Golden Globes Award 2024: Winners and Nominees

On Sunday, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association presented the 81st Golden Globe Award, with audience favorites from the year such as Oppenheimer and Succession ruling the night. The winners were chosen by roughly 300 entertainment journalists who voted on the honors as part of a new organization created after an ethics and diversity scandal hit the previous panel of voters.

An Evening of Excellence

The Golden Globes Award 2024 was a celebration of cinematic and television achievements, with the event held at the iconic Beverly Hilton Hotel. The night was filled with glitz, glamour, and a renewed sense of purpose, as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) aimed to restore its reputation with a more transparent and diverse voting body.

Major Winners and Nominees

Best Motion Picture – Drama

Winner: Oppenheimer

Nominees:

  • The Fabelmans
  • Tár
  • Elvis
  • Top Gun: Maverick

Oppenheimer, directed by Christopher Nolan, took home the coveted Best Motion Picture – Drama award. The film, which explores the life of J. Robert Oppenheimer, captivated audiences with its intense storytelling and stellar performances.

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Winner: The Banshees of Inisherin

Nominees:

  • Babylon
  • Everything Everywhere All at Once
  • Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
  • Triangle of Sadness

Martin McDonagh’s The Banshees of Inisherin charmed the voters, winning Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. The film’s unique narrative and standout performances resonated well with the audience.

Best Director – Motion Picture

Winner: Steven Spielberg (The Fabelmans)

Nominees:

  • James Cameron (Avatar: The Way of Water)
  • Baz Luhrmann (Elvis)
  • Martin McDonagh (The Banshees of Inisherin)
  • Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (Everything Everywhere All at Once)

Steven Spielberg’s semi-autobiographical film, The Fabelmans, earned him the Best Director award. Spielberg’s masterful direction and personal storytelling struck a chord with the HFPA voters.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

Winner: Austin Butler (Elvis)

Nominees:

  • Brendan Fraser (The Whale)
  • Hugh Jackman (The Son)
  • Bill Nighy (Living)
  • Jeremy Pope (The Inspection)

Austin Butler’s portrayal of Elvis Presley in Elvis won him the award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama. His transformative performance was widely acclaimed and recognized by the HFPA.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

Winner: Cate Blanchett (Tár)

Nominees:

  • Olivia Colman (Empire of Light)
  • Viola Davis (The Woman King)
  • Ana de Armas (Blonde)
  • Michelle Williams (The Fabelmans)

Cate Blanchett’s powerful performance in Tár earned her the award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama. Her role as a renowned composer and conductor showcased her extraordinary talent and versatility.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Winner: Colin Farrell (The Banshees of Inisherin)

Nominees:

  • Diego Calva (Babylon)
  • Daniel Craig (Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery)
  • Adam Driver (White Noise)
  • Ralph Fiennes (The Menu)

Colin Farrell won the Best Actor award in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for his role in The Banshees of Inisherin. Farrell’s nuanced performance brought depth and humor to the film’s darkly comedic narrative.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Winner: Michelle Yeoh (Everything Everywhere All at Once)

Nominees:

  • Lesley Manville (Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris)
  • Margot Robbie (Babylon)
  • Anya Taylor-Joy (The Menu)
  • Emma Thompson (Good Luck to You, Leo Grande)

Michelle Yeoh’s dynamic performance in Everything Everywhere All at Once won her the award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. Yeoh’s versatility and charisma were on full display in this genre-bending film.

Television Awards

Best Television Series – Drama

Winner: Succession

Nominees:

  • Better Call Saul
  • The Crown
  • House of the Dragon
  • Ozark

Succession, the critically acclaimed series about a powerful media family, took home the award for Best Television Series – Drama. Its sharp writing and exceptional ensemble cast continued to impress audiences and critics alike.

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy

Winner: Abbott Elementary

Nominees:

  • The Bear
  • Hacks
  • Only Murders in the Building
  • Wednesday

Abbott Elementary, a heartwarming and humorous look at the challenges faced by a group of dedicated teachers, won Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy. The show’s relatable characters and witty writing have made it a fan favorite.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama

Winner: Kevin Costner (Yellowstone)

Nominees:

  • Jeff Bridges (The Old Man)
  • Diego Luna (Andor)
  • Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul)
  • Adam Scott (Severance)

Kevin Costner’s commanding performance in Yellowstone earned him the award for Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama. His portrayal of John Dutton, the patriarch of a ranching family, has been a standout in the series.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama

Winner: Zendaya (Euphoria)

Nominees:

  • Emma D’Arcy (House of the Dragon)
  • Laura Linney (Ozark)
  • Imelda Staunton (The Crown)
  • Hilary Swank (Alaska Daily)

Zendaya won the Best Actress award in a Television Series – Drama for her role in Euphoria. Her intense and emotional portrayal of Rue Bennett has garnered critical acclaim and numerous accolades.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

Winner: Jeremy Allen White (The Bear)

Nominees:

  • Donald Glover (Atlanta)
  • Bill Hader (Barry)
  • Steve Martin (Only Murders in the Building)
  • Martin Short (Only Murders in the Building)

Jeremy Allen White’s performance in The Bear won him the award for Best Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy. His portrayal of a talented chef navigating the challenges of running a small restaurant resonated with viewers.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

Winner: Quinta Brunson (Abbott Elementary)

Nominees:

  • Kaley Cuoco (The Flight Attendant)
  • Selena Gomez (Only Murders in the Building)
  • Jenna Ortega (Wednesday)
  • Jean Smart (Hacks)

Quinta Brunson’s standout performance in Abbott Elementary earned her the award for Best Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy. Brunson’s heartfelt and humorous depiction of a dedicated teacher has been widely praised.

A Night to Remember

The 81st Golden Globe Awards not only celebrated the best in film and television but also marked a significant step forward for the HFPA. With a reformed voting body and a commitment to diversity and transparency, the Golden Globes 2024 set a new standard for honoring excellence in the entertainment industry.

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