Power Of The Dog, West Side Story and Succession are among the big winners at this year’s Golden Globes – but the 2022 event was a much different affair than usual, held privately without celebrities following the controversy over the diversity of its members.

The winners were discreetly announced on the Golden globes website and social media, without the usual red carpet fanfare and host’s jokes, and without a broadcaster this year after the ceremony was scrapped by NBC in 2021. And while celebrities and studios are generally quick to follow. celebrating their success, there was a clear muted response from the stars.

This follows an article in the Los Angeles Times which revealed that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), the organization hosting the ceremony, had no black members voting for the awards – and included claims of “free” inappropriate influencing votes.

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Succession was the big winner in the TV categories. Photo: Sky UK / HBO
Michaela Jae Rodriguez as Blanca Rodriguez in Pose.  Photo: BBC / FX / Eric Liebowitz
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Michaela Jae Rodriguez is the first transgender actress to win a Golden Globe, for her portrayal of Blanca Rodriguez in Pose. Photo: BBC / FX / Eric Liebowitz

After promising changes were made, prizes were held privately in LA on Sunday (early Monday morning UK time), featuring western Gothics Dog power winning the awards for Best Drama, Best Director for Jane Campion and Best Supporting Actor for Kodi Smit-McPhee, who plays a young man who forges a complicated bond with a cowboy, played by the British actor Benedict Cumberbatch.

Steven spielbergThe reinvention of the stage musical West Side Story won the award for best musical or comedy film, while Rachel Zegler, who plays Maria, was named best actress of the genre.

In the TV categories, Succession was named Best Drama, while stars Jeremy Strong and Sarah Snook won Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress for their roles as sniper siblings Kendall and Shiv Roy. Strong fought off fierce competition from his on-screen father, Brian Cox, who plays media mogul Logan Roy, the head of the Wealthy Family.

Awards for big names including Will Smith and Nicole Kidman

Other big winners included Will Smith, who was named best actor in a dramatic film for his performance as the father of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams in King Richard, and Nicole Kidman, who won the equivalent of the best actress for her portrayal of the television legend. Lucille Ball on Being The Ricardos.

Kate Winslet was recognized for her role in Mare Of Easttown, a gritty drama in which she played an American detective from a small town, and her British compatriot Andrew Garfield was honored for her role in the film tick, tick … BOOM by Lin-Manuel Miranda! .

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Ariana DeBose as Anita and David Alvarez as Bernardo in West Side Story.  Photo: 20th century studios
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West Side Story was named Best Comedy or Best Musical Feature. Photo: 20th century studios
Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) President Helen Hoehne speaks at the 79th Golden Globe Awards Nominations Announcement in Beverly Hills, California, United States on December 13, 2021. REUTERS / Mario Anzuoni
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HFPA President Helen Hoehne spoke to Sky News about the controversy ahead of the event

However, while the list of winners appears to be star-studded, the event itself told a different story. With no famous attendees or even a live broadcast, that meant there were no moving or memorable acceptance speeches, no red carpet fashions – and no guest beards such as Ricky Gervais or Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who have directed previous shows.

Those who wanted to follow at home could only do so by keeping an eye on the Golden Globes website and social media.

What did the HFPA say?

The organization says it has revised its statutes and implemented changes regarding ethics and inclusion in the wake of the 2021 controversy.

At the event, the organization’s chief diversity officer, Neil Phillips, said it was in a “necessary phase of progress.”

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Will Smith leads in King Richard.  Photo: Warner Bros
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Will Smith plays the father of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams in King Richard. Photo: Warner Bros

Speaking to Sky News in an exclusive interview ahead of the ceremony, HFPA President Helen Hoehne said the event had not been boycotted as such, but that the organizers had made the decision to hold a sober ceremony in “sensitive” response to the criticism it received. was faced.

Despite the controversies, the awards made history, with Michaela Jae Rodriguez becoming the first transgender actress to win a Golden Globe – Best Actress in a TV Series for her portrayal of “housewife” Blanca Rodriguez in Pose, which focuses around New York City’s gender-non-conforming African-American and Latin-American LGBTQ scene in the late 20th century.

Writing on Instagram after the announcement of her award, the 31-year-old said the award was a “sickening birthday present” and that it “would open the door” for others.

Celebrity response

Following the 2021 reviews, Tom Cruise returned his three previously won Golden Globes and Scarlett Johansson spoke out against the event.

While some 2022 winners have acknowledged their awards with statements on social media, the response from stars and movie studios has been significantly more subdued than usual.

Ariana DeBose, who was named Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for her role in West Side Story, tweeted that while “there is still work to be done,” seeing and recognizing her work was “special.”

Her co-star and co-star Zegler also posted on Twitter, stating, “I was cast for the role of María in West Side Story on 1/9/19. And just won a Golden Globe for that same performance, 01/09/22.. life is very strange. “

Kidman marked her award with an Instagram story, saying, “Thanks for the recognition! Lucille, this is for you and all the other amazing women nominated.”