Usually run by all the gratin of the entertainment industry, the Golden Globes have been deserted this year by Hollywood stars, who criticize their lack of diversity and transparency.
The Power of the Dog and West Side Story won the main prizes on Sunday, January 9 at a Golden Globe ceremony largely ignored by Hollywood, and whose winners were revealed online, without televsion or red carpet.
Jane Campion’s dark western The Power of the Dog becomes the second female-directed film to win the Golden Globe for Best Dramatic Feature. He also won the awards for Best Director, and Best Supporting Actor for Kodi Smit-McPhee.
Le remake de Steven Spielberg West Side Story was awarded the Golden Globe for Best Comedy or Musical, with Rachel Zegler for Best Actress in a Comedy, and Ariana DeBose for Best Supporting Actress. Will Smith and Nicole Kidman received the Globes for Outstanding Actor and Actress in a Drama Film for their roles in The Williams Method and Being the Ricardos
But none of the winners were present at the ceremony, which was held behind closed doors. Usually run by all the gratin of the entertainment industry, the Golden Globes, which opens the film awards season, have been deserted this year by Hollywood stars, who criticize their lack of diversity and transparency. The NBC television channel had even given up broadcasting the ceremony, yet followed in recent years by millions of viewers, and the event did not take off on Twitter, where fans were more concerned about the death, announced in the evening , by American actor Bob Saget.
«This year the Golden Globes are not going to be like any Golden Globes we’ve seen so far., warned Marc Malkin, editor-in-chief culture and events at the specialized publication Variety. And really, we’re not gonna see much».
A series of failures, from corruption to racism
Officially, the organizers invoked the pandemic. But, according to Marc Malkin, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), which is the jury for these awards, “tried to bring in celebrities to announce this year’s Golden Globe winners». «And no celebrity – none – said yes.The HFPA, made up of around 100 people with links to foreign publications, has long been privately accused in Hollywood circles of a series of failings, ranging from corruption to racism.
the Los Angeles Times has thus shown that the association did not count any black person among its members, opening the valve of reproaches last year. Tom Cruise returned his awards in a gesture of protest. Since the outbreak of the scandal, the association has hastened to launch reforms, in particular to diversify its members. It also prohibited them from accepting luxury gifts or stays in hotels from studios wooing them for their votes.
During the closed-door ceremony on Sunday, the HFPA tweeted pre-recorded videos of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis, praising the association’s work in support of community programs. “I am proud to be associated with them in this endeavorSaid the American actress and director, referring to HFPA funding for community programs.
“Blood, sweat, tears and love”
Young actresses West Side Story reacted to their victory on Twitter, Rachel Zegler noting that she received her Globe exactly three years after being chosen by Steven Spielberg out of 30,000 applicants. «Life is very strangeShe wrote. Ariana DeBose thanked the HFPA while calling for reforms: “There is still work to be done, but when you have worked so hard on a project – with blood, sweat, tears and love – the fact that that work is seen and recognized will always be special.She tweeted.
Despite this leaden atmosphere, the three Globes attributed to The Power of the Dog and of West Side Story confirm their status as contenders for the awards season, which culminates in March with the Oscars. The Power of the Dog, which questions male stereotypes in 1920s Montana with Benedict Cumberbatch as a toxic cowboy, aired on Netflix with limited theatrical release and received rave reviews. The remake of West Side Story by Steven Spielberg, flopped at the box office but was also critically acclaimed.
Considered one of the big favorites, Belfast, inspired by the Northern Irish childhood of Kenneth Branagh, leaves with only the prize for best screenplay. Andrew Garfield won the Globe for Best Actor in a Musical for his role in Tick, tick,… Boom!. Succession, family drama about an aging newspaper mogul, produced by HBO, wins best drama series.