Tuesday night featured the prime-time return of the Golden Globes and more wins for a Hollywood legend.
Steven Spielberg’s semi-autobiographical coming-of-age film “The Fabelmans” won best drama and best director at the 80th Golden Globe Awards, hosted by comedian Jerrod Carmichael. It was the first show back following a period of controversy fueled by representation struggles within the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
The dark comedy “The Banshees of Inisherin” took home best comedy/musical, screenplay and best comedy actor for Colin Farrell. Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan garnered lead comedy actress and supporting actor wins respectively for “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” while Austin Butler (“Elvis”) and Cate Blanchett (“Tár”) won major acting prizes in the drama categories.
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Here are the highlights from Globes night:
The Martin McDonagh dark comedy defeats the acclaimed “Everything Everywhere All at Once.” More expected, Steven Spielberg’s “The Fabelmans” is named best drama. The director shouts out composer John Williams and recalls being John Cassavetes’ personal assistant. But he wants to wrap up the NBC show, which is running behind schedule, “because my office is on the Universal lot and I want to stay on the Universal lot.”
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The “Game of Thrones” prequel takes the Globe for top TV drama. “I’ve got to say, ‘Severance’ is an awesome show,” says executive producer Ryan Condal. “If I could’ve made ‘House of Dragon’ like ‘Severance,’ I would have.” More unsurprisingly, he also shouts out “GOT” as a “really good show.”
Costner didn’t make it to the show so Regina Hall accepts his award for best actor in a drama series. Quinta Brunson’s definitely in the building, though, and the “Abbott Elementary” creator/star comes back to the stage to grab the Globe for best comedy. “Are we all here?” she says, making sure the whole cast is around her. “I created this show because I love comedy,” and she shouts out Henry Winkler, Seth Rogen and Bob Odenkirk. “Comedy is so important to me.”
Tracy Morgan acknowledges that Murphy “was the reason why I’m in comedy” and he presents the achievement award to the comedian alongside Jamie Lee Curtis. “I’ve watched you grow as a man and a husband and a friend, and we’ve all seen you grow as an artist,” she says. Murphy remarks he’s “been in show business for 46 years and I’ve been in the movie business for 41 years, so this is a long time in the making.” He also wants to make a point to the “new up-and-coming dreamers in the room,” he says. “There is a definitive blueprint to follow for success, prosperity, longevity and peace of mind. And I followed it my whole career. These three things: Pay your taxes, mind your business and keep Will Smith’s wife’s name out of your (expletive) mouth!”
“I’m still so choked up after Jennifer’s speech,” creator Mike White says after his star Jennifer Coolidge won a supporting actress honor. Looking at TV executives in audience, he jokes, “You all passed on this show, so it’s gratifying to have this moment.”
Seyfried isn’t there, so “Yellowstone” actors accept her award for lead actress in a limited series. Peters is, though, so he grabs his trophy personally after winning actor in a limited series for Netflix’s “Dahmer: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.” “It was a colossal team effort,” Peter says of a show that was “a difficult one to make, a difficult one to watch, but I sincerely hope some good came out of it.”
Hauser gets his first Globe win, for supporting actor in a limited series, for the Apple TV+ series “Black Bird.” “It’s like a wax museum with a pulse, right?” he cracks, not getting many laughs from the unamused crowd. Coolidge also goes home with her first Globe, a supporting actress victory for HBO’s “The White Lotus.” “I don’t work out, I can’t hold it that long,” she says, needing to put the trophy down. She tearfully thanks Ryan Murphy and others who gave her “little jobs” to keep her career going and also the “American Pie” movies: “I’m down for (Nos.) 6 and 7.” But “White Lotus” creator Mike White “has given me hope (and) changed my life in a million different ways.”
His third win in the directing category, Spielberg takes home the trophy for his semi-autobiographical film. “I always say if I prepare something, I jinx it,” he says. “And I’m really happy about this.” But the director says his family, his sisters and late parents, “are happier about this.” Spielberg adds he never had the courage to “hit this story head on” until writer Tony Kushner started “a conversation” with him. “Nobody knows who we are until we have the courage to tell who we are,” and at age 74, Spielberg, now 76, told himself, “I better do it now.”
