No wonder Guillermo del Toro lost a Golden Globe that seemed assured

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 10: 80TH GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD — Pictured: (left to right) Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson accept the award for Best Animated Feature for Guillermo del Toro’s “Pinocchio” at the stage at the 80th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2023 in Beverly Hills, California. — (Photo by Rich Polk/NBC via Getty Images)

Guillermo del Toro He is one of many Latinos circulating this year for awards season. In your case, hand in hand with pinocchio, the successful adaptation of the Italian classic that he developed with technical mastery through stop-motion. And one of his obligatory stops were the Golden Globes where he was up for two awards. the mexican director managed to prevail in the category of best animated film, accepting the award with the sympathy that characterizes him so much. “Some of us are drunk, what can be better?” he said jokingly to later elevate animated cinema to the place it deserves.

“Animation is cinema. It is not a genre for children, it is a medium”, quoted. However, the second award slipped out of his hands. And it doesn’t surprise me.

I’m talking about the award for best song where the movie Netflix competed with bye dad, a moving and soulful ballad that Pinocchio sings to Gepetto as a farewell as he embarks on his own independent adventure. A song in which the Mexican participated directly along with Alexandre Desplat and Roeban Katz. Due to the success of the film among critics and specialized journalists, as well as the emotional effect it has on the story, it could seem like a guaranteed prize. Even above a star like Lady Gaga who competed with hold my hand of Top Gun: Maverick. But it was not the case. She lost it to another hit from Netflix: RRR.

The winner of the Golden Globe for best song was Naatu Naatu, a theme that radiates the magic of Bollywood cinema and that represents the madness of color and contagious energy of a film that won over audiences and critics against all odds. RRR It is a film that cannot be defined under a single genre. It is actually a remix between action, drama, parody, buddy comedy and even music. All in one. It is a work that exceeds the lines of overacting, with a basic story but with such contagious energy that it manages to succeed despite apparent failures. And I say apparent because in this production everything makes sense of being. It’s all part of his energetic madness. Even the overacting. Y Naatu Naatu it is the primary representative of its cinematographic value. Hence, she understands that Guillermo was left without his second Golden Globe of the night.

Directed by HH Rajamouli, RRR it is the most expensive film in the history of Indian cinema (and the third highest grossing) and tells the story of two deadly men of Indian origin who seek justice for the oppressive regime of the British colony in the 1920s. They each have their reasons, but when one of them, Raju (Ram Charan), who works as a soldier for the British Empire, is assigned to capture Bheem (NT Rama Rao Jr.), he never imagines that it is his new best friend. Because Raju and Bheem meet by chance saving the life of a child in a sequence with a beastly level of action, discovering that they not only share agility but an affinity that makes them inseparable.

Naatu Naatu he appears in the first act of the story when they both attend an empire party. Raju wants to help his friend win over the English woman he likes. And in a moment of oppression and bullying by an Englishman who tries to ridicule the characters in front of their community by telling them they can’t dance gracefully, they launch into an energetic number, singing and dancing with contagious force.

In this way, while bye dad represented the pain of parting with a childish voice contagious hope and sadness at the same time, Naatu Naatu symbolized the surprise that a movie like RRR. Because this song comes out of nowhere and unexpectedly, adding another genre to this big screen madness.

And that’s why it doesn’t surprise me that Guillermo del Toro has run out of a second Golden Globe to carry under his arm. because as much as bye dad excite, it does not end up being such an impressive and enduring representative over time. not at the level of Naatu Naatu that manages to make you laugh at the surprise, a smile at the energy that it radiates and even makes you want to applaud to the sound of the music at the visual spectacle that is contagious.


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No wonder Guillermo del Toro lost a Golden Globe that seemed assured