The Power of the Dog won the award for Best Motion Picture Drama Sunday night at the 2022 Golden Globes, beating out heavily contested favorites such as Belfast and Dune.

A huge Oscar favorite, as well, The Power of the Dog has been described by critics as a kind of “anti-Western,” exploring definitions of masculinity, grief, and power. In the meditative film directed by New Zealand-native Jane Campion, Benedict Cumberbatch plays a cattle driver who finds discomfort in both his brother’s new life as a socialite and his nephew’s delicate tendencies.

Set in 1920s Montana, The Power of the Dog received seven nominations at the Golden Globes, tied with Belfast for the most nominations for one film. Campion also won the award for Best Director, while Kodi Smit-McPhee was awarded Best Supporting Actor.

This year’s highest award was announced via the Golden Globe Awards’ official website, since limited attendance was in effect due to the spread of Covid-19’s Omicron variant and a widespread boycott of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA).

The entertainment group made of journalist and photographers who report on film/television was heavily criticized last year for its lack of Black representation. The HFPA foreign press was then dropped by its national broadcaster, NBC, and later failed to secure any celebrity presenters for Sunday’s awards show.

Kodi Smit-McPhee, Kirsten Dunst, and Benedict Cumberbatch, all nominated for the roles in 'The Power of the Dog' at the 2022 Golden Globes
Kodi Smit-McPhee, Kirsten Dunst, and Benedict Cumberbatch, all nominated for the roles in ‘The Power of the Dog’ at the 2022 Golden Globes. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

A representative from The Power of the Dog did not give a speech following the film’s win. The following nominees, including Belfast, CODA, Dune, and King Richard, also have yet to comment on The Power of the Dog‘s win in a very eclectic category.

Belfast

Directed by Kenneth Branagh, a prolific Shakespearean actor and filmmaker, Belfast is a semi-autobiographical work about his own childhood in Ireland. The son of a protestant plumber, his family fled when he was 9 years old to avoid The Troubles, an era in Northern Island when violence erupted between Protestants and Catholics.

Belfast was nominated for seven Golden Globes this year, the most for any film other than The Power of the Dog, who also tied at seven nominations. Outside of Branagh’s nominations for Director and Screenplay, two of the five Best Supporting Actor slots were nominated to Belfast actors Jamie Dornan and Ciaran Hinds.

CODA

Set in a fishing town of Massachusetts, the Sundance Film Festival winner captured audiences’ hearts with a coming-of-age story about a child of deaf adults (CODA, for short), who struggles with her singing passion despite her family’s inability to hear her gift.

CODA also received praise for its inclusion of American Sign Language (ASL), and deaf actors such as Best Supporting Actor nominee Troy Kotsur. Available to stream on Apple TV+, the film was sold for a record-breaking $25 million at Sundance, sweeping nearly all the major categories of the festival’s awards.

Dune

The Denis Villeneuve sci-fi epic was a surprise appearance for Best Picture nominations at this year’s Golden Globes after it divided fans between its long runtime and expansive world building. Timothee Chalamet stars at Paul Atreides in the remake of the famous 1965 novel, though the film encompasses just the first half of the planetary tale.

Depicting massive sand worms and an intergalactic spice trade, Dune also starred Oscar Isaac, Zendaya, Jason Mamoa, Josh Brolin, Rebecca Ferguson, Dave Bautista, and Stellan Skarsgard. The nearly three-hour sci-fi film also took home the award for Hans Zimmer’s Original Score.

Timothee Chalamet, star of the sci-fi/fantasy epic 'Dune,' nominated for Best Picture at the 2022 Golden Globes
Timothee Chalamet, star of the sci-fi/fantasy epic ‘Dune,’ nominated for Best Picture at the 2022 Golden Globes. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

King Richard

Will Smith leads in this heartwarming biopic about tennis superstars Serena and Venus Williams’ father, Richard Williams, who struggled to get his girls attention and proper coaching in a white-dominated sport.

Providing a glimpse into the Williams sisters’ burgeoning teenage careers, King Richard also showcases the controversial father up front, a multi-layered man not without faults of his own. Smith’s amazing performance also garnered a win for Best Actor at the 2022 Golden Globes, along with a Best Original Song nomination for Beyonce’s “Be Alive.”

Will Smith, nominated for his portrayal of Serena and Venus Williams' father in the biopic 'King Richard'
Will Smith, nominated for his portrayal of Serena and Venus Williams’ father in the biopic ‘King Richard.’ Photo Credit: Shutterstock

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