‘The Power Of The Dog’ And ‘West Side Story’ Lead A Weird, Limping Golden Globes

Whelp, that was certainly an ordeal. After a year filled with criticism, exposés, and attempts at ground-up reformative change, the 79th Golden Globes were held not with a bang, but with a whisper. A weird, creepy whisper, right in your ear and in an unnaturally high voice.  But I’m getting ahead of myself. Who was nominated, how was the event held, and who eventually won the once-“prestigious” awards Sunday night?

Let’s start at the beginning. In the aftermath of last year’s Globes, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association was hit with a series of accusations, substantially corroborated by former members, including harassment and barrier of entry for women and persons of color into the organization, sexual and verbal harassment from several former presidents, prejudice against films made by and about minority groups, and flagrant instances of bribery (the last of which we all knew about, if not by name). Due to these accusations, almost every celebrity pulled out or denounced the organization. And while the HFPA did start to put into action a series of reforms that at least hint at the right direction (we hope), it wasn’t enough to stop NBC from putting a one-year moratorium on the televised awards show, leaving the Globes without a home.

So how did the HFPA respond to all of this? Well, in an appropriately chaotic fashion. The nominees were announced by Snoop Dogg, of all people, who didn’t even bother trying to pronounce the nominees’ names. The voting ballots didn’t include animated or foreign language films, despite claims that previous rules against them had been amended. And without a network channel to host them, and the only willing celebrity to show up being Jamie Lee Curtis (who only provided a video), the Globes chose instead to hold a private ceremony, without any streaming, and announced the awards in two places: a faulty blog and an overly friendly Twitter feed. It was…a hot mess, to be sure. The tweets refused to name the movies or shows that actors won for, at one point they tweeted that “No awards show in history has ever shown as much love to others!” and they claimed that the big song in West Side Story was “Lean On Me.” Oh, and speaking of West Side Story, let’s not forget the now-infamous tweet “If Laughter Is The Best Medicine, Then West Side Story Is The Cure For What Ails You.” It was all wrapped up in about an hour and a half, and it somehow was still too long.

But I’m getting too far ahead. Who was nominated, and who won? Well, it was sort of a mixed bag. There weren’t too many risks or shocks in the nominations the way the Globes normally do – unsurprising, considering Emily In Paris’ nods almost toppled the organization. It mostly consisted of a handful of obvious picks. That said, they did actually represent the year’s best fairly well, and managed to make it through without embarrassing themselves. Belfast and The Power of the Dog entered the show with the most nominations, the year’s litany of great musicals earned nods, and there was some surprising support for the excellent CODA, Ruth Negga for Best Supporting Actress, and Maggie Gyllenhaal in Best Director. As for television, Drama went exactly as expected with nods for Succession and Squid Game, while Comedy Series was a great reflection of the year’s best shows, including Ted Lasso, Hacks, The Great, Only Murders In The Building, and Reservation Dogs. I could point to the Comedy branch’s Best Actor and Actress nominations as a list of the toughest categories in the show’s history.

So who won the big prizes? A combination of expectations and surprises, mostly. The Power of the Dog and West Side Story won the big prizes, taking home three each. On the Drama side, Dog took home Best Film – Drama, Best Director for Jane Campion, and a slight surprise win for Best Supporting Actor for Kodi Smit-McPhee. Meanwhile, Story took home Best Comedy – Musical or Comedy, Best Actress for newcomer Rachel Zegler, and Best Supporting Actress for Ariana DeBose. Frontrunner Belfast didn’t go home empty-handed, however – it won Best Screenplay. In a series of expected wins, Encanto won Animation, Drive My Car won Best Film Not In The English Language, Will Smith won Best Actor for King Richard, Dune won Best Score, and Billie Eilish won Best Song. In fact, the only film award that came as a true shock was Best Actress – Drama, which went not to Kristen Stewart or Lady Gaga, the two frontrunners, but to Nicole Kidman for the terrible Being The Ricardos. To be honest, it was a bit refreshing – it was the kind of starf*cking that the Globes were built on. Plus maybe the toxic Stewart fans and the toxic Gaga fans will team up to bully Kidman fans online.

Television wasn’t too surprising, either, with Succession emerging as the big winner, winning Best Drama Series, Best Actor – Drama for Jeremy Strong, and a surprise win for Sarah Snook in Best Supporting Actress. Squid Game didn’t go home empty-handed, however. It won Best Supporting Actor for O Yeong-su as Player 001. And MJ Rodriguez made history as the first trans woman to win a Golden Globe for her work on Pose. The Miniseries categories were fairly (and enjoyably) all over the map, with Michael Keaton surprising for Best Actor – Miniseries, Kate Winslet expectedly winning Best Actress – Miniseries, and The Underground Railroad winning the big prize. This was Barry Jenkins’ avant-garde epic’s first – and potentially last – win of the season. In fact, the only surprise here came in the Comedy categories. While Jason Sudeikis and Jean Smart handily won Best Actor and Actress, the top prize did not go to the Ted Lasso juggernaut. Instead, the Globes chose to follow in their usual footsteps and reward a freshman series – this time Hacks, the equally great HBO Max series. It was one of the few categories I missed, as I surprisingly went 20/25 in my predictions, a personal best (tragically, I never got predictions from my archrival Lena Smith-Hagedorn, so we’ll never know if I would have won outright).

