Golden Globe Highlights


The Golden Globes awards are some of the most prestigious in cinema.

Aaron Michaels, Contributor

The 76th Annual Telecast of the Golden Globe Awards aired on January 6th, bringing the laughs and heartfelt speeches we’ve come to expect. From Carol Burnett’s christening of a new award to a complete overhaul of the Best Picture category, here are the best (and worst) moments of Hollywood’s biggest night.

As expected from a ballroom full of comedians, the Globes were not without their share of banter and gags. Co-hosts Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh started the show by giving the attendants flu shots to advocate for vaccination. Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph made a mock-wedding proposal to parody an onstage engagement from last year’s Grammy Awards. If that wasn’t enough, Christian Bale’s acceptance speech for “Vice” jokingly involved an unexpected shout-out, “Thank you to Satan for giving me inspiration on how to play this role”. Bale won Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy his role as former Vice President Dick Cheney.

The Golden Globes included many well-deserved wins, as well as snubs very few expected. “Black Panther”, “Crazy Rich Asians”, and “Mary Poppins Returns” were all nominated for Best Picture, yet all left empty-handed. These films were all very popular in the domestic box office. “Black Panther” quickly became the fifth highest grossing movie in the U.S. as well as the ninth highest grossing film of all time worldwide. It goes without saying that “Black Panther” was one of the biggest losses of the night. When asked about her feelings of “Black Panther”’s significance and its shortcoming despite three nominations, BJHS junior Love Lundy said, “I’m disappointed, but not surprised. The detail put into “Black Panther” was phenomenal. It made such a large impact and it deserved far more recognition than it received, especially on the actors’ end. The fact that Chadwick Boseman (who plays the titular character) was not nominated as an individual is a tragedy.”

History was made last week when the Hollywood Foreign Press created a new award in the vein of the Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement in film, though this time for television. The first ever Carol Burnett award was given to the iconic comedian as she paved the way for television and artistry without limitation. She gave a beautiful and heartwarming speech about her life and her desire to fill the world with joy. She thanked her entire team from “The Carol Burnett Show” and credited the entirety of her career to the wonderful times they had over the eleven years of her critically-acclaimed comedy sketch series.

Co-host Sandra Oh also made history, becoming the first actress of Asian descent to win multiple Golden Globes for her role in BBC America’s “Killing Eve”. Her speech was nothing short of inspirational as the shock of winning nearly brought her to tears. Her mother and father were in the audience and anyone who could see their proud faces could feel their abounding joy.

Big wins of the night included “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” for Best Animated Feature, and Glenn Close’s award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture. Jeff Bridges added his mark to the list of Hollywood icons when he won the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in film (which, given that he has over 65 film credits to his name, I’d say is well deserved).

As for the elusive Best Picture category, the Hollywood Foreign Press revamped the ballot system. Now separated into two categories, Drama and Musical or Comedy. This year’s results were unexpected, as fan-favorite films such as “Black Panther”, “Crazy Rich Asians”, and “A Star Is Born”. Instead, “Green Book” won Best Musical or Comedy and Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” for Best Drama. “Green Book” was also awarded four other globes for Best Actor, Supporting Actor, Screenplay, and Director, making it one of the highest winning films in the ceremony’s 79-year history. The only other films to win five or more globes include “La La Land”, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, and “The Godfather”.

The 2019 Golden Globe Awards had its fair share of ups and downs, yet was an inspiring event to celebrate artistry in the modern era.