Sunday 7th January was the night that all the stars got into their frocks and tuxes for the first time this awards season. The Golden Globes, often (but not always) a foreteller of things to come on Oscar night didn't come with too many surprises, keen no dubt to ensure that their rise from their almighty fall of a few years ago didn't come back to haunt them.
So with diversity quotas and woke attitdues at the forefront, it was quite possible to predict the results before they even arrived. The big winner was certainly no surprise, with Oppenheimer taking the Globes for Best Film, Best Actor (Cillian Murphy) and Best Director (Christopher Nolan) which was not short, but filled to the brim with inarguable talent to keep you awake. Robert Downey Jnr also picked up a Globe for Best Supporting Actor and Best Original Score was also scooped, taking its haul to five. One of my personal favourites last year, I was delgihted to see this sweep up the major prizes, so deserving was it compared to the competition it was up against.
Anatomy of a Fall, one of the best films of the year (if not the best) was awarded Best Foreign Language film and Best Screenplay. I would have liked to have seen it win more, however.
Paul Giamatti picked up the Globe for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for the excellent The Holdovers, but mostly overlooked everywhere else, and equally largely ignored was Scorsese's Killers of the Flower Moon, which only garnered one award, for Lily Gladstone for Best Actress in a Drama. Rubs chin, knowingly.
Putting Margot Robbie's nose out of joint was Emma Stone for Poor Things (Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy) and the hype train for the movie continues and has been timed well, it would seem. It also snatched Best Musical or Comedy from right under Greta Gerwig's nose too. Talking of Barbie, Billie Eilish and brother Fineas won Best Original Song for 'What Was I Made For?' Barbie also picked up the 'bums on seats award ' (not really) for Cinematic & Box Office Achievement - a new award created to recognise popularity as opposed to quality.
TV-wise, most of the prizes were shared between Beef, Succession and The Bear, none which made my Top Twenty TV of the year list. Whilst I enjoyed Beef, I was surprised it was so successful, and can only imagine that the diversity quota was in full swing. Of the three big tv winners, Beef was the only one I made it to the end of, despite dipping my toes in both of the other two.