‘Oppenheimer,’ ‘Succession’ Dominate 81st Golden Globes

Universal Pictures’ Oppenheimer was the big winner at the 81st annual Golden Globe Awards, taking home five trophies to lead all winners. No other film won more than two at the Jan. 7 ceremony held in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Oppenheimer won Best Motion Picture — Drama, Best Director for Christopher Nolan, Best Actor in a Drama for Cillian Murphy, Best Supporting Actor for Robert Downey Jr., and Best Original Score for Ludwig Göransson.

The biopic about physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, father of the atomic bomb, entered the night with eight nominations. It earned $952 million at the global box office.

Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy went to Searchlight’s Poor Things, a controversial comedic sci-fi film based on the 1992 book of the same name. The film, which is in the midst of a limited theatrical release, also won Best Actress in a Comedy for Emma Stone.

The award for Best Motion Picture — Animated went to Japan’s The Boy and the Heron. Best Non-English Language Film went to France’s Anatomy of a Fall, which also won Best Screenplay.

The year’s top-grossing box office earner, Warner’s Barbie, went into the evening with nine nominations in seven categories, but won just two. Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell won Best Original Song for “What Was I Made For?,” while the film as a whole was given the trophy for the new “Cinematic and Box Office Achievement” category. It earned $1.4 billion globally.

Universal’s The Holdovers also won two trophies: Best Actor in a Comedy for Paul Giamatti, and Best Supporting Actress for Da’Vine Joy Randolph.

Best Actress in a Drama went to Lily Gladstone for Killers of the Flower Moon, which will be available to stream on Apple TV+ Jan. 12.

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On the TV side, the final season of HBO’s “Succession” led with four awards, including Best Drama Series. FX’s “The Bear” and Netflix’s “Beef” won three trophies each.

“Succession” acting awards went to Kieran Culkin for Best Actor in a Drama Series, Sarah Snook for Best Actress in a Drama Series, and Matthew Macfadyen for Best Supporting Actor.

“The Bear,” which is available on Hulu, won Best Musical or Comedy Series, Best Actor for Jeremy Allen White, and Best Actress for Ayo Edebiri.

“Beef” won Best Limited Series, Best Actor for Steven Yeun and Best Actress for Ali Wong.

Best Supporting Actress went to Elizabeth Debicki for playing Princess Diana on Netflix’s “The Crown.”

The first award for Best Performance in Stand-Up Comedy went to former Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais, who wasn’t in attendance. The winning special was Netflix’s Ricky Gervais: Armageddon.

 

 

Golden Globes Acquired; HFPA to Dissolve

Dick Clark Productions and Eldridge have acquired all the Golden Globes’ assets, rights and properties from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA).

The transaction will result in the “winddown of the HFPA and its membership,” according to a press release. The proceeds from the transaction, plus the existing resources of the HFPA, will transition into a newly formed Golden Globe Foundation.

As part of the transaction, DCP and its partners will plan, host and produce the annual Golden Globe Awards show and “will pursue commercial opportunities for the Golden Globes across the globe,” according to a press release.

The 81st Annual Golden Globe Awards will take place on Jan. 7, 2024.

“We are excited to close on this much anticipated member-approved transaction and transition from a member-led organization to a commercial enterprise,” said Helen Hoehne.

Eldridge Industries is a holding company owned by the billionaire investor Todd Boehly and Dick Clark Productions is part of Penske Media, which also owns The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Deadline, Rolling Stone, Billboard and other publications and digital content sites.

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“Today marks a significant milestone in the evolution of the Golden Globes,” said Todd Boehly, chairman of Eldridge. “My partners at DCP and I are grateful to Helen and team for their commitment to the successful implementation of a robust approach to governance, the expansion of the diverse and international voting body, implementing a professional, safe, and accountable environment, and trusting new ownership with a new direction for the Globes.”

“As stewards of the Golden Globe Awards, our mission is to continue creating the most dynamic awards ceremony on live television viewed across the world,” said Jay Penske, CEO, chairman and founder of Penske Media, and CEO of DCP. “We have a great team in place to grow this iconic brand and captivate new and existing audiences to celebrate the very best in television and motion pictures.”

The Golden Globe Awards, viewed in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide, will be controlled by DCP.

‘Banshees,’ ‘Fabelmans’ Lead 80th Golden Globe Winners

Following a year out of the Hollywood spotlight, the Golden Globes returned Jan. 10 with a slew of trophies for familiar faces and industry veterans.

