The 81st Golden Globe Awards honored the year’s best in film and television during a star-studded ceremony on January 7th. Hosted by comedian Jo Koy, the event featured historic victories, moving speeches, and dazzling red-carpet fashion.
“Oppenheimer” Reigns Supreme With Five Major Wins
Christopher Nolan’s atomic epic “Oppenheimer” emerged as the big winner of the night, taking home five accolades. The film earned Best Motion Picture – Drama, with Cillian Murphy also winning Best Actor for his gripping portrayal of J. Robert Oppenheimer. Nolan himself won awards for Best Director and Best Screenplay. The film also won for its resonant original score. With its haul of awards, “Oppenheimer” solidified its frontrunner status for the Oscars next month.
“Barbie” Makes History With New Award
Greta Gerwig’s “Barbie” broke new ground by winning the first-ever award for Outstanding Cinematic and Box Office Achievement. The film has grossed over $1.4 billion globally, becoming Warner Bros’ highest-earning movie in history. Star Margot Robbie accepted the honor, thanking audiences for embracing the film with such enthusiasm. As one of 2023’s rare non-franchise blockbusters, “Barbie” helped revitalize theaters post-pandemic.
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Prestigious First Wins for Gladstone and Pascal
The television awards also made history with major victories for Lily Gladstone and Pedro Pascal. Gladstone became the first Indigenous actress to win Best Actress in a Drama Film for her work in Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon.” Pascal earned Best Actor in a Drama Series for HBO’s acclaimed adaptation of the video game “The Last of Us,” marking the first such award for a video game adaptation.
“Succession” Reigns Again for Best Drama Series
HBO’s hit series “Succession” continued its award show dominance by winning Best Television Series – Drama. This marks the third such honor for the show about a media dynasty in turmoil. The award ties “Succession” with classic series like “The X-Files” and “Mad Men” for most wins in the category. Stars Matthew Macfadyen, Kieran Culkin, and Sarah Snook also won for their performances.
Miyazaki Earns First Globe for Anime Masterpiece
At age 82, beloved Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki finally received his first Golden Globe for the WWII drama “The Boy and the Heron.” His film prevailed against high-profile competitors like “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” to become the first anime feature to win Best Motion Picture – Animated.
Red Carpet Fashion Dazzles
As always, the Golden Globes Awards Red carpet did not disappoint. Standouts included Margot Robbie in Chanel, Selena Gomez in ruby red Giorgio Armani, and Dua Lipa causing a stir in a black velvet Schiaparelli gown. Sparkling metallics and bold silhouettes captured the glamour of the night.
While celebrating cinema, winners also took time to share heartfelt messages. Paul Giamatti dedicated his award to teachers everywhere, while Lily Gladstone delivered her speech partly in the Blackfeet language. After a year of fantastic filmmaking, the Golden Globes combined entertainment and social awareness for an unforgettable evening.