Mumbai Jan 11: Steven Spielberg‘s remake of “West Side Story” was named best musical or comedy film at a private Golden Globes ceremony on Sunday, organizers said in an online statement.
The movie musical tells the story of young love set among rival street gangs. Star Rachel Zegler was honored as best film actress in a musical or comedy.
Debut lead actress Rachel Zegler won the award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy, while supporting star Ariana DeBose took home the award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Both ladies were among a bumper crop of first-time Golden Globe nominees this year.
In Ariana’s case, she got her first nod as Anita in West Side Story, the same role for which Rita Moreno earned her first Golden Globe nomination and win in Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise’s 1962 film adaptation of the musical. Both Ariana and Rita star in the new West Side Story but this time, Spielberg created a new role, Valentina, for the latter.
Actors, directors and film studios have largely ignored the Globes this year after criticism in 2021 that its organizers, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), operated with questionable ethics policies and no Black members. Longtime broadcaster NBC opted not to air this year’s awards.
The HFPA, which has expanded and diversified its membership and overhauled its practices, announced its picks at a Beverly Hills ceremony held behind closed doors. Recipients of HFPA philanthropic grants sat in the audience and presented awards. Winners were announced to the public via social media and on the Golden Globes website.
The Globes normally draws millions of TV viewers to a celebrity-filled red carpet and champagne-fueled dinner that makes for a glamorous yet informal feel compared to the Academy Awards, the industry’s highest film honours.