So there you have it: the 79th Golden Globe Awards. Potentially the last we’ll ever see. I personally hope not – I dream of a world where the Globes manage to overcome their issues with diversity while maintaining their corruption and bribery – you know, nominate Greta Gerwig and Jennifer Hudson and Reservation Dogs alongside The Tourist and Emily In Paris. It certainly marked the end of an era, regardless of what happens. You can see the full list of winners below, and we’ll see if there will be a Globes to cover next year.

Film

Best Drama Film

  • The Power of the Dog
  • Belfast
  • CODA
  • Dune
  • King Richard

Best Comedy Film

  • West Side Story
  • Cyrano
  • Don’t Look Up
  • Licorice Pizza
  • Tick, Tick…Boom!

Best Actor in a Drama Film

  • Will Smith – King Richard
  • Mahershala Ali – Swan Song
  • Javier Bardem – Being The Ricardos
  • Benedict Cumberbatch – The Power of the Dog
  • Denzel Washington – The Tragedy of Macbeth

Best Actress in a Drama Film

  • Nicole Kidman – Being The Ricardos
  • Jessica Chastain – The Eyes of Tammy Faye
  • Olivia Colman – The Lost Daughter
  • Lady Gaga – House of Gucci
  • Kristen Stewart – Spencer 

Best Actor in a Comedy Film

  • Andrew Garfield – Tick, Tick…Boom
  • Leonardo DiCaprio – Don’t Look Now
  • Peter Dinklage – Cyrano
  • Cooper Hoffman – Licorice Pizza
  • Anthony Ramos – In The Heights

Best Actress in a Comedy Film

  • Rachel Zegler – West Side Story
  • Jennifer Lawrence – Don’t Look Up
  • Alana Haim – Licorice Pizza
  • Marion Cotillard – Annette
  • Emma Stone – Cruella 

Best Supporting Actor

  • Kodi Smit-McPhee – The Power of the Dog
  • Ben Affleck – The Tender Bar
  • Ciaran Hinds – Belfast
  • Troy Kotsur – The Power of the Dog
  • Jamie Dornan – Belfast

Best Supporting Actress

  • Ariana DeBose – West Side Story
  • Caitriona Balfe – Belfast
  • Ruth Negga – Passing
  • Kirsten Dunst – The Power of the Dog
  • Aunjanue Ellis – King Richard

Best Director

  • Jane Campion – The Power of the Dog
  • Kenneth Branagh – Belfast
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal – The Lost Daughter
  • Denis Villeneuve – Dune
  • Steven Spielberg – West Side Story

Best Screenplay

  • Belfast
  • Don’t Look Up
  • Being The Ricardos
  • Licorice Pizza
  • The Power of the Dog

Best Original Score

  • Dune
  • The French Dispatch
  • Encanto
  • Parallel Mothers
  • The Power of the Dog

Best Original Song

  • No Time To Die – No Time To Die
  • Be Alive – King Richard
  • Dos Oruguitas – Encanto
  • Here I Am (Singing My Own Way Home) – Respect
  • Down to Joy – Belfast

Best Animated Feature

  • Encanto
  • Luca
  • Flee
  • Raya and the Last Dragon
  • Sing 2

Best Foreign Language Feature

  • Drive My Car
  • A Hero
  • The Hand of God
  • Compartment No. 6
  • Parallel Mothers

TV

Best Drama Series

  • Succession
  • Lupin
  • The Morning Show
  • Pose
  • Squid Game

Best Comedy Series

  • Hacks
  • The Great
  • Reservation Dogs
  • Only Murders In The Building
  • Ted Lasso

Best Actor In A Drama Series

  • Jeremy Strong – Succession
  • Brian Cox – Succession
  • Lee Jung-jae – Squid Game
  • Billy Porter – Pose
  • Omar Sy – Lupin

Best Actress In A Drama Series

  • MJ Rodriguez – Pose
  • Uzo Aduba – In Treatment
  • Jennifer Aniston – The Morning Show
  • Christine Baranski – The Good Fight
  • Elisabeth Moss – The Handmaid’s Tale

Best Actor In A Comedy Series

  • Jason Sudeikis – Ted Lasso
  • Anthony Anderson – Black-ish
  • Nicholas Hoult – The Great
  • Steve Martin – Only Murders In The Building
  • Martin Short – Only Murders In The Building

Best Actress In A Comedy Series

  • Jean Smart – Hacks
  • Hannah Einbinder – Hacks
  • Elle Fanning – The Great
  • Issa Rae – Insecure
  • Tracee Ellis Ross – Black-ish

Best Actor In A Miniseries/TV Movie

  • Michael Keaton – Dopesick
  • Paul Bettany – WandaVision
  • Oscar Isaac – Scenes From A Marriage
  • Ewan McGregor – Halston
  • Tahar Rahim – The Serpent

Best Actress In A Miniseries/TV Movie

  • Kate Winslet – Mare of Easttown
  • Jessica Chastain – Scenes From A Marriage
  • Cynthia Erivo – Genius: Aretha
  • Elizabeth Olsen – WandaVision
  • Margaret Qualley – Maid

Best Supporting Actor

  • O Yeung-su – Squid Game
  • Billy Crudup – The Morning Show
  • Keiran Culkin – Succession
  • Mark Duplass – The Morning Show
  • Brett Goldstein – Ted Lasso

Best Supporting Actress

  • Sarah Snook – Succession
  • Jennifer Coolidge – The White Lotus
  • Kaitlyn Dever – Dopesick
  • Jean Smart – Mare of Easttown
  • Hannah Waddingham – Ted Lasso

Best Miniseries/TV Movie

  • The Underground Railroad
  • American Crime Story: Impeachment
  • Dopesick
  • Maid
  • Mare of Eastown

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