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Oppenheimer, Succession dominate 2024 Golden Globes

Christopher Nolan’s historical drama won big in the film categories, while the Roy family, “The Bear,” and “Beef” scored on the TV side.

The 2024 Golden Globes have cemented the place of major Oscars contenders in the awards race at large.

Handed out Sunday via CBS‘ live broadcast and a Paramount+ livestream, the Golden Globes capped months of film festival and precursor awards positioning as they honored the best films, TV shows, and performances of 2023. This year’s ceremony, hosted by comedian Jo Koy at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, saw  Christopher Nolan‘s Oppenheimer emerge as the contender to beat among big-screen Hollywood productions, earning five accolades throughout the evening — including for Best Picture — Drama, Actor (Cillian Murphy), Supporting Actor (Robert Downey, Jr.), and a host of other technical honors.

Killers of the Flower Moon star Lily Gladstone also solidified her lead in the Best Actress Oscars race with a victory at the Globes, while Emma Stone (Poor Things), Paul Giamatti (The Holdovers), Da’Vine Joy Randolph (The Holdovers), and the aforementioned Oppenheimer stars solidified their positions in the hunt for Academy Awards glory, giving highly publicized speeches on national television at a key point before Oscars voters cast their ballots ahead of the Jan. 23 nominations announcement.

Among other top film nominees heading into the evening were Greta Gerwig‘s blockbuster Barbie — which eventually won Best Original Song for Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell’s “What Was I Made For?” and the Globes’ inaugural Box Office Achievement honor — as well as Yorgos Lanthimos’ Poor Things and Celine Song’s breakout drama Past Lives.

'Oppenheimer' wins Best Picture — Drama at 2024 Golden Globes. CBS
‘Oppenheimer’ wins Best Picture — Drama at 2024 Golden Globes. CBS

On the TV side, the final season of HBO’s perennial awards player Succession dominated among dramatic projects, winning several acting awards (Sarah SnookMatthew MacfadyenKieran Culkin) as well as Best Television Series. FX’s The Bear similarly earned major recognition among the night’s comedy nominees, including for lead actor Jeremy Allen White and supporting actress Ayo Edebiri.

The Globes’ 2024 telecast came after a monumental year of evolution for the long-embattled awards body, which saw the implementation of two new competitive categories (one for box office success and the other for TV stand-up specials) as well as the dissolution of the Globes’ historic Hollywood Foreign Press Association membership body amid Dick Clark Productions’ acquisition of the awards.

The changes resulted from a multi-year controversy that saw the Globes restructure rules, membership requirements, and more following a 2021 Los Angeles Times exposé that unveiled a scathing report indicating there were no Black journalists among the organization’s 87-person membership. A wave of celebrities and publicity agencies distanced themselves from the HFPA in the aftermath, with the Globes’ longtime network partner, NBC, eventually pulling the following year’s broadcast. The show returned to NBC in 2023, though it later moved to CBS amid the dissolve of the HFPA, which also implemented new measures, welcomed a diverse band of new members, and overhauled its inclusion standards following the 2021 scandal.

Robert Downey, Jr., Kieran Culkin, Lily Gladstone at 2024 Golden Globes. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES (3)
Robert Downey, Jr., Kieran Culkin, Lily Gladstone at 2024 Golden Globes. GETTY IMAGES (3)

SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly