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Jan 7-'Oppenheimer' leading Golden Globes with wins for Murphy, Downey Jr. and Nolan
Jan 05

By JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer

Christopher Nolan's epic American drama "Oppenheimer" is dominating the 81st Golden Globes, where "Succession" and "The Bear" are also taking multiple honors. "Oppenheimer," perhaps the Academy Awards frontrunner, picked up four big awards including best director for Nolan, best actor for Cillian Murphy, best supporting actor for Robert Downey Jr. and for Ludwig Goransson's score. The night's first award went to Da'Vine Joy Randolph for best supporting actress in Alexander Payne's "The Holdovers." Randolph has emerged as the favorite in the category for her performance as a grieving woman in the 1970s-set boarding school drama. Among the starry attendees: Taylor Swift.

Christopher Nolan's epic American drama "Oppenheimer" is dominating the 81st Golden Globes, where "Succession" and "The Bear" are also taking multiple honors.

"Oppenheimer," perhaps the Academy Awards frontrunner, picked up four big awards including best director for Nolan, best drama actor for Cillian Murphy, best supporting actor for Robert Downey Jr. and for Ludwig Goransson's score.

"Golden Globes journalists, thank you for changing your game, therefore changing your name," said Downey.

The Globes were in their 81st year but facing a new and uncertain chapter. After a tumultuous few years and heaps of scandals, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association was dissolved, leaving a new Globes, on a new network (CBS), to try to regain its perch as the third biggest award show of the year, after the Oscars and Grammys. Even the menu (sushi from Nobu) was flipped.

It got off to a rocky start. Host Jo Koy took the stage at the Beverly Hilton International Ballroom in Beverly Hills, California . The Filipino American stand-up hit on some expected topics: Ozempic, Meryl Streep's knack for winning awards and the long-running "Oppenheimer." ("I needed another hour.")

After one joke flubbed, Koy, who was named host after some bigger names reportedly passed, also noted how fast he was thrust into the job.

"Yo, I got the gig 10 days ago. You want a perfect monologue?" said Koy. "I wrote some of these and they're the ones you're laughing at."

Downey's win, his third Globe, denied one to Kenergy. Ryan Gosling had been seen as his stiffest competition, just one of the many head-to-head contests between "Oppenheimer" and Greta Gerwig's "Barbie." The filmmakers faced each other in the best director category, where Nolan triumphed.

"Barbie" and "Oppenheimer," two blockbusters brought together by a common release date, also faced off in the best screenplay category. But in an upset, Justine Triet and Arthur Harari won for the script to the French courtroom drama "Anatomy of a Fall." Later, Triet's film picked up best international film, too.

Though the Globes have no direct correlation with the Academy Awards, they can boost campaigns at a crucial juncture. Oscar nomination voting starts Thursday, and the twin sensations of Barbenheimer remain frontrunners.

Other contenders loom, though, like Yorgos Lanthimos' Frankenstein-esque fable "Poor Things." Its star, Emma Stone, won best actress in a comedy or musical.

"I see this as a rom-com," said Stone. "But in the sense that Bella falls in love with life itself, rather than a person. She accepts the good and the bad in equal measure, and that really made me look at life differently. By The Associated Press, Copyright 2023