Recap of the Golden Globes


Mia Fortino, Reporter

The Golden Globes is one of the first and many of the biggest awards shows throughout the year.  The 79th Golden Globes took place on January 9th at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California.  The award show was not streamed or televised this year and had no audience or red carpet for celebrities.  Nonetheless, it still contained amazing wins throughout the show, so now let’s take a look at the top winners of the Golden Globes 2022.

Best Motion Picture in Drama: The Power of the Dog

Up against other nominees like Belfast, CODA, Dune, and King Richard, The western drama ended up taking home the award.  The movie is inspired by verse Psalm 22 from the Bible and tells the story of a cattle driver named Phil (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his brother George (Jesse Plemons) who own a ranch together and meet a widowed proprietress named Rose (Kirsten Dunst) and her son Peter (Kodi Smith-McPhee), which eventually leads George to marry Rose and for Phil to take Peter under his wing for the greater good or for worse.

Best Motion Picture in a Musical or Comedy: West Side Story

The Steven Spielberg revival of the classic musical and 1961 movie adaption of West Side Story took home the award up against Licorice Pizza, Don’t Look Up, tick, tick…BOOM! and Cyrano.  It tells the tale of two rival gangs of New York City in 1957 named the Jets and the Sharks looking to take control of the city streets but tension and hatred rises even more between the two rivals as the former leader of the Jets, Tony (Ansel Elgort), falls for Maria (Rachel Zegler), Bernardo’s younger sister and to mention that Bernardo (David Alvarez) is also the leader of the Sharks.  Tony and Maria try to overcome their forbidden love and face challenges and consequences on both of their sides of the rivaling gangs.

Best Foreign Language Film: Drive My Car

The Japanese drama claimed the award as it follows the journey of Yusuke (Hidetoshi Nishijima), a theater actor and director, and his wife, Oto, (Reika Kirishima), who passes away suddenly and later finds out that she was having an affair with another actor named Koji (Masaki Okada).  Two years later, Yusuke gets offered to direct a production at a theater festival where he meets a young woman named Misaki (Toko Miura), who is assigned to be his chauffeur, and also encounters Koji, as Yusuke is meant to confront his past and face the brutal and honest truths in his life.

Best TV Series in Drama: Succession

The HBO Max original series beat out popular shows like Lupin, Pose, Squid Game, and The Morning Show as the show was acclaimed for the award.  The show has been running for three seasons and it renewed for a fourth season as it focuses on the Roy family who owns a global media and entertainment company called WayStars Royco, and are trying their best to maintain and take control of the company as their family’s patriarch Logan Roy (Brian Cox) health is on the line and different family members have an opposing point of views and directions of what to do with the company and testing their family loyalty.

Best Actress in a Drama Motion Picture: Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman won her sixth Golden Globe for portraying the iconic Hollywood star, Lucille Ball, in Being the Ricardos.  It follows the relationship of Lucille and Desi Arnaz (Javier Bardem) along with their very successful careers, but along the way, professional and personal obstacles might ultimately lead to their downfall in their marriage and in Hollywood.

Best Actor in a Drama Motion Picture: Will Smith

Well-known acclaimed actor, Will Smith, won his first-ever Golden Globe for his portrayal of Richard Williams in King Richard.  The movie tells the true story of the Olympian-medalists sisters, Serena and Venus Williams, (Demi Singleton and Saniyya Sidney), about their childhood and their journey into tennis as their father, Richard Williams is determined to make them into champions.

Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy Motion Picture: Rachel Zegler

Rachel Zegler also won her first Golden Globe at just 20 years old for her role of Maria in the revival of West Side Story.  She plays one of the main characters and loves interest, Maria, and has many beautiful solos and duets throughout the musical.  Natalie Wood played Maria in the original 1961 movie adaption of the musical.

Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy Motion Picture: Andrew Garfield

Lastly, The Amazing Spider-Man alumni, Andrew Garfield, won his first-ever Golden Globe for his role of Jonathan Larson in tick, tick…BOOM!  The movie adaption of the musical is about the true story of Jonathan Larson (Andrew Garfield) as he aspires to be a composer and playwriter but fears that he may have made the wrong career choice and fail at his dreams but also tries to balance out love and friendships along the way and making careful choices and decisions to ultimately achieve his dreams.