June 12, 2024

A revamped Golden Globes kicked off with Taylor Swift in the home, wins for Robert Downey Jr., Da’Vine Pleasure Randolph, Ali Wong, and Steven Yeun, and a rocky monologue from comic Pleasure Koy.

Koy took the stage on the Beverly Hilton Worldwide Ballroom in Beverly Hills, California, to open the 81st Golden Globes. The Filipino American stand-up hit on some anticipated subjects: Ozempic, Meryl Streep’s knack for successful awards and the long-running “Oppenheimer.” (“I wanted one other hour.”)

After one joke flubbed, Koy, who was named host after some larger names reportedly handed, additionally famous how briskly he was thrust into the job.

“Yo, I acquired the gig 10 days in the past. You need an ideal monologue?” stated Koy. “I wrote a few of these they usually’re those you’re laughing at.”

The primary awards

The evening’s first award went to Da’Vine Pleasure Randolph for greatest supporting actress in Alexander Payne’s “The Holdovers.” Randolph has emerged as the favourite within the class for her efficiency as a grieving lady within the Seventies-set boarding faculty drama.

“Oh, Mary you’ve modified my life,” Randolph stated of her character. “You’ve made me really feel seen in so many ways in which I’ve by no means imagined.”

That was rapidly adopted by a win for Robert Downey Jr., who received his third Globe for his supporting efficiency in “Oppenheimer.” It was the primary head-to-head contest between Christopher Nolan’s epic and Greta Gerwig’s “Barbie.” Downey’s closest competitors was thought-about the Kenergy of Ryan Gosling.

“Golden Globes journalists, thanks for altering your recreation, subsequently altering your identify,” stated Downey.

Within the TV classes, Ali Wong and Steven Yeun each received for his or her performances in “Beef.” “Succession,” the lead tv nominee, began off with a win for Matthew MacFadyen, who stated he adored “each second taking part in the bizarre, the great human grease stain that’s Tom Wambsgans.”

“Beef” co-stars Ali Wong and Steven Yeun received after their first nominations. Wong thanked her ex-husband and father of her youngsters in accepting the award. “It’s due to you that I’m capable of be a working mom.”

Backstage, she quipped that she was uncertain the place she’ll put the gleaming trophy. “I’ve two little youngsters and that is heavy, like a medieval weapon.”

For appearing out the lives of the wealthy and well-known, two actors received of their supporting position classes for T.V. Elizabeth Debicki was awarded a Golden Globe for her position as Princess Diana in “The Crown,” whereas Matthew Macfadyen received for his supporting position as Tom Wambsgans in “Succession.”

“I simply adored each second taking part in the bizarre human grease stain that’s Tom Wambsgans and Tom Wambsgans CEO, I ought to say,” Macfadyen stated in his speech. “God assist us.

A brand new-look Globes

The carpet was purple, however the colour of the evening is perhaps pink. 

“Barbie,” the yr’s greatest hit, got here within the lead nominee with 9 nominations, together with greatest comedy or musical. Margot Robbie, star and producer of the movie, arrived dressed for the half, sporting a pink Armani costume modeled after Celebrity Barbie from 1977.

However in any colour, it was a new-look Golden Globes. The awards returned sans the Hollywood Overseas Press Affiliation, which was disbanded after years of variety and moral scandals. The Globes additionally misplaced its longtime community house. This yr’s present is being broadcast on CBS in a one-year deal. Even the menu was flipped, with Nobu catering.

The revamped Globes had the problem of shifting previous a tumultuous few years whereas recapturing the bubbly, irreverent spirit of all these exhibits hosted by Ricky Gervais or Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. These broadcasts helped flip the Globes into the third greatest award present of the yr, after the Oscars and the Grammys. The Globes’ glitzy good time enabled many to miss the impropriates of an award present that always doubled as a punchline.

“I believe it’s on the upswing now,” Colman Domingo, nominated for his lead efficiency within the Bayard Rustin drama “Rustin,” stated on the purple carpet. “I believe that they’ve had some soul looking and all of us have to permit everybody to have soul looking.”

Adjustments to the classes

Making a late entrance was Taylor Swift, whose “Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour” is nominated within the newly launched “cinematic and box-office achievement” award. Swift’s boyfriend, Travis Kelce, was together with his group, the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs, performed at close by SoFi Stadium earlier within the afternoon.

That class, together with an award for stand-up comedy, have been new additions this yr. Additionally new: Most classes embody six, not 5, nominees.

You received’t see two awards normally handed out on the Globes: the Cecil B. DeMille Award or the Carol Burnett Award. Each of these tribute honors aren’t being given this yr, although two new classes are: the blockbuster award and one for stand-up comedy particular.

The contenders

Gerwig’s “Barbie,” the most important film of the yr with greater than $1.4 billion in ticket gross sales, comes within the lead-nominee with 9 nods, together with greatest comedy or musical, greatest director for Gerwig, greatest actress for Robbie, greatest supporting actor for Ryan Gosling, and three unique music nominations.

Nolan’s “Oppenheimer” is shut behind with eight nominations, together with for greatest drama, greatest director for Nolan and greatest actor for Cillian Murphy.

On the TV aspect, HBO’s “Succession” leads with 9 nominations. “The Bear” and “Solely Murders within the Constructing” comply with with 5 apiece.

The Globes comeback

A number of years in the past, the Golden Globes have been on the cusp of collapse. 

After The Los Angeles Instances reported that the HFPA had no Black members, Hollywood boycotted the group. The 2022 Globes have been all however canceled and brought off TV. After reforms, the Globes returned to NBC final yr in a one-year deal, however the present was booted to Tuesday night. With Jerrod Carmichael internet hosting, the telecast attracted 6.3 million viewers, a brand new low on NBC and a far cry from the 20 million that after tuned in.

The Golden Globes have been acquired by Eldridge Industries and Dick Clark Productions, which Penske Media owns, and changed into a for-profit enterprise. The HFPA (which generally numbered round 90 voters) was dissolved and a brand new group of some 300 leisure journalists from all over the world now vote for the awards.

Questions nonetheless stay in regards to the Globes’ long-term future, however their worth to Hollywood studios stays offering a advertising increase to awards contenders. (The Oscars received’t be held till March 10.) This yr, due to the actors and writers strikes, the Globes are airing forward of the Emmys, which have been postponed to Jan. 15.

With film ticket gross sales nonetheless 20% off the pre-pandemic tempo and the business going through a probably rocky 2024 on the field workplace, Hollywood wants the Golden Globes as a lot because it ever has.


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