The 81st Golden Globe Awards, hosted by comedian Jo Koy, honored the best in film and television of 2023 on Sunday night. The ceremony, which was broadcast live on CBS and streamed on Paramount+, featured some unexpected winners, memorable speeches, and hilarious moments. Here are some of the highlights of the night:
- Oppenheimer and Poor Things dominated the film categories, winning five and four awards respectively. Oppenheimer, the biopic of the atomic bomb scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer, won Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Director for Christopher Nolan, Best Actor – Drama for Robert Downey Jr., Best Supporting Actress for Emily Blunt, and Best Original Score. Poor Things, the dark comedy based on the novel by Alasdair Gray, won Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Best Actress – Musical or Comedy for Emma Stone, Best Supporting Actor for Willem Dafoe, and Best Screenplay.
- Succession and Beef swept the television categories, winning four and three awards respectively. Succession, the drama series about a media mogul and his family, won Best Television Series – Drama, Best Actor – Drama for Brian Cox, Best Supporting Actor for Jeremy Strong, and Best Supporting Actress for Sarah Snook. Beef, the comedy series about a feud between two neighbors, won Best Television Limited Series, Anthology Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, Best Actor – Limited Series, Anthology Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for Steven Yeun, and Best Actress – Limited Series, Anthology Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for Ali Wong.
- Barbie and Succession tied for the most nominations with nine each, but only won one award each. Barbie, the musical comedy film based on the iconic doll, won Best Original Song for “I’m a Barbie Girl” by Aqua, while Succession won Best Television Series – Drama. Both films were part of the cultural phenomenon of “Barbenheimer”, which received 17 nominations in total, including eight for Oppenheimer.
- The Boy and the Heron and Anatomy of a Fall won the new categories of Best Animated Feature Film and Best Foreign Language Film respectively. The Boy and the Heron, the animated film about a friendship between a boy and a heron, was directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli. Anatomy of a Fall, the French film about the aftermath of a terrorist attack, was directed by Jacques Audiard and starred Marion Cotillard and Tahar Rahim.
- Tom Hanks received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for his outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment. The legendary actor, who has won four Golden Globes and two Oscars, was presented the award by his friend and co-star Meryl Streep. Hanks gave a heartfelt speech, thanking his family, his colleagues, and his fans for their support and inspiration. He also urged the audience and the viewers to be kind, compassionate, and curious.
- Tina Fey received the Carol Burnett Award for her outstanding contributions to television. The comedian, writer, producer, and actress, who has won nine Golden Globes and nine Emmys, was presented the award by her friend and co-star Amy Poehler. Fey gave a hilarious speech, poking fun at herself, the industry, and the ceremony. She also praised the diversity and creativity of the television landscape and encouraged the young artists to pursue their dreams.
The 81st Golden Globe Awards was a night of surprises and celebrations, showcasing the best of film and television of 2023. The ceremony also marked the first time that the Golden Globes were produced by Dick Clark Productions and Eldridge Industries after they acquired the rights and properties from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The ceremony also moved to CBS and Paramount+, after NBC dropped the broadcast rights. Despite the changes, the Golden Globes remained one of the most prestigious and entertaining awards shows in the industry. 🏆