Barbie wins inaugural Cinematic and Box Office Achievement Award at Golden Globes

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“Barbie” has won the inaugural Outstanding Cinematic and Box Office Achievement Award at the Golden Globes. The Warner Bros. smash, the number one box office hit of 2023 ($1.44 billion in worldwide grosses), was a natural fit to win the award. With its creative, auteurist take on an existing property, the film has been credited as helping to revitalize a Hollywood still struggling post-COVID, and it’s been welcomed as a rare non-superhero-centric blockbuster.

“Barbie” also received the most nominations at the 81st Golden Globes overall this year, with nine total: in addition to Outstanding Cinematic and Box Office Achievement, it scored nods for Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy, Best Actress — Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for Margot Robbie, Best Supporting Actor for Ryan Gosling, Best Director for Greta Gerwig, Best Screenplay for Gerwig and Noah Baumbach, and three Best Original Song nods: “Dance the Night” for Mark Ronson, Andrew Watt, Dua Lipa, and Caroline Ailin, “I’m Just Ken” for Mark Ronson and Andrew Watt, and “What Was I Made For?” for Billie Eilish O’Connell and Finneas O’Connell.

“Thank you to everybody, all the Barbies and Kens in front of and behind the screen. “It was the greatest, most joyful show of craftsmanship and passion I’ve ever seen,” Gerwig said, accepting the award alongside the film’s producers and stars Margot Robbie, America Ferrera and Ryan Gosling. Gerwig then thanked her partner and “Barbie” co-writer Noah Baumbach “for showing his inner Barbie girl,” as Robbie thanked Gosling “for going full-beach.”

“Barbie” beat out of a field of seven other nominees, including “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” “John Wick: Chapter 4,” “Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One,” “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse,” “The Super Mario Bros. Movie,” “Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour” and its meme-friendly sister-film “Oppenheimer,” which hit the theatre on the same day as the Greta Gerwig-directed hot pink comedy. “Barbie” was the dominant force heading into the evening, landing a lead of 10 nominations across all categories, including nods in the musical and comedy categories of Best Feature Film and Best Actress for Margot Robbie, along with Best Director, Best Screenplay and a whopping three best original song nominations.

The 81st Golden Globe Awards were held Sunday, January 8 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. Dick Clark Productions, which owns and produces the Golden Globes, is a Penske Media company.