2019 Golden Globes Spark Controversy Among Students

On Sunday, Jan. 6th, the 76th annual Golden Globes premiered on NBC. The award show recognizes outstanding achievements in film and television. This year’s show was hosted by comedian Andy Samberg and actress Sandra Oh.

Before the awards, there was the traditional red carpet show with the stars in attendance and the paparazzi. The preliminary show focuses on advertising brands, as celebrities are generally paired with high-end names. Celebrities are seen with bags, shoes, and even skin care sponsored by well known brands. According to an article on the New York Times, red carpets are seen as a “marketing machine” and make lots of money.

Some of the awards that were presented were Best Motion Picture, Best Director, and Best Performance by an actor and actress. There were a total of 25 award given, including the new award named after Carol Burnett that recognizes outstanding contributions to television. This year’s Carol Burnett award was given to the comedian herself.

The award for Best Motion Picture was given to Bohemian Rhapsody, with lead actor Rami Malek receiving Best Performance by an Actor in Motion Picture in the category for drama. The Best Motion Picture in the animated category was awarded to “Spiderman: Into the Spider Verse.” “Green Book” won for Best Motion Picture in Musical/Comedy. Olivia Colman and Christian Bale won for best actor and actress in Musical/Comedy for their roles in “The Favourite” and “Vice,” respectively. Co-host Sandra Oh won Best Performance by an Actress in a Television series for a drama.

Senior Lia Gupta, an award show fan and Golden Globes enthusiast, was pleased with the winners. However, she noted that she believed Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper should have received more recognition for their roles in “A Star Is Born.”

“That’s not enough that they only won Best Original Song,” stated Gupta.

Gupta further described her thoughts on the awards for Best Screenplay and Best Motion Picture, “I haven’t watched Green Book, but I liked Bohemian Rhapsody, that’s good that it’s a winner,” said Gupta.

Senior Alison Carroll, an occasional viewer of the shows, shared her views on this year’s results. Carroll believed that Timothee Chalamet should have won an award for his role in “Beautiful Boy” because “he was very charismatic, and like a genuine person… I think awards shows are so important because so many people are consumers of movies and tv shows, and with the addition of widespread Netflix and Hulu, where people are able to see things by not going out to the movies, they can see things more and in greater volume.”

With the surge of new films and television shows recognized in this year’s Golden Globes, the American public seems to be focused especially on visual media as of late. Given that the awards season is only just beginning, awards shows like the Golden Globes will also have the public’s attention for some time.

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