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Hollywood’s award season is well and truly back. The 80th annual Golden Globes will be held on Wednesday (AEDT) amidst lingering negative headlines about the gala’s organisers.
We’ve compiled all the key details, including where to watch, what the Globes’ controversy is all about, and what our critics think of the key nominees.
The glitz and the glamour of the red carpet will kick off at 11am AEDT. The award ceremony itself will begin at midday.
Streaming service Stan – owned by Nine Entertainment, which also owns this masthead – will begin broadcasting when the red carpet kicks off at 11am. The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age will start our live blog from 11am as well.
The Golden Globes’ long-time American television partner NBC will be broadcasting the awards in the US, but is only doing so under a one-year TV deal as controversy continues to surround the reputation of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) which doles out the Globes.
In 2021, the Los Angeles Times published a lengthy investigation which detailed a culture of corruption within the HFPA – a secretive grouping of relatively unknown international critics.
Netflix rom-com Emily in Paris managed to snag two surprise Globe nominations in 2021 after 30 voters were taken on a lavish set tour in France. Later reports from the Los Angeles Times also revealed the HFPA had not had a black member for more than 20 years, sparking fresh attacks on the association for its lack of diversity.
Last year, NBC dropped its broadcast of the ceremony after previously screening the awards almost uninterrupted since 1996. Scarlett Johansson urged Hollywood to shun the Globes, while Tom Cruise returned his three trophies.
Brendan Fraser, nominated for best actor for his performance in The Whale, has already said he will not attend this year due to a separate incident. Fraser has alleged former HFPA president Philip Berk groped him in 2003 (a claim which Berk denies).
Other celebrities have remained quiet, and it is unclear how many big names will walk the red carpet on Wednesday.
Ricky Gervais’ stinging comedic jabs towards Hollywood elites at the more informal Globes have often captured more attention than long-winded Oscars ceremonies (Will Smith slapping and wrongly named winners aside). But the UK comedian hasn’t run the show since before the pandemic in early 2020.
This year, stand-up comedian Jerrod Carmichael will be the host.
Jerrod Carmichael arrives at the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards in 2021.Credit:AP
While past years have been marred by some surprising nominations and shocking snubs, this year’s nominee list has largely been well-received.
Box-office hits Top Gun: Maverick and Avatar: The Way of Water have won their rightful nominations in the best drama picture category alongside Steven Spielberg’s The Fabelmans, the Australian-shot Elvis and psychological drama Tár.
Australian icon Cate Blanchett is up for best actress for the latter film, while Baz Luhrmann is in with a shot for best director. Margot Robbie (best actress in a musical/comedy – Babylon), Elizabeth Debicki (best supporting performance in a TV series – The Crown) and Hugh Jackman (best actor – The Son) round out the Aussies up for awards.
The Banshees of Inisherin has the most nominations with eight and is a leading contender in the best picture musical/comedy section. Everything Everywhere All at Once (six nominations) and Babylon (five nominations) are also potential winners in the category.
Margot Robbie, Hugh Jackman and Cate Blanchett are among the Australians nominated for Golden Globes.Credit:AP
Brendan Fraser (The Whale), Austin Butler (Elvis), Bill Nighy (Living) and Jeremy Pope (The Inspection) are the other best actor (drama) nominees alongside Jackman, while Blanchett is up against Olivia Colman (Empire of Light), Viola Davis (The Woman King), Ana de Armas (Blonde) and Michelle Williams (The Fabelmans).
Some eyebrows have been raised after Tom Cruise missed out on an acting nomination for Top Gun: Maverick and, notably, the best director category is also entirely male.
Among the TV nominees, mockumentary Abbott Elementary leads the way with five nominations. The Crown, Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, Only Murders in the Building, Pam & Tommy and The White Lotus are next with four each. Better Call Saul and Ozark are also included in the best TV series contenders, while Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino) has been nominated for best actor for his lead role in Atlanta.
Comedy legend Eddie Murphy will also be presented with the honorary Cecil B. DeMille Award.
Best Picture – Drama
Avatar: The Way of Water – ★★★½
“If they gave out Oscars for ambition alone, James Cameron’s rivals might not bother showing up.” – Read Jake Wilson’s full review here.
Elvis – ★★★
“Few showmen of our day have given us more of the old razzle-dazzle than Baz Luhrmann, whose movies often appear to have no subject beyond their maker’s dedication to throwing stardust in everyone’s eyes – including his own.” – Read Jake Wilson’s full review here.
Tár – Yet to be released in Australia.
“On screen for virtually all the drama’s more than two-and-a-half hours, Blanchett gives a darkly riveting performance that seems assured of landing her a seventh Oscar nomination.” – Read Garry Maddox’s full story here.
The Fabelmans – ★★★★
“While the film is the most personal that Spielberg has ever made, full of wistful insights into the tragedy spawned by Burt and Mitzi’s mismatched temperaments, it also shows how deeply he’s steeped himself in the Hollywood movie’s genres and syntax.” – Read Sandra Hall’s full review here.
Top Gun: Maverick – ★★★½
“The triumphalism powering those bone-rattling engines still comes through loudly and clearly enough to send you cross-eyed and set your cinema seat vibrating.” – Read Sandra Hall’s full review here.
Best Picture – Musical/Comedy
Babylon – Yet to be released in Australia.
The Banshees of Inisherin – ★★★½
“This latest bucolic tragicomedy from writer-director Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) has a quaint otherworldly flavour that suggests the chronicle of a squabble between hobbits.” – Read Jake Wilson’s full review here.
Everything Everywhere All at Once – ★★★
“Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, who co-wrote and directed this film, have a strong taste for the bizarre, coupled with vigorous powers of persuasion.” – Read Sandra Hall’s full review here.
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery – ★★★★
“Like Blanc’s earlier adventure, Glass Onion is throwback and up-to-date satire in one.” – Read Jake Wilson’s full review here.
Triangle of Sadness – ★★★★
“It’s a spectacular demolition of modern life, a disruptor movie full of ideas and nuance, as violent in its way as a Pieter Bruegel painting.” – Read Paul Byrnes’ full review here.
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