TO ANALYSE – Banned from Hollywood, the organization made a triumph on Sunday in Power Of The Dog and West Side Story. A list of awards received with total indifference after a very dull ceremony, deprived of television broadcasting.
The behind-the-scenes charts looked more like a business seminar or symposium than Hollywood’s second most desired red carpet after the Oscars. The Golden Globes, which pay decades of self without diversity and questionable conduct of its member journalists in press conferences, held their 79th ceremony on Sunday in indifference and general opprobrium. Few of the laureates reacted to the announcement of their name. The prize list was quickly eclipsed by the death of Bob Saget, hero of the sitcom The party at home.
None of the French artists named (Omar Sy, Tahar Rahim, Marion Cotillard and composer Alexandre Desplat) left with a statuette.
Little atmosphere at the Beverly Hilton
In all their misfortunes, the Golden Globes have been able to count on unwavering support, that of their host, the Beverly Hills Hilton hotel. But the atmosphere was not that of the great days. No red carpet, no stars, no winners, no camera, no journalist. Deprived of television coverage by its historic broadcaster NBC, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) which oversees the Golden Globes, hosted a small party reception. Little black dresses required and not held prom. Were invited only reporters, members of the HFPA, and representatives of the charities they support. They are the ones who announced the winners. The HFPA having been unable to convince a known presenter to host the evening. However, Jamie Lee Curtis and Arnold Schwarzenegger have agreed to send a short video address.
In the absence of press accreditation, journalists from the specialized press, such as that of Variety, contented themselves with pacing the halls of the Hilton, straining their ears for applause. No traffic jams, a unique little buffet made up of sashimi and kebabs, where once miles of traffic jams and a dozen exclusive evenings sponsored by chains and platforms awaited guests. There were so few crowds that hotel guests in bathrobes, returning from the swimming pool, were able to wander around the ceremony floor without restriction.
The Power Of The Dog and West Side Story big winners
Among the nominations, the western by Jane Campion and Belfast, semi-autobiographical account of childhood memories of filmmaker Kenneth Branagh left favorites with seven quotes. Finally, The Power Of The Dog crushed everything in its path: best dramatic film, best director and best supporting role for the disturbing Kodi Smit-McPhee. Belfast had to settle for a screenplay award while Dune by Denis Villeneuve hung up on the award for best soundtrack.
In the musical and comedy section, West Side Story by Steven Spielberg, despite his poor box office scores, held high in satirizing Adam McKay Don’t Look Up, cosmic denial which smashes Netflix audience records. The remake of the cult feature film, where Natalie Wood and Rita Moreno shone in the Sixties, leaves with the title of best musical and best actress and supporting role for its Latin revelations Rachel Zegler and Ariana DeBose.
A tropism for superstars
Winner of the trophy for best comedy actor, Andrew Garfield who brings the creator of the classic Broadway back to life Rent in Tick, Tick Boom certainly prevailed over Leonardo DiCaprio, inaudible astrophysicist in Don’t Look Up. But in the categories reserved for performers of drama, the Golden Globes have stuck with their achievements and through well-known awards to superstars. Sacred Will Smith, visionary and despotic father of tennis players Venus and Serena Williams in The Williams method, and Nicole Kidman, as the American television idol of the Fifties Lucille Ball in Being The Ricardos. Admirable performances annoy some cinephiles, but neither the best of the year, nor the best of these actors.
These choices of the Golden Globes contrast with those of the American critical circles which in great majority privileged Benedict Cumberbatch, cruel cruel keeper of ranch in The Power Of The Dog, and the unrecognizable Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana on the verge of divorce and paranoia in Spencer.
A list of uncertain results
A minority of winners celebrated their statuette. Only teams of West Side Story and D’Encanto, crowned best animated film, openly rejoiced on Twitter. Netflix who carried The Power Of The Dog, Will Smith or Nicole Kidman shine with their silence.
And again with some reservations. Rachel Zegler noted that she received her trophy exactly three years after being chosen by Steven Spielberg out of 30,000 applicants. “Life is very strangeShe wrote. Ariana DeBose called on the HFPA to continue with its reforms: “There is still work to be done, but when you have worked so hard on a project – with blood, sweat, tears and love – the fact that that work is seen and recognized will always be special.“.
But without reaction, what scope and influence will this prize list have? How many studios will dare to claim a victory at the Globes to feed their campaign for the Oscars? For expert Jeff Sneider, there is little chance that we will see the mention “winner at the Golden Globes” on the litany of movie posters that dot the streets of Los Angeles and the pages of advertisements bought in the hurry. This lack of resonance, coupled with a sluggish American box office for auteur films aimed at the general public (The Last Duel, Nightmare Alley) worries some. “For the box office, when it worked, these price discounts were essential. A statuette was the reason to go see a smaller film. How do you do this in the current climate? “, alarms Nancy Utley, ex-head of Fox Searchlight (since bought by Disney).
More daring in television
The Golden Globes went further out of their comfort zone by awarding the playoffs of the year. Unsurprisingly, the third season of Succession dominated the evening receiving the trophies for Best Drama Series, Best Actor for rebellious heir Jeremy Strong and Best Supporting Actor for Sarah Snook, the only girl in the clan.
But the HFPA delivered a historic victory by crowning trans actress and Pose star MJ Rodriguez best actress ahead of Jennifer Aniston (The Morning Show), Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale). The lucky winner was one of the few to comment on the prize list and thanked the HFPA on Instagram. “Love always wins. To my young LGBT + comrades, the door is now open, you can reach for the stars ”.
Shunned by the precursor ceremonies, the elegiac and oppressive The Underground Railroad by Oscar-winning director Barry Jenkins, on the journey of a young slave on the run to find freedom before the Civil War, finally won the award for best series. After her Emmy for Best Actress for her performance as a hard-working cop, Kate Winslet was presented with the Golden Globes for Best Actress in a Miniseries for Mare Of Easttown. Pillar of acclaimed novelty Dopesick who chronicles the roots of the opioid crisis in the United States, Michael Keaton has triumphed among men.
The global success of the South Korean series Squid Game saw 77-year-old comedian Oh Yeong-su supplanting favorites Kieran Culkin of Succession and Brett Goldstein from Ted lasso. On the comedy side, Ted Lasso was satisfied with a statuette of best actor for his hero and creator Jason Sudeikis. Still without a broadcaster in France, Hacks with Jean Smart won the Golden Globes for Best Comedy and Actress.