Jane Campion and ‘Power of the Dog’ win at tarnished Golden Globes

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Jane Campion works on her 2009 film “Bright Star.” [Warner Bros. photo]

The 79th Golden Globes were a tarnished shadow of their past glory, but the embattled Hollywood Foreign Press Association managed to pick some dazzling winners at the celebrity-free, non-televised Jan. 9 ceremony.

With her stunning Western epic “The Power of the Dog,” Jane Campion became just the third woman in the Globe’s almost eight-decade history to garner the best director title, following Chloe Zhao’s 2021 win for “Nomadland” and Barbra Streisand’s 1983 victory for “Yentl.”

“The Power of the Dog” also won the best motion picture drama and best supporting actor for Kodi Smit-McPhee.

Steven Spielberg’s remake of “West Side Story” won for best motion picture musical or comedy, and the movie’s leading lady, Rachel Zegler, earned best actress in a musical or comedy.

In the television categories, “Succession” was lauded as the best drama series, with Jeremy Strong earned best actor in a drama series and Sarah Snook receiving best supporting actress. “Hacks” was named best comedy series, with its star, Jean Smart, garnering best actress in a musical or comedy series.

Benedict Cumberbatch stars in Jane Campion’s new film “The Power of the Dog.” [Netflix photo]

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Michaela Jae Rodriguez, star of FX’s “Pose,” became the first transgender woman to receive a Globe when she won best lead actress in a drama series. Also, O Yeong-su, who was featured in Netflix’s smash “Squid Games,” became the first South Korean actor to win a Globe with his best supporting actor award.

Far from the boozy, star-studded, nationally televised affair it has been in the past, Variety reports that this year’s Golden Globes boasted few celebrities and little fanfare. The ceremony, which in the past has aired on NBC and marked the start of the cinematic awards season, was not broadcast, and only a few of the winners acknowledged their victories on social media.

The dramatic change in Golden Globes follow a series of stories last year by the Los Angeles Times that exposed that L.A.-based HFPA, a group of journalists for foreign outlets, included no Black members and had partaken in unethical activities and shady fiscal dealings.

Here is the link to the full list of 2022 Golden Globe winners.

-BAM

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