The Golden Globes kicked off on Sunday with box office heavyweights Barbie and oppenheimer as great favorites, for a ceremony in search of renewal, eager to forget the accusations of racism and corruption that have weighed on it in recent years.
From the first minutes of the evening, actor Robert Downey Jr mischievously greeted the reforms carried out after the dissolution of the journalists’ association that was at the center of the scandals.
“To the journalists of the Golden Globes: thank you for changing the rules of your game and, therefore, your name,” said the actor, awarded for his supporting role in “Oppenheimer”, at the beginning of the awards evening.
Released on the same weekend, the two films gave rise to the viral phenomenon “Barbenheimer”, which pushed many viewers to see the two films in theaters. As a result, the duo has $2.4 billion in box office receipts and 17 Golden Globe nominations.
The evening’s host, Jo Koy, focused his first jokes on the duo.
“I don’t want you to think I’m a pervert, but it was a little strange to feel attracted to a plastic doll,” said the comedian, before making a joke about the three hours ofoppenheimercomparable to a series.
“I loved it, especially the first season,” he joked.
Two awards for Anatomy of a fall.
Among those awarded at the beginning of the evening, the French film Anatomy of a fall. won the Golden Globe for best screenplay and best foreign language film, after winning the Palme d’Or at Cannes last year.
“I thank you for encouraging me to dedicate myself to exactly what I love,” declared its director, Justine Triet, recounting her surprise at the repeated honors from the world of cinema for this arthouse film. While she was writing with her partner Arthur Harari, “we kept telling ourselves that we were having a lot of fun, but that no one would go see this movie.
Long considered a stepping stone to the Oscars, the Golden Globes evening, known for its relaxed atmosphere, has been undermined by corruption and racism scandals in recent years. To get out of this bad situation, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), which had created these awards and focused accusations of ethical breaches and amateurism, was dissolved. The new organization has greatly diversified the jury by inviting critics from all over the world. Enough to convince the American network CBS to broadcast the 81st ceremony on Sunday.
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