Martin McDonagh gets his second Globes win for the dark comedy. “I wrote this film for Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson and their beautiful nuanced performances blew me out of the water,” he says. “I’ll make sure I don’t wait another 14 years to do another one,” pointing out the time between 2008’s “In Bruges” (which also starred Farrell and Gleeson), and “Banshees.”
Blanchett’s not there to accept the award as she’s working on a movie “so we all accept this for her,” Henry Golding announces. But director Santiago Mitre is here to take home the international film honor for “Argentina, 1985.”
Billy Porter presents Murphy with the Carol Burnett Award, given for achievement in television, and honors his “Pose” show creator as a “trailblazer” and an “ally.” Murphy takes the stage and shouts out his “Pose” star MJ Rodriguez as the first trans woman to win a Globe and gives her a moment (since last year’s event wasn’t televised). “It’s hard being an LGBTQ kid in America,” Murphy says, and he spends most of his most of his speech honoring queer actors he’s worked with to “make a point of hope and progress”: Niecy Nash “chose love not fear,” Matt Bomer “is an action hero in life” and Jeremy Pope “refused to hide. Jeremy Pope is the future.” All of them, Murphy concludes, show “there is a way forward. Use them as your north stars.”
“Euphoria” star Zendaya isn’t here to accept her Globe win for lead actress in a drama series, but Julia Garner is to get her trophy for supporting actress in a drama. “I’m overwhelmed and so grateful to be here with all of you,” says the “Ozark” star. “Playing Ruth is the greatest gift of my life.”
“My boy, my boy, woo. All my words are leaving me,” says Butler, snagging the award for lead actor in a drama for “Elvis.” He shouts out some famous folks – “Brad, I love you. Quentin, I printed out the ‘Pulp Fiction’ script when I was 12,” he says to Pitt and Tarantino respectively – and also gives thanks to Elvis Presley himself: “You were an icon and a rebel and I love you so much.”
“I’m very grateful for this and I’m happy to here in person. We’re back! Some of us are drunk, what could be better,” the director says. Del Toro adds he loves the big swings that movies are taking, like his stop-motion “Pinocchio,” a movie about “life, loss and belonging.” “Animation is cinema – it’s not a genre for kids. It’s a medium.”
“I’m just going to stand here and take this all in. Forty years, not letting go of this,” says Yeoh, holding the trophy for lead actress in a comedy/musical. “It’s been an amazing journey and an incredible fight to be here today, but I think it’s worth it.” Coming to Hollywood was “a dream come true until I got here,” she says, finding racial prejudice when she arrived. She turned 60 last year “and all of you women understand this: As the days and years become bigger, it seems opportunities become smaller as well.” But she says “Everything Everywhere” was “the gift” and threatens the musicians who try to play her off: “I can beat you up.”
Globe presenter (and nominee) Ana de Armas is out to present the award for best actor in a comedy/musical, which goes to Farrell for “The Banshees of Inisherin.” “Ana, I thought you were extraordinary. I cried myself to sleep,” Farrell tells de Armas of watching “Blonde.” He never expects films to work “so I’m horrified about what’s happened around ‘Banshees,’ which is thrilling.” He shouts out his co-stars Brendan Gleeson, Barry Keoghan and Jenny the donkey: “She’s having an early retirement.”
“I’m in awe of you. You all are legends,” White says of his fellow nominees when accepting his Globe win for best comedy actor for “The Bear.” He admits that he “loves ‘The Bear’ and loves (my character) Carmy” and, yes, “I love acting.” And Brunson wins best actress in a comedy for “Abbott Elementary.” She thanks studios and producers for “believing” in the show, plus shouts out her group text and castmates.
Jenna Ortega arrives to hand out some music honors. Original score goes to Justin Hurwitz for “Babylon,” his fourth Globes win. “I’m grateful that I had the opportunity at a young age that music was the thing for me,” Hurwitz says. “We need to spread the opportunity.” And the original song honor goes to “Naatu Naatu” for “RRR,” scoring a victory over Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga. Composer M.M. Keeravani thanks the HFPA for “this prestigious award” and also honors his director S.S. Rajamouli “for his vision and his constant trust in my work.”
