The Greek director’s “Poor Things” claims 7 Golden Globes
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The Greek director’s “Poor Things” claims 7 Golden Globes

Winning the Golden Lion at the 80th Venice Film Festival seems to be just the beginning for George Lanthimos’ new film Poor Things. The nominations for the 81st annual Golden Globe Awards, announced on Monday (Dec. 11), were another triumph for the Greek director’s film, which is up for seven nominations.

Among the notable nominations are Best Film and Best Director, emphasizing the importance of the overall production and direction that have earned the respect of the industry.

In addition, Emma Stone’s stunning performance is highlighted by her nomination for first female role in a comedy or musical, showcasing her exceptional talent and ability to embody a complex and interesting character.

“Poor Things” by Giorgos Lanthimos is an exciting cinematic approach with a plot that combines gothic atmosphere, humour and intense emotions. It tells the subversive story of Bella Baxter, a young woman who, after her death, is brought back to life through an eccentric intervention by scientist Goodwin Baxter.

The plot revolves around the unique idea of transplanting a human brain into a newborn fetal body, with unpredictable and exciting results. Bella, now incarnated in an adult body, searches for her identity and discovers herself in a multi-dimensional journey of adaptation.

George Lanthimos manages to masterfully combine various elements in his film. From the dark gothic style to the witty humour, and from the multi-layered analysis of the characters to the subversive development of the story, the director creates a unique cinematic world.

The acceptance and prevailing positive reaction from audiences and critics alike are testament to the exceptional quality and impact this film has already made. The central theme of the transfer of a brain to another body gives rise to reflections on identity, human nature and placement in society.

The combined dose of humour, sadness and sexual themes creates a rich set of emotions and puts the film in a unique category.

As we eagerly await Poor Things’ path to the awards, we can only hope that this film, which was a Golden Lion winner at the Venice Film Festival from the start, will continue to impress and be discussed for its quality on an international level.

Greta Gerwig’s Barbie is nominated for nine awards, including Best Film (Comedy or Musical), Screenplay, Director, Actress for Margot Robie, Supporting Actor for Ryan Gosling and three separate entries in the Original Song category at the 2024 Golden Globes. Barbie thus becomes the second most nominated film of all time at the Golden Globes, tying with 1972’s Cabaret and second only to Nashville, which received 11.