Arts & Entertainment

The Golden Globes Return From Previous Controversies: How did they handle it? Who Were the Winners?

By Genevieve Shibilo

Golden Globes illustration.Maya Jess
The 2023 Golden Globes viewership was the lowest since NBC started broadcasting the awards in 1996.
The Golden Globes have previously experienced a lot of backlash in 2022 due to The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) being accused of lack of diversity in 2021. That caused many companies such as Netflix, Amazon Studios, and WarnerMedia to boycott the 2022 Golden Globes Ceremony. NBC did not air the awards, but instead announced the winners via Twitter.
Coming back from this previous controversy in 2023 led to their viewership being at a measly 6.3 million views on January 10, 2023, which usually has about 17 to 20 million viewers every year. HFPA decided to return and this did not lead to any more scandals.
The ceremony had many great awards and showcased more diversity this year than any other year. Mia Grote, a student in the ninth grade who watched the 2023 Golden Globes commented on the diversity this year. “The winners this year were very diverse compared to other years which was very unusual due to their scandal from last year. That was probably used to distract people from the lack of diversity shown. ” Specifically this year, Jerrod Carmichael, a Black comedian was the host for the ceremony and had a total of six non-white acting winners from Malaysia, Vietnam, and India which was out of a potential of 16 nominees.
The Banshees of Inisheer, The Fablemans, and Elvis won the top film prizes. The winning tv shows include, The White Lotus and Abbott Elementary, who received multiple awards.
Abbott Elementary, a mockumentary sitcom, won three of the five Golden Globes it was nominated for. The first category was ‘best television series, comedy or musical.’ Quinta Brunson, a writer, producer, and actress won best actress in a comedy or musical TV series for her role as Janina Teagues. Alongside her co-star, Tyler James Williams, who won best-supporting actor in comedy or musical TV series.
Angela Bassett made history as the very first star of a Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to be nominated and win a Golden Globe. Angela Bassett, who starred in Marvel’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever for her role as Ramonda, received a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. She ended up winning the honor and making history. Previously, no MCU star has ever won a Golden Globe and Bassett just became the first. During Basset’s acceptance speech, she pays tribute to Chadwick Boseman, “We loved and we healed and we were surrounded each and every day by the light and the spirit of Chadwick Boseman, and we have joy in knowing that with this historic Black Panther series, it is part of his legacy that he helped to lead us to…”
The 80th Golden Globe Awards recognized diversity, and international film with RRR, a Telugu-language drama. RRR was based on India’s struggle for independence from Britain and was nominated in two categories: best original song and best foreign language picture categories. RRR ended up winning the Golden Globe for Best Original Song for “Natau Naatu.” This was India’s very first time winning a Golden Globe which led India to rejoice with this being their first award.
With 2023’s Golden Globes being quite the success, here are the most talked about Oscars 2023 nominations so far. Elvis, starring Austin Butler, has a whopping eight nominations including Best Picture and Best Actor. Avatar: The Way of Water, has four nominations, such as, Best Picture, Best Sound, Best Production Design, and Best Visual Effects. The Fabelmans has seven Oscars nominations in categories, Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress (Michelle Williams) and Best Supporting Actor (Judd Hirsh).  Looking back on the Golden Globes winners and the Oscars nominees, diversity plays a huge role in both of them. With more diverse winners, countries will continue to produce and be proud of their culture and films.