Power of the Dog Golden Globes

The Golden Globes: Winners, losers & the awards show as near-death experience

Facing a boycott and without a TV partner, the Golden Globes were stuck in a no-win situation.

Last night, as the Golden Globes faced their rapidly approaching demise, the winners were silently announced over social media as the rich and powerful who had not already given up on the event socialized in what we can only imagine was a boozy and empty room.

For decades, the Golden Globes and the mysterious Hollywood Foreign Press Association made big business as the Oscars’ major predictor. As that illusion fell and scathing reports of corruption and racism were published in the L.A. Times (though rumours swirled long before), the Golden Globes has worked hard to rehabilitate their image. Could the gala night be saved? Could their influence be restored? Can you ever really come back from the implication, confirmed in a major press, that your prizes can be bought? 

Facing a boycott and without a TV partner, the Golden Globes were stuck in a no-win situation. Omicron only made matters worse, and the Hollywood Foreign Press made a drastic call: no audience. Not just no audience in the room, but no audience anywhere. In retrospect, not having a TV partner might have been wise. Can you imagine the optics of the rich and powerful hobnobbing while much of its audience is confined at home? But it’s also difficult to imagine that the damage can ever be undone at this point. The Golden Globes are on the way out. 

That being said, here are some stray observations on the winners (and losers) of the night.

The TV Series Hacks came in with a couple of upsets, including in the best musical/comedy TV series, beating out critics’ and fan favourite Ted Lasso.

Succession continues to dominate critically and picks up many acting prizes and Best TV Drama. We’re happy for them; we really are. 

Denis Villeneuve and Dune went home empty-handed except for a prize for Hans Zimmer’s incredible score. Fundamentally lacking in technical awards, it’s possible Dune might pick up some added nominations and even wins come Oscar time. However, it does seem unlikely it will take any significant categories.

West Side Story 2021 Golden Globes 2022 winners losers
West Side Story 2021 (Best Comedy/Musical, Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical)

The night’s big winners were West Side Story and The Power of the Dog (and the latter’s Québécois co-producer Robert Frappier), picking up Best Comedy/Musical and Best Drama film prizes, respectively. Despite the lacklustre success of West Side Story at the box office, it’s still a beautifully made adaptation of a very popular musical helmed by Spielberg. Rachel Zegler won the Best Actress prize was a pleasant surprise though her category was “weak” from an award’s show perspective. She was radiant and stole every second of frame-time she had in WSS. 

The biggest upset of the night was Nicole Kidman taking the best actress prize for her turn as Lucille Ball in Being the Ricardos. The movie was critically maligned, and many critics argued that Kidman and Bardem were miscast in the lead roles. Is this an instance of Hollywood people seeing something different from everyone else, a consolation prize for Kidman’s storied career, or is this just one of those weird Golden Globes things? It’s especially strange in such a stacked category. Olivia Colman should have taken it, in our humble opinion.

Drive My Car is picking up steam as the go-to candidate for the Best Foreign Language Film winner. It has won best film at some of the most prestigious critical voting bodies. If you’re marginally associated with Film Twitter, you might have seen one or two Oscar Pundits melt down over this choice. Most recently, the pundits bemoaned critics abusing their “influence” regarding the Oscar race by awarding a challenging foreign-language film. The tweets have since been deleted, but they were fun while they lasted. Drive My Car played at Cinéma Moderne for a bit last year and was meant to open more widely in January. Let’s hope Quebec audiences get a chance to see this one on the big screen. 

As for the accusations of white-washing? I’m not sure one awards show makes a difference either way. Wins for West Side Story, Squid Game and Will Smith are notches in “we’re not just giving prizes to white people, okay?” but it doesn’t mean very much without sustained and institutional change. 

Best television series — musical or comedy

The Great


Only Murders in the Building

Reservation Dogs

Ted Lasso

Best actor in a television series — drama

Brian Cox, Succession

Lee Jung-jae, Squid Game

Billy Porter, Pose

Jeremy Strong, Succession

Omar Sy, Lupin

Best supporting actress in a motion picture

Caitriona Balfe, Belfast

Ariana DeBose, West Side Story

Kirsten Dunst, The Power of the Dog

Aunjanue Ellis, King Richard

Ruth Negga, Passing

Best actress in a miniseries or television film

Jessica Chastain, Scenes from a Marriage

Cynthia Erivo, Genius: Aretha

Elizabeth Olsen, WandaVision

Margaret Qualley, Maid

Kate Winslet, Mare of Easttown

Best actor in a miniseries or television film

Paul Bettany, WandaVision

Oscar Isaac, Scenes from a Marriage

Michael Keaton, Dopesick

Ewan McGregor, Halston

Tahar Rahim, The Serpent

Best actor in a motion picture — musical or comedy

Leonardo DiCaprio, Don’t Look Up

Peter Dinklage, Cyrano

Andrew Garfield, Tick, Tick… Boom!

Cooper Hoffman, Licorice Pizza

Anthony Ramos, In the Heights

Golden Globes succession
Succession (Best TV Series, Drama, Best Actor in a TV Series, Drama for Jeremy Strongn Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series, Drama for Sarah Snook)

Best television series — drama


The Morning Show


Squid Game


Best actress in a motion picture — musical or comedy

Marion Cotillard, Annette

Alana Haim, Licorice Pizza

Jennifer Lawrence, Don’t Look Up 

Emma Stone, Cruella

Rachel Zegler, West Side Story

Best actress in a television series — drama

Uzo Aduba, In Treatment

Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show

Christine Baranski, The Good Fight

Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale

Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, Pose

Best actress in a motion picture — drama

Jessica Chastain, The Eyes of Tammy Faye

Olivia Colman, The Lost Daughter

Nicole Kidman, Being the Ricardos

Lady Gaga, House of Gucci

Kristen Stewart, Spencer

Best motion picture — drama




King Richard

The Power of the Dog

Best director

Kenneth Branagh, Belfast

Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog

Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Lost Daughter

Steven Spielberg, West Side Story

Denis Villenueve, Dune

Best supporting actor in a motion picture

Ben Affleck, The Tender Bar

Jamie Dornan, Belfast

Ciarán Hinds, Belfast

Troy Kotsur, CODA

Kodi Smit-McPhee, The Power of the Dog

Best screenplay — motion picture

Paul Thomas Anderson, Licorice Pizza

Kenneth Branagh, Belfast

Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog

Adam McKay, Don’t Look Up

Aaron Sorkin, Being the Ricardos

Best actor in a motion picture — drama

Mahershala Ali, Swan Song

Javier Bardem, Being the Ricardos

Benedict Cumberbatch, The Power of the Dog

Will Smith, King Richard

Denzel Washington, The Tragedy of Macbeth

Best original score

The French Dispatch, Alexandre Desplat

Encanto, Germaine Franco

The Power of the Dog, Jonny Greenwood

Parallel Mothers, Alberto Iglesias

Dune, Hans Zimmer

Best actor in a television series — musical or comedy

Anthony Anderson, black-ish

Nicholas Hoult, The Great

Steve Martin, Only Murders in the Building

Martin Short, Only Murders in the Building

Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso

Best supporting actress in a series, miniseries or television film

Jennifer Coolidge, The White Lotus

Kaitlyn Dever, Dopesick

Andie MacDowell, Maid

Sarah Snook, Succession

Hannah Waddingham, Ted Lasso

Best miniseries or television film


Impeachment: American Crime Story


Mare of Easttown

The Underground Railroad

Best supporting actor in a series, miniseries or television film

Billy Crudup, The Morning Show

Kieran Culkin, Succession

Mark Duplass, The Morning Show

Brett Goldstein, Ted Lasso

O Yeong-su, Squid Game

Best actress in a television series — musical or comedy

Hannah Einbinder, Hacks

Elle Fanning, The Great

Issa Rae, Insecure

Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish

Jean Smart, Hacks

Drive My Car Golden Globes
Drive My Car (Best Motion Picture, Foreign Language)

Best motion picture — foreign language

Compartment No. 6

Drive My Car

The Hand of God

A Hero

Parallel Mothers 

Best motion picture — animated




My Sunny Maad

Raya and the Last Dragon

Best original song

King Richard, “Be Alive” — Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Dixson

Encanto, “Dos Oruguitas”— Lin-Manuel Miranda

Belfast, “Down to Joy” — Van Morrison

Respect, “Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)” — Jamie Hartman, Jennifer Hudson, Carole King

No Time to Die, “No Time to Die” — Billie Eilish, Finneas O’Connell

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