Golden Globes Snubs Barbie, Bradley Cooper Leaves Empty-Handed & More Surprising Moments



  • Surprise wins and snubs at the Golden Globe Awards left fans shocked, with many also taking aim at the host’s uncomfortable jokes.
  • Greta Gerwig’s “Barbie” only managed to win Best Song and Best Cinematic and Box Office Achievement, disappointing fans.
  • Bradley Cooper’s loss to Oppenheimer at the awards sparked hilarious reactions and talk about his desire for an Academy Award.

Another year, another glitzy and glamorous Golden Globe Awards event. And this year has seen some major surprises, snubs, and amusing moments, as the Hollywood A-list flocked to the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. While the event saw the likes of Oppenheimer sweeping up, other hit movies, movies which were expected to do well this awards season, were left behind. Perhaps the most surprising of them all being Greta Gerwig’s Barbie.

While Barbie, which was met with widespread critical acclaim and garnered over a billion dollars at the box office last year, was nominated for Best Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy, Best Performance by a Female Actor – Motion Picture, Musical/Comedy for lead Margot Robbie, and Best Director for Greta Gerwig, it only managed to win Best Song for Billie Eilish’s “What Was I Made For?” and Best Cinematic and Box Office Achievement on the night.

And fans have since taken to social media to share their surprise, with many taking aim at host Jo Koy’s unfortunate “joke.”

Another big surprise was the lack of wins for Bradley Cooper, who was nominated for Best Performance by a Male Actor – Motion Picture, Drama and Best Director for Maestro, a biopic that centers on the relationship between American composer Leonard Bernstein and his wife Felicia Montealegre.

There has been a lot of talk about Cooper and his apparent desperation to win an Academy Award for his work on the movie, and his loss to Oppenheimer, both Cillian Murphy for Best Performance and Christopher Nolan for Best Director, has sparked some hilarious reactions.

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Of course, with every surprising loss comes a surprising win, with Best Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy being taken by director Yorgos Lanthimos’ sci-fi black comedy, Poor Things. Other such shocks included the French courtroom drama Anatomy of a Fall walking away with Best Screenplay – Motion Picture over the likes of Barbie, Oppenheimer, and Killers of the Flower Moon, Ricky Gervais winning Best Performance in Stand-Up Comedy on Television, and Studio Ghibli’s The Boy and the Heron beating Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse for Best Motion Picture – Animated.

Along with all the snubs and surprises, this year’s Golden Globes also provided its share of funny, shocking, and often pretty uncomfortable moments.

Jennifer Lawrence once again proved how funny she can be after telling audiences she would leave if she did not win for Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for her role in the R-rated comedy No Hard Feelings. Of course, it was all in jest, with the Oscar-winning actress shown celebrating when Emma Stone’s name was called.

The most awkward moments were seemingly caused by host Jo Koy, with audiences taking to social media to highlight how uncomfortable the crowd often looked and take criticism with some of the material.

On the small screen side of things, there were some big wins for the likes of Succession and The Bear, both of which continued to cement their legacy as some of the best TV in years.

Meanwhile, movie fans will now be looking to the Oscars, wondering whether Oppenheimer will continue this same success, and if its Barbenheimer collaborator Barbie will once again be largely left out in the cold.

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