to light in and expose in the LA Times in 2021.
Carmichael spent a lot of his opening monologue telling the audience to remain quiet, and the rest of it was awkward and lacking in jokes. But his performance became more assured as the show went on.
Many viewers praised his willingness to make others feel uncomfortable with his harsh and honest one-liners, while others found them offensive or in terrible taste.
Carmichael said that the Beverly Hilton was “the hotel that killed Whitney Houston” in reference to the event taking place there. He talked to several stars straight from the stage, advising Rihanna to resist pressure from fans and take her time with producing her long-awaited next album.
The most obscene comment was when he said that Tom Cruise should “swap for the safe return of Shelly Miscavige” the three Golden Globes that Cruise returned, referring to David Miscavige’s wife, who has not been seen in public since 2007.
Carmichael also joked that Smith had won “the Rock Hudson award for finest display of machismo on television,” alluding to the slap that occurred at the Oscars.
If you can’t forget, at least forgive.
A large number of people showed up to an event that had been dogged by criticisms of its ethics and lack of diversity.
The journal concluded that “the industry collectively signalled it is ready to forgive, if not forget, and go back to the business of getting awards” after Tuesday’s presentation.
“A spirit of acceptance – and the force of awards season promotion – won out.”
Variety, a Hollywood trade journal, stated the Globes’ return as a broadcast ceremony “made for a stunning success,” while Rolling Stone thought the “messy” event “failed to justify its existence.”
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Naatu Naatu from the Indian action film RRR won the award for best original song, and composer Justin Hurwitz was honoured for his work on the score for Babylon.
The tune held off competition from pop heavyweights Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga and Rihanna.
Argentina, 1985 won the award for best non-English language picture, which many people found shocking. It beat RRR, Decision to Leave, and the Oscar-tipped All Quiet on the Western Front.
During the ceremony, actor Sean Penn also brought a message from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who claimed that it was “obvious” that the “tide was turning” in the ongoing war in his country, and that Ukraine will be triumphant in its struggle.