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In a redemption tour that left the HFPA more vulnerable than ever, the Golden Globes returned to NBC, with host Jerrod Carmichael’s refreshing twist on the awards show, where he delivered spicy Scientology jokes and told Steven Spielberg that he saw a western with The Kahneman, and it ” changed everything.”
Despite Carmichael, the production wasn’t revolutionary enough to indicate that a format with declining ratings was about to mount a comeback. The 95th Oscars production team and host Jimmy Kimmel will have to keep trying to crack that code.
So what did we learn about this year’s Oscar landscape?
In terms of winners, the evening gave the supposed Academy Awards pioneers a platform to make their case to voters (meaning their fellow celebrities, not HFPA members) and television viewers, especially as Oscar voting begins Thursday.
The top two film categories for best picture drama, and comedy/musical went to Universal Pictures’ “The Fablemans” and Searchlight’s “The Banshees of Inisharin.” With the former, it was just what the doctor ordered, as “Fablemans” seemed to stumble last week after an underwhelming BAFTA longlist showing (which excluded Spielberg) and missed out on key guild mentions, including the American Society of Cinematographers. . Nevertheless, at the Globes, Spielberg added a third statuette to his directorial haul and is now tied with Clint Eastwood, Milos Forman, Martin Scorsese and Oliver Stone as the second most awarded director in Globe history. A speculative pioneer since its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, “The Fablemans” is back in a significant way.
As for “Banshees,” which led the list with eight nods, it also led to wins for Best Picture (Comedy), Best Screenplay for Martin McDonagh and Best Actor for Colin Farrell, his second career win for Bruges” (2008), another McDonagh features. Pharrell’s ass-loving Irishman led the critics’ awards. Still, his drama counterpart, Austin Butler of “Elvis” has set his own stakes, which could emulate Rami Malek’s winning run for “Bohemian Rhapsody” (2018). But don’t count out Brendan Fraser from “The Whale,” who could rebound at Sunday’s Critics’ Choice Awards.
In best actress, the Globes cemented the narrative of the season: It’s a two-horse race between Cate Blanchett’s lesbian conductor in psychological drama “Tár” and Michelle Yeoh’s kick-ass laundromat owner in “Everything Everything All at Once.”
For Blanchett, a 12-time nominee, it’s her fourth win since bursting onto the scene with the historical biopic “Elizabeth” (1998). The London premiere of “Tár” prevented the Australian star from attending the Globes on Wednesday, but still, he became the eighth person to win three acting awards at the Oscars.
But not if Yeh has anything to say about it.
Yeh became the second Asian to win lead actress (comedy) after Awkwafina in “The Farewell” (2019), which failed to receive an Oscar nod. I think it will be different for Yeh, though: He will be the second Asian Oscar nominee after Merle Oberon in “The Dark Angel” (1935).
In the supporting categories, Kay Huey Kwan (“Everything Everything All at Once”) and Angela Bassett (“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”) make their first runs, and it looks like it could be a smooth ride on Oscar night in March. Two wins were assured for “Everything,” but some were expecting a sweep (it missed out on support for Jamie Lee Curtis’ acting, writing and directing for Daniels, and lost to “Banshees” in the comedy/musical category). It’s still a best picture race where too many pieces need to be moved to call: checkmate.
The night was short on real shockers, but Amazon Studios’ “Argentina, 1985” was a jaw-dropper, topping Germany’s “All Quiet on the Western Front” and India’s “RRR,” which was not an official Oscar submission.
Speaking of “RRR,” the dance number “Natu Natu” won Best Original Song, including Lady Gaga (“Hold My Hand” from Top Songs: Maverick), Rihanna (“Lift Me Up”) and Music’s Biggest Among the names won the best original song. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”) and Taylor Swift (“Carolina,” “Where the Crawdads Sing”). This bodes well for its awards campaign, which continues to pick up steam. “RRR” is a solid Best Picture and Director for SS Rajamouli. Can be a competitor.
“Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio” made history for Netflix as the first streamer to win in the animation category, and del Toro himself the first Latino to win. Outside of Cowan in Best Supporting Actor, the race for the animated feature could be locked up before the nominations are announced.
“Babylon” composer Justin Hurwitz picked up his third Globe for original score, following “La La Land” (2016), for which he won an Oscar, and “First Man” (2018), for which he was snubbed. We will see how the music branch receives the former winner.
The truth is, Wednesday morning’s SAG and DGA announcements will say more about the Oscar race than the Globes. But even so, there’s a good chance we’ve just seen this year’s Academy Award winners “Top Gun: Maverick” may have gone home empty-handed, but it’s not out of the race just yet.
On the home television side, ABC’s “Abbott Elementary” had a strong night, leading the pack for TV series (comedy) and all series with wins for actors Quinta Brunson and Tyler James Williams.
FX’s freshman comedy “The Bear” brings its star Jeremy Allen White to the stage for lead actor (comedy), in what will likely be a viable Emmy campaign.
The same goes for Evan Peters, who walked away with lead actor (limited series or TV movie) from Netflix for his portrayal of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in Ryan Murphy’s controversial “Dahmer — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.”
HBO took home two of the three top series categories for “Game of Thrones” prequel “House of the Dragon,” the show’s only win (we’ll see if it can hold up until Emmy season), and Lotus for limited series “The White,” Subtitled “Cicely,” it also earned a supporting actress win for Jennifer Coolidge, who probably broke the record for most blips during her raucous acceptance speech — and who ruined her character’s ultimate fate from season two.
Other notable acting winners include Zendaya (“Euphoria”), Julia Garner (“Ozark”), Paul Walter Hauser (“Black Bird”), Amanda Seyfried (“The Dropout”) and Kevin Costner (“Yellowstone”).
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