“The Power of the Dog” and “West Side Story” big winners of Golden Globes, shunned by Hollywood

(AFP) – “The Power of the Dog” and “West Side Story” won the main awards on Sunday at a Golden Globe ceremony largely ignored by Hollywood, and the winners of which were revealed online, without televison, no red carpet.

Jane Campion’s grim western “The Power of the Dog” becomes the second female-directed film to win the Golden Globe for Best Dramatic Feature. He also won the awards for Best Director, and Best Supporting Actor for Kodi Smit-McPhee.

Steven Spielberg’s remake “West Side Story” won the Golden Globe for Best Comedy or Musical, Rachel Zegler for Best Actress in a Comedy, and Ariana DeBose for Best Actress in a Comedy. supporting actor.

Will Smith and Nicole Kidman received the Globes for Outstanding Actor and Actress in a Dramatic Film for their roles in “The Williams Method” and “Being the Ricardos”.

But none of the winners were present at the ceremony, which was held behind closed doors.

Usually run by all the gratin of the entertainment industry, the Golden Globes, which opens the film awards season, have been deserted this year by Hollywood stars, who criticize their lack of diversity and transparency.

The NBC television channel had even given up broadcasting the ceremony, yet followed in recent years by millions of viewers, and the event did not take off on Twitter, where fans were more concerned about the death, announced in the evening , by American actor Bob Saget.

“This year, the Golden Globes will not look like any Golden Globes we have known so far,” warned Marc Malkin, editor-in-chief of culture and events at the trade publication Variety. “And really, we’re not going to see much.”

– No celebrity –

Officially, the organizers invoked the pandemic.

But, according to Malkin, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), which is the jury for the awards, “tried to bring in celebrities to announce the winners of this year’s Golden Globes.” “And no celebrity – none – said yes.”

The HFPA, made up of around 100 people with links to foreign publications, has long been privately accused in Hollywood circles of a series of failings, ranging from corruption to racism.

The Los Angeles Times newspaper thus showed that the association did not count any black person among its members, opening the valve of criticism last year. Tom Cruise returned his awards in a gesture of protest.

Since the outbreak of the scandal, the association has hastened to launch reforms, in particular to diversify its members.

It also prohibited them from accepting luxury gifts or stays in hotels from studios wooing them for their votes.

During the closed-door ceremony on Sunday, the HFPA tweeted pre-recorded videos of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis, praising the association’s work in support of community programs.

“I am proud to be associated with them in this endeavor,” said the American actress and director, referring to HFPA funding for community programs.

– “Work to do –

The young actresses of “West Side Story” reacted to their victory on Twitter, Rachel Zegler noting that she received her Globe exactly three years after being chosen by Steven Spielberg out of 30,000 applicants. “Life is very strange,” she wrote.

Ariana DeBose thanked the HFPA while calling for reforms: “There is still work to be done, but when you’ve worked so hard on a project – with blood, sweat, tears and love – that this work is seen and recognized will always be special, ”she tweeted.

Despite this leaden atmosphere, the three Globes awarded to “The Power of the Dog” and “West Side Story” confirm their status as contenders for the awards season, which culminates in March with the Oscars.

“The Power of the Dog,” which questions male stereotypes in 1920s Montana with Benedict Cumberbatch as a toxic cowboy, aired on Netflix with limited theatrical release and received rave reviews.

Steven Spielberg’s remake of “West Side Story” flopped at the box office but was also critically acclaimed.

Considered one of the big favorites, “Belfast”, inspired by the Northern Irish childhood of Kenneth Branagh, leaves with only the prize for best screenplay.

Andrew Garfield won the Globe for Best Actor in a Musical for his role in “Tick, tick, … Boom!”.

“Succession”, a family drama about an aging newspaper mogul, produced by HBO, won the award for best dramatic series.