After a Weird Golden Globes, Here Are Your Winners

Event was not even livestreamed, but awards have been given out
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 10, 2022 12:00 AM CST
Updated Jan 10, 2022 12:23 AM CST
After a Weird Golden Globes, Here Are Your Winners
This image released by A24 shows Denzel Washington in a scene from "The Tragedy of Macbeth."   (A24 via AP)

The Golden Globe Awards, Hollywood’s so-called biggest party that regularly drew 18 million television viewers, was reduced to a live-blog Sunday night for its 79th edition, the AP reports. The embattled Hollywood Foreign Press Association proceeded with its film awards Sunday night without a telecast, nominees, a red carpet, a host, press, or even a livestream. Instead, members of the HFPA and some recipients of the group’s philanthropic grants gathered at the Beverly Hilton Hotel for a 90-minute private event, announcing the names of the film and television winners on the organization's social media feeds. Steven Spielberg's West Side Story won several big awards, for best picture comedy or musical, best actress for Rachel Zegler, and best supporting actess for Ariana DeBose. Netflix's gothic Western The Power of the Dog was named best picture drama, along with other honors for Jane Campion's direction and Kodi Smit-McPhee's supporting performance.

Though announcing winners on social media might seem like a straightforward task, those following along on Twitter only might have been somewhat confused at times. The tweets often left out exactly which project a person had won for. To announce the winner for best actor, motion picture musical or comedy, the organization tweeted, “It takes 43 muscles to smile. Thanks for the workout Andrew Garfield and congratulations for taking home the #GoldenGlobe for Best Actor—Motion Picture—Musical/Comedy," failing to mention that the award was for his turn in tick, tick...BOOM! Other times, the tweets were just downright baffling. In announcing the West Side Story win, the group initially wrote, “If laughter is the best medicine @WestSideMovie is the cure for what ails you" about the drama that's full of death and tragedy. They later deleted the tweet and wrote a new one about “music” being the best medicine.

None of the winners appeared to be present at the event, nor did they immediately comment on their awards. Jamie Lee Curtis, however, chimed in with a video message shared on the group's Twitter, talking about the HFPA's charitable work. “I just wanted to honor and stand with them in this continued advocacy,” Curtis said. “I'm proud to be associated with them in this venture.” The HFPA enlisted leaders of groups to which it has given grants to announce the winners. Arnold Schwarzenegger chimed in with a video message as well, thanking the group for recognizing him as the “new star of the year” in 1977. (Full list of winners here.)

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