Will the sad-sack Golden Globes have any bearing on the Oscar race?

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It was strange to sit there on a Sunday evening in January, watching tennis and trying to keep up with the Novak Djokovic updates. It was strange because usually those cold Sunday nights in January are devoted to live-tweeting awards shows, especially the Golden Globes. The Globes were “cancelled” in some sort of way last year, following enormous backlash against the racism, sexism, bigotry and unprofessional behavior of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. NBC pulled the Globes’ telecast, and the HFPA couldn’t even get any celebrities to show up at their dinky untelevised show. They still decided to put on some kind of “awards” something or other last night. I think Variety summed it up pretty well: “Golden Globes Put on an Event That Could Have Been Put in an Email.” So who won? Here’s the winners list from Film:

Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy
“West Side Story”

Best Motion Picture — Drama
“The Power of the Dog”

Best Original Song — Motion Picture
“No Time to Die” from “No Time to Die” – Billie Eilish, Finneas O’Connell

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture
Kodi Smit-McPhee, “The Power of the Dog”

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture
Ariana DeBose, “West Side Story”

Best Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy
Andrew Garfield, “Tick, Tick … Boom!”

Best Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama
Will Smith, “King Richard”

Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama
Nicole Kidman, “Being the Ricardos”

Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy
Rachel Zegler, “West Side Story”

Best Director — Motion Picture
Jane Campion, “The Power of the Dog”

[From CNN]

Do these winners have anything to do with the Oscar race? I don’t know. I think West Side Story got too much attention here, and I just don’t know if the Oscars will recognize it the same way. The Power of the Dog is a good movie, perhaps even a great movie, and I’m happy to see Kodi winning anything, but I’m not sure if it’s the Best Picture. Also: any awards show giving anything to Nicole Kidman for Being the Ricardos is suspect. That film was one of the messiest, most awful things.

In the television categories, Ted Lasso and Hacks were big winners in the Comedy categories, with Jason Sudeikis and Jean Smart winning (and Hacks won Best Comedy). Jeremy Strong and Sarah Snook won for Succession, and Succession picked up Best Drama. Kate Winslet won for Mare of Easttown.

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  1. Becks1 says:

    I don’t think they will matter at all in the end (as it was, did they really matter, maybe they helped some movies pick up PR steam going into the Oscar race when the ballots weren’t due until after the globes?)

    But those names are the names that we have seen being discussed for Oscar contention – Power of the Dog, King Richard, etc.

    for the Oscars I anticipate a few nominations (if not wins) for Tragedy of MacBeth, and I would be shocked if Kidman gets an Oscar for the Ricardos.

  2. Caitlin Bruce says:

    It’s a tight race between Andrew Garfield, Will Smith and Benedict Cumberbatch. Andrew is coming off a great year, he played a social media influencer in mainstream (a performance like he’s never done before completely unhinged), The eyes of Tammy Faye, Tick Tick Boom and NWH. I really think he could take it this year. He deserves it. His signing voice is breathtaking.

    • Kath says:

      There is a such an Andrew Garfield renaissance happening lately on social media. After his NWH perfomance and Tick, Tick, Boom. I wonder if that affects his Oscar chances…

      • Courtney B says:

        NWH is really boosting his profile coming in to the release of TTB and his Oscar chances. It’s not just a HUGE movie but he’s gaining so much affection for his role. I was there opening night and the cheers for his appearance and catch of MJ were CRAZY. But at the same time it’s not overshadowing his TTB performance. Seems like a perfect storm.

    • FHMom says:

      Tick, Tock Boom was terrific. If you want to see a musical, that is the best choice. I have no desire to see West Side Story since the original was iconic.

      • Anne Call says:

        Really really loved that movie. Every Broadway star made an appearance and the whole thing was delightful.

      • LightPurple says:

        @Anne Call, including Stephen Sondheim, who rerecorded the voice mail message he had made for Jonathan Larson for the film.

  3. Lightpurple says:

    The Power of the Dog was not the best film I saw of their nominees and Will Smith and Nicole Kidman were not the best in their categories

    • Barbie1 says:

      Totally agree. I hate that Nicole won. Didn’t deserve it. I hope oscar voters have more sense and do the right thing.

  4. Ann says:

    I don’t think West Side Story got too much attention. I thought it was brilliantly done, and DuBose and Ziegler were both great. The Oscars don’t have a category for musical or comedy, which means they will probably be shut out there. Critics overall praised the film, but it’s a remake and that might hurt it.

    I am happy for Smitt-McPhee. I thought he was excellent in Power Of The Dog, though like you I’m not sure it’s Best Picture material. But then, I don’t know what is? The nominees are all apples and oranges.

    • Lightpurple says:

      I think DuBose will get an Oscar nomination and will have a very good chance at a win. The film will pick up some nominations in the technical categories. It’s problem is nobody needed a remake of West Side Story.

      CODA was probably the best film I saw of the films in contention at different awards shows. (Haven’t seen MacBeth, Parallel Mothers, Cyrano, or Nightmare Alley yet) Emilia Jones’s performance is amazing and far more deserving than Nicole’s Lucille.

      • J says:

        Funnily enough your description of West Side Story reflects my thoughts on CODA. I haven’t seen it yet and I’m sure it’s a good film but it’s a remake of a French film called La Famille Bélier, not sure why we need to remake foreign language films

      • Ann says:

        I certainly didn’t NEED a remake of WSS, but then no one needs all the Marvel movies either, or the Batman reboots, and Spiderman, etc. I thought the remake was better than the original and corrected some if its mistakes. I like musicals but I never loved the original WSS. I loved this one. It was amazing.

