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In a round of redemption that has left the HFPA more vulnerable than ever, the Golden Globes returns to NBC with a refreshing twist to the awards show hosts, with host Jerrod Carmichael playing spicy Scientology jokes and telling Steven Spielberg he was watching “The Fabelmans” with Kanye. West and “changed everything.”
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Despite Carmichael, the production wasn’t revolutionary enough to signal a comeback for a declining format. Jimmy Kimmel, the producer and host of the 95th Academy Awards, will have to try to crack this code.
So what have we learned about this year’s Oscar scene?
For the winners, the evening provided a platform for the presumed nominees at the front of the Academy Awards, the voters in the room (that is, their famous colleagues, not the members of the HFPA), and a televised audience, particularly with the Oscar voting that began on Thursday, a platform to plead their case.
The top two film categories for best drama and comedy/musical went to Universal Pictures’ “The Fabelmans” and Searchlight’s “The Banshees of Inisherin”. With the first, “Fabelmans” was exactly what the doctor ordered, as it seemed to stumble upon (skipping Spielberg) last week after an overwhelming BAFTA longlist show and missed key guild mentions, including the American Cinematographers Association. . However, Spielberg added his third figurine for directing at the Globes and is now the second most awarded director in Globe history, drawing with Clint Eastwood, Milos Forman, Martin Scorsese and Oliver Stone. Assumed to be at the forefront since its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, “The Fabelmans” has made a major comeback.
Best picture (comedy), best screenplay for Martin McDonagh and lead actor for Colin Farrell, “Banshees”, his second career win after “In”, also led the list with eight nominations, leading to wins. Bruges” (2008), another McDonagh film. Farrell’s ass-loving Irishman led to critics’ awards. Still, his show counterpart, “Elvis” Austin Butler, put his fair share on the floor in a way that could mimic Rami Malek’s winning streak for “Bohemian Rhapsody” (2018). But don’t count Brendan Fraser from “The Whale,” which could backfire at Sunday’s Critics’ Choice Awards.
For best actress, Globes reinforced the season’s narrative: it’s a two-horse race between Cate Blanchett’s lesbian chef in the psychological drama “Tár” and Michelle Yeoh’s awesome laundry owner in “Everything Everywhere All at Once.”
For Blanchett, who has been nominated 12 times, her win marks her fourth since her debut in the historical biographical “Elizabeth” (1998). The London premiere of “Tár” on Wednesday prevented the Australian star from attending the Globes ceremony, but she is still on track to become the eighth person to win three acting awards at the Oscars.
But not if Yeoh has nothing to say about it.
Yeoh became the second Asian to win a lead role (comedy), following Awkwafina in “The Farewell” (2019), who did not receive an Oscar nomination. Still, I think it would be different for Yeoh: she would be only the second Asian Oscar nominee since Merle Oberon in “The Dark Angel” (1935).
In the supporting categories, Ke Huy Quan (“Everything Everywhere All at Once”) and Angela Bassett (“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”) took the lead, and it looks like the Oscars night in March could be set to sail smoothly. Two wins were guaranteed for “Everything”, but some were expecting a sweep (he missed out on supporting actress Jamie Lee Curtis, who wrote and directed for Daniels, and lost to “Banshees” in the comedy/musical category). This is a best picture race where many pieces still have to move: checkmate.
The night was devoid of real shockers, but Amazon Studios’ “Argentina, 1985” was a jaw-dropping film, surpassing Germany’s “All Quiet on the Western Front” and India’s “RRR”, which was not officially presented at the Oscars.
Speaking of “RRR”, the dance number “Naatu Naatu” is the best original among music’s biggest names, including Lady Gaga (“Hold My Hand” from “Top Gun: Maverick”), Rihanna (“Lift Me Up”) won the song. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”) and Taylor Swift (“Where the Crawdads Sing” Carolina). That bodes well for the awards campaign, which continues to gain momentum. “RRR” could be a viable contender for best picture and director for SS Rajamouli .
“Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio” made history for Netflix by becoming the first streamer to win in the animation category, with Del Toro himself becoming the first Latino to win. With the exception of Quan for best supporting actor, the animated feature race may be locked before the nominations are announced.
“Babylon” composer Justin Hurwitz took home his third Globe award, after his Oscar-winning “La La Land” (2016) and the underrated “First Man” (2018) soundtrack. We’ll see how the music department welcomes the former winner.
The truth is, Wednesday morning’s SAG and DGA announcements will tell the Oscar race much more than the Globes. But still, there’s a good chance we’ve seen many of this year’s Academy Awards winners. “Top Gun: Maverick” may have returned home empty-handed, but it’s not out of the race yet.
On the television side of the house, ABC’s “Abbott Elementary” had a strong night, leading all series with wins for TV series (comedy) and actors Quinta Brunson and Tyler James Williams.
FX’s top-notch comedy “The Bear” cast its star Jeremy Allen White for the lead (comedy) and possibly kickstarted a viable Emmy campaign.
The same goes for Evan Peters, who left Netflix with his lead (series or TV movie) for the role of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in Ryan Murphy’s controversial “Dahmer — The Beast: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.”
HBO took home two of the three best TV show categories for the series’ only win (we’ll see if it lasts until the Emmy season), “House of the Dragon” for the “Game of Thrones” prequel, and the limited series “The White.” Lotus,” subtitled “Sicily,” also got a supporting actress win for Jennifer Coolidge, who probably broke the record for the most beeps during her noisy acceptance speech and spoiled her character’s eventual fate in 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”).
To see the current ranking for each category, visit: Sort Oscar Center. make sure you bookmark it 2022-2023 Awards Season calendar For all the important dates and timelines for the season.
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