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Review: The 81st Golden Globes

Hollywood had been shut down for over seven months due to picket lines full of striking writers and actors. Finally, contracts have been settled and the film industry is back up and running. The first big celebration is the 81st Golden Globe Awards. Honoring excellence on both big and small screen achievements.

Jo Koy was the host of this extravagant event. Koy is one of the most beloved comedians, but lacked in the role of host. Some of his jokes really bombed, he then took to yelling at the crowd; "I got the gig ten days ago. Some I wrote, some other people wrote." While the Golden Globes aren't known for their comedy, some of the other announcers got much better laughs than the comedian.

Taylor Swift was among those displeased by Koy's comedy. Koy quipped about the NFL always showing clips of Swift at the Chiefs games. This joke wasn't necessarily about her as much as the media. Swift already came out and said that she has no idea how much she is being shown and that she doesn't care if it offends "Dad's, Brad's, or Chad's". It's surprising that she can make such comments, but gets offended when others bring it up.

The 81st Golden Globes made history as the first, and second, time that actors of Asian decent won in their categories. Ali Wong took home her first Golden Globe win for her role in Beef. Steven Yeun also won his first Golden Globe for his role in Beef. That wasn't all for the Netflix series as Beef also won best miniseries or TV film.

Succession was another hit show of the night, as it broke the record for most Golden Globe TV award nominations. The show beat out others for the best drama TV series award. Matthew Macfadyan received his first nomination and first win for best male actor in a supporting role. Kieran Culkin received his fifth nomination but his first win for best actor in a drama TV series. Sarah Snook also won for best actress in a drama TV series.

The Bear gained three Golden Globe awards for musical or comedy TV series. Beating out Ted Lasso for best television series, which was surprising. Jeremy Allen White won his second Golden Globe for best actor. Ayo Edebiri received her first nomination and first win for best actress. Both of their wins were hard fought as the nominees were all excellent.

The only other television show to garner a win was The Crown. The show saw Elizabeth Debicki win best actress for her role as Princess Diana. While she was up against good competition, she truly deserved her win as she gave an excellent performance turning herself into the beloved late Princess.

For the first time ever the Golden Globes honored standup comedy, introducing a new category for standup television specials. Some of the nominees felt unfitting, but ultimately Ricky Gervais won. Gervais did not attend the award show to receive his Golden Globe, and seemed as shocked as anyone after he won. Posting his excitement to the social media site X. Gervais has been under scrutiny since the release of his special Armageddon due to the nature of his jokes.

Oppenheimer was a huge hit when it was released last summer. It appears to still maintain it's hit status as it takes home the most wins for the drama movie categories. The movie won best drama, and best original score. Robert Downey Jr. won best supporting actor. Christopher Nolan won best director. Cillian Murphy received his second nomination and first win for best actor. Murphy thanked everyone except his co-star Florence Pugh, which stood out as odd. Considering how close the two seemed to be prior to the event, the snub felt intentional.

Another hit movie this past summer was Barbie. The movie didn't do quite as well as its drama counterpart as it only brought home two awards. Billie Eilish won for best song for "What Was I Made For". This was a tough decision as Lenny Kravitz was nominated for "Road To Freedom" from the movie Rustin which was incredible and moving. Barbie also won the cinematic and box office achievement award. Considering the 1.44 billion dollar global success at the box office, it's hard to argue that win.

The Holdovers stars Paul Giamatti and Da'vine Joy Randolph won best actor in a musical or comedy and best supporting actress in motion picture. Best motion picture musical or comedy went to Poor Things. Emma Stone also won for best actress in a musical or comedy motion picture for Poor Things.

Another historical moment at this years Golden Globes was the first woman identifying as indigenous, Lily Gladstone, won best actress in drama motion picture for Killers of the Flower Moon.

The 81st Golden Globes were record breaking in more ways than one and will be remembered for years to come. We will see what will happen next at future award shows such as the Oscars and Emmys.

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