  5. Roo says:

    Jessica Chastain and Andrew Garfield were both amazing in Eyes of Tammy Faye and I hope they get some recognition.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      I don’t think that I have ever seen Jessica Chastain perform poorly in any movie. Each and every movie she has been in has always remained some of my favorites.

      I think that Jessica Chastain should be recognized more for her talents.

      • Sudie says:

        @BothSidesNow….I agree 100% about Jessica. IMO, she should have won the oscar for Zero Dark Thirty. I’m sorry if I offend any JLaw fans but Jennifer did not deserve her win over Jessica. It’s time for Jessica but she’ll probably end up like my other favorite redhead, Amy Adams….always deserving but never winning.

    • Dee says:

      Came here to say the same. I was blown away by her performance of tamy Faye. I watched I toyna afterwards and robbie did good but not great like Chastain. The Minnesota accent, maneurisms etc. It was masterful

  6. Mia4s says:

    Watching a few entertainment commentators/journalists try to treat this like it mattered last night was PAINFUL. It’s a corrupt, worthless, group of like 100 people. Move ON.

    And I’m not convinced they watched anything rather than just picking winners they thought would go over well. The tweets! Before they corrected it the tweet for West Side Story read “If laughter is the best medicine then West Side Story is the Cure!”


    Noted comedy West Side Story? 🙄

    • Lena says:

      I agree they never mattered. They were kind of a joke all along. Who are these people (oh yeah 90 some foreign press) but you could buy them off. It was a social thing, People got dressed up and there were bottles of champagne at their tables and they could jump up and see their friends at other tables. They just give some momentum like the 101 hometown critics awards do. What’s a bigger boost is THE Critics Awards, BAFTA, SAG, other guild awards.

    • Becks1 says:

      I kind of give the Globes props for that, in a weird way. The HFPA decided that their awards show was going to be IMPORTANT and going to be EQUAL TO the Oscars (or close enough at any rate) and they kind of made it happen. For a relatively long time the GGs were considered the most prestigious awards after an Oscar (at least by non Hollywood people, who like awards shows lol).

      The HFPA kind of manifested themselves into being this big deal, even though they never really were. They got all the celebs to show up and wear gorgeous clothes and jewelry and had a big red carpet and big speeches and hosts etc, plus they had food and champagne so it made the whole thing a little more fun than the Oscars.

      Not sure if that makes sense lol, but basically they became a big deal because the Golden Globes declared themselves to be a big deal.

      • Mia4s says:

        Oh I agree! It’s honestly hysterical how hard the grifted Hollywood and Hollywood just went along with it. Racism, sexism, and financial corruption be damned! There’s publicity to be had!! So gross.

    • Jules says:

      Totally agree– It’s a corrupt, worthless, group of like 100 people. Move ON.

      Have we not learned a thing from the past two years? Let’s stop the ass-kissing of the entertainment industry. They entertain, that’s it.

  7. Topin says:

    Mare of Easttown was so incredibly good and Kate Winslet deserves every award for her performance.

  8. Sof says:

    Someone better give Matthew Macfadyen an award before Succession is over! Jeremy was great last season but this one was all Matthew’s.

  9. Silver Charm says:

    It may not matter to US but it matters to THEM. This year was a slap on the wrist. The celebs will be back next year and the HFPA will reward those who were (allegedly) kissing their asses behind the scenes. The voting body never mattered to Hollywood, just the publicity bump in their campaign stops. Which the Golden Globes are a huge part of.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      Isn’t that what all award shows are though? Who can kiss someone’s ass the longest? I have seen some movies where I can’t wrap my head around the nominees or the winners. They certainly don’t watch the movies they speculate which actors deserve the awards. It’s not a level playing field, it any sense of the word.

  10. FHMom says:

    Nicole Kidman and that film was just awful. I wish it had been ‘loosely based on’ or something. She only looked like Lucy from the back. It had no point, The only thing I enjoyed about it was the I Love Lucy set recreation. Kristen Stewart did a better Diana. At least that movie was a fantasy of a week in her life. It didn’t pretend to be based on fact. Plus, the music and cinematography was terrific.

    • Sudie says:

      As someone else said, Nicole was not Lucy Ricardo in the movie but she captured the real Lucille Ball perfectly. Like most of us, we only knew I Love Lucy and not the ruthless but smart woman behind the scenes. As I’ve never met Lucille Ball, I have no idea if Nicole got her right or not but at least I can surmise she may have hit a few nails on the head, at least critically whether we, as the public, liked it or not. So I’ll give her credit for winning some of the awards this year but I don’t think she’ll win at the Oscars.

  11. Lauren R says:

    Michael Keaton won for DopeSick and whew he totally earned it. What a performance!

  12. Daisy says:

    The winners were all expected with the exception of The Underground Railroad beating Mare of Easttown. Yes, Will and Nicole’s wins were expected even if people don’t think they deserved. They are both beloved by the voting body. Also Nicole is almost surely winning SAG as well because she’s beloved by her peers. Kristen will only have chance of winning the Oscar if she somehow wins the BAFTA, those critics sweeps don’t matter that much since she lost all the trifecta (the ones that matter most) to Penélope (2) and Gaga.

    • Sudie says:

      You’re absolutely right Daisy. Everyone seems to think Kristen will win because she has won so many critic awards but what they don’t realize, Kristen hasn’t won any of the major critics awards. She will be nominated because of the many critic awards she’s won but it certainly does not guarantee her a win. Kristen isn’t probably going to win the SAG awards because she’s not an entity in Hollywood’s social scene and many of her peers don’t really know her that well. As for BAFTA, I really don’t see an actress winning for a movie about Princess Diana even if it was a “dream sequence”.
      And I agree I believe the academy will give Will Smith the win this year. There was such blow back the last time he was nominated and didn’t win, it was really the impetus that brought change to the Academy.