Austin Butler, Steven Spielberg, Justin Hurwitz & more record-setters at the 2023 Golden Globes

The Oscar music race remains much in flux after 2023 Golden Globes, which was presented at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Tuesday (Jan. 10).

“Naatu Naatu” from RRR won Best Original Songfeaturing songs by three of the hottest female music stars on the planet – Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift, as well as a song from Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio.

“Naatu Naatu”, an Indian Telugu language song, is the second song does not performed in English to win the Globe for Best Original Song. Remarkably, both these songs have won in the last three years. The first was “Io sì (Seen)”, an Italian-language song written by Diane Warren, Laura Pausini and Niccolò Agliardi for the soundtrack of the 2020 film Life ahead. MM Keeravani composed “Naatu Naatu” with lyrics by Chandrabose. Keeravani is the cousin of SS Rajamouli who directed RRR.

Justin Hurwitz won Best Original Score – Motion Picture to Babylon – to hit such highly touted scores as Alexandre Desplats Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinocchio and John Williams’ The Fabelman family.

It is Hurwitz’s third win in the following category La La Land (2017) and First man (2019). Hurwitz is one of only six composers to have won three or more scores prices in Golden Globes history. John Williams, Dimitri Tiomkin and Maurice Jarre lead with four wins each. Hurwitz is tied with Alan Menken and Hans Zimmer with three wins each.

Notably, all three films for which Hurwitz won Globes were directed by Damien Chazelle. It is the first time in Globe history that a composer has won three scoring awards for films helmed by one director.

Austin Butler won Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama to play Elvis Presley in Elvis. This is the fourth time in the past five years that an actor or actress has won a lead actor in a drama (rather than musical or comedy) award for playing a music icon. Rami Malek won four years ago for playing Queen’s Freddie Mercury Bohemian Rhapsody; Renee Zellweger won three years ago for portraying Judy Garland in Judy; and Andra Day won two years ago for playing Billie Holiday in USA vs. Billie Holiday.

Butler gave a charming acceptance speech. He thanked the Presley family and singled out Lisa Marie Presley and Priscilla Presley for their faith. “I love you forever,” he said. When they started playing him off, he mockingly complained “you could at least play ‘Suspicious Minds’ or something.” He concluded his remarks by thanking Elvis Presley. “You were an icon and a rebel and I love you so much.”

The Fabelman family won Best Picture, Drama. It is the fourth film directed by Steven Spielberg to win in that category, subsequently ET the extraterrestrial, Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan. Spielberg is the first director to helm four winners in this category. He pulls ahead of two directors who each named three winners in the category – Elia Kazan (Gentleman’s Agreement, On the waterfront and East of Eden) and David Lean (The Bridge over the River Kwai, Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago).

Last year Spielberg’s West Side Story won for Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy. Spielberg thus directed a record five films that won the top prize in one or the other of Globe’s two film categories. He retires ahead of Billy Wilder, who has directed four Globe winners – two dramas (The lost one Weekend and Sunset Blvd) and two musicals or comedies (Some like it hot and The apartment).

Additionally, Spielberg won Best Director, Motion Picture, for The Fabelman family. It is Spielberg’s third win in the category, after wins for Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan. Spielberg is the seventh director to win three or more awards in this category. Elia Kazan won four awards, more than anyone else. Spielberg is tied with Clint Eastwood, Miloš Forman, David Lean, Martin Scorsese and Oliver Stone with three wins each.

Martin McDonagh’s Banshees of Inisherin won Best Picture – Musical or Comedy five years after his film Three billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri took best film – drama. Banshees of Inisherin was the top film of the night with three awards followed by Everything, everywhere at once and The Fabelman familywith two prizes each.

Abbott Elementary was the best TV program of the night, with three awards, followed by The white lotus with two.

Angela Bassett won Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. It’s her second Golden Globe. She won her first 29 years ago for portraying Tina Turner in What does love have to do with it.

Zendaya won Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Drama for her role in Euphoria. Zendaya has won two Primetime Emmys for her performance on the show. She was not present to receive her first Golden Globe.

Amanda Seyfried won Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series, Anthology Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television Abandoned. She won a Primetime Emmy for Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for this project. She received an Oscar nomination last year for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Mank. Like Zendaya, she was not present to receive her first Golden Globe.

Jerrod Carmichael hosted the 80th Annual Golden Globe Awards. The show was produced by Dick Clark Productions and Jesse Collins Entertainment in association with the HFPA. Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment, produced the show with Dionne Harmon, an executive at his company.

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