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Everything You Need To Know About The Golden Globes 2022

Ariana DeBose brings West Side Story’s Anita to a new generation

In a year when the Golden Globes have been surrounded by controversy, here’s the lowdown on January 9’s low-key awards ceremony

MJ Rodriguez became the first transgender woman ever to win a Golden Globe for her performance in Pose

So what happened at the Golden Globes 2022?

Steven Spielberg’s revival of West Side Story, Jane Campion’s western drama The Power of the Dog and HBO series Succession were the major winners at a pared-down ceremony marking the 79th Golden Globes. As had been anticipated, it was a subdued event – with no red carpet, no stars in attendance and no televised broadcast. It comes after a year in which the annual ceremony, which has been a significant feature of the awards-season calendar since 1944, has come under intense scrutiny for its lack of diversity and a number of ethical disputes.

In early 2021, the Los Angeles Times released a report showing that, of the 87 members in the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (the awards’ voting body), none were Black. Allegations of discriminatory practices, as well as a “culture of corruption”, were also raised. A heavy backlash from the industry has followed: Tom Cruise returned his three Globe awards in protest, while NBC refused to televise the live program; in addition, a coalition of more than 100 publicity firms representing Hollywood talent pledged to stop working with the association until it addresses its systemic issues.

The HFPA responded last year with a pledge to increase membership by 50 per cent and, to date, has added 21 new members to its panel, including six Black journalists. It has also announced reforms to its bylaws, as well as introducing a new code of conduct.

While none of the 2022 nominees were at the ceremony, some acknowledged their wins on social media. Ariana DeBose, who was awarded Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for her role in West Side Story, tweeted: “There is still work to be done but, when you’ve worked so hard on a project – infused with blood, sweat, tears and love – having the work seen and acknowledged is always going to be special. Thank you.”

Acting prizes also went to Will Smith (King Richard), Rachel Zegler (West Side Story), Nicole Kidman (Being The Ricardos), Kate Winslet (Mare of Easttown), Andrew Garfield (Tick Tick… Boom!) and MJ Rodriguez, who became the first transgender woman ever to win a Golden Globe, for her performance in Pose. She wrote on Instagram: “This is the door that is going to open the door for many more young talented individuals.”

Lady Gaga as the calculating – but very well dressed – Patrizia Reggiani in House of Gucci; Ruth Negga is magnetic in Passing; Nella Larsen’s story of race in 1920s Harlem

Who was nominated at the Golden Globes 2022?

Amid the controversy, the nominations were announced on December 13. Kenneth Branagh’s autobiographical Belfast and Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog were the frontrunners in the movie categories, with seven nominations each, while on the television front, Succession led with five nods. In the acting categories, Lady Gaga (House of Gucci), Ruth Negga (Passing), Kristen Stewart (Spencer), Margaret Qualley (Maid) and Ariana DeBose (West Side Story) were among the nominees.

Who won at the Golden Globes last year?

Attendees were restricted due to Covid-19, but winners included Anya Taylor-Joy (The Queen’s Gambit), Andra Day (The United States vs Billie Holiday) and Emma Corrin and Gillian Anderson (both for The Crown). Chloé Zhao took home the Best Director award for Nomadland, becoming the first Asian woman – and only the second woman ever – to receive the accolade.

l-r: Jodie Comer wows in Ralph & Russo, Lady Gaga channels Cinderella in Valentino, and Lupita Nyong’o dazzles in Calvin Klein, all at the 2019 ceremony

What is the fashion like at the Golden Globes?

A precursor to the Oscars, the Golden Globes’ red carpet has often been an explosion of tulle, taffeta and silks, with notable past looks including Lady Gaga in a Cinderella-worthy periwinkle gown by Valentino (she even dyed her hair to match), Lupita Nyong’o in a shimmering blue Calvin Klein bandeau dress and Jodie Comer in a feathery Ralph & Russo confection. In 2018, however, many attendees sported all-black ensembles in support of the Time’s Up movement. Last year’s semi-virtual awards saw Emma Corrin in crystal-embellished Miu Miu and Cynthia Erivo in a fluoro-lime Valentino Haute Couture number.


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