The annual entertainment awards, touted by some pundits as an Oscars precursor, were mostly muted last year by complaints over the lack of diversity within the voting membership of the organization that presents the Globes, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. While winners were announced, most of Hollywood boycotted the ceremony, including broadcaster NBC.

That wasn’t the case for the 80th Golden Globe Awards, which were back on NBC, though on a Tuesday for the first time since 1962 to avoid scheduling conflicts with football.

The biggest winner in the film categories was Disney-owned Searchlight Pictures’ The Banshees of Inisherin, a dark comedy about the dissolution of a lifelong friendship. It won trophies for Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy, Best Actor for Colin Farrell, and Best Screenplay for Martin McDonagh. The film can be streamed on HBO Max and has been available via VOD, digital purchase, and on Blu-ray and DVD since December.

Not far behind, with two awards, was Steven Spielberg’s semi-autobiographical coming-of-age film The Fabelmans, which won Best Motion Picture — Drama and Best Director for Spielberg. The film is available through digital retailers from Universal Pictures.

Also taking two trophies was the multiverse adventure Everything Everywhere All at Once, which won Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy for Michelle Yeoh, and Best Supporting Actor for Ke Huy Quan. The film has been available through retail channels from Lionsgate since July.

Other film winners in the acting categories included Warner’s Elvis, with Austin Butler taking Best Performance in a Motion Picture — Drama; Cate Blanchett winning Best Actress in a Drama for Focus Features’ Tár, which has been available on disc and digitally since December from Universal; and Angela Bassett winning Best Supporting Actress for playing Queen Ramonda in Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which becomes available Feb. 1 through digital retailers and for streaming on Disney+, and Feb. 7 on disc.

Best Animated Feature went to Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, which streams on Netflix, while Best Non-English-Language Film went to Argentina, 1985.

In the music categories, Justin Hurwitz won Best Original Score for Paramount’s Babylon, while Best Original Song when to “Naatu Naatu” from the Indian film RRR.

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In the TV categories, ABC’s “Abbott Elementary,” which also streams on Hulu and HBO Max, won three trophies, for Best Television Series — Musical or Comedy Best Actress in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy for series creator Quinta Brunson, and Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series — Musical/Comedy or Drama for Tyler James Williams.

HBO’s second installment of “The White Lotus” won Best Limited or Anthology Series or Television Film, skirting the eligibility requirements for that category as a third season is already in production. Jennifer Coolidge, who has appeared in both seasons so far, won Best Supporting Performance in a Limited or Anthology Series or Television Film.

Best Television Series — Drama went to HBO’s “Game of Thrones” prequel “House of the Dragon,” the fantasy epic’s only win of the night.

In the acting categories, Kevin Costner won Best Actor in a Drama Series for Paramount Network’s “Yellowstone,” Zendaya won Best Actress in a Drama Series for HBO’s “Euphoria,” Jeremy Allen White won Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy Series for FX on Hulu’s “The Bear,” Evan Peters won Best Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Television Film for Netflix’s Dahmer — Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, Amanda Seyfried won Best Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Television Film for Hulu’s The Dropout, Julia Garner won Best Supporting Actress in a Series for Netflix’s “Ozark,” and Paul Walter Hauser won Best Supporting Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Television Film for the Apple TV+ miniseries Black Bird.

Golden Globe Lauded ‘The Inspection’ Due on Disc Feb. 21

The drama The Inspection, which earned Jeremy Pope a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor, will arrive on Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 21 from A24 and Lionsgate. 
 
In Elegance Bratton’s film inspired by his own story, a young, gay Black man, rejected by his mother and with few options for his future, decides to join the Marines, doing whatever it takes to succeed in a system that would cast him aside. But even as he battles deep-seated prejudice and the grueling routines of basic training, he finds unexpected camaraderie, strength and support in this new community, giving him a hard-earned sense of belonging that will shape his identity and forever change his life. 

Special features include audio commentary with writer-director Bratton; “Protect and Serve: Making The Inspection“; and deleted scenes.

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Pressure Mounts on HFPA as NBC Refuses to Air 2022 Golden Globes; Actor Tom Cruise Returns His Three Statuettes

NBC May 10 announced it would not broadcast the 2022 Golden Globe Awards due to ongoing issues within the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, whose membership selects movie and TV show award nominees and winners.

