Highlights From The 81st Golden Globe Awards

The star-studded 81st Golden Globe Awards ceremony honored celebrities with distinctions for their hard work and talent.

The 81st Golden Globe Awards ceremony commenced on January 7 and saw through the distinctions of film and television standouts. Beverly Hilton in California housed the event, after which the celebrities dispersed to a handful of afterparties around Los Angeles as per People

The red carpet brimmed with celebrities who brought their A-game and flaunted their show-stopping outfits. They socialized and celebrated the limitless and evolving flair of the artists as the night progressed.

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Here are the highlights and winners of the 81st Golden Globe Awards 2024:

Oppenheimer dominated the 81st Golden Globe Awards

Reuters reported that the historical film Oppenheimer swept the most Golden Globe Awards with five total honors. The film won best picture as per CBSwinners list. Movie lead Cillian Murphy snagged the best drama actor award. Christopher Nolan won best director for the film, Robert Downey Jr. as best supporting actor, and Ludwig Göransson for best musical score.

The cast and crew of Oppenheimer celebrate their wins at the Golden Globes afterparty
The cast and crew of “Oppenheimer” celebrate their wins at the Golden Globes afterparty/Photo from Instagram @oppenheimermovie

An inaugural award for Barbie

Barbie bagged the most Golden Globe nominations last month with nine nominations, with Oppenheimer trailing behind at eight. This year’s 81st Golden Globes, however, Barbie won the first ever Cinematic and Box Office Achievement award, IMDb reported.

Greta Gerwig’s Barbie wins the first ever Cinematic and Box Office Achievement award
Greta Gerwig’s “Barbie” wins the first ever Cinematic and Box Office Achievement award/Photo from Instagram @barbiethemovie

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Director Greta Gerwig thanked “all the Barbies and Kens in front of and behind the screen” as she accepted the award alongside Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling. The two actors played as Barbie and Ken respectively.

Meanwhile, Billie Eilish’s “What Was I Made For” won as best original song. It was part of the Barbie movie soundtrack.

“What Was I Made For” won best original song at the 81st Golden Globe Awards/Photo from Instagram @barbiethemovie

Lily Gladstone’s historic win

Golden Globes honored Killers of the Flower Moon’s Lily Gladstone with the best actress in a motion picture award. Access Hollywood reported that the actress is the first indigenous actor to win. 

Her acceptance speech bore some sentences in Blackfoot language. The Blackfoot or Niitsitapi people spoke the Algonquian dialect. 

The Native American actress expressed gratitude to the Blackfeet (also referred to as Blackfoot) locale for motivating her. She grew up in the community’s reservation in Montana. Here is her full speech:

Lily Gladstone’s acceptance speech for winning best actress in a motion picture

Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro alongside Gladstone.

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Poor Things is Best Picture for Musical/Comedy

Yorgos Lanthimos’ Poor Things bagged the best motion picture for a musical or comedy at the 81st Golden Globe Awards. Frankenstein inspired director Lanthimos’ film as per People. Emma Stone played the lead on the film and won best actress for the movie’s same category as well. 

Emma Stone attended the 81st Golden Globes for winning best actress for a musical or comedy film
Emma Stone attended the 81st Golden Globes for winning best actress for a musical or comedy film/Photo from Instagram @2emmastone 

First Golden Globe Award for Hayao Miyazaki

Hayao Miyazaki’s The Boy And The Heron bagged a Golden Globe Award for best animated motion picture. BBC reported that this is the first Golden Globe award that Miyazaki received at 82.

"The Boy And The Heron" bagged the best animated motion picture at the 81st Golden Globes
“The Boy And The Heron” bagged the best animated motion picture at the 81st Golden Globes/Photo via Instagram @theboyandtheheronfilm

Television series awards

Netflix’s Beef lead actors Ali Wong and Steven Yeun carved their names in Hollywood as they bagged the best actor and actress in a limited series, anthology or motion picture for television at the Golden Globes. 

For television series, Succession’s Matthew Macfadyen won best supporting actor while Elizabeth Debicki won for her performance in The Crown. Sara Snook and Kieran Culkin earned accolades for their performance in Succession. They got the best actress and actor award for television series in the drama category.

Jeremy Allen White and Ayo Edebiri of The Bear won best actor and actress for television series in a musical/comedy. 

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81st Golden Globe Awards in summary

Not only did the celebrities earn recognition for hard work, but they also brought the glitz and glamor to the red carpet. Vanity Fair featured dashing stars who donned their best outfits and luxurious jewelry that acclaimed brands provided for them.

The Associated Press reported that the 81st Golden Globe Awards had it all. It saw the fun, good and bad jokes, historic firsts, and emotional highs that became another memorable night for all attendees. Other highlights from the gathering can be seen below.

Highlights from the 81st Golden Globe Awards

Golden Globes provided the full list of winners and nominees for every category here.

Banner photo from the Instagram @goldenglobes.

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