2023 was deemed by many as “the year of the woman,” with the Barbie movie and Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour dominating the cultural scene. On the whole, this year’s Golden Globe Awards (held on Sunday, January 7th) certainly did recognize the significant achievements of women, although the opening monologue included some disappointing jokes at the expense of women… dissing, in particular, the creators of Barbie.
If anything, that largely un-funny monologue reiterates the continued importance of celebrating and lifting up women artists, so we’re doing just that. The contributions women have made to worldwide film and television in the past year are immeasurable. We’re especially proud of Ayo Edibiri, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Lily Gladstone and Ali Wong, four women of color whose wins this year have made history and opened doors for others to find their own unique paths to success.
Without further ado, here is FF2’s 2024 roundup of every female Golden Globe winner!
Best Supporting Female Actor—Motion Picture
The awards kicked off with a win for Da’Vine Joy Randolph for her wonderful portrayal of Mary in The Holdovers. This was her first nomination and first win at the Golden Globes. In her acceptance speech, Da’Vine recognized the importance of her character, Mary, speaking directly to her: “you changed my life — you have made me feel seen in so many ways that I’ve never imagined, and I hope I’ve helped you all find your inner Mary. Because there’s a little bit of her in all of us.”
Best Female Actor—Limited Series, Anthology Series, or Television Motion Picture
Ali Wong won for her role as Amy Lau in the television series Beef, becoming the first actor (female or otherwise) of Asian descent to win in this category. This was a huge, historic moment in film and television, and deeply deserved by Ali. This was also Ali’s first nomination and first win for a Golden Globe.
Best Supporting Female Actor—Television
Elizabeth Debicki won for her role as Princess Diana in The Crown. She ended off her acceptance speech with a touching dedication to her Godmother: “I just want to say thank you to my beloved and dear Godmother who left us too quickly, too soon. This one is for you, baby.”
Best Screenplay—Motion Picture
Filmmaker Justine Triet took the win for this award (shared with Arthur Harari) for their screenplay for Anatomy of a Fall. Given that this was not a female-only category, this was an exciting moment, in which Justine (with Arthur) beat out big-named male writers including Christopher Nolan and Martin Scorsese. It was also an exciting list of nominees, with three of the six films nominated including female screenwriters. Greta Gerwig (Barbie) and Celine Song (Past Lives) were also in the list. In her acceptance speech, Justine detailed her journey to creating the film. She recalled thinking that nobody would want to see it, and thanked audiences for “encouraging” her to do “exactly what [she loves].”
Best Picture—Non-English Language
Anatomy of a Fall — which contains dialogue written in English, French and German — won this category as well. This was a thrilling double-win for Justine, who also gave this acceptance speech. During her speech, Justine spoke eloquent English in her native French accent, a perfect demonstration of her clear mastery of both languages which, in part, contributed to the brilliance of Anatomy of a Fall. In her speech, she stated: “This movie is about the truth, the impossibility of catching it.” Justine also thanked Sandra Hüller, who starred in the film: “Thank you Sandra, for never trying to make this character a perfect heroine. Thank you for creating a complex woman who never apologizes for saying what she thinks.”
Best Television Female Actor—Musical/Comedy Series
Ayo Edebiri — aptly coined “The People’s Princess” by individuals on social media — won in this category for her role as Sydney in The Bear. Delivering a flustered yet excited speech, Ayo charmed the audience thoroughly. Expressing a refreshing gratitude and joy for her craft, Ayo said: “I’m an artist, and I’m very lucky to be an artist — and I know we all feel that way, so I just really want to acknowledge that.” She also gave a shout-out to all of her agents’ and managers’ assistants, whose hard work is not recognized nearly enough at events like these.
Best Female Actor—Motion Picture—Musical/Comedy
Emma Stone took the win in this category for her role of Bella Baxter in Poor Things, a role widely recognized to be unlike anything she (or anyone) has done before, but that she nailed nonetheless. During her acceptance speech, Emma paid a lovely tribute to this character: “Playing Bella was unbelievable. […] I see this as a rom-com, 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. […] She has stayed with me deeply.”
Best Song—Motion Picture
Billie Eilish won for her song “What Was I Made For?” in Barbie. When Barbie was released, audiences — and especially women — found a deep connection with this song, which perfectly embodies the feeling of being a woman in the modern world. Billie opened up during her acceptance speech, acknowledging that the impact of the song was not just on audiences: “Writing that song kind of saved me a little bit.”
Cinematic and Box Office Achievement
Barbie took the win for this category (a category which is new at the Golden Globes). Barbie broke records left and right globally, including Warner Bros.’ most successful global release, highest-earning live action film from a female director, and top film ever in Ireland. This win is certainly deserved for the entire cast and crew of Barbie, and especially for Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie, who together created the film. In her acceptance speech, Margot thanked the overwhelmingly enthusiastic audiences: “We would like to dedicate this to every single person on the planet who dressed up and went to the greatest place on Earth, the movie theaters.” With tears in her eyes, Greta followed up: “Thank you to everybody, all of the Barbies and Kens in front of and behind the screen. It was the greatest, most joyful show of craftsmanship and passion I’ve ever seen.”
Best Television Female Actor—Drama Series
Sarah Snook won in this category for her role of Shiv Roy in Succession. This was a deserved acknowledgement for playing one of the most-loved characters on one of the most-loved shows in recent years, especially now that the series has reached its conclusion. Charmingly humble throughout her speech, Sarah labeled her win as “A team effort all around.”
Best Female Actor—Motion Picture—Drama
In another huge, historic moment in film, Lily Gladstone became the first ever Indigenous person to win in this category for her role as Mollie Burkhart in Killers of the Flower Moon. This win, along with Lily’s speech, was probably one of the best moments ever in the Golden Globes. After receiving a roaring standing ovation, Lily began her speech with some words in Blackfeet (an Algonquian language spoken by the Blackfoot or Niitsitapi people). She said: “I just spoke a bit of Blackfeet language, a beautiful community nation that raised me, that encouraged me to keep going.”
This moment perfectly exemplified the deep importance of representation in media. In the words of Lily: “I’m so grateful that I can speak even a little bit of my language, which I’m not fluent in, up here because, in this business, Native actors used to speak their lines in English and then the sound mixers would run them backwards to accomplish Native languages on camera.”
Lily spoke with the humble acknowledgement of the importance of this win, not just for her but for Indigenous people at large, and especially the incredible women who surround her: “This [win] is a historic one. It doesn’t belong to just me. I’m holding it right now. I’m holding it with all my beautiful sisters in the film at this table over here and my [Flower Moon] mother, Tantoo Cardinal, standing on all of your shoulders. Thank you.”
In a touching end to her speech, Lily stated that her win is “for every little res kid, every little urban kid, every little Native kid out there who has a dream, who is seeing themselves represented in our stories told by ourselves in our own words with tremendous allies and tremendous trust from within from each other.”
Though these awards only scratch the surface in acknowledgement of the contributions that women make to the world of film and television, and to the world at large, they certainly helped highlight some of the incredible things that women did this year. Congratulations to all of the women nominees and winners of the 2024 Golden Globes!
© Julia Lasker (1/8/24) — Special for FF2 Media
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