By Nehitha Jayakumar
The 80th Annual Golden Globes returned to television screens as “Golden” as ever on Tuesday, January 10th after not being televised publicly last year. The biggest stars of Hollywood gathered together again to honor a year full of spectacular films and television shows. Despite not being aired last year due to allegations of racism and lack of diversity within the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the award ceremony made an amazing comeback to all of our television screens this year. The night was filled with bold fashion, powerful speeches, and big wins.
The film The Fabelmans won the Best Drama Motion Picture. Director of the film, Steven Spielburg, took home the award for Best Director of a Motion Picture. Another big film of the night was The Banshees of Inisherin, which won best Musical or Comedy Motion Picture, Best Screenplay of a Motion Picture, and Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy Film for Colin Farrell. On the side of TV shows, some big wins included Abbott Elementary for Best Comedy Series, House of the Dragon for the Best Drama Series, and The White Lotus for the Best Limited or Anthropology Series or TV Movie.
The night was also devoted to honoring the amazing performances of some talented individuals. Cate Blanchett won Best Actress in a Drama Motion Picture for her role of Lydia Tár in Tár and Austin Butler took home the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama Motion Picture for his role of Elvis Presley in Elvis.
One of the biggest moments of the night was Michelle Yeoh’s inspirational acceptance speech. She won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy Series for her role in Everything Everywhere All At Once. She talked about her journey as an Asian actress in Hollywood and how she was so grateful for everyone that gave her a chance to pursue her passion. When the piano music started playing to cut off her speech she humorously told them to “Shut up, please” until she finished her speech. Her funny retort proved to be in the audience’s amusement.
Another important moment of the night was when Eddie Murphy was honored with the Cecil C. DeMille Award, given to recognize those in the film industry who have made “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment”. Also, the song Naatu Naatu from the Indian film RRR won the award for Best Original Song. This was not only a big win for those involved in the making of this song but for the whole country of India. The prime minister of India, Narendra Modi, congratulated the team, calling it a “very special accomplishment” through Twitter.
It is without doubt that the 80th Annual Golden Globes was a spectacular night recognizing very talented people. Only some of these people are mentioned in this article, but there are many more who deserve an applause for their outstanding performances.