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81st Golden Globes: Oppenheimer and ‘Poor Things’ Steal the Spotlight

Atmosphere at the 80th Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominations at The Beverly Hilton on December 11, 2023 in Beverly Hills, California.

Oppenheimer” dominated the 81st Golden Globe Awards, securing five wins, including Best Motion Picture Drama. The film’s exploration of J. Robert Oppenheimer and the atomic bomb creation garnered accolades, with Christopher Nolan winning Best Director and Cillian Murphy named Best Actor in a Drama. “Poor Things,” a feminist take on Frankenstein, claimed Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy.

On the TV front, “Succession” earned four awards, including Best Drama Series, while “The Bear” and “Beef” each won three prizes. The awards ceremony marked a shift to CBS from NBC and reflected Hollywood’s tumultuous year, marred by strikes and controversies. The event introduced changes, dissolving the HFPA and increasing diversity among voters.

Despite the Globes’ unpredictable Oscars predictions, this year showcased surprises, such as “Anatomy of a Fall” winning Best Screenplay over heavyweight contenders. Historical moments occurred with Lily Gladstone’s win, highlighting indigenous representation, and Emma Stone’s recognition for her role in “Poor Things.”

The ceremony’s host, Jo Koy, injected humour, acknowledging the challenges in his 10-day preparation. The awards show navigated a transformative period, rebranding itself and introducing new categories, including Best Blockbuster won by “Barbie.” As Hollywood recalibrates, the industry looks to the Globes for a renewed role in the awards season.

Read full list of winners here.

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