“We continue to believe that the HFPA is committed to meaningful reform,” NBCUniversal said in a statement. “However, change of this magnitude takes time and work, and we feel strongly that the HFPA needs time to do it right. As such, NBC will not air the 2022 Golden Globes. Assuming the organization executes on its plan, we are hopeful we will be in a position to air the show in January 2023.”

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WarnerMedia May 10 also announced it was cutting ties with the HFPA, a decision preceded the previous week by Netflix and Amazon Studios. Then actor Tom Cruise May 10 reportedly returned his three Globes won for movies Born on the Fourth of July, Jerry Maguire and Magnolia.” Actress Scarlett Johansson May 8 cited the HFPA’s “sexist” culture and urged Hollywood to boycott.

The 78th Golden Globes, held on Feb. 28, saw TV ratings plummet 63% to 6.9 million viewers, from 18.4 million in 2020.

The move by NBC and others follows a growling avalanche of criticism toward the HFPA after the Los Angeles Times published a story citing allegations of a lack of diversity, including that the group has no blacks or other minorities among its 86 media members, among other issues. The organization has promised change, including upping and diversifying its membership 50% over the next 18 months.

That reportedly didn’t sit well with Netflix co-CEO and CCO Ted Sarnados, who, on May 7, fired off a letter to the HFPA criticizing what he considered pushback within the group toward change.

“Like many in our industry, we’ve been waiting for today’s announcement in the hope that you would acknowledge the breadth of issues facing the HFPA and provide a clear roadmap for change,” Sarandos wrote. “So we’re stopping any activities with your organization until more meaningful changes are made.”

Time’s Up president and chief executive Tina Tchen piled on, contending the HFPA has responded to the issues with little transformational change.

“Instead, these measures ensure that the current membership of the HFPA will remain in the majority and that the next Golden Globes will be decided with the same fundamental problems that have existed for years,” Tchen said in a statement.

Michelle Pfeiffer’s Golden Globe-Nominated Pic ‘French Exit’ Due on Digital May 11, Disc June 15

The comedic drama French Exit, which earned Michelle Pfeiffer a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress, will be available for digital purchase May 11 and on Blu-ray and DVD June 15 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

“My plan was to die before the money ran out,” says 60-year-old, penniless Manhattan socialite Frances Price (Pfeiffer) in the film, but things don’t go as planned. Her husband, Franklin, has been dead for 12 years. With his vast inheritance gone, she cashes in the last of her possessions and resolves to live out her twilight days anonymously in a borrowed apartment in Paris, accompanied by her directionless son, Malcolm (Lucas Hedges), and a cat named Small Frank — who may or may not embody the spirit of Frances’ dead husband.

Extras include deleted and extended scenes.

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Fandango Offering First 10 Minutes of ‘Soul’ for Free

For a limited time, fans can watch the first 10 minutes of Soul for free, exclusively at the FandangoNow Extras channel on YouTube and on Fandango’s social channels. The Oscar-nominated, Golden Globe-winning animated film debuts March 23 on Vudu and FandangoNow.

Both are transactional VOD services owned by Fandango. The film is on sale at $19.99 on both services and is available in SD and 4K Ultra HD.

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A recent Fandango survey of more than 1,500 people who have already seen Soul found:

  • 88% are fans of the film’s stars, including Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey and Angela Bassett;
  • 85% wish there were more life-affirming movies like Soul;
  • 80% are fans of the film’s soundtrack; and
  • 78% are rooting for Soul to win the Oscar for Best Animated Feature.

Netflix Content Dominates 2021 Golden Globes in Banner Year for Streamers

Netflix TV shows and movies won 10 trophies at the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony held Feb. 28 and broadcast on NBC. In a sign of the times, content that debuted on streaming services won 20 of the 25 categories presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

The big gun for Netflix came on the TV side, with the fourth season of “The Crown” winning in all four categories it was nominated (it had two nominees in two of the acting categories), including Best Drama Series. Emma Corrin won Best Actress in a Drama series for her role as Princess Diana, beating out co-star Olivia Colman, who played Queen Elizabeth. Josh O’Connor won for Best Actor in a Drama series for playing Prince Charles, while Gillian Anderson won Best Supporting Actress for playing Margaret Thatcher.

Netflix won two more statuettes for The Queens’ Gambit, which won Best Miniseries or Television Film, and Best Actress for Anya Taylor-Joy.

