The 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards

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The crowd, ever so anxious, awaits in complete and utter silence. The presenter takes his sweet time opening the envelope, teasing the audience members, who at this point, have become nervously impatient. The envelope opens, the presenter takes one look at it, looks up at the audience and then finally reads out its contents. Screams of joy and cries of frustration fill the hall. It is the Golden Globe Awards, an annual tradition that’s been upheld for the past seventy three years. As humans, we tend to be attracted to tradition. It is comfortable, and provides our lives with stability and excitement. Add illustrious celebrities, brilliant movie producers and writers, a large audience, and numerous desired 24-karat gold-plated statuettes in the shape of a globe, and its one of the most televised and exclusive events of the year.

About a week ago, the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards was broadcasted live. It honoured the best of television and film in 2015. There was a lot of anticipation and excitement preceding this year’s Golden Globes. All over the world, fans of all ages, races, and backgrounds gathered around their wifi-connected screens to catch a glimpse of the glittery and fashionable hollywood scene. The energy levels were high as Ricky Gervais, this years’ host, prepared to break hearts and change lives. The Golden Globe award for the best drama motion picture this year went to ‘The Revenant’, while ‘The Martian’ snapped the prize for the best comedy motion picture. With high-profile guest presenters ranging from the hilarious Jamie Foxx, to the brilliant Julianne Moore, and the extremely good-looking Channing Tatum, this year’s Golden Globe Awards were not to be missed.

Although the Golden Globes, like many other award shows, seems flawless and perfect, there’s a catch. Award shows never end with everyone being fully satisfied. There are always going to be irritated, discontent viewers- angry that their favorite flicks and idolized actors did not win when they were ‘so obviously deserving of the win’. In fact, the fate of all the nominees across all the categories lies in the hands of the HFPA, an association I personally didn’t even know existed. HFPA stands for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Made up of 93 journalists and photographers from all over the world, the HFPA decides who and what to nominate, and ultimately which of the nominees get to take home the prominent yet strangely tiny statuette.

The Golden Globe Awards were first created in 1943, when film and television were seeing dramatic advances, as a means to recognize outstanding contributions to the entire entertainment industry. Since its creation in 1943, the Golden Globe Awards were broadcast annually. As time went by, the Golden Globe Awards gained recognition and importance. Today, it is considered to be a major part of the film industry’s award season; an annual tradition of sorts. Actors all over the world aspire to be nominated for a prestigious Golden Globe award, with ambitious dreams of one day winning one. The many explicit categories offer ideal opportunities for movies, television shows, screenplay writers, actors and actresses, and producers to gain recognition and publicity.

This year, the wins were as follows: (in case anyone was curious)

Best Motion Picture, drama

The Revenant

Best Motion Picture, musical or comedy

The Martian

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, drama

Brie Larson, for her role as ‘Ma’ in the hit drama movie, Room

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, drama

Leonardo DiCaprio, for his role as ‘Hugh Glass’ in the movie, The Revenant

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, musical or comedy

Jennifer Lawrence, for her role in the movie, Joy

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, musical or comedy

Matt Damon, for his role in the movie, The Martian

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, any motion picture

Kate Winslet, for her role in Steve Jobs

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, any motion picture

Sylvester Stallone for his role in the movie, Creed

Best Director, motion picture

Alejandro Iñarritu (The Revenant)

Best Screenplay, motion picture

Aaron Sorkin (Steve Jobs)

Best Motion Picture, animated

Inside Out

Best Motion Picture, foreign language

Son of Saul from Hungary

Best Original Score, motion picture

Ennio Morricone for The Hateful Eight

Best Original Song, motion picture

Writing’s On The Wall from the movie, Spectre

Best Television Series, drama

Mr. Robot

Best Television Series, musical or comedy

Mozart in the Jungle

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Wolf Hall

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television

Lady Gaga, for her role in American Horror Story: Hotel

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television

Oscar Isaac, for his role in Show Me a Hero

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series, drama

Taraji Henson, for her role on Empire

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series, drama

Jon Hamm, for his role on Mad Men

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, musical or comedy

Rachel Bloom, for her role on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, musical or comedy

Gael Garcia Bernal, for his role on Mozart in the Jungle

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Maura Tierney, for her role in The Affair

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Christian Slater, for his role on Mr. Robot

Cecil B. DeMille Award

Denzel Washington

 

Journalist: Amina Shindy