LOS ANGELES: Dark Western The Power of the Dog and a remake of West Side Story won the biggest awards on Sunday at a diminished Golden Globes ceremony held privately without the usual glitzy lineup of Hollywood’s top television and movie stars.
Actors, directors and film studios largely ignored the Globes this year after criticism in 2021 that its organizers, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), operated with questionable ethics policies and no Black members. Longtime broadcaster NBC opted not to air this year’s awards.
The HFPA, which has expanded and diversified its membership and overhauled its practices, announced its picks at a Beverly Hills ceremony held behind closed doors. Recipients of HFPA philanthropic grants sat in the audience and announced winners. Honorees were revealed via social media and a live blog.
Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story, a tale of young love set among rival street gangs, was named best musical or comedy film. Released by Walt Disney Company, the film earned three trophies overall, including best actress for Rachel Zegler.
Netflix’s The Power of the Dog also won three awards including best director for Jane Campion.
Other acting honours went to Will Smith for playing the determined father of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams in King Richard and Nicole Kidman for her role as Lucille Ball in Being the Ricardos.
Andrew Garfield won a best actor award for his role as playwright Jonathan Larson in musical Tick, Tick... Boom!
For television, cutthroat corporate family saga Succession received the best drama award and Hacks, about a fading female comedian, was crowned best comedy.
Netflix led all studios with four film awards. HBO and HBO Max landed the most television honours, with six.
Mj Rodriguez, was named best TV drama actress for Pose. It was the first Golden Globe given to a transgender actress.
West Side Story stars Zegler and Ariana DeBose, who won best supporting actress, also acknowledged their wins.