Stars gathered on Sunday night at Cipriani 42nd Street, with its towering marble columns and soaring ceiling, for the National Board of Review’s annual film awards gala, where they were toasted for their work in some of last year’s buzziest films. But it was another awards show later in the week that was on everyone’s mind.
The Golden Globes — which NBC refused to air last year after an investigation by The Los Angeles Times documented financial and ethical lapses at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and revealed that it had no Black members — are returning on Tuesday night, after the foreign press association outlined its plans for reform. And the question now is which of the nominees will show up.
“I’m intrigued as to how it’s going to go,” said the director Martin McDonagh, whose Irish drama “The Banshees of Inisherin” was nominated for a pack-leading eight Globes, and who said he planned to attend. “I have some thoughts on it that, if I get up there, I might express. I think it’s the start of a process that hopefully is trending in the right direction.”
“We’ll be there to support our film,” Joseph Kosinski, the director of “Top Gun: Maverick,” said as he gestured to the film’s cinematographer, Claudio Miranda, who was standing beside him. The film is up for two Globes, including best drama. And, Mr. Kosinski added, “it’ll be nice to see some old friends.”
Danielle Deadwyler won a Gotham Award for outstanding lead performance for her role as Emmett Till’s mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, in “Till,” but she wasn’t nominated for a Golden Globe. She said that she didn’t plan to watch the show live — “I don’t have a TV,” she said bluntly — but that she would probably Google the winners afterward.
But she does have her eye on another potential nomination this year — an Academy Award for best actress — and she had a suggestion for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which organizes the annual Oscars ceremony.
“Mixed-gender categories,” she said. “I’m here for it. Because what does that mean for nonbinary people? Why is there a point to choose?
“We should smash them in,” she added.
In an era of declining awards show viewership — just 6.9 million people watched the Globes broadcast in 2021, a record low, compared with the 91.6 million who watched that year’s Super Bowl on CBS — it’s reasonable to question how much the Globes, or any awards, ultimately matter.
“It means that more people are seeing the film,” Mr. McDonagh said. “Being in the conversation helps all that.”
“I think it’s significant to recognize people,” Ms. Deadwyler said. “But they always make it seem like a race. It would be great if it could just be recognized in the same way that the Nobel Prizes are — just say, ‘Oh, hey, this person has done something significant to society.’”
There were plenty of honors handed out at Sunday night’s National Board of Review ceremony — 18 in all, including best actor and actress awards for Colin Farrell (“The Banshees of Inisherin”) and Michelle Yeoh (“Everything Everywhere All at Once”) — a traditionally boozy and irreverent gathering that is not televised, and for which the winners are announced in advance.
There was also plenty of mingling in the banquet hall and around the three open bars before the dinner portion of the evening — fish and cucumber salad — kicked off. Ms. Deadwyler, the “Till” director Chinonye Chukwu and Janelle Monáe, who won best supporting actress for her role in “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery,” posed for a group photo. Sheila McCarthy threw an arm around a grinning Jessie Buckley, her “Women Talking” co-star. The actress Ariana DeBose, in a black velvet pantsuit, hugged a grinning Steven Spielberg, whom she presented with a best director award for “The Fabelmans” later that evening.
And when it was time for the speeches — the “Morning Joe” co-anchor Willie Geist served as host — the stars, freed from the broadcast time constraints of the Oscars or the bleep censors of national television, delivered remarks that often approached the 10-minute mark. The speeches were occasionally sprinkled with profanity but were largely used to thank dozens of members of casts, crews and creative teams.
But there were a few notable moments amid the long list of credits.
A visibly emotional Gabriel LaBelle was honored for breakthrough performance for his star turn in “The Fabelmans” as a character based on the young Mr. Spielberg. Mr. LaBelle, reading from a folded sheet of paper he pulled from his pocket, spoke for around seven minutes as he thanked Mr. Spielberg for trusting him with “well, your life.”
“I feel like I owe you my firstborn child or something,” he said.
The wide-eyed 20-year-old actor also thanked his father — who was in attendance — for, among other notable contributions, “tying my tie.”
Mr. Farrell, who accepted the best supporting actor award on behalf of his absent “Banshees of Inisherin” co-star, Brendan Gleeson, shared the story of meeting Mr. Gleeson for the first time, in a room at the Chelsea Hotel. Mr. Farrell had been sober for a year and a half, and Mr. Gleeson offered him “a drink” — which turned out to be the choice of a bottle of still or sparkling water from his fridge.
“And I thought, ‘Aww, that’s a man that’ll take care of you,’” said Mr. Farrell, who accepted his own award, for best actor, around an hour later.
Daniel Craig also made a surprise appearance to honor Ms. Monáe, his “Glass Onion” co-star, when she accepted her best supporting actress award. He noted that “her commitment to her art, craft and delicious fabulousness is awe-inspiring.”
After a standing ovation for Mr. Spielberg — as the evening neared its fifth hour — the event finally wound down shortly after 11 p.m., when the cast and creative team of “Top Gun: Maverick” accepted the award for best film.
“It’s honoring the cast and crew who have worked so hard,” Mr. Kosinski, the director, had said on the carpet earlier in the evening. “That’s why awards have value.”
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