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Golden Globes Recap

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by Karen Kohler 

     This year’s Golden Globes were held on Jan. 9, though not how they are traditionally. There was no red carpet or big ceremony that was televised; there was only a private show with the results released on the internet and social media.  This definitely made the event more easily overlooked, but there are still some highlights that should not be simply brushed under the rug.  

     ​On the television side of things, HBO’s “Succession” came out on top with the most awards. They won Best Drama Series, which was well deserved, though out of the nominations “Squid Game” was definitely the most talked about and had the most media coverage. It seemed a bit of a surprise that it didn’t win that category, even though it is often the case that public popularity and amount of awards won do not correlate.   

     “Squid Game” did still leave the night with an award though, with O Yeong-su winning Best Supporting Actor. “Succession” also won Best Supporting Actress with Sarah Snook and Best Television Actor in a Drama Series with Jeremy Strong. After its sweep at the Emmys, some anticipated that “Ted Lasso” might have a similar sweep at the Globes, but the show only won Best Television Actor in a Musical or Comedy Series with Jason Sudeikis. It also did seem mildly surprising that “Wandavision” only had one nomination and no awards with all the coverage and praise it received — but, then again, popularity isn’t always a reliable indicator for awards season. 

     ​On the film side of things, there didn’t seem to be too many surprises. The biggest one would probably be Nicole Kidman winning Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for “Being the Ricardos.” This is not to say it was undeserved, but the impression seemed to be that the race would be between Kristen Stewart for “Spencer” and Lady Gaga for “House of Gucci,” and it was a bit surprising that neither of these films received any awards. It was also a bit surprising that “Dune” didn’t win for Best Motion Picture Drama. 

     Less surprising was “Encanto” winning Best Animated Picture; this was very expected, yet also well earned, as this movie seemed to give everyone the bit of happiness they needed by the end of the year. Overall, it seems the Golden Globes was a relative success, even with its different execution this year!