‘Power of the Dog’, ‘West Side Story’ wins top Golden Globes at off-screen ceremony

No stars, no red carpet, no TV broadcast: This year’s Golden Globe winners will be announced at a drastically scaled-down ceremony on January 9, 2022.ROBYN BECK / AFP / Getty Images

Dark Western ‘The Power of the Dog’ and a remake of ‘West Side Story’ won the biggest awards on Sunday at a scaled-down Golden Globes ceremony held privately without the usual glittering lineup of Hollywood’s best TV and movie stars.

Actors, directors and film studios have largely ignored the Globes this year after criticism in 2021 of its organizers, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), operating with dubious ethical policies and no black members. The longtime television station NBC chose not to broadcast this year’s awards.

The HFPA, which has expanded and diversified its membership and overtaken its practice, announced its choices at a Beverly Hills ceremony held behind closed doors. Recipients of HFPA philanthropic grants sat among the audience and handed out prizes. The winners were announced via social media and on the Golden Globes website.

Steven Spielberg’s remake of “West Side Story,” a tale of young love set among rival street gangs, was voted best musical or comedy and received three trophies in total, including best actress for Rachel Zegler. “The Power of the Dog” also won three awards, including Best Director for Jane Campion.

Other acting honors went to Will Smith for playing the determined father of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams in “King Richard” and Nicole Kidman for her role as Lucille Ball in “Being the Ricardos.” Andrew Garfield won a trophy for best actor for his role as playwright Jonathan Larson in the musical “Tick, Tick … Boom!”

For television, the gruesome family saga “Succession” received the award for best drama, and “Hacks,” about a fading female comedian, was voted best comedy.

Netflix, which released “Power of the Dog,” led all studios with four film awards. HBO and HBO Max took the most TV awards with six.

The Globes usually draws millions of TV viewers to a celebrity red carpet and champagne-driven dinner that provides a glamorous yet informal contrast to the Oscars, the industry’s highest film awards.

Previously, winning a Globe also gave a boost to films that ran for the Oscars. This year, the significance is less clear, with only a few celebrities acknowledging their Globe nominations.

Award monitors will closely follow other upcoming awards from groups, including the Screen Actors Guild and the Producers Guild of America. The Oscars are scheduled to be handed out on March 27th.

Critics had protested that the HFPA had no black members and raised questions about whether close relationships with Hollywood studios influenced the choice of nominees and winners. In May, Tom Cruise returned the three Golden Globe statuettes he had won.

The HFPA responded by adding 21 new members, six of whom are black, banning gifts and services, and implementing diversity and sexual harassment training. The group now has 105 members and plans to expand this year.

“We are on a journey of change and we do not want to rest,” HFPA President Helen Hoehne said in a statement Sunday.

At the ceremony, the HFPA played a video of actress Jamie Lee Curtis praising the group for its support for charities supporting creators, education, film preservation and other causes.

“I’m proud to be associated with them in this project,” Curtis said in the video.

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