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'The power of the dog' triumphs at the 2022 Golden Globes behind closed doors

And at 79 years old, the Golden Globes closed their doors. Cornered after a year of controversy, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) turned one of the most recognized award ceremonies in the industry into a private event on Sunday. He did it because there wasn't much to brag about: there was no red carpet, nominees and celebrities turned their backs on organizers, and only a handful of people witnessed the awards, which weren't broadcast on TV or the internet due to among other things, to the controversy unleashed in recent months by the lack of diversity and transparency of the leadership of the organization.

It was a night without luster. There were no gala dresses to talk about, there were no speeches by nervous actors after obtaining an unexpected award. The fragments of the films nominated for the awards were also missing. Not even a Zoom connection with the artists. It has been the facelift of an organization that, in his words, has been “79 years recognizing excellence in film and television and will continue to do so for many more years.”

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Absences make it difficult to rescue something memorable from a ceremony whose transmission was limited to social networks and a blog on the Globes page. The awards were presented by heads of different civil society organizations that have received financial support from the HFPA, which has been subject to public scrutiny after years of operating in the dark. The association has boasted this Sunday of having donated 50 million dollars (about 44 million euros) during the last 25 years. On social media, only two stars volunteered to record a message of support: Jamie Lee Curtis and Arnold Schwarzenegger. The organization derives its largest revenue from the rights (about $27 million in 2020) that NBC pays to broadcast the awards. Last May, given the escalation of criticism against the HFPA, the chain announced that it would not broadcast the gala. This Sunday a game of the American football league occupied the space.

In the cinema category, Steven Spielberg's version of West Side Story was among the favorites of the hundred members of the HFPA, with three awards. It won the best comedy or musical film and won the awards for best actress, for Rachel Zewgler, and best supporting actress, for Ariana DeBose.

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Benedict Cumberbatch, in 'The power of the dog'.

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The power of the dog, directed by New Zealander Jane Campion, also won three Globes. Netflix's dark western, based on a book by Thomas Savage, won best drama film and director, something that Campion also achieved in 1994 for his third film, The piano.

Nicole Kidman became the most awarded actress in history tonight at the Golden Globes after earning her fifth win in 17 career nominations, this year for her portrayal of popular television comedian Lucille Ball in Being The Ricardos, together with Javier Bardem. The award for best actor has also gone to another performance in a biographical film: Will Smith got it for giving life to Richard Williams, the father of tennis players Venus and Serena Williams, in King Richard (The Williams Method).

HBO reigns on television

In the television awards, HBO once again prevailed with ease. The third season of Succession won the Golden Globe for best drama series, in addition to the acting awards for Jeremy Strong and Sarah Snook (supporting actress), who play Kendall and Siobhan, two brothers who fight for power within the family business, headed by their father, media mogul Logan Roy (Brian Cox) . The same network has triumphed in the comedy categories with Hacks, a series about the clash of generations between a veteran comedian and a young writer who is forced to write jokes. Jean Smart won the acting award in this category while Kate Winslet won for Mare of Eastown

in best actress in a miniseries.

As of February 2021, the HFPA did not have a single black member. This was one of the data that caused the most controversy in Hollywood, which saw stars like Scarlett Johansson and Tom Cruise turn their backs on the award, who returned the three Globes he has won throughout his career. It was pointed out that the absence of African-Americans explained the lack of diversity in the awards and nominations. Following criticism, the organization added 21 new members after years of rejecting new members. Tonight the leader of an organization that fights discrimination was part of the discreet ceremony to "invite the industry to a new coalition to achieve equality."

The Underground Railroad, the television debut of Barry Jenkins, director of the Oscar-winning Moonlight, was crowned best television miniseries with a harsh history of the slave south of the United States and the route that blacks used as escape from the plantations to freedom. MJ Rodriguez has also made history by becoming the first transgender woman to win a Globe for the popular series Pose, from FX, set in the dance halls of the eighties in New York. The series, applauded by critics and the audience since its premiere in 2018, had left empty-handed in previous editions. Tonight the Golden Globes of oblivion have done her justice with the award for best actress in a drama series.

The HFPA has turned the page and looks at 80 years which will be fulfilled in 2023. Will the controversy have vanished by then?

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