The 2022 Golden Globe winners and where to stream them
The world is barely back at its desk and the annual award season has begun – albeit very quietly. There was no live ceremony (no ceremony at all, in fact) for the Golden Globes in 2022, just an announcement of the winners, in a concise and compact range of categories, on the big and small screens. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organisation that decides who gets the Globe, has been under fire for its lack of diversity, and while it’s always been the shortest and slickest of all the presentation ceremonies, last year’s broadcast drew dismal ratings; this year everyone cut their losses. That’s okay – we can always blame Covid.
The pandemic can also claim a role in the release of this year’s Best Motion Picture – Drama, The Power Of The Dog, which was in theatres for a short while but it’s been streaming on Netflix since December 2021, where it can reach a massive audience.
On the television side of things, Succession and Hacks dominated the drama and musical or comedy categories, while still-new-kid-on-the-block Apple TV+ weighed in with a nod for Jason Sudeikis in Ted Lasso. It’s interesting to note that Netflix did not make much of an impression here, with just two awards.
The Power of the Dog (Netflix)
While the platform was short on the TV wins, this film won Best Motion Picture Drama, as well as Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture for Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Best Director – Motion Picture for Jane Campion, who also wrote the script.
The cinematography is breathtaking, but the story is a slow burn. Benedict Cumberbatch is superb, so Will Smith in King Richard (who beat him for Best Actor Drama) must be quite spectacular. “Though the movie starts at a gentle pace, it doesn’t stay there long. There is so much layered desire, hatred, and domination that soon comes rolling out to disturb everyone’s uneasy peace,” says Roger Ebert.com. Personally, I didn’t enjoy the film when I first watched it, but I think perhaps it deserves another pass.
In a category containing Netflix’s top performing series of all time (Squid Game), along with Lupin and Pose, and The Morning Show on Apple TV+, Succession came out on top with the Best Television Series — Drama award, as well as Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Drama for Jeremy Strong (Kendall Roy) and Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role on Television (not to be confused with the drama and comedy categories; this is like a bonus award) for Sarah Snook (Shiv Roy).
I’m not sure how they divvy up the supporting roles with an ensemble cast but there it is. “If you haven’t watched the show, you should. Succession is one of the best dramas on television and you are simply missing out if you haven’t pressed play yet. It is a superb, divine comedy with pitch-perfect, darkly funny writing that rivals It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia for the worst, most dysfunctional family on television,” says Reveille.
The two pillars of television viewing are drama and comedy. With Showmax already popping the cork to celebrate wins in the former category, Hacks won the Globe for Best Television Series — Musical or Comedy, as well as Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy for Jean Smart, who portrays an iconic Las Vegas comedian named Deborah Vance.
“She lives a glamorous celebrity lifestyle, but then learns from her agent that she may lose her weekend performance slots, with the implication being that she’s no longer a viable Sin City headliner. Hoping to rebrand herself for a millennial audience, Vance hires a disgraced comedy writer named Ava (Einbinder) who needs work because of a cancel culture scandal. Together, the two women work through personal conflict for the sake of steady income and original comedy,” explains Screen Rant.
“This is a big, brilliant, wholly original performance, with Smart constantly shifting emotional gears and deftly stealing every scene she’s in while somehow also managing to make room for the other actors in the room to have their moments,” says Chicago Sun-Times.
Mare of Easttown (Showmax)
Just for good measure, Showmax added another accolade to its Golden Globes haul with Kate Winslet winning Best Actress — Television Motion Picture (the “Best Miniseries”, which this is, is implied).
Competing against the likes of Jessica Chastain in Scenes from a Marriage, Cynthia Erivo in Genius: Aretha, and Margaret Qualley in Maid, Winslet nonetheless had this one in the bag from the get-go. The Guardian called the series a “stunning, harrowing success” and raved about Winslet: “The actor’s turn as a complex, fallible detective has been a privilege to witness, in a murder mystery that kept us guessing right to the profoundly moving end.”
It’s worth noting that Succession, Hacks and Mare of Easttown are all from the HBO stable, showing once again the formidable force of the network. Showmax is the home of HBO and HBO Max in South Africa, with multiple top titles from these recent award winners to classics like The Sopranos and The Wire, and, of course, Game Of Thrones.
As much as Winslet’s win was no surprise, neither was that of Michaela Jaé “Mj” Rodriguez for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Drama. The 31-year-old actress created history by becoming the first trans actress to win a Golden Globe, reports NDTV.
“She received the Best Television Actress award for her performance in the Netflix show Pose at the 79th Golden Globes. Last year too, Rodriguez made history as the first trans performer to earn an Emmy nomination in the lead acting categories.”
Says IndieWire: “With all of the pain and heartache trans people of color face in the real world, Pose laughs in the face of reality by throwing something much more celebratory on screen. Throughout all three seasons, Pose remains the fiercest advocate for itself – and for the power of living your truth.”
Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
Its first season leapt out of the starting gates with a whopping 20 Emmy nominations in 2020, the most of any debut series. At the Globes, Jason Sudeikis won Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy for his eponymous role. Hannah Waddington and Brett Goldstein were nominated for best supporting actress and actor on television. I think this is a fair assessment of the current state of the show; Season 2 was a tad disappointing compared to Season 1, but the acting remains solid with these three carrying the ball (so to speak).
“The sports comedy, now in its second season, is almost alarmingly unsexy, and yet it’s expertly attuned to the romantic and the sentimental, as if engineered by Pixar. You don’t discuss what the show is about but, rather, how it feels to watch it, which is comforting, or, as one headline put it, like ‘a warm hug of nice’,” comments The New Yorker.
Squid Game (Netflix)
While this insane series took the world by storm when it was released in September 2021, it seems to have faded away equally fast, although it’s been teased that there will be a second season. O Yeong-su, 77 years old, who appeared in more than 200 theatre productions from 1967 before moving to film and television, is the first Korean actor to win a Golden Globe – Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role on Television – for his role as Player 001.
US Magazine explains Squid Game as “456 players fight for their lives — and a cash reward that starts at $38 million dollars but increases into the billions — after accepting an ominous invitation to play a series of children’s games.” But there can only be one winner…