80th Golden Globes ceremony does not shy away from a controversial past

The Golden Globes didn’t shy away from their controversial past as the awards show returned in person for its 80th anniversary.

British and Irish talent did well at the annual ceremony – one of the first major events on the awards season calendar – with multiple wins for Martin McDonagh’s The Banshees Of Inisherin.

Top honors also went to Austin Butler, Cate Blanchett and Steven Spielberg, who received the Best Director award and Best Drama trophy for his semi-autobiographical film The Fabelmans.

Last year’s Golden Globes were turned into a “private event” at the last minute by organizers, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), after it was heavily criticized for its lack of black members.

But at the start of the 2023 show, host Jerrod Carmichael addressed the diversity controversy head-on.

“I’ll tell you why I’m here, I’m here because I’m black,” the US comedian told the audience as he opened the show in Los Angeles on Tuesday night.

“I’m going to tell you what’s going on,” Carmichael told viewers at the start of the show.

“That show, the Golden Globe Awards, didn’t air last year because the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which I won’t say was a racist organization but didn’t have a single black member until the death of George Floyd, so do with this information what you want.”

He added: “I took this job assuming they hadn’t changed at all.

“(But) regardless of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s past, this is a night to celebrate. And I think this industry deserves such evenings. And I’m glad to be here.”

Following the fallout, the HFPA subsequently vowed to revise its constitution and make changes related to ethics and inclusion.

Tuesday’s event was held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles and saw the return of several famous faces.

Several big British names including Dame Emma Thompson, Olivia Colman, Bill Nighy and Daniel Craig were also recommended for top honors – but all lost.

Blanchett triumphed in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture: Drama category for her performance in Tar.

In the parallel category “Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture: Drama”, Elvis star Butler took home the trophy.


Austin Butler poses in the press room with the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture: Drama for Elvis (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

In the hall, the US actor paid tribute to his “heroes”, including Brad Pitt, Quentin Tarantino, as well as director Baz Luhrmann and “the King” – Elvis Presley.

“You were an icon and a rebel. I love you so much,” he said.

Irish star Colin Farrell took home the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for his role in The Banshees Of Inisherin, in which he stars alongside Brendan Gleeson, and thanked his entire cast and crew.

“Martin McDonagh I owe you so much man,” he said during his acceptance speech.

“14 years ago you brought me together with Brendan Gleeson… and you changed my life forever in a way that I will reluctantly be grateful to you for the rest of my days.”

He turned to Gleeson and continued, “Brendan, I love you so much.

“I love that I get to share this creative space with you every day. All I did when I came to work every day was strive to be your equal.

“I’m not saying I made it at all, but ambition kept me going. And I will thank you for that for the rest of my days.”

McDonagh also won Best Screenplay for The Banshees Of Inisherin and thanked his cast and cast.


MM Keeravani poses in the press room with the award for Best Original Song, Film for RRR’s Naatu Naatu (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

The film also won in the Best Picture, Musical or Comedy category and The Fabelmans won Best Picture, Drama – the final award of the night.

Previously, Naatu Naatu from the movie RRR defeated pop music heavyweights Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga and Rihanna to win the Golden Globe for Best Original Song.

A number of celebrities took on presenting duties throughout the evening including Letitia Wright, Jennifer Hudson, Salma Hayek, Hilary Swank and Ana De Armas.

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