January 31, 2023

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Golden Globe winners take it easy behind the scenes of the HFPA controversy

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The controversy surrounding the Hollywood Foreign Press Association was hardly invited among the Golden Globe Award winners who took the stage at the Beverly Hilton to celebrate their victory.

Angela Bassett, who won co-star in a movie for her work in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” didn’t hold back when asked. diversity If he has concerns about the HFPA and if he is considering not attending the event. The Golden Globe Awards were not broadcast on NBC last year because the HFPA had no black members.

“HPFA has made progress. They know what needs to be done,” Bassett said. “Tonight marks the beginning of the season where we celebrate our industry and our colleagues. We embrace them with great joy. It is our hope that people will always like to come and go to the cinema. We’re the people in the room who deliver it.”

Bassett insists that visiting the Globes is a treat for actors and industry professionals who rarely get a chance to mingle because they always work in remote locations. Even movie stars need support from their peers.

“To give some applause, some love and hugs to each other. We’re all in our own little galaxy, our world doing our own thing,” Bassett said. “It’s a really good time.”

Michelle Yeoh, winner of lead actress in a comedy or musical for “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” told reporters backstage that her recent career resurgence at age 60 last year is testament to a changing industry.

“Times are changing. There is much more inclusion. It’s not lip service anymore,” Yeh said. “Many filmmakers are forward-thinking to understand the importance of inclusion, the importance of diversity and the importance of telling stories about different cultures and embracing them in the right way — only our audience demands it. We are on the verge of a great change. I’m so glad I’m still here while this is happening. I’m not sitting in my rocking chair saying, ‘Why didn’t I get that opportunity?’

Kay Hui Kwan, a supporting actor winner for “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” shared that sentiment to describe his experience as the former child actor decided to revive his acting career after a long hiatus from the industry. As he grew older, he became depressed and struggled to find roles.

“I was auditioning left and right and couldn’t land a job,” he recalls. “I am grateful that the landscape has changed. Now there are many more advances. I just want to keep an open mind and see what’s out there.”

Tyler James Williams, who won supporting actor in a comedy series for ABC’s “Abbott Elementary,” also touched on the theme that acting is a tough profession, despite all the trappings of glamour. Williams noted that her first trip to the Globes came nearly two decades ago when she was the 13-year-old star of the UPN comedy “Everybody Hates Chris.”

“I’ve seen a lot of people come and go — people I’ve come up with who I thought were very talented people,” Williams said. “The roles were not for them in the right place at the right time. For me, I always wanted to do well….Many people think the road is straight. I hope if anything is taken from it [my win] That it’s not always linear.”

Many of the night’s big winners are first-time honorees who are relatively new to the awards season gauntlet. Austin Butler, who won lead actor in a play for “Elvis,” was still visibly overwhelmed when he took the press room stage.

“I remember going to a lot of auditions and never getting booked,” said Butler, referring to his early years after launching the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon series. “I feel very grateful right now. I’m still coming back from the blackout.”

Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, who won for animated feature for “Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio,” was pressed about the state of film and whether the theater experience has been irrevocably changed by the pandemic. Del Toro said it would take a few more years to determine the true impact, but he warned of the danger of limiting ambition due to business uncertainty.

To preserve the medium it’s important to “keep the idea big,” Del Toro says. “We are very concerned about screen size. We should think about the size of the idea. That’s what defines cinema.”

(Photo: Angela Bassett)

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