Golden Globes 2024: Cillian Murphy and Robert Downey Jr among Oppenheimer wins

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Golden Globes 2024: Cillian Murphy and Robert Downey Jr among Oppenheimer wins

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Oppenheimer is one of the big winners at the Golden Globe Awards, which are taking place in Los Angeles.

Cillian Murphy and Robert Downey Jr were both recognised for their acting performances, while Christopher Nolan won best director.

Murphy portrayed J Robert Oppenheimer, described as the father of the atomic bomb, in the film which grossed $954m (£750m) at the box office.

The actor paid tribute to Nolan’s “rigour, focus and dedication”.

“I knew the first time I walked on Christopher Nolan’s set that it was different,” he said in his acceptance speech.

“I could tell by the level of rigour, focus, dedication, and the complete lack of seating options for actors, that I was in the hands of a visionary director.

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Murphy also joked about the number of Irish nominees in awards season this year – Andrew Scott and Barry Keoghan among them.

“To all my fellow nominees, whether you’re Irish or not, you’re all legends, I salute you,” he said.

The biopic also won awards for best score and best supporting actor for Downey Jr, who portrayed US government official Lewis Strauss.

Downey Jr acknowledged the film’s unlikely box office success in his acceptance speech, joking: “A sweeping story about the ethical dilemma of nuclear weapons grosses $1bn?”

The actor continued: “Dozens of folks have come up to me since the summer time saying I was unrecognisably subtle as Lewis Strauss. To my fellow nominees, let’s not pretend this is a compliment.”

He also referred to the changes made to the Golden Globes membership following a scandal over corruption and a lack of diversity. “Thanks for changing your game,” he said.

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Emma Stone was named best actress in a musical or comedy for her performance in Poor Things, which sees her play a young woman, Bella Baxter, who goes on a journey of self discovery and sexual awakening as she travels around the world.

“Bella falls in love with life itself, rather than a person, she accepts the good and bad in equal measure,” Stone said in her acceptance speech.

“And that really made me look at life differently, and that all of it counts. She has stayed with me deeply, so this means the world to me.”

She thanked director Yorgos Lanthimos, saying she would be “forever be grateful that we met”, and writer Tony McNamara. “I love getting to say this dialogue, and I love getting to horrify you with my Australian accent,” she joked.

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Barbie won the cinematic and box office achievement award – a newly added category this year – after grossing $1.4bn (£1.13m) worldwide.

“We would like to dedicate to every single person on the planet who dressed up and went to the greatest place on earth – the movie theatres,” said the film’s star Margot Robbie.

“And thank you so much to the Golden Globes for creating an award that celebrates movie fans. This is a movie about Barbie but it’s also a movie about humans. We made it for you, and we made it with love, and thank you for loving it back.”

Billie Eilish also best original song for What Was I Made For? – one of three songs which were nominated from the film’s soundtrack.

“It was exactly a year ago when I was shown the movie, and I was very miserable and depressed at the time, and writing that song kind of saved me a little bit,” Eilish said.

Da’Vine Joy Randolph won best supporting actress for her portrayal in The Holdovers of a woman suffering immense grief after the death of her son.

“Mary, you have changed my life, you have made me feel seen in so many ways,” she said, referring to the character she plays. “And I hope I helped you all find your inner Mary, because there is a little bit of her in all of us.”

Addressing the film’s director Alexander Payne, she said: “Thank you for giving me the opportunity to play this beautiful and flawed woman.”

Da'Vine Joy Randolph at the 81st Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2024 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Courtroom drama Anatomy of a Fall was named best screenplay. Its director Justine Triet recalled the process of writing the film with her partner Arthur Harari.

“We were in the pandemic,” she recalled, “and my life partner and I, we spent our days co-writing the screenplay for Anatomy of a Fall, stuck in our apartment – and strangely, nobody died.”

Early winners in the TV categories include Steven Yeun and Ali Wong – who were both recognised for their performances in Beef – and The Bear’s Jeremy Allen White and Ayo Edebiri.

Elsewhere, Elizabeth Debicki was named best supporting actress in a TV series for her portrayal of Princess Diana in The Crown. She thanked the show’s producers “for trusting me with this part”.

Matthew Macfadyen was named best TV supporting actor for his role in Succession. “I just adored every second of playing the human grease stain that is Tom Wambsgans,” he joked.

His co-star Kieran Culkin was also recognised as best leading TV actor.

“I was nominated for a Golden Globe like 20 years ago,” he recalled, “and when that moment passed, I thought, ‘I’ll never be in this room again’.

“I accepted I was never going to be on this stage. But thanks to Succession…. this is a nice moment.”

Killers of the Flower Moon, Poor Things, Past Lives and May December are among the other film nominees at the ceremony, while Succession, The Crown and The Last of Us are nominated in the TV categories.

The main nominees:

  • 9 nominations – Barbie
  • 8 – Oppenheimer
  • 7 – Killers of the Flower Moon
  • 7 – Poor Things
  • 5 – Past Lives
  • 4 – May December
  • 4 – Anatomy of a Fall
  • 4 – Maestro
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The Globes mark the first major ceremony of film awards season, which culminates with the Oscars on 10 March.

Who is nominated this year?

Irish actor Barry Keoghan arrives for the 81st annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California, on January 7, 2024

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Barbie, Greta Gerwig’s big screen adaptation of life in plastic, leads the charge at the Globes with nine nominations.

However, three of these nominations are in the same category. Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa and Ryan Gosling all have nods for the songs they contribute to the film’s soundtrack.

Barbie made $1.44bn (£1.14m) at the global box office, and was memorably released on the same day as Oppenheimer, which took $953m (£755m) and has eight nominations.

Christopher Nolan’s biopic of the inventor of the nuclear bomb, J Robert Oppenheimer, could not have been more tonally different, but audiences flocked to see both movies over the summer.

There are seven nominations for Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon, which is about members of an Osage tribe who were brutally murdered in the 1920s as white settlers attempted to move into their land, fuelled by greed over oil.

Poor Things is also nominated in seven categories. Yorgos Lanthimos’s adaptation of the novel of the same name sees Emma Stone play an infant whose brain has been transplanted into an adult woman’s body, and goes on an adventure of self-discovery across the world.

Celine Song’s directorial debut Past Lives has five nominations. It follows a woman living in the US who reconnects with the man who was her best friend at school when she was growing up in South Korea.

There are four nominations apiece for Leonard Bernstein biopic Maestro, courtroom drama Anatomy of a Fall and May December, about an actress who spends time with the real-life subject of her next movie, a woman who was at the centre of a tabloid scandal.

Who is hosting the Golden Globes?

Jo Koy at the 81st Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2024 in Beverly Hills, California

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This year’s ceremony is being hosted by US comedian and actor Jo Koy.

Although not a huge name in the UK, the 52-year-old has previously fronted specials for Comedy Central and Netflix. His acting credits include Haunted Mansion and Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens.

In a statement, Koy said: “I’ve stepped onto a lot of stages around the world in my career, but this one is going to be extra special.

“I’m so excited to be hosting… This is that moment where I get to make my Filipino family proud. Mahal Kita (Google it)!”

We did Google it, and Mahal Kita is a Filipino expression which means “I love you”.

Category presenters on the night will include Oprah Winfrey, Matt Damon, Jared Leto, Dua Lipa, Ben Affleck, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett and Florence Pugh.

Are the Globes still controversial?

The organisation which was behind the Golden Globes, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), caused controversy in 2021 due to allegations of corruption and a lack of diversity within its voting body.

The 2022 ceremony was dramatically pared down as the Globes got their house in order. The number of members on the voting body rose from around 90 to 300 over the following three years and is now significantly more diverse.

The HFPA was dissolved following the controversy and the event was sold to Eldridge Industries and Dick Clark Productions.

Questions remained over whether the Globes would be allowed back into the Hollywood fold, but stars overwhelmingly returned to the ceremony in 2023 as a rumoured boycott failed to materialise.

But expanding the members’ body came with its own problems – some members threatened to abstain from voting after finding out they were not invited to this year’s ceremony.

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