2024 Golden Globes: A New Low for Dying Award Shows

LOS ANGELES — The 2024 Golden Globes turned out to be a major disappointment, despite the changes made to the awards show. The event, which had gone through a series of reforms including revamping its voting body and finding a new owner and network, failed to deliver a memorable broadcast. The show lacked humor and only had a few standout speeches over the course of three long hours. Celebrity antics were notably absent as A-listers seemed disinterested and unengaged throughout the evening.

One of the main criticisms of the Golden Globes was the choice of comedian Jo Koy as the host. Koy’s opening monologue fell flat, featuring jokes that failed to land and awkward moments that made the audience uncomfortable. The lackluster performance led to Koy snapping at the crowd and telling them to “shut up.” The overall awkwardness of the event was exacerbated by Koy’s attempt to poke fun at Taylor Swift and her boyfriend, Travis Kelce, who were not in attendance. The jokes only elicited a glare from Swift and fell flat with the audience.

In terms of the awards themselves, there were no major surprises. “Oppenheimer,” a film about the Manhattan Project, dominated the night with five wins, including Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Actor – Drama for Cillian Murphy. On the other hand, “Barbie,” which had received nine nominations, only managed to win two awards, including Best Song.

The television categories followed a similar pattern, with HBO’s “Succession” winning Best Series – Drama and multiple acting awards, as expected. However, there were some unexpected winners, such as Jeremy Allen White and Ayo Edebiri for their roles in “The Bear.”

Overall, the 2024 Golden Globes failed to live up to expectations. The lackluster hosting, absence of memorable moments, and predictable winners made for a forgettable evening. With the upcoming Emmys, Critics’ Choice Awards, SAGs, and Oscars, the Golden Globes may have lost their relevance in the crowded awards season. It remains to be seen how the show will adapt in the future to regain its standing as a prestigious awards ceremony.