Among other TV categories, The Apple TV+ original series “Ted Lasso” won Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy Series for Jason Sudeikis, while Amazon Prime’s “Small Axe” won Best Supporting Actor for John Boyega, and HBO’s I Know This Much Is True won Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film for Mark Ruffalo.

“Schitt$ Creek,” the complete series of which is streaming on several services including Netflix, and available on DVD from Lionsgate, won Best Musical or Comedy Series and Best Actress for Catherine O’Hara.

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On the movie side, because of theatrical shutdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic, the HFPA opened eligibility to movies otherwise intended for theaters that had to be rescheduled and ultimately ended up at a streaming platform. Also, the eligibility period covering 2020 films was extended to include early 2021 releases.

Subsequently, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, which debuted on Amazon Prime Video in October and never played in theaters, won for Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy, while star Sacha Baron Cohen won Best Actor for reprising his role as the title character in the politically charged sequel.

Best Motion Picture — Drama went to Nomadland, which was released concurrently in theaters and on Hulu Feb. 19 (though it did screen at some film festivals and limited engagements last year). Chloé Zhao won Best Director for the film.

Another Hulu movie, The United States vs. Billie Holiday, won Best Actress in a drama for Andra Day in the title role.

Judas and the Black Messiah, which premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival on Feb. 1, and was released in the United States by Warner Bros. Pictures Feb. 12 simultaneously in theaters and for streaming on HBO Max, won Best Supporting Actor for Daniel Kaluuya.

Netflix’s movie haul included the late Chadwick Boseman winning Best Actor in a drama for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom; Aaron Sorkin winning Best Screenplay for The Trial of the Chicago 7; Rosamund Pike winning Best Actress in a musical or comedy for I Care a Lot; and “Lo Si (Seen)” winning Best Song for Italian film The Life Ahead.

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Pixar’s Soul, which saw its theatrical release scrapped in lieu of a Christmas Day debut on Disney+ domestically (it played in theaters internationally), won two trophies, for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Score.

STX Films’ The Mauritanian, which will debut on Amazon Prime April 1, won Best Supporting Actress for Jodi Foster.

Finally, A24’s Minari, an American production in Korean, won Best Foreign-Language Film.

 

Jodie Foster Film ‘The Mauritanian’ to Debut on PVOD March 2

STX Films’ The Mauritanian will debut on premium VOD March 2 at $19.99 for a 48-hour rental period.

The film earned Golden Globe nominations for leads Tahar Rahim and Jodie Foster.

Directed by Kevin Macdonald, The Mauritanian is based on the book Guantanamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi. It’s the true story of Slahi’s fight for freedom after being detained and imprisoned without charge by the U.S. Government for years. Alone and afraid, Slahi (Rahim) finds allies in defense attorney Nancy Hollander (Foster) and her associate Teri Duncan (Shailene Woodley) who battle the U.S. Government in a fight for justice that tests their commitment to the law and their client. Their controversial advocacy, along with evidence uncovered by a military prosecutor, Lt. Colonel Stuart Couch (Benedict Cumberbatch), uncovers shocking truths.

The film also stars Zachary Levi and Saamer Usmani.

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Parks: Industry Awards Boost SVOD Platforms

Everyone loves a winner. New research from Parks Associates suggests over-the-top video services — and their large slate of original programming — will benefit as their recognition during awards season in video entertainment continues to expand.

For this year’s Golden Globes, Netflix, Hulu and Amazon earned a total of 47 nominations, nearly double the 25 they received last year, with the three services winning two awards each.

“Apple TV+ streaming service found success with its flagship series ‘The Morning Show,’ starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carell, which won awards from the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and Critics’ Choice Award,” analyst Steve Nason said in a statement. “These accomplishments mark Apple TV+’s first industry awards since its launch in November 2019.”

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Nason said awards recognition brings legitimacy to a platform’s original content and can be a significant boost, especially in the early days after its launch.

“Such recognition certainly helped Netflix when the company first ventured into original content, and now the service scored 24 Oscar nominations this year, led by The Irishman and Marriage Story.”

Netflix’s long-term investment in premium original content has helped the service become very difficult for consumers to relinquish, according to Parks.

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Among Netflix subs, 64% feel it would difficult to give up the service, including 47% who feel it would be “very difficult,” the highest among top OTT video services measured by the Dallas-based research company.

Parks finds that as of Q3 2019, pay-TV and OTT services reach roughly the same number of consumers — around 72% of U.S. broadband households. Pay-TV’s long-reigning dominance has dwindled as the OTT video service market booms.