This year is off to a rocky start for Filipinos taking on opportunities on international scales. 2023 saw us bagging win after win for our kababayans who represented the country in international competitions, movies, and award shows.
But our usually emphatic cheers for “Pinoy pride” died down on Jan. 7 when Filipino-American comedian Jo Koy took the 81st Golden Globes stage as host.
Between uninspired punchlines, distasteful commentary, and a monologue that had us all wondering, “Where are the jokes?” Jo Koy’s hosting gig fell painfully short of the comedy gold it hoped to be.
That’s not to say the 2024 Golden Globes were an all-around letdown, though. Messy hosting aside, the award show gave us a variety of wins to celebrate and rave over. The Golden Globes still lived up to its status as one of the biggest celebrations of artistry in Hollywood.
From big screen breakthroughs to impactful acceptance speeches, these buzzworthy Golden Globes wins made the award show memorable for all the right reasons.
Gladstone made history as the Golden Globes’ first Indigenous Best Actress winner in a drama for her performance as Mollie Burkhart in “Killers of the Flower Moon.” She paid tribute to her Blackfeet and Nez Perce heritage on the red carpet, where she wore earrings by Blackfeet designer Lenise Omeaso. Gladstone also spoke Blackfeet language in her acceptance speech, proudly stating, “My name is Eagle Woman. I am Blackfeet. I love you.”
Talk about becoming the people’s princess. 2023 was a year of groundbreaking firsts for Edebiri. Her Best Actress in a Comedy Series win at the Golden Globes was the fruit of her great wit, endearing performance, and undeniable acting chops. She used her acceptance speech to give all her helping hands a shoutout, including the assistants who diligently answered her emails. Whether she’s starting a fight club for her crush as Josie or cooking up a storm as Sydney, we’re all here for Ayo Edebiri’s rise to stardom.
Even the most eccentric protagonists are worthy of universal praise. Emma Stone gave a surprisingly relatable performance in “Poor Things” that helped her earn her second Golden Globe. Fans and critics alike found a new quirky icon in Bella Baxter. Stone’s acting prowess showed how nothing is impossible when you fall in love with life, even if you’re a mad scientist’s latest experiment brought to life.
HBO’s “Succession” was the talk of critics and stan communities alike, landing nine Golden Globe nominations. Sarah Snook took home the win as one of the series’ lead actresses, bagging the same award in 2022 for the show’s third season. Both accomplishments were for Snook’s character Shiv, who grapples with the politics of her marriage and family dilemmas.
Randolph was another memorable star of the night, winning Best Supporting Actress as Mary Lamb in the nostalgic drama-comedy “The Holdovers.” She deemed her award a “full-circle moment,” finally carrying out what she’d been wanting to do as an artist for a long time. Complex, flawed, and emotionally raw, Randolph delivered a multi-faceted performance worthy of her long overdue recognition.