2023 Golden Globe Winners – Reaction

The 2023 Golden Globes returned to live television this year after not being filmed last year. Despite controversies with the organization, many of the stars showed up for their chance to deliver a televised speech that might change the course of their Oscar campaign. While there were a few surprises, most of the awards went to the predicted winners.

Everything Everywhere All At Once and The Banshees of Inisherin led the nominations, and The Banshees of Inisherin followed that up with three wins. It was the biggest winner of the night, while Everything Everywhere All At Once and The Fabelmans each garnered two awards.

Here are my instant reactions to all of the winners of this year’s Golden Globes winners.

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture – Ke Huy Quan, Everything Everywhere All At Once

The night started with a win that is looking to become the lockiest of locks in this Oscar race when Ke Huy Quan won for his magnificent performance in Everything Everywhere All At Once. This one was no surprise as Quan has been winning non-stop this season, and listening to his beautiful speech absolutely cements him as the frontrunner.

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture – Angela Bassett, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

WOW! Angela Bassett won for her heartbreaking performance as Queen Ramonda in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and it looks like her Oscar nomination is just around the corner. Since Supporting Actress is easily the most open category, it is likely that there could be a different winner at every major show. However, Bassett’s win boosts her Oscar chances while Dolly de Leon, Carey Mulligan, and even Jamie Lee Curtis are still question marks in this race.

Best Original Score in a Motion Picture – Babylon

Justin Hurwitz won for his scoring of Damien Chazelle’s Babylon. Hurwitz has gone 4/4 in Globe wins; he previously won for Chazelle’s First Man, La La Land, and Whiplash. However, only one of those has translated into an Oscar nomination, for La La Land. This win definitely helps his chances in a stacked Oscar field to pick up a nomination, but the race isn’t over yet for the former Oscar winner.

Best Original Song in a Motion Picture – “Naatu Naatu,” RRR

RRR picked up a massive win, proving this song has staying power this season after beating the likes of Taylor Swift, Rhianna, Lady Gaga, and Guillermo del Toro. Like Original Score, Original Song is an extremely top-heavy category with many people fighting for the win, but a win at the Globes more than helps this song’s chances for an Oscar nomination, despite the film not being India’s submission for Best International Feature.

Best Lead Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical – Colin Farrell, The Banshees of Inisherin

It’s no surprise that Colin Farrell took home this award. He has hardly lost to anyone this year, and this win only furthers his trajectory. Farrell will certainly be getting his first Oscar nomination soon and is in contention to win, despite stiff competition from Austin Butler and Brendan Fraser.

Best Lead Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical – Michelle Yeoh, Everything Everywhere All At Once

Margot Robbie could have made a surprise win here to catapult herself back into the Oscar race, but Michelle Yeoh is a top 2 contender for Best Actress. This win, like Farrell’s, cements her as a real threat in this category at the Oscars. Her great speech also helps her chances, as she reminded everyone of the barriers she has faced as an Asian actress in Hollywood. And to anyone who tries to cut her speech short with “play off” music…watch out.

Best Motion Picture – Animated – Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

With three nominations, Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio looked to be in a safe spot when it came to winning Best Motion Picture – Animated, and it manifested a Golden Globe win. Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio is the clear frontrunner for the Oscar, despite other great films this year like Marcel the Shell and Turning Red, and winning here further proves that.

Best Lead Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama – Austin Butler, Elvis

Brendan Fraser understandably wasn’t in attendance for this award show (likely due to his complicated history with the organization), so Austin Butler winning this award for his transcendent performance as Elvis Presley wasn’t much of a shock. The Best Actor Oscar looks to be a three-horse race, and having the opportunity to deliver a strong speech in front of his peers and the televised audience gives Butler a boost in a very tight race. His speech was particularly touching as he thanked the Presley family, his deceased mother, and Elvis himself.

Best Lead Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama – Cate Blanchett, TÁR

Cate Blanchett winning for TÁR continues a fairly straightforward night. Blanchett has been performing well amongst the critics, and her biggest competition this season, Michelle Yeoh, won in a different category. That being said, Blanchett wasn’t in attendance and didn’t speak, and with Yeoh’s speech being as good as it was, the gap in Lead Actress seems to be thinning.

Best Motion Picture – Non-English Language – Argentina, 1985

In a category with All Quiet on the Western Front, Decision to Leave, and RRR (a film that had already won an award during the ceremony), a win for Argentina, 1985 was not what I was expecting. One of the big surprises of the night, this win is a huge boost for the film and will keep it in the minds of voters. This year’s International category is extremely competitive, so this win is monumental for the film.

Best Screenplay for a Motion Picture – Martin McDonagh, The Banshees of Inisherin

Any of these nominees could have really used this win to give themselves a much needed jump in the Screenplay race, but it was Martin McDonagh who won for his dramedy of friends who go through a falling out. While this win wasn’t all that shocking, it certifies he is the frontrunner for Original Screenplay.

Best Director of a Motion Picture – Steven Spielberg, The Fabelmans

Steven Spielberg, and The Fabelmans as a whole, had been falling pretty far behind after being the early frontrunner. However, Spielberg prevailed for directing his personal story and proves he is still very much in the Best Director race.

Best Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical – The Banshees of Inisherin

This category was between The Banshees of Inisherin and Everything Everywhere All At Once, as both of these films had the highest number of nominations of the entire show. It was The Banshees of Inisherin that ultimately took the prize. The Banshees of Inisherin stakes its claim as one of the frontrunners in the Oscars race.

Best Motion Picture – Drama – The Fabelmans

In a surprisingly unsurprising move, The Fabelmans beat out many films that were gunning for that winning spot. This award truly could have gone to any of these films, but The Fabelmans ultimately won, and, as I said earlier, proved it is very much still in the hunt for the Oscar for Best Picture.

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