‘West Side Story’ wins Golden Globe for best musical or comedy film


A person takes a photo before the announcement of nominations for the 79th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., December 13, 2021. Image: Reuters/Mario Anzuoni

LOS ANGELES — The remake of Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” was named Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy at a private Golden Globes ceremony on Sunday, Jan. 9, organizers said in an online statement.

The musical tells the story of a young love between rival street gangs. Star Rachel Zegler was honored as Best Motion Picture Actress in a Musical or Comedy.

Actors, directors and movie studios have largely ignored the Golden Globes this year after criticizing 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 broadcast this year’s awards.

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Rachel Zegler attends the West Side Story film premiere at the El Capitan theater in Los Angeles, California, U.S., on December 7, 2021. Image: Reuters/Mario Anzuoni

The HFPA, which has expanded and diversified its membership and revised its practices, announced its choices at a ceremony in Beverly Hills held behind closed doors. Recipients of HFPA philanthropic grants sat in the audience and presented awards. The winners were announced to the public via social media and on the Golden Globes website.

The Globes normally attract millions of viewers to a celebrity-filled red carpet and a champagne dinner that creates a glamorous yet informal atmosphere compared to the Oscars, the industry’s highest film honors. PA/JB

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