Disappointment for ‘I, Captain’ by Matteo Garrone, great night for ‘Oppenheimer’ and ‘Succession’. The night of the Golden Globesthe American awards that open the season of film awards and put the spotlight on the best productions for the big screen and TV, leaves a bitter taste in the mouth and confirms the predictions.
Christopher Nolan’s film won five awards, including best film and best soundtrack, as well as best director, best actor, with Cillian Murphy, and best supporting actor, Robert Downey Jr. ‘Succession’, the Roy family saga, won four Golden Globe: Best Television Drama Series; best actress, Sarah Snook; best actor, Kieran Culkin, and best supporting actor, Matthew Macfadyen.
‘Barbie‘, the film that transforms nostalgia for the popular doll into a sharp satire on misogyny and female emancipation, consoled itself with the award for the new category included this year, that of blockbuster film (dedicated to films that have exceeded 100 million dollars at the box office in the USA, 150 million worldwide). The film – which grossed a stratospheric sum of around 1.4 billion dollars worldwide – was also awarded for best song«What was I made for?», performed by Billie Eilish and Finneas.
But surprisingly it lost the award as best comedy in favour of «Poor Things»which had already won the Golden Lion in Venice: a surreal and sexy coming-of-age fairy tale, which earned the protagonist, Emma Stone, also the award for best actress for her portrayal of Bella Baxter. «Bella falls in love with life itself, rather than with a person. She accepts good and evil in equal measure, and this really made me look at life differently”, said the actress upon receiving the award.
The ceremony also witnessed a piece of Golden Globes history: Lily Gladstone she became the first indigenous woman to win the award as best dramatic actress for his role in Martin Scorsese’s epic crime drama, ‘Killers of the Flower Moon.’ The actress received a standing ovation and delivered part of her award acceptance speech in the Blackfeet language.
On an evening in which the prizes were awarded following an inclusive trend, including ‘Beef’, a series starring two actors of Asian origin, Garrone’s film failed to win the International Golden Globe, despite its history dedicated to the heroism of immigration. It was beaten in the non-English language film category by «Anatomy of a fall», the beautiful film by French director Justine Triet, which had already won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Triet won the Golden Globe Also as best original screenplaya double award that places the refined French psychological mystery among the favorites for the Oscar night, scheduled for March 10th: traditionally, in fact, the Golden Globes represent the prologue that can lead to the final victory for the most coveted prizes in the history of cinema.
‘Maestro’ by Bradley Cooper and ‘Killers of the flower moon’ by Martin Scorsese emerge weakened from the show staged in Beverly Hills, for which Gladstone’s victory may not be enough to metabolise an expectation which has once again been disappointed .
Hollywood forgets the strikes, in Beverly Hills it’s a parade of stars
After theannus horribilis in which the film industry was paralyzed by strikes, the stars showed up in force on the first ‘red carpet’ of the season, the Golden Globes, which celebrated their 81st edition. In the year of ‘Barbie’ and ‘Oppenhaimer’, the two ‘blockbuster’ films that together grossed 2.5 billion dollars, it was a parade of stars: Leonardo DiCaprio and Timothèe Chalametbut also big names in the music world such as Bruce Springsteen and Dua Lipa, Jennifer Lopez with Ben Affleck; and also Taylor Swiftdressed in an extraordinary emerald green mermaid dress by Gucci (competing in the brand new category dedicated to the most successful films for the concert film ‘Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour’)
The ‘Call Me by Your Name’ and ‘Wonka’ star was with Kylie Jenner, to whom he has been romantically linked since 2023: and the two, repeatedly framed by the cameras, engaged in public demonstrations of affection, evidently in love while sitting in the ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel. For the occasion, Chalamet opted for a black suit with a dazzling black sequin jacket, which he wore over a slightly open black button-down shirt. Kylie Jenner, who had not accompanied her partner on the red carpet, instead chose a transparent black lace dress.
Perfect for the evening (even if the awards didn’t reward it) Margot Robbie, which since its ‘Barbie’ was launched has shown all the possible pink outfits of the most famous doll of all time; yet for the evening she managed to amaze again with an Armani Privè dress inspired by the 1977 Barbie Superstar, a bright pink sheath dress with a halter neckline and a polka dot tulle boa. But she was a parade of stars.
Unattainable Hunter Schafer, ethereal vision in pink Prada. Spectacular as always Dame Hellen Mirren in a two-tone dress with oversized cape, pink and wisteria, designed by Dolce and Gabbana. Iconic Lenny Kravitz in total black and sunglasses, Alexander McQueen Fall 2023 with side cutouts on the (non-existent) love handles. ‘Effortless chic’ in a vintage Balmain with lopsided bow Elle Fanning. The Dior/Natalie Portman: the actress chose a Haute Couture dress that recalled Monet’s water lilies. Sober, refined and beautiful Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Couture. Radiant in Louis Vuitton Emma Stoneawarded as best actress for ‘Poor Things’, the comedy by Yorgos Lanthimos, Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, about the sexual awakening of a young woman of the Victorian age.