The ups, downs and confusings of the 2023 Golden Globes

Left to right: Austin Butler, Steven Spielberg, Ryan Murphy, and Eddie Murphy at the 80th Golden Globe Awards (Photo: Getty)

Left to right: Austin Butler, Steven Spielberg, Ryan Murphy and Eddie Murphy at the 80th Golden Globe Awards. (Photo: Getty)

And the most grueling comeback award… goes to the 80th Golden Globes. Almost two years have passed since the bomb attack. Los Angeles times The report helped pull the show off air after exposing ethical gaps and a lack of diversity within the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization that hosted the ceremony. This year’s broadcast was supposed to be a return to normalcy and at the same time signal to the industry that HFPA is changing for the better. While some of these changes are reflected in the diversity of winners — for example Abbott Elementary SchoolQuinta Brunson and Tyler James Williams Black Panther Queen Angela Bassett and Everything Everywhere at the Same Time powerhouses Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan—and the quality of the conversations, some high-profile absences, and questionable creative decisions mean Globes’ future is still uncertain. Here are the highs, lows, and head-scratches from the closely watched television broadcast.

HIGH: A-listers brought their A-games for their acceptance speeches

It turns out that Quan, Jennifer Coolidge, and Yeoh are not only great actors, but also great award recipients. The trio – along with Carol Burnett Award winner Ryan Murphy – delivered the most poignant and memorable speeches of the night, putting their victory in personal terms. Whether it was Quan calling out his first director, Steven Spielberg, or Yeoh talking about his struggles in Hollywood, or diverting attention away from him and drawing attention to his various collaborators, they all made us believe that the Globes really mattered. And This great acting

LOW: But a few big winners were MIA

We hardly expected any show. Frankly, just a year after the 2022 edition was canceled (both figuratively by critics and literally by NBC), we’re surprised that Hollywood has featured so much at the 2023 Golden Globes. But the absence of a handful of winners confirmed that Globes did not. back has just returned. There were four high-profile winners who didn’t show up to receive their awards. Three of them – for Cate Blanchett Tarfor zendaya euphoria and for Amanda Seyfried Leaving – according to the servers, they were said to be working or “in production”. Here’s the thing though: Successful players are almost always working, and in past years it would have been a very, very safe bet that the trio could one day want to join. The most convincing excuse yellowstone Winner Kevin Costner, which host Regina Hall took great pains to explain, was stranded in Santa Barbara this week due to Southern California’s heavy rainstorms and mudslides. It was something his advertiser swore to us backstage as well. We will buy it.

HIGH: Brad Pitt, new Jack Nicholson

Once upon a time in Hollywood, Jack Nicholson was the king of the Oscars, acting like the heart of the party for every ceremony. Brad Pitt took on the task at this year’s Golden Globes, raising laughter over Jerrod Carmichael’s disturbing opening monologue and giving all the winners a wild applause. Even when he lost his own Globe—Quan received the Best Supporting Actor statue, which Pitt was also after—Pitt acted like a winner.

HIGH: Eddie Murphy remembered it was funny

Accepting the very serious Cecil B. DeMille Award Saturday night live The icon kept a mostly straight face. However, this turned out to be because he kept a crucial point at the end of his speech. Murphy concluded by saying three things he had learned throughout his Hollywood career: “Keep the name of Will Smith’s wife out of your mouth!” That’s why it’s Eddie Murphy, dammit.

LOW: Don’t hit the pianist

Chloe Flower gave the best/worst concert possible when she was hired as the official Globes pianist. On the one hand, she performed for a celebrity-filled audience. But she couldn’t have guessed that the same celebrities would threaten to beat her for interrupting their conversation. Of course, none of this was Flower’s fault, but the insults clearly paid the price. He disappeared in the middle of the show – replaced by a DJ – and when he returned, Carmichael took care to mention the “hate” he received on Twitter and thanked him for his service. We hope the tip jar is overflowing.

LOW: Globes cloud not lifted

Even as Carmichael fired into the HFPA, almost everyone in the room tried to continue as if the evening was award business as usual. Not so on social media, with many commenters talking about how weird it is to celebrate a show – and an organization – with such a checkered profile. Towards the end of the show, current HFPA President Helen Hoehne took the stage to give some brief explanations of how the group is trying to do better. But it’s clear there’s a lot of work to be done before the party can get serious again.

HEAD-SCRATCHER: Austin Butler’s voice left the building

Austin Butler wraps up filming Elvis over a year ago, but it doesn’t seem to have shaken Presley’s ghost. Accepting the award for Best Actor in a Drama, the actor raised his eyebrows, speaking like the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll instead of Kid from Anaheim, California. Backstage, Butler told reporters he didn’t realize he was speaking in an Elvis voice. . Sounds suspicious to us.

HIGH and LOW: Host Jerrod Carmichael entertained the audience most of the time

As any good host does, Carmichael threw in a few funny punches at the expense of Tom Cruise and Will Smith, who didn’t show up. But there were also some big losses. If Kanye West had been there, he would have caught the wrong moment when Carmichael announced that he and West were watching. Fabelmans together and told Spielberg that the director’s autobiographical filmIt changed everything for the embattled rapper, who came under fire for repeated antisemitic remarks.” The comedian even mocked the award show he was hosting. like He was the host and was raising the controversy the Golden Globes had faced on Twitter lately in the first few minutes of the show, which hadn’t been going so well. Carmichael took some of the Globes viewers out of breath when he tried to make a joke about Whitney Houston’s death right at the awards hotel. Viewers also announced on social media that they were out of breath.

— Additional reporting by Raechal Shewfelt and Taryn Ryder

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