Jennifer Coolidge hands out the award for supporting actor in a TV show to Williams. “The magnitude of the moment is not lost on me,” says the “Abbott Elementary” star. He thanks co-star/show creator Quinta Brunson with a “Yeah!” and adds that he “hopes this is a win for (his character) Gregory Eddie and for stories like his that need to be told out here.”
“I’m so nervous. My heart is beating,” says Bassett, remember winning a Globe for the Tina Turner biopic “What Love’s Got to Do With It.” She recalls a quote from Toni Morrison and thanks her fellow Marvel movie crew: “By the grace of God, I stand here grateful.” She also honored the late Chadwick Boseman and said this award “is a part of his legacy.”
Jennifer Hudson comes out to give the first award of the night: Ke Huy Quan wins supporting actor for “Everything Everywhere All at Once.” “I was raised to never forget where I came from and who gave me my first opportunity,” he says, waving and thanking Steven Spielberg, who cast him as a kid in “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.” For years, he says he thought he’d never achieved past what he did as a child. “Two guys remembered that kid and gave me a chance to do it again,” he tearfully says, honoring “Everything” directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert.
Jerrod Carmichael takes the stage as host and tells everyone to settle and be quiet. “I tell you why I’m here: I’m here because I’m Black,” the host jokes about the HFPA’s diversity issues. Carmichael cracks about being asking to host: “One minute you’re making mint tea at home. The next minute you’re invited to be the Black face of an embattled white organization. Life comes at you fast.” He asked his friend if he should do it and she asked how much it pays. When he said it was $500,000, her response was “Boy, if you don’t put on a good suit and take the white people money …” Did he think the HPFA has changed: “I took this job assuming that hadn’t changed at all. I hear they got six new Black members, congrats to them, sure. I’m here because of you, people I admire, people who are actual incredible artists.”
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Farrell probably has the lead comedy actor Globe sealed up, given his strong performance in “Banshees of Inisherin.” The drama actor race is a little more interesting: “Elvis” star Austin Butler could have the edge with his acclaimed portrayal of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll over Fraser’s heartfelt portrayal in the more polarizing “Whale.”
Before the main event starts, we put together a list of who will and who should win Globes tonight. For example, Angela Bassett looks to rule the supporting actress category for “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” though Kerry Condon is pretty great as a concerned sibling in “Banshees of Inisherin.” Check out our picks and see how we do!
Those dreaming of a potential Oscar best actress faceoff between Blanchett and Yeoh will have to wait, but both could prevail in different Globe categories. Blanchett is in the best drama actress field with Michelle Williams (“The Fabelmans”), Viola Davis (“The Woman King”), Ana de Armas (“Blonde”) and Olivia Colman (“Empire of Light”). Meanwhile Yeoh guns for lead actress in a comedy/musical, a category featuring Margot Robbie (“Babylon”), Emma Thompson (“Good Luck to You, Leo Grande”), Lesley Manville (“Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris”) and Anya Taylor-Joy (“The Menu”)
Fraser, who’s nominated for best actor in a drama for “The Whale,” has stated he won’t attend the Globes after accusing former HFPA president Philip Berk of groping him at a 2003 luncheon. “Top Gun: Maverick” star Tom Cruise might also be a no-show: He returned his Globe awards to the HFPA in 2021 following a Los Angeles Times investigation reporting the 87-member group had no Black members.
So who is showing up? The slate of confirmed presenters include Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tracy Morgan, Natasha Lyonne, Billy Porter, Quentin Tarantino and Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, the first transgender actor to win a Globe (in 2022 for “Pose”).
Before the main event, E! will kick off “Live From E!: Golden Globe Awards,” hosted by Laverne Cox and Loni Love, at 6 EST/3 PST with celebrity interviews and more from the red carpet at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills. In addition, an official Globes pre-show streams at 6:30 p.m. EST at goldenglobes.com.
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Tuesday night featured the prime-time return of the Golden Globes and more wins for a Hollywood legend.