Golden Globes: Tahar Rahim, Florian Zeller, Alexandre Desplat, the disappointment of the French

The 39-year-old French actor, nominated in the category best actor in a dramatic film for his role in Designated guilty, the writer shortlisted for the best screenplay award for The Father and the composer left empty-handed.

Once is not custom. The Frenchies did not win any awards at the 78th Golden Globes, which took place on Sunday, February 28. And this, despite prestigious nominations: best actor in a drama for Tahar Rahim in Designated guilty, best foreign language film for Of them by Filippo Meneghetti, Golden Globes: four nominations for The Father Florian Zeller’s first film with Anthony Hopkins without forgetting the most named Frenchman (nine times since The girl with the pearl in 2004), Alexandre Desplat, for his soundtrack of Midnight in the universe, directed by George Clowney.

But the competition was tough and the circumstances did not work in the favor of our champions. Chadwick Boseman, first of all, received, posthumously, the award for best actor in a drama. The performer of the main role of Black panther, who died in August 2020, could not have received a more beautiful tribute. Especially since the Black Lives Matter movement must have influenced the final decision of the jury. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, responsible for awarding the prizes, was heavily criticized for the lack of diversity of its members. Nomadland , then, was crowned best dramatic film. As for the prize for best foreign language film, Minari won the day. Finally, fortunately the ceremony was held at a distance for Alexandre Desplat, who will not have had to make an unnecessary trip this year.

The Father critically acclaimed

The result is all the more disappointing as The Father, first feature film by the French playwright (adapted from his play The father) and co-signed with Christopher Hampton, was widely featured in this 2021 vintage. The Hollywood reporter describes Hopkins’ game as “Remarkable … It will certainly be one of the great performances of Hopkins on screen”. For the review Screen Daily, it is Olivia Colman’s interpretation that is “Explosive and exceptional”. The Guardian find the movie “breathtaking”, and The Times has only one word: “Heartbreaking”.

As for the performance of Tahar Rahim, the one who received the César for best actor in 2010 for his role in A prophet, burst the screen in in Designated guilty, inspired by a true story, where he plays Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a Mauritanian wrongly suspected of terrorism and locked up for fourteen years in Guantanamo. The film Deux will still have the opportunity to come back for an award, thanks to its selection at the 2021 Oscars, which will be held on April 25.


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