If there was any doubt that Hollywood would show up and play along at the 80th annual Golden Globe Awards last night—not least of all due to historic rain and flooding in Southern California—those doubts were largely laid to rest.
The ceremony returned to NBC after the network declined to air the show last year in the wake of an explosive Los Angeles Times exposé, which revealed that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association—an already famously dubious organization—had zero Black members and engaged in ethically questionable conduct. Since then, however, the HFPA has reportedly instituted major reforms and its voting pool is now 52% female and 51.5% racially and ethnically diverse. And as presenters were announced over the last few weeks, it became clear that the film and TV industry was willing to give the HFPA another shot.
Host Jerrod Charmichael opened the show with a monologue that cut straight to the point: “I’m here because I’m Black,” the out comedian said.
It was an appropriately awkward start to the evening, acknowledging the most noteworthy of the HFPA’s recent scandals. But from there, the mood lightened gradually, thanks to early wins for Key Huy Quan and Angela Bassett in the Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture categories. Both Quan and Bassett gave moving, emotional speeches that reminded us of why we watch awards shows in the first place.
As is typical of awards shows, the three-plus hour broadcast was a bit of a slog punctuated by some hilariously memorable moments.
Jennifer Coolidge was an absolute joy every time she took the stage, presenting as well as winning Best Performance by an Actress in Supporting Role, Limited Series, Anthology Series or a Motion Picture made for Television for her role in The White Lotus. (Charmichael also joked that he apologized to Coolidge as a gay man for what White Lotus’s “high class gays” did to her in the show’s second season.)
— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) January 11, 2023
But it was Regina Hall who stole the show later in the night. Accepting the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Drama, on behalf of Kevin Costner, the Support the Girls star cracked up as she discovered in real-time that the Yellowstone star couldn’t make it to the ceremony because he was sheltering in place in Santa Barbara due to flooding.
MJ Rodriquez made history last year as the first trans actress to win a Golden Globe. that ceremony never happened, so tonight Ryan Murphy shouted her out during his own speech so she could get her own standing ovation. love, love, love pic.twitter.com/mJOuK3DY5w
— Spencer Althouse (@SpencerAlthouse) January 11, 2023
As for the show’s queer highlights, Ryan Murphy devoted much of his Carol Burnett Award for Achievement in Television acceptance speech to acknowledging and uplifting his Black and LGBTQ+ collaborators. He asked the audience to give Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, who became the first transgender actor to win a Golden Globe last year, the standing ovation she hadn’t gotten due to the 2022 ceremony’s cancelation.
— Spencer Althouse (@SpencerAlthouse) January 11, 2023
And while bisexual White Lotus creator Mike White was the only LGBTQ+ nominee to take home an award last night, the show was packed with queer presenters, including Rodriguez, Niecy Nash-Betts, Coleman Domingo, Harvey Guillén, and Billy Porter.
Check out the full list of winners below.
Best Motion Picture, Drama
“The Fabelmans” (Universal Pictures)
Best Picture, Musical or Comedy
“The Banshees of Inisherin” (Searchlight Pictures)
Best Director, Motion Picture
Steven Spielberg (“The Fabelmans”)
Best Screenplay, Motion Picture
“The Banshees of Inisherin” (Searchlight Pictures) — Martin McDonagh
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
Austin Butler (“Elvis”)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Cate Blanchett (“Tár”)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Michelle Yeoh (“Everything Everywhere All at Once”)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
Colin Farrell (“The Banshees of Inisherin”)
Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Ke Huy Quan (“Everything Everywhere All at Once”)
Best Supporting Actress, Motion Picture
Angela Bassett (“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”)
Best Television Series, Drama
“House of the Dragon” (HBO)
Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy
“Abbott Elementary” (ABC)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Drama
Kevin Costner (“Yellowstone”)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Drama
Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy
Quinta Brunson (“Abbott Elementary”)
Best Actor in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy
Jeremy Allen White (“The Bear”)
Best Supporting Actor, Television
Tyler James Williams (“Abbott Elementary”)
Best Supporting Actress, Television
Julia Garner (“Ozark”)
Best Limited Series, Anthology Series or a Motion Picture made for Television
“The White Lotus” (HBO)
Best Performance by an Actor, Limited Series, Anthology Series or Motion Picture made for Television
Evan Peters (“Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story”)
Best Performance by an Actress, Limited Series, Anthology Series or a Motion Picture made for Television
Amanda Seyfried (“The Dropout”)
Best Performance by an Actress in Supporting Role, Limited Series, Anthology Series or a Motion Picture made for Television
Jennifer Coolidge (“The White Lotus”)
Best Performance by an Actor in Supporting Role, Limited Series, Anthology Series or a Motion Picture made for Television
Paul Walter Hauser (“Black Bird”)
Best Original Score, Motion Picture
“Babylon” (Paramount Pictures) — Justin Hurwitz
Best Picture, Non-English Language
“Argentina, 1985” (Argentina)
Best Original Song, Motion Picture
“Naatu Naatu” from “RRR” (Variance Films) — Kala Bhairava, M. M. Keeravani, Rahul Sipligunj
Best Motion Picture, Animated
“Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio” (Netflix)