Golden Globes returns with Cate Blanchett among winners

With the likes of Cate Blanchett and Steven Spielberg among the winners, the Golden Globes were back with a bang on Tuesday with champagne flowing and A-list celebrities breaking out the profanities in an evening where backslapping and earnestness was balanced with edgy humor.

Here are some of the more memorable moments from the 80th edition of the awards, held at the Beverly Hilton.

Taking on racism

After a torrid couple of years for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association over allegations of racism and corruption, the organizers of the Golden Globes were hoping to redeem themselves this year.

But their chosen host, comedian Jerrod Carmichael, wasn’t going to give them an easy ride, coming out swinging at the HFPA’s longtime lack of diversity. “I’ll tell you why I’m here. I’m here because I’m Black,” he said.

Carmichael said he was taken aback when he was offered the hosting gig by producer Stephen Hill, who is also Black. “One minute you’re making mint tea at home; the next, you’re invited to be the Black face of an embattled white organization. Life comes at you fast.”

But the paycheck made it hard to turn down, he joked, recounting a conversation with a friend. “She said, ‘Jerrod, enough of all that. How much are they paying you?’ I said, ‘$500,000.’ She said, ‘Boy, if you don’t put on a nice suit and take them white people’s money…'”

Don’t play it again

As ever, the celebrities demonstrated that there are few things they like more than the sound of their own voices, with almost every speech testing its allotted time limit.

Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh took issue with the Golden Globes producers trying to curtail her speech

The whole show, which was supposed to be a tight three hours, overran by 20 minutes, thanks in no small part to award recipients who just wouldn’t take the hint.

Producers tried to play them off with piano music as they ran through their lists of thank you to agents, managers, parents and assorted hangers-on.

While several just kept talking, Michelle Yeoh, who won for a star turn in “Everything Everywhere All At Once” that included her busting out some martial arts moves, was having none of it. “Shut up please,” she said, feigning menace. “I can beat you up. That’s serious.”

Will Smith

He wasn’t there, and probably won’t be at any awards ceremony any time soon after smacking Chris Rock at the Oscars last year, but Will Smith provided some of the biggest laughs of the night.

Smith, who attacked Rock for a quip about his wife’s shaved head in a foul-mouthed tirade, was the butt of one joke by Carmichael.

“While we were on commercial, we actually presented Will Smith with the Rock Hudson award for best portrayal of masculinity on television,” he said.

But Eddie Murphy, receiving the Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement, stole the show, with a wonderful slow wind-up that quoted Smith’s outburst.

“There is a definitive blueprint that you can follow to achieve success, prosperity, longevity, and peace of mind,” he said.

“There’s three things: Pay your taxes, mind your business, and keep Will Smith’s wife’s name out of your fucking mouth.”

The invisible

Producer Ryan Murphy, who was honored for his prolific output in television and film, used his acceptance speech to spotlight the marginalized in the entertainment industry.

Murphy, the creative force behind “Nip/Tuck” and “Glee,” began his speech with a tribute to MJ Rodriguez, the “Pose” star who won a Globe at last year’s untelevised ceremony.

“In doing so, MJ… became the first trans actress ever to win a Golden Globe,” he said, calling on the audience to give her the standing ovation she missed in 2022. They happily obliged.

He also name-checked LGBTQ actors Billy Porter, Niecy Nash, Matt Bomer and Jeremy Pope, people he said represent “examples of possibility” for the marginalized in society.

“My mission was to take the invisible, the unloved, and make them the heroes I long to see but never did in pop culture,” he said of his career.

Tom Cruise

Will Smith wasn’t the only absentee who got a roasting, with host Carmichael also taking aim at Tom Cruise, who publicly disowned the Golden Globes as the HFPA was put through the ringer, handing back his three gongs in 2021.

Coming back from one commercial break, the comic arrived on stage clasping three Globes. “Hey guys, backstage I found these,” he told the audience. “(The) three Golden Globe awards that Tom Cruise returned.  “Maybe we take these three things and exchange them for the safe return of Shelly Miscavige.”

Shelly Miscavige, who allegedly has not been seen in public for several years, is the wife of David Miscavige, the leader of the church of Scientology, of which Cruise is a prominent member.

Who are the winners?

  • Best Motion Picture – Drama

The Fabelmans

  • Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

Cate Blanchett: TÁR

  • Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

Austin Butler: Elvis

  • Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

The Banshees of Inisherin

  • Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Michelle Yeoh: Everything Everywhere All at Once

  • Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Colin Farrell: The Banshees of Inisherin **WINNER**

  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture

Angela Bassett: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture

Ke Huy Quan: Everything Everywhere All at Once

  • Best Director – Motion Picture

Steven Spielberg: The Fabelmans

  • Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

Martin McDonagh: The Banshees of Inisherin

  • Best Motion Picture – Animated

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

  • Best Motion Picture – Non-English Language

Argentina: 1985, Argentina

  • Best Original Score – Motion Picture

Justin Hurwitz: Babylon

  • Best Original Song – Motion Picture

RRR: “Naatu Naatu”

  • Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama

Zendaya: Euphoria

  • Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama

Kevin Costner: Yellowstone

  • Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy

Abbott Elementary

  • Best Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

Quinta Brunson: Abbott Elementary

  • Best Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

Jeremy Allen White: The Bear

  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical, Comedy or Drama Television Series

Julia Garner: Ozark

  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical, Comedy or Drama Television Series

Tyler James Williams: Abbott Elementary

  • Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

The White Lotus

  • Best Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Amanda Seyfried: The Dropout

  • Best Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Evan Peters: Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story

  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Limited Series, Anthology Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Paul Walter Hauser: Black Bird

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