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

January 10, 2022 - 12:23 PM
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Carol Lawrence, Rachel Zegler and Rita Moreno attend the premiere for the film West Side Story at El Capitan theatre in Los Angeles, California, U.S. December 7, 2021. (Reuters/Mario Anzuoni)

LOS ANGELES — Steven Spielberg’s remake of “West Side Story” was named best musical or comedy film at a private Golden Globes ceremony on Sunday, organizers said in an online statement.

The movie musical tells the story of young love set among rival street gangs. Star Rachel Zegler was honored as best film actress in a musical or comedy.

Actors, directors and film studios have largely ignored the Globes this year after criticism 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 air this year’s awards.

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

The Globes normally draws millions of TV viewers to a celebrity-filled red carpet and champagne-fueled dinner that makes for a glamorous yet informal feel compared to the Academy Awards, the industry’s highest film honors. —Reporting by Lisa Richwine; Editing by Christopher Cushing and Karishma Singh