Film adaptation of Alasdair Gray's Poor Things wins big against Barbie

Both films went head to head in five categories at the awards which were held on Sunday night in Los Angeles.

A screen adaptation of the iconic Scots novel Poor Things won two major awards against box office record-breaker Barbie at the 2024 Golden Globes.

Both films went head to head in five categories at the awards which were held on Sunday night in Los Angeles at The Beverly Hilton.

Poor Things, director Yorgos Lanthimos’ adaptation of Glasgow writer Alasdair Gray’s 1992 novel, received a total of seven nominations in six categories including Best Film and Best Director, while Greta Gerwig’s Barbie, which broke numerous box office records in 2023, received nine nominations in six categories.

Actress Emma Stone, who has been described by critics as “beyond-next-level” in her “hilarious” performance as the troubled Bella Baxter, the heroine of Gray’s novel, won the award for Best Actress – musical or comedy against Barbie star Margot Robbie.

One of the night’s biggest prizes, Best Film – musical or comedy, was awarded to Poor Things, as it triumphed over Barbie, Air, American Fiction, The Holdovers, and May December.

Barbie took home two awards of the nine it was nominated for, winning the Golden Globe for cinematic and box office achievement and best original song for US stars Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas O’Connell.

However, Oppenheimer was the biggest winner of the night, scooping the awards for Best Supporting Actor, for Robert Downey Jr’s performance, and Best Original Score by Ludwig Göransson against both Poor Things and Barbie while Best Screenplay was awarded to Anatomy of a Fall’s Justine Triet and Arthur Harari.

British film-maker Christopher Nolan was named best director for the first time after six nominations, while Irish actor Cillian Murphy took home best actor in a drama for his work as the father of the atomic bomb.

Oppenheimer was also named best drama motion picture, which saw Nolan’s wife Emma Thomas serve as producer, and best supporting actor went to Robert Downey Jr for his role in the thriller – which also stars British actresses Emily Blunt and Florence Pugh.

Poor Things, which premiered at the 80th Venice International Film Festival on September 1, 2023, is set for its UK release on January 12, 2024.

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