The 81st Annual Golden Globes: A Recap

After a long autumn of reruns and reality TV due to the actors’ and writers’ strikes, shows are returning to production and airing new episodes beginning in February. The 81st Annual Golden Globes Awards honoring the best in film and American television in 2023 kicked off live from the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California last night Jan. 7, inaugurating not only a brand-new awards season but a fresh new round of television and streaming series as well.

Taylor was there—sans Travis 

Travis Kelce, the Kansas City Chiefs tight end whom Taylor Swift has been dating since mid-2023, did not accompany her to the awards show. The Chiefs were playing their last game of the regular season, so Taylor Swift decided to take one of her friends, Miles Teller’s (Top Gun: Maverick) wife Keleigh. Swift was up for the newly-created award for Cinematic and Box Office Achievement. She did not win, as the award went to summer’s box office phenomenon Barbie.

Host Jo Koy was just meh 

Stand-up comedian and panelist on “Chelsea Lately” Jo Koy hosted the show this year. He’s had several Comedy Central and Netflix specials, but some of his jokes fell flat. One that was a particular dud, Koy mentioned how the awards show aired just after football games. He then went on to say “the big difference between the Golden Globes and the NFL — on the Golden Globes we have fewer shots of Taylor Swift. I swear there’s just more to go to!” Swift was then shown, looking stone faced and taking a sip of her cocktail.

History was made 

Killers of the Flower Moon’s Lily Gladstone made history as the first Indigenous actor to win Best Female Actor, Motion Picture-Drama. She spoke in the Blackfeet language for her acceptance speech. She mentioned the historic nature of her win saying “it doesn’t belong to just me.”

Lily Gladstone. Imdb photo.

Sarah Snook finds “Success”ion 

Actress Sarah Snook (Succession) won the Best Television Female Actor, Drama Series award. The popular HBO series about a wealthy family has since ended, but Snook thanked HBO for changing her life. Snook’s performance in the show beat out fellow actresses who were also nominated including Helen Mirren (1923), Bella Ramsey (The Last of Us), Keri Russell (The Diplomat), Imelda Staunton (The Crown) and Emma Stone (The Curse).

Best Picture—Drama Goes to Oppenheimer 

Predictably (and sensibly), Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer won the Best Picture — Drama award. The movie, about the father of the atomic bomb J. Robert Oppenheimer, was awarded a Top 10 Films of 2023 Award by The National Board of Review and the American Film Institute.




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