With the year 2018 off to a start, so is the vaunted “award-giving season” of the entertainment industry. First on the laundry list of accolades being awarded for the year when it comes to motion pictures and television programming is the Golden Globes, of which the awards ceremony this Sunday evening was the 75th iteration. There were some firsts to happen that evening at the Beverly Hilton, such as the first hosting stint in the awards by talk-show host Seth Meyers and, more significantly, the netting by Gary Oldman of his first Golden Globe after four decades of acting in film.
The Hollywood Reporter among many others has furnished the complete list of winners in the 75th Golden Globe Awards that took place January 7. On movie side, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” from fox Searchlight Pictures and starring Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson won Best Motion Picture – Drama, beating strong competition such as Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk.” Best Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy was awarded to Scott Rudin Productions’ “Lady Bird,” while Nolan once again was frustrated by Benicio Del Toro getting Best Director –Motion Picture for his film “The Shape of Water.”
The lead acting awards were a triumph for Gary Oldman, who got his first ever Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama, following his memorable performance as Winston Churchill in British war film “Darkest Hour.” Frances McDormand got the Drama Actress counterpart for her role as the crusading mother of a rape victim in “Three Billboards.” The Musical/Comedy Acting Awards went to James Franco (“The Disaster Artist”) and Irish-American actress Saoirse Ronan (“Lady Bird”).
Over in the TV side, it was Hulu’s time to shine after “The Handmaid’s Tale” beat out heavy hitters from Netflix, NBC and HBO for Best TV Series – Drama. On the Musical/Comedy end, the triumphant Season 9 return of pioneering “gay” sitcom “Will & Grace” on NBC was not enough to overcome the power of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” from Amazon Video. “Little Big Lies” did recover for HBO by winning Best TV Movie/Limited Series, and its lead actress Nicole Kidman got Best Performance by an Actress (TV Movie/limited series). FX’s “Fargo” may have lost to “Mrs. Maisel” but at least its season 3 lead star Ewan McGregor won Best Performance by an Actor.
Golden Globe winners for TV series categories include Elizabeth Moss of “Handmaid’s Tale” for Best Actress – Drama and Rachel Brosnahan (“Mrs. Maisel”) for Best Actress – Comedy, with Sterling K. Brown (“This is Us”) and Aziz Ansari (“Master of None”) as their Best Actor counterparts, respectively.
“Three Billboards” also won Best Screenplay, while “The Shape of Water” claimed Best Original Score. “This is Me” from “The Greatest Showman” upset “Remember Me” from Disney-Pixar’s “Coco” to win Best Original Song, though “Coco” at least aced Best Animated Film. Finally Oprah Winfrey received her Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award after being announced as its recipient last December.
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