By Lisa Richwine
LOS ANGELES, Jan 9 (Reuters) – The dark western “The Power of the Dog” and the remake of “West Side Story” won top prizes Sunday at a Golden Globes ceremony held behind closed doors, without the usual Dazzling lineup of Hollywood movie and television stars.
Actors, directors and film studios largely ignored the Globes this year after backlash in 2021, when its organizers, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), were accused of working with questionable ethics and not have black members. The NBC television network, which broadcast the awards for many years, chose not to broadcast them this year.
The HFPA, which has expanded, increased its diversity and revised its transparency practices, announced its selections at a closed-door Beverly Hills ceremony. Recipients of HFPA philanthropic grants sat in the audience and announced the winners. The winners made themselves known through social networks and a live blog.
Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story,” a youth love story between rival street gangs, was named best musical or comedy film. Released by the Walt Disney Co, the film earned three trophies in total, including best actress for Rachel Zegler.
The Netflix film “The Power of the Dog” also won three awards, including Best Director for Jane Campion.
Other acting awards went to Will Smith for playing the determined father of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams in “King Richard” (“King Richard: A Winning Family” in Latin America) and Nicole Kidman for his role as Lucille Ball in ” Being the Ricardos “. Andrew Garfield won the best actor award for his role as playwright Jonathan Larson in the musical “Tick, Tick … Boom!”
As for television, the ruthless corporate family saga “Succession” received the award for best drama and “Hacks,” about a comedian in decline, was crowned best comedy.
Netflix led all studios with four film awards. HBO and HBO Max took the highest number of television awards, with six.
(Reporting by Lisa Richwine; edited by Christopher Cushing, Karishma Singh and Gerry Doyle, translated by Tomás Cobos)