Surprises come from the 75th Golden Globe Awards

All of the stars in film strutted down the red carpet in their Sunday best. The nominees come from around the world to see if their piece of film wins the prestigious award of the Golden Globe. The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards was hosted by Seth Meyers and held in Beverly Hills at the Beverly Hilton to award the best in film for the previous year.

During the Golden Globe telecast there are a total of 26 categories, 14 for Motion Picture and 12 for television. These awards span from the actor and actress performances to the best music to the overall best television and motion pictures.

The categories that I will be reviewing are the Best Motion Picture for Drama, Best Television Series for Drama, Best Motion Picture for Musical/Comedy, Best Television Series for Musical/Comedy and Best Director for Motion Picture.

The Best Motion Picture for Drama was won by Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Frances McDormand who won the Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama stars in this surprise win. The movie takes place in Ebbing, Missouri where McDormand’s daughter is murdered, and the police did not find the killer, so she puts up three billboards questioning the police. The characters in this film shine through and act to their maximum potential.

The Best Television Series for Drama was won by The Handmaid’s Tale. Hulu’s exclusive television show won for its first season, which is adapted from Margaret Atwood’s novel of the same name. The star of the show, Elisabeth Moss, also received the Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama. This drama was a likely winner of the award due to the previous wins at the Emmys. The series follows a woman in a totalitarian government where women are not valued in society. Offred (Moss) is only used for sexual activities and wants to be reconnected with her daughter.

The Best Motion Picture for a Musical/Comedy was won by Lady Bird. The film takes place in Sacramento, California and documents a struggling relationship between a mother, who works tirelessly, and a daughter who acts just like her mother. Dominated by the outstanding performances of the two, shown by Laurie Metcalf and Saoirse Ronan, winner of the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy, the comedy beat out the social satire, Get Out.

The Best Television Series for a Musical/Comedy was won by The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. This series was an Amazon exclusive and also had the lead actress, Rachel Brosnahan, win for Best Performance by an Actress – Musical/Comedy. As well, the show is a comedy that is based in the 1950s in New York. Miriam Maisel (Brosnahan) becomes a stand-up comedian after discovering her talent for the job. This comes after her husband leaves, a struggling comedian himself.

Finally, the Best Director – Motion Picture winner was Guillermo Del Toro for his work on The Shape of Water. This fantasy/drama takes place in 1962 where a mute woman is hired to be the janitor of a government facility. There she meets a monster which is kept there by the government, but she falls in love with it. According to Del Toro, the movie took about 25 years to come to fruition and is one of the most eye catching films of the year.

Each of the major awards this year were all dominated by performances of a lead female character. The award show was very adamant on woman having equality in Hollywood and with the domination of the winnings by women, it shows that the unfairness in the industry needs to end.