The Golden Globe Awards - a red carpet, star-studded Hollywood annual event that once drew up to 18 million television viewers – was instead held as a live-blog, following staunch criticism about lack of racial diversity last year, writes Al Jazeera.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) proceeded with its film awards on Sunday night without a telecast, nominees, a red carpet, a host, press or even a livestream.
Instead, members of the HFPA and some recipients of the group’s philanthropic grants gathered at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in California for a 90-minute private event, announcing the names of the film and television winners on the organisation’s social media feeds.
Steven Spielberg’s, West Side Story, won several big awards, for best picture comedy or musical, best actress for Rachel Zegler and best supporting actress for Ariana DeBose.
Netflix’s gothic Western, The Power of the Dog, was named best picture drama, along with other honours for Jane Campion’s direction and Kodi Smit-McPhee’s supporting performance.
Other film winners included Will Smith for, King Richard; Nicole Kidman for, Being the Ricardos; and Andrew Garfield for, tick, tick…BOOM! The Japanese film, Drive My Car, also a critics’ group darling, got best non-English language motion picture, while, Encanto, won for animation.
And South Korean actor O Yeong-su won the country’s first Golden Globe for his role as Player 001 in the Netflix hit, Squid game.