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Golden Globes: Colin Farrell, Michelle Yeoh, Angela Bassett and Ke Huy Quan Among Early Winners



The Golden Globe Awards returned on Tuesday night, with comedian Jerrod Carmichael hosting the event presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

Colin Farrell won best actor in a musical or comedy for his role in The Banshees of Inisherin. After complimenting presenter Ana de Armas on her Globe-nominated performance in Blonde (“The night that I saw your film, I cried myself to sleep”), he then addressed his Banshees director Martin McDonagh, who also directed Farrell in 2008’s In Brugesthe first pairing between the actor and Banshees co-star Brendan Gleeson: “Martin McDonough, I owe you so much man. Fourteen years ago, you put me working with Brendan Gleeson, my dance partner, and you changed the trajectory of my life forever in ways that I begrudgingly will be grateful to you for the rest of my days.

Everything Everywhere All at Once’s Michelle Yeoh also picked up her first Golden Globe for her lead role in the comedy film. Reflecting on her long career in film, she recalled arriving in Hollywood — “It was a dream come true, until I got here,” she quipped. Remembering being told it was surprising that she could speak English, she said, “Yeah, the flight here was about 13 hours long, so I learned.” She also expressed her gratitude for her Everything Everything role: “I was given this gift of playing this woman who resonated so deeply with me and with so many people, because at the end of the day, in whatever universe she was at, she was just fighting for love, for her family.”

Yeoh’s Everything Everywhere All at Once co-star Ke Huy Quan won for best supporting actor in a motion picture. He immediately thanked fellow nominee — and one time boss — Steven Spielberg for giving him his first onscreen role. “When I started my career as a child actor in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, I felt I felt so very lucky to have been chosen,” said Quan. “As I grew older, I started to wonder if that was it. If that was just luck for so many years, I was afraid I had nothing more to offer. That no matter what I did, I would never surpass what I achieved as a kid thankfully, more than 30 years later.” The actor thanked the writer-director team Daniels for tapping him for the award-winning role. “They remembered that kid, and they gave me an opportunity to try again,” added Quan. “You have given me more than I could have ever hoped.”

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever star Angela Bassett won best supporting actress in a motion picture, her second win after her leading role in What’s Love Got to Do With It. She recalled the night decades ago when she picked up her first Golden Globe. “Toni Morrison said that your life is already a miracle of chance, just waiting for you to order its destiny,” said Bassett. “But in order for that destiny to manifest, I think that it requires courage to have faith. It requires patience… and the true sense of yourself is not easy because the past is circuitous. And it has been unexpected detours. But by the grace of God, I stand here grateful.”

Best original score went to Justin Hurwitz, composer of Babylonwho earned his fourth Globe this evening after previously best original score for First Man and La La Land and best original song for La La Land. MM Keeravani accepted the award for best original song for RRR‘s “Naatu Naatu,” sharing the win with co-writers Rahul Sipligunj and Kala Bhairava. Guillermo del Toro, a four-time Globe nominee, picked up his first trophy for animated feature for his stop-motion adaptation of Pinocchio.

In the television categories, Abbott Elementary stars Quinta Brunson and Tyler James Williams won best actress in a comedy series and best supporting actor in a television series, respectively. The Bear‘s Jeremy Allen White picked up best actor in a comedy series.

Carmichael didn’t waste time addressing the elephant in the room. “I’m here ’cause I’m Black,” he said at the top of his monologue. “This show, the Golden Globe Awards, did not air last year because the Hollywood Foreign Press Association which … I won’t say they were a racist organization, but they didn’t have a single black member until George Floyd died, so do with that information what you will.”

After recounting the early calls with Globes producers in which he weighed the “moral dilemma” he faced when deciding to take the gig (to awkward laughs from the audience), Carmichael ultimately ended on a somewhat positive note — by invoking the show’s guests as the reason for taking the job. “Truly because of all of you, I look out into this room and I see a lot of talented people, people that I admire, people that I would like to be like, people that I’m jealous of and people that are actually really incredible. artists,” said Carmichael. “And regardless of whatever the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s past may be, this is an evening where we get to celebrate, and I think this industry deserves evenings like these.”

The Golden Globes telecast returned to NBC after the network declined to air it last year in the wake of a Los Angeles Times exposé in 2021 that revealed the HFPA contained no Black members and had engaged in unethical conduct and suspect financial practices. That sparked a boycott from the entertainment industry and also spurred several reforms by the HFPA, including banning members from accepting gifts and the addition of 103 internationally based voters.

Read the full list of Golden Globe Award winners here.

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