Cate Blanchett triumphs at the return of the Golden Globes with a surprisingly political ceremony

“It’s been an amazing journey and an incredible struggle to be here today,” Yeoh said, noting how she felt isolated in an all-white industry when she first came to Hollywood from Malaysia.

“I turned 60 last year, and I think all women understand that… As the days, the years, and the numbers get bigger, the possibilities get smaller.” She called the film “the best gift.”

Michelle Yeoh with her award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy for Everything Everywhere All at Once.

Michelle Yeoh with her award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy for Everything Everywhere All at Once.Credit:AP

In the TV categories Mockumentary Abbott Elementary School won best comedy/musical series and acting awards for Quinta Brunson and Tyler James Williams. the game of Thrones precursor house of the dragon was awarded Best Drama Series.

The White Lotus won best limited series and a supporting actress award for Jennifer Coolidge, who contributed to the Globes’ long tradition of lavish and funny acceptance speeches.

Jennifer Coolidge accepts the Best Actress in a Limited Series, Anthology, or Television Movie award for The White Lotus.

Jennifer Coolidge accepts the Best Actress in a Limited Series, Anthology, or Television Movie award for The White Lotus.Credit:AP

At an award ceremony, credibility is in dire need of a Los Angeles Times An investigation two years ago found ethical misconduct, dubious internal payments and no black journalists among its 87 members, the theme was diversity, diversity, diversity.

The first clue was in host Jerrod Carmichael’s low-key opening monologue. “I’m here because I’m black,” he said. “I won’t say that [the HFPA] were a racist organization but they didn’t have a single black member until George Floyd died.”

While he’s little known compared to former hosts Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, Carmichael revealed he had weird teeth with a gag about swapping the three Golden Globes that Tom Cruise famously returned to the HFPA, ” against the safe return of Shelly Miscavige”. , the missing wife of Scientology leader David Miscavige.

Jerrod Carmichael hosts the Golden Globes.

Jerrod Carmichael hosts the Golden Globes.Credit:AP

As African-American actor wins increased, hosts referred to “black girl magic” and “black boy joy.”

One of the strongest acceptance speeches was from Angela Bassett, who paid tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman when she won Best Supporting Actress Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

“The crying may come in the evening, but the joy comes in the morning,” she said. “We have grieved, we have loved, we have healed and we have been surrounded by the light and spirit of Chadwick Boseman every day.

“We are pleased to know that this is historic Black Panther Series is part of his legacy… We showed the world what black unity, love and friendship look like.”

Prizewinners Ke Huy Quan and Angela Bassett.

Prizewinners Ke Huy Quan and Angela Bassett.Credit:AP/Getty Images

There was also an early moment of Vietnamese-American joy when an emotional Ke Huy Quan won Best Supporting Actor Everything everywhere at once. He wondered, he said, if he would ever return to the heights of Steven Spielberg, who brought him on board as a short round Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

“Then, more than 30 years later, two guys thought of me,” he said, referring to the director duo known as Daniels. “They remembered that kid and gave me the opportunity.”

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Separately, presenter Sean Penn praised the women’s protest movements in Iran and Afghanistan, then added another political note by introducing a surprise guest: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who declared on-screen that “the tide is turning” with the war in his country “and it is already clear who will win”.

When Eddie Murphy accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award last year, he brought up the infamous Oscar slap when he said there were three things in his plan for success: “Pay your taxes, mind your own business.” and keep Will Smith’s wife’s name OFF YOUR FUCKING MOUTH CASE!”

While reforms have yet to happen under billionaire Todd Boehly, who took over the awards, it’s been a reasonably promising return for the Golden Globes. Until they did well over time, they were at least entertaining and had prickly energy at best.

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