Sunday, June 23, 2024

81st Golden Globe Awards: ‘Oppenheimer’ & ‘Poor Things’ take home awards for best films

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(L-R) Christopher Nolan and Emma Stone at 81st Golden Globe Awards (Getty Images)

Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer and Emma Stone-starrer Poor Things emerged as the top winners at the 81st annual Golden Globe awards, bagging the honours for best film in drama and musical categories, respectively. Greta Gerwig’s Barbie, which had 9 nominations, managed to win 2 trophies. Here’s a look at the winners across various categories in films at the award show held at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles on Monday.

Da’Vine Joy Randolph and Robert Downey Jr. bag supporting awards

The evening began with Angela Bassett and Jared Leto taking the stage to present the first award. They handed the Globe for supporting actress to Da’Vine Joy Randolph for The Holdovers. She expressed gratitude to director Alexander Payne for the opportunity to portray a “beautiful and flawed woman”.

Rober Downey Jr. won the award for best supporting actor for his role in Oppenheimer. Downey, who humorously mentioned taking a beta blocker, expressed his appreciation for Universal’s commitment to Nolan’s vision and credited his wife Susan for pulling him out of his comfort zone.

Anatomy of a Fall wins 2 Globes

Daniel Kaluuya, Hailee Steinfeld and Shameik Moore presented the award for best screenplay to Anatomy of a Fall. Director Justine Triet recalled the film’s humble beginning, thanking those who encouraged her to pursue her passion.

Triet’s success continued as Anatomy of a Fall secured the trophy for best non-English language film. She emphasised the movie’s dedication to truth and gave shoutouts to the cast, including teenage star Milo Machado Graner, lead actress Sandra Hüller, and even Snoop, the dog which was part of the court room drama.

Oppenheimer dominates the awards night

Christopher Nolan’s directing prowess was acknowledged as he claimed the Golden Globe for best director for the biographical thriller Oppenheimer. Cillian Murphy took home the award for best actor in a drama for his compelling portrayal of the title role in Oppenheimer. Ludwig Göransson also clinched the award for the best original score. The film also won the award for best motion picture drama, beating contenders like Anatomy of a Fall, The Zone of Interest and Maestro.

Barbie takes home 2 trophies

Mark Hamill graced the stage to present the first-ever Golden Globe for cinematic and box-office achievement, which went to Barbie. Taylor Swift enthusiastically stood and applauded as Margot Robbie expressed gratitude to “every single person on the planet who dressed up and went to the greatest place on Earth: movie theatres”.

The musical accolades saw Billie Eilish receiving recognition for the song What Was I Made For from Barbie. Eilish emotionally revealed that the movie had saved her in a moment of need.

Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell’s dance routine

Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell delighted the audience with their humorous dance routine before presenting the award for the best actor in a comedy or musical. Paul Giamatti emerged victorious for his role in The Holdovers, marking his 3rd Golden Globe win.

Upon reaching the stage, Giamatti playfully commented on the challenging stairs, quipping about the toll it took on his knees and humorously ruling out any chances of being in John Wick 5. In a lighthearted tone, he acknowledged the uniqueness of receiving an award for a character that smells like fish and expressed gratitude to the Golden Globes.

Major shockers at the awards night

The real surprise of the evening, however, was the film Poor Things clinching the title of the best comedy, surpassing tough contenders such as Barbie and The Holdovers in a highly competitive category. Emma Stone won the Best Actress award in a musical or comedy for her role in Poor Things, beating Margot Robbie for her role in Barbie.

In a surprising turn of events, Hayao Miyazaki’s latest film The Boy and the Heron triumphed over Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse for best animated movie.

(Courtesy: TT)