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Spielberg’s “West Side Story” tops the Golden Globes

The Golden Globe Awards, Hollywood’s so-called biggest party that has regularly drawn 18 million viewers, was reduced to a live blog on Sunday night for its 79th edition.

The struggling Hollywood Foreign Press Association gave its awards to films Sunday night without a TV show, nominees, red carpet, host, press, or even live. Instead, members of the association and some recipients of the group’s philanthropic grants gathered at the Beverly Hilton Hotel for a 90-minute private event, announcing the names of the winners of the film and television networks. social aspects of the organization.

Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” has won several major awards, for Best Comedy or Musical, Best Actress for Rachel Zegler and Best Supporting Actor for Ariana DeBose.

Netflix’s gothic western “The Power of the Dog” was named best dramatic film, along with other accolades for directing Jane Campion and supporting performance by Kodi Smit-McPhee.

Other winning films included Will Smith for “King Richard”, Nicole Kidman for “Being the Ricardos” and Andrew Garfield for “tick, tick … BOOM!” The Japanese film “Drive My Car”, also the darling of a group of critics, won the award for best non-English-speaking film, while “Encanto” won the animation award.

While announcing the winners on social media may seem like a straightforward task, those who follow only on Twitter can be somewhat confused at times. Tweets often left out the project someone won for.

To announce the winner for Best Actor, Musical or Comedy, the organization tweeted: “It takes 43 muscles to smile. Thanks for training Andrew Garfield and congratulations on winning the #GoldenGlobe for Best Actor – Motion Picture – – Musical / Comedy ”, omitting to mention that the price was in turn in“ tic, tic … Boom!

Other times the tweets were just baffling. Announcing the victory of “West Side Story”, the group first wrote, “If laughter is the best medicine, WestSideMovie is the cure for what afflicts you” about the drama full of death and tragedy. They then deleted the tweet and wrote a new one about “music” being the best medicine.

Television winners included: Sarah Snook and Jeremy Strong for “Succession,” which won Best Television Drama, Jean Smart for “Hacks,” who also won Best Television Comedy, Jason Sudeikis for ” Ted Lasso “, Kate Winslet for” Mare of Easttown, “O Yeong-su for” Squid Game “and Michael Keaton for” Dopesick “. Barry Jenkins” / spielbergs-west-side-story-tops-golden-globes / “The Underground Railroad” got the best limited series. The group said on their website that “Pose” star Michaela Jae Rodriguez became the first trans person to win a Golden Globe.

None of the winners appeared to be in attendance at the event, and they did not immediately comment on their awards.

Jamie Lee Curtis, however, intervened with a video message shared on the group’s Twitter, speaking of the HFPA’s charitable work.

“I just wanted to honor them and support them in this ongoing advocacy,” Curtis said. “I am proud to be associated with them in this endeavor.”

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has called on the leaders of the groups to which it has awarded grants to announce the winners. Arnold Schwarzenegger also intervened with a video message, thanking the group for recognizing him as “New Star of the Year” in 1977.

That the organization organized any type of event came as a surprise to many in Hollywood. The association has come under fire after a Los Angeles Times investigation in February revealed ethical lapses and a lack of diversity – there was not a single black journalist in the group of 87. Studios and PR agencies threatened to boycott. Tom Cruise has even returned his three Golden Globes, while other A-listers have condemned the group on social media.

The group pledged to reform last year, but even after a public statement on the 78th show, their longtime broadcast partner NBC announced in May that it would not broadcast the 2022 Golden Globes because ” a change of this magnitude takes time and work. ” The broadcaster typically pays around $ 60 million for the broadcast rights to the show, which ranks among the most-watched awards show behind the Oscars and Grammys.

Although often ridiculed, Hollywood had come to accept the Golden Globes as a legitimate and useful step in a competitive awards season. And for audiences around the world, it was a pretty lively evening, with glamorous fashion, major stars, the promise of champagne-fueled speeches, and hosts – from Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to Ricky Gervais – who regularly laughed at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

The news organization claims that in the months following her 2021 show, she recovered. The group added a diversity manager; reshuffled its board of directors; inducted 21 new members, including six black journalists; brings the NAACP into a five-year partnership; and updated its code of conduct.

Photo This image released by Netflix shows Leonardo DiCaprio in “Don’t Look Up.” (Niko Tavernise / Netflix via AP)
Photo This image posted by Neon shows Kristen Stewart in a scene from “Spencer”. (Pablo Larrain / Neon via AP)
Photo This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Will Smith in a scene from “King Richard”. (Images from Warner Bros via AP)
Photo This image released by Netflix shows Benedict Cumberbatch in a scene from “The Power of the Dog”. (Kirsty Griffin / Netflix via AP)
Photo Caitriona Balfe, from left, Jamie Dornan, Judi Dench, Jude Hill and Lewis McAskie appear in a scene from ‘Belfast’. (Features Rob Youngson / Focus via AP)
Photo FILE – In this January 6, 2009 file photo, Golden Globe statuettes are seen during a press conference at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo / Matt Sayles, File)
Photo This image released by MGM shows Lady Gaga as Patrizia Reggiani in “House of Gucci”. (MGM via AP)