Oppenheimer wins big at Golden Globes, Poor Things surprises in comedy category

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The 80th Golden Globe Awards, held on Sunday night, honored the best in film and television of 2023. The ceremony, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, was a hybrid event with some attendees present at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles and others joining virtually from various locations.

Oppenheimer sweeps drama awards

The biographical drama film Oppenheimer, directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Cillian Murphy as the physicist who led the Manhattan Project, was the biggest winner of the night, taking home six awards out of seven nominations. The film won Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Director, Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama, Best Screenplay, Best Original Score, and Best Film Editing.

The film, which explores the moral dilemmas and personal struggles of J. Robert Oppenheimer and his team of scientists who developed the atomic bomb, was praised by critics and audiences alike for its gripping storytelling, stunning cinematography, and powerful performances. The film also received a standing ovation at the Venice Film Festival, where it premiered in September 2023.

Poor Things upsets Barbie in comedy category

In a surprising turn of events, the dark comedy film Poor Things, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos and starring Emma Stone and Willem Dafoe, beat the highly anticipated musical comedy Barbie, directed by Greta Gerwig and starring Margot Robbie and Noah Centineo, in the Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy category. Poor Things also won Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for Stone, who played a young woman brought back to life by a mad scientist after drowning herself.

Oppenheimer wins big at Golden Globes

The film, based on the novel by Alasdair Gray, was a twisted satire of the Victorian era, featuring bizarre characters, absurd situations, and macabre humor. The film received mixed reviews from critics, who praised Stone and Dafoe’s performances, but found the film too disturbing and nihilistic for their taste. The film also sparked controversy for its graphic depiction of violence, sex, and necrophilia.

Other notable winners and moments

Some of the other notable winners of the night were:

  • The Power of the Dog, directed by Jane Campion and starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Kirsten Dunst, which won Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for Cumberbatch and Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for Dunst.
  • Dune, directed by Denis Villeneuve and starring Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya, which won Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects.
  • The French Dispatch, directed by Wes Anderson and starring an ensemble cast, which won Best Motion Picture – Animated.
  • Succession, which won Best Television Series – Drama and Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama for Jeremy Strong.
  • Ted Lasso, which won Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy and Best Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy for Jason Sudeikis.
  • The Crown, which won Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama for Olivia Colman and Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series for Gillian Anderson.
  • Hacks, which won Best Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy for Jean Smart and Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series for Carl Clemons-Hopkins.

Some of the memorable moments of the night were:

  • The tribute to Sidney Poitier, the legendary actor and civil rights activist, who passed away on January 6, 2024, at the age of 95. Oprah Winfrey, Denzel Washington, and Morgan Freeman were among the celebrities who honored Poitier’s legacy and achievements in a video montage.
  • The speech by Michaela Coel, who won Best Limited Series or Television Film and Best Actress in a Limited Series or Television Film for I May Destroy You, a series that she created, wrote, directed, and starred in. Coel, who based the series on her own experience of sexual assault, thanked the survivors of sexual violence for their courage and resilience, and urged the industry to create more stories that reflect the diversity and complexity of human experiences.
  • The joke by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who mocked the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), the organization that votes for the Golden Globe Awards, for its lack of diversity and transparency. The hosts pointed out that the HFPA has no black members, and that it has been accused of accepting bribes and gifts from studios and celebrities. They also joked that the HFPA’s new motto is “We’re going to do better, just like we promised last year.”

The full list of winners and nominees